Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
Biblical Interpretation

Biblical Interpretation

Course Description

All of Scripture is sufficient for counseling, but how do you connect God’s word effectively to the lives and struggles of people around you? Do you always turn to the same familiar passages, and are less confident in using others to communicate the power of God’s love and faithfulness in the Gospel? How do you use the Bible’s redemptive story in counseling so that counselees grow in their knowledge of and love for the sovereign Lord? This course will help you understand both people and the Bible more thoroughly and is designed to strengthen your ability to rivet Scriptural truth to real-life ministry situations. Through lectures, class discussion, and interpretive assignments, you’ll develop your skills in interpreting and applying any passage of Scripture to help people to grow in love for God and others more fully in the midst of their complex, daily lives.

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Connecting Scripture and Life
  • Week 2: What Does it Really Mean?
  • Week 3: The Many Aspects of Scripture
  • Week 4: Looking at the “Big Story” of Scripture
  • Week 5: Wisely Applying Scripture, Part 1
  • Week 6: Wisely Applying Scripture, Part 2
  • Week 7: Understanding Biblical Genres, Part 1
  • Week 8: Understanding Biblical Genres, Part 2
  • Week 9: The Complexities of Biblical Translation
  • Week 10: How the Bible Came to Life
  • Week 11: The Importance of Interpretation in Community

About the Professor

mikeMike Emlet is a faculty member at CCEF where he has served for more than fifteen years. He holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MDiv degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He worked as a family physician for twelve years before joining CCEF. Mike has counseled for many years and is the author of CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, which explores the use of Scripture in counseling. Mike is married to Jody, and they have two children. He is active in his urban church and enjoys gardening, camping, and creating wheel-thrown pottery.

Required Textbooks for Onsite Students

Onsite textbooks are forthcoming.

Required Textbooks for Online Students

Students must purchase separately, any other required reading is provided with course access.

  • The True Story of the Whole World: Finding Your Place in the Biblical Drama by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen
  • Crosstalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet by Michael R. Emlet
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