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WHAT MAKES BIBLICAL DISCIPLESHIP BIBLICAL? Class 1.2 – Friday, September 11 th Pastor Blake Gerber
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W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ?
Class 1.2 – Friday, September 11th
Pastor Blake Gerber
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ?
Class Goals:
1. Identify cultural attacks on Scripture and the Results
2. Clarify key elements that make biblical counseling biblical
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Identify Cultural Attacks on Scripture and the Results
1. The Inspiration of Scripture: “Did God really say…?” 2. The Inerrancy of Scripture: “Is the Bible without error?” 3. The Authority of Scripture: “Is the Bible my authority?” 4. The Sufficiency of Scripture: “Is the Bible enough?”
1. Attacks on Scripture
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Identify Cultural Attacks on Scripture and the Results
Perhaps the one doctrine most under attack in the church of our generation is the sufficiency of Scripture. Even people who give lip service to the authority, inspiration, and inerrancy of
Scripture sometimes balk at affirming its sufficiency. The result is virtually the same as a denial of biblical authority, because it directs people away from the Bible in search of other
“truth.” – John MacArthur, Think Biblically! (22)
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Identify Cultural Attacks on Scripture and the Results
2. Results a. Man-centered philosophy of counseling (i.e. pragmaticism, personal experience, emotions, or feelings) has infiltrated the church (Jer 17:5-6; Col 2:6-8)
5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. (ESV) – Jeremiah 17:5-6
Science Man is the measure of all things
Evolution Darwin
Psychology Freud
Pragmatism Experience
Practical Application
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
What works to mitigate the problem?
What does the majority believe about it?
How does it apply to life?
Consensus Social norms, cultural expectations
Level 6
Man’s knowledge is the source of truth
R E S U L T S I N T H E C U L T U R E A Modern-day Babel
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Identify Cultural Attacks on Scripture and the Results
2. Results a. Man-centered philosophy of counseling (i.e.
pragmaticism, personal experience, emotions, or feelings) has infiltrated the church
b. Believers question their qualification and ability to disciple/counsel one another
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Key Elements that Make Biblical Counseling Biblical
“The authority of Scripture means that all the words in Scripture are God’s
words in such a way that to disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to
disbelieve or disobey God.” - Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology (73)
Authority of Scripture
1. The Bible is Viewed as Authoritative & Sufficient
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Key Elements that Make Biblical Counseling Biblical
(1)The Bible is Viewed as Authoritative & Sufficient
“The sufficiency of Scripture means that Scripture contained all the words of God he intended his people to have at each stage of redemptive history, and that it now contains
everything we need God to tell us for salvation, for trusting him perfectly, and for obeying him
perfectly.” - Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology (73)
Sufficiency of Scripture
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Key Elements that Make Biblical Counseling Biblical
“And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2 You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you.” (ESV) – Deuteronomy 4:1-2 (cf. Prov 30:5-6; Rev 22:18-19)
a. The Bible Attests to Its Sufficiency: (1)The Bible is Viewed as Authoritative & Sufficient
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Key Elements that Make Biblical Counseling Biblical
b. Practical Application of Sufficiency i. We have objective truth to build our lives upon (John 17:17) ii. We don’t have to look elsewhere for a revelation from God (John 1:1, 14) iii. We have what we need to counsel ourselves and others (Rom 15:14) iv. We have an objective guide to help us navigate life (Ps 119:105)
(1)The Bible is Viewed as Authoritative & Sufficient
Canon The inspired, inerrant, authoritative, sufficient Word of God
Hermeneutics Grammatical historical method
Biblical Theology Propositional statements, doctrine
Practical Theology How a person
changes and grows
What truths & doctrines does it teach?
What does the whole Bible say about it?
How does it apply to life?
Systematic Theology Unifies fruit of biblical theology
into a useable whole
Is it true?
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? When the Bible is Used Comprehensively and Holistically
Diagram adapted from Steve Viars and Rob Green, “The Sufficiency of Scripture,” in Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling, ed. James MacDonald, Robert W. Kellemen, and Stephen Viars (Eugene, Or: Harvest House Publishers, 2013), 103.
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Key Elements that Make Biblical Counseling Biblical
2. Christ is central and biblical counseling is ministered under the authority of the local church
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Key Elements that Make Biblical Counseling Biblical
a. Christ is central… i. All things were created through Him and for Him (Col 1:16; Heb
1:2) ii. Jesus is fully God and fully Man
1. As God… Sovereign ruler (Phil 2:10-11) 2. As Man… Acquainted with temptation and suffering yet without sin
(Heb 4:14-16; Is 53) 3. As God and Man… Mediator for sinners (1 Tim 2:5)
iii. Jesus is the only Savior (John 14:6; Is 43:11)
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Key Elements that Make Biblical Counseling Biblical
b. Ministered under the authority of the local church…
i. Saints are equipped for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-12a) ii. Saints work together for the building up of the body (Eph. 4:12b)
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ? Key Elements that Make Biblical Counseling Biblical
3. Prayer and the Holy Spirit are the hope and power for change for all involved
• We pray for wisdom as we minister to others (Prov 2:6; James 1:5; Rom 8:26)
• We entrust our ministry to the convicting and comforting work of the Spirit (John 16:8-11 and John 14:15, 26; 15:26; 16:7)
SUMMARY
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ?
3. Prayer and the Holy Spirit are the hope and power for change for all involved
2. Christ is central and biblical counseling is ministered under the authority of the local church
1. The Bible is Viewed as Authoritative & Sufficient
Recommended Resources
W H A T M A K E S B I B L I C A L D I S C I P L E S H I P B I B L I C A L ?
1. A Theology of Biblical Counseling, Heath Lambert 2. Taking God at His Word, Kevin DeYoung 3. Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem
4. “Embracing the Authority and Sufficiency of Scripture” by John MacArthur in Think Biblically! Recovering a Christian Worldview