What are the distinguishing features of true Christian Counselling?
Christian counselling is conscientiously and comprehensively Christ-centred. He is the centre and the circumference of counselling, and everything in between. Examining the nature and causes of our human difficulties involves understanding the ways we are unlike Christ in our values, aspirations, desires, thoughts, feelings, attitudes, actions and responses. Moreover, it teaches how to acquire, through Christ, the power to replace these behaviours with Christ-like qualities.
Christian counsellors have experienced the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. They have come to Christ in repentance and faith, and acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour. They believe Christ is all we need for effective and productive living. Their theological convictions influence, permeate and control every aspect of their lives.
The local church is God’s instrument for calling the lost to Himself, and the context in which He brings people to sanctification. He uses the church to motivate individuals to take off the old manner of life and put on the new. Thus, Christian counselling works with the church to help people live the new life in Christ.
Christian counselling uses Scripture as the source for understanding the nature of humankind and finding ways to resolve its problems. It is totally grounded in this belief then, that God’s Word is all-sufficient for comprehending and resolving the real issues of life.