Affirming the sufficiency of Scripture in biblical counseling is a “radical idea,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at the school’s first Counsel the Word Conference.
The conference, co-sponsored by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), featured popular practitioners Paul David Tripp, David Powlison, Heath Lambert and others during the two-day event.
“If we’re going to think about biblical counseling and we’re going to understand that it must be premised upon the sufficiency of Scripture, we must recognize what a radical idea that is,” Mohler said during the Sept. 18-19 conference. “We must be certain the sufficiency of Scripture is the theological foundation of our understanding.”
Mohler opened the conference lamenting how few counselors commit to the sufficiency of Scripture in today’s church. The nature of biblical counseling, he said, necessitates a conference like Counsel the Word because the sufficiency of Scripture is so neglected.
Tripp, popular author and founder of Paul Tripp Ministries, offered three principles for counseling from Psalm 27 during his message. He began by asking what it means to counsel biblically, then moved to his principles.
First, he said, “people do not live life based on the facts of their experience, but based on the interpretation of the facts.” Second, the Bible is not arranged by topic. Third, counseling “is profoundly more than exposing sin and telling people what to do instead.”
Tripp used the example of David in Psalm 27 as he faced trouble and pointed himself to the God of his salvation. He said difficulties in life often reveal how Christians interpret life and Scripture.
“You will only ever properly understand the trouble in your life when you look at the troubles through the stunning beauty of your redeemer,” he said.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press