Monterey Baptist Church
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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Biblical Counseling


What Type of Counseling is Biblical Counseling?

Biblical counseling or nouthetic counseling is based solely upon the principles of God's Word.  Bible-based counseling differs a great deal from other popular or secular counseling (heavenly wisdom vs. human wisdom; James 3:13-18).  Its paramount goal is to search God's Word for the principles and methods He has already provided.  Its premise is that God's instruction is always needed immediately, consistently, and without contradiction in the counseling process.

God's Word is needed to guide individuals through their problems in a God-honoring manner and on to a healthy walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Biblical counseling acknowledges that people may become confused, ill-adjusted, defeated and hopeless relative to the issues of life.  This may result from a crisis situation, the sin of others, the lack of biblical understanding, their own personal sin, and/or sometimes an organic (medically proven) illness.

What is the Goal of Biblical Counseling?

Biblical counseling has as its primary goal to help a person or family to become "God's kind of person". The goal in biblical counseling is not necessarily to make the person feel better or simply to remove the problem. This will hopefully take place, but the goal is bigger than that.
2 Corinthians 5:9 says, "So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it".
The goal in biblical counseling is to come along side a person who is struggling and seek to apply the principles in God's Word in such a way that the person responds in an obedient and godly manner to the problems they are facing.

What Makes Biblical Counseling Effective?

Biblical counseling relies upon the power of the principles that God has provided in His Word, the work of the Holy Spirit, the faithfulness of God to answer prayer, the mutual encouragement and exhortation of the Body of Christ and the disciplined effort of the counselee.

Who Can Make an Appointment?

First priority will be given to members of Monterey Baptist Church who desire biblical counseling.  Second priority will be given to people who are regular attendees of Monterey Baptist Church.  Finally, as openings are available, people from other churches will be considered providing you agree to attend scheduled counseling session in addition to your own church's Sunday services.
As a safe-guard, it is our desire that male counselors not meet alone with women for counseling. For this reason, female counselees who make an appointment with male counselors must be accompanied by one other person willing to sit in during the counseling sessions (a spouse, parent, friend, etc.). 

How Can an Appointment be Made?

Appointments can be made by calling Pastor Poe at (513) 532-5367.  An initial session will be set to explain the process, pride you with the various forms to sign and to offer some initial thoughts about what God's Word says about your situation. 

When Are Appointments Available?

Biblical Counseling is presently available based upon the mutual agreement of the counselee and the Counselor.  Generally, counseling appointments will be scheduled Monday through Friday.  The counselor is available to respond to emergency situations as deemed warranted. 

What Is The Cost?

As part of the church ministry, there is no cost for the counseling, but each counselee is expected to pay for any materials such as books, or tapes, if and when required.