What Is Biblical Counseling?
Biblical Counseling is Different
A friend asks, “Hey, can I get your advice on something?”, or our child needs some instruction, or our spouse shares something with us, or a co-worker tells you that they are overwhelmed. In all of these instances, we usually try to give advice or counsel from our own life experience or from what we know in the Bible or elsewhere.
Biblical counseling holds to the belief that all of us are called to counsel if we have faith in Jesus Christ. But there are times when more accountability or concentrated discipleship is needed from someone who is appropriately trained. That is where biblical counseling steps in.
Ready for Anything
Biblical counselors are equipped to deal with a wide range of life issues. We have been trained in taking the Bible’s answers and applying them to depression, anxiety, loss, problems in parenting and marriage, anger, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, self-harm and a number of other issues. We strive to be reactive and proactive in our approach, helping people with what has happened in the past and prepare them for what may come in the future.
We are committed to helping people overcome life’s issues by helping them live in such a way that it will lead to abundant life (John 10:10). Our goal is not merely to help fix feelings or to find something in the past to blame things on. Rather, we want to use the hurt, learned behavior, or set-back as a catalyst for experiencing a greater sense of inner joy, peace, fulfillment and healing. (1 Pet. 3:10-12; Ps. 34:12-13; Gen. 4:3-7; Jas. 1:25).
Change of PERSPECTIVE
Circumstances are usually slow to change. Therefore, biblical counseling doesn’t just focus on trying to get a person’s circumstances to change. We try to help our counselees find a new perspective. As we change and renew our thoughts, our behavior will follow (Rom. 12:2). By gaining a different and more biblical perspective, we can find God’s solutions for life which will produce change and lasting results. As we see things from a different perspective, we will be able to better apply God’s desire for living to our lives, and then experience life as our Creator intended it.
If you are struggling to believe that the Bible has relevance to your life and situation, we are confident that with the focused help of a biblical counselor, you will gain more hope and encouragement as you look in the pages of Scripture. If you are doubting God, questioning Christianity or even are agnostic in your beliefs — no problem! We welcome those who struggle to believe that God exists or cares for them. We welcome the opportunity to journey with you to find solutions from a God who, we believe, waits for you to come to Him for help.
What We Believe
As we biblically counsel, we hold to three main convictions:
- The Bible is truth and sufficient for life. The Bible says it is the only authoritative standard for life. It is helpful to teach us what is right, correct us in areas where we are wrong, encourage us when we are hopeless and present us “complete” if we will hear it and obey it (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Ps. 19:7-11; 2 Pet. 1:3).
- The power of God is the only thing that can change us. As created beings, it is best for us to go back to our Creator when we are facing trials of any kind. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can access the power of God to change us from patterns that are hurtful to others, or overcome how others have hurt us (Eph. 4:20-24).
- Jesus is our hope for now and forever. We believe that Jesus was sent to the world to show us the way to find lasting and eternal hope. He came to free us from the bondage that comes from a life that is not pleasing to God. By believing in Jesus Christ, and accepting that His death and resurrection are true, we can have a relationship with Him that gives us access to God and His power in our life.
Doctrinally, we believe the same thing as our parent-church, Grace Chapel. To read our beliefs, you can see them here. If you want to know more about our convictions and how they influence our counseling, we encourage you to read the Biblical Counseling Coalition’s Confessional Statement, as we hold to these convictions as well.
What This Means for You
We are here to help you in the midst of the good days and bad days in life. Counseling is not just for broken people, but it is for all people. We have a Savior who identifies with our needs and will give us help (Heb. 4:14-16). He will use the trials in your life for your good as you respond with a biblical perspective (Rom. 5:3-5; 8:28-29; Jas. 1:2-4). Biblical counseling is here to assist you down the road of restoration and stability, which we believe, is rooted in Jesus Christ.
The Hope of Denver Biblical Counseling Center
8505 S. Valley Highway
Englewood, CO 80112