What We Believe
Biblical counseling is a uniquely Christian approach to counseling which derives from the Bible. As a ministry, CBCD affirms three basic truths about counseling:
- The sufficiency, authority, and relevancy of the Bible for counseling – The Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). As God’s perfect and complete revelation, the Bible is the only sufficient and authoritative source for life and faith. Since counseling issues concern matters of life and faith, the Bible is sufficient to inform and direct all counseling ministry (2 Pet. 1:3-21).
- The centrality of the gospel of Jesus Christ for counseling – Humanity’s greatest need is for a Savior who alone can save them from sin, judgment, and the alienation that sin creates between people and the God who created them (Rom. 3:21-26, 2 Cor. 5:17-21). As sinful people living in a fallen world full of sin and suffering, all life problems are really symptoms of mankind’s fundamental problem which is resolved only in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, all true counseling must point people to Jesus and His work of salvation and sanctification as the only true hope and help for life problems (Romans 6).
- The priority of the local church for counseling – God designed the church to be a united group of believers who minister to one another toward Christlikeness and change (Eph. 4:11-16). Pastors and elders have primary responsibility to both shepherd and counsel believers entrusted to their care (1 Pet. 5:1-3, Heb. 13:17) as well as to equip and train believers to counsel and disciple one another (Eph. 4:11-16, Col. 1:28-29). Therefore, the local church is the proper context for counseling and discipleship to occur as believers minister to one another and reach out to the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19-20).