Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:1, “This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed.”
Often it is stated in Christian counseling that “God never wastes a wound.” Although He is not the author of evil or sorrow, He is wise to use every kind of wrong suffered to reach out to us and grab hold of His healing hand. He is the “God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1: 3-4).
We believe that a counseling ministry should facilitate a supernatural encounter between the human spirit and the Holy Spirit where Christ is made alive in the life of the person in a fresh and healing way. The Holy Spirit is present to bring conviction and guide us into all truth (John 16:8, 13). And in this life the Holy Spirit comforts us (1 Corinthians 1:4), renews us (Titus 3:5), convicts us of sin (John 16:8) and searches all things (1 Corinthians 2:10). The Apostle Paul proclaimed, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).
The foundation of our counseling ministry is the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the guide upon whom we ground all our work as Christian Counselors. This is the model of that which calls us to maturity and excellence in life and in ministry.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 states, “All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” From this passage we can see the foundation for truth by which everything else is evaluated in the Bible, and the scriptures in themselves provide us with a wealth of information in instructing one on how to live a proper, satisfying, and abundant life. The Bible provides the singular authoritative standard for both generating and evaluating a care giving ministry.
Christian counseling is a form of discipleship designed to help free people to experience God's pardon, purpose, and power so they become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. All of us are broken, and all have deep wounds and heartaches. Jesus isn't looking for people who have it all together. He's looking for those who will take His hand. Christian counseling is one of the most powerful forms of discipleship. It takes people at their point of need, nurtures them, and points them to the life-changing love of God.
As Pastors, we allow the Holy Spirit to do His work through the ministry of counseling by nurturing the fruit of the Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, and incorporating spiritual disciplines. God has called us to be his conduits to bring transformation of minds and hearts to people to build them up as mature Christians for His glory.