Biblical Counseling, obviously involves the reading and study of Scripture. But often getting the Bible open, within the context of an emotional discussion, can be a challenge. However, the importance of using God’s Word cannot be overstated. After all, it is the Word that is powerful, superior, and sufficient in its scope and impact, not the counselor.
Biblical counselors must not rely upon the restating of scriptural themes and guidelines only. Rather the literal reading of Scripture is central to the process of salvation, repentance, sanctification, and discipleship. Statements like, “The Bible says…” or “God requires…” are valuable introductions; but they must be followed with specific, contextual digestion of Scripture, if transformation is to occur.
Asking Questions that Require a Biblical Response
Whether the counselor is involved in formal or informal counseling, the use of biblical questions is key to advancing a scriptural process. Questions that require a biblical response are effective in both matters of restoration and evangelism and provide a bridge to opening God’s Word.
Examples of this type of inquiry follow:
- What does Scripture teach on the topic of divorce?
- Where in the Bible are we encouraged to harbor anger and pursue revenge?
- Do you remember any biblical characters who were fearful?
- Have you ever examined the topic of suffering in Scripture?
- How do your reconcile this decision with God’s Word?
- According to the Bible, how does a person gain eternal life?
- Do you remember the story of David and Bathsheba?
- Are you familiar with God’s teaching on perseverance?
Clearly the potential questions are endless, but their selection must be Spirit led. Just as in the choice of Scripture, God must direct this method of inquiry. When He does, the question will always be pointed, penetrating, and revealing. These questions will invariably lead to one of three outcomes: