What is Christian Counseling ?
Word-Based Counseling is the result of years of pioneering efforts in which the Scriptures have been researched for answers to the problems Believers face on a daily basis with a desire to see them stabilized in their TOTAL PERSON.
This ministry dedicates itself to the victory of the client and stands with the individual until they have stabilized in their victory (triumph?). Word-Based Counseling is not in the hands of men, but in the person of the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ. The most outstanding qualification of the Word-Based Counselor is his ability to free himself from the counseling and let the Holy Spirit lead.
The ministry is utterly dependent upon the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to discover the root causes of the client’s stress. Then the counselor becomes a source of agreement for the person and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ to see all manifestations of the stress – both conscious and subconscious, surface and root, to be delivered and healed. The ministry is not vested in man or the knowledge or the expertise of man.
JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY SOURCE OF HEALING AND DELIVERANCE!
In every Biblical counseling session, four elements are emphasized:
- UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM
We offer counseling in the areas of:
- Anxiety / Stress
- Coping / Grieving
- Demonic Deliverance
- Internet safety
- Trauma recovery
We even offer corporate counseling for employees to help them better understand the importance of preparation for the job, the importance of a desire to be more productive and help them recognize the importance of unity with co-workers.
What Word-Based Counseling is NOT
IT IS NOT PSYCHOLOGICAL…
Psychology diagnoses mental and emotional disorders per the science of categorizing observed behavior. Once the diagnosis is made, methods of treatment are designed to cause the patient to “cope” with the mental/emotional stress.
“Coping techniques” include drug therapy for life, one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and desensitization methods.
The psychiatric patient most often faces a life-time of therapy with less than a 14% chance of complete recovery outside of counseling and/or drug therapy.
IT IS NOT PASTORAL…
Pastoral counseling attempts to identify the surface problem and through prayer and Scripture help the client to achieve victory in their daily living.
This offers a temporary solution to the plight of the client. Many pastors are finding their counseling schedules are filled with members in need of deep, intensive counseling, yet their time must be spent in prayer and ministry of the Word.
IT IS NOT MEDICAL…
The physician, using medical science and it’s techniques, arrives at a diagnosis and then prescribes surgical, medical, or drug procedures that aid the client in being restored to health. Doctors are now indicating some 80% of all physical illnesses are psychosomatic in origin. Others are even saying they are finding “spiritual” causes of disease and sickness.
God made man in three parts… Spirit, Mind and Body (Genesis 1:26)
Many of life’s problems, sicknesses and trials are spiritual in nature and society has grown to ignore the spiritual side of life.
Word-Based counseling utilizes principals that are God-given in the Scriptures, the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells every Christian, and the power of prayer, coupled with the efforts of the counselee (obedience to the God-given principles) to achieve God’s results in the counselee’s life. For Christians who need counseling, Word-Based counseling is the only acceptable choice.
Grace Christian Fellowship helps you to UNDERSTAND the problems in your life, show you there is HOPE, help you to CHANGE the patterns and guides you to understand the Biblical principles and promises to put good PRACTICES in place that will alleviate those problems from reoccurring.
Let’s get started on your Triumphant Life!
The treatment and recovery services at Grace Christian Fellowship are exclusively religious in nature and are not subject to licensure or regulation by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. This program offers only nonmedical treatment and recovery methods, such as prayer, moral guidance, spiritual counseling, and scriptural study. (40 TAC 145.24)