Scripture is authoritative and sufficient for counseling (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3-4), but how do you connect God’s Word effectively to the lives and struggles of people around you? Do you frequently turn to the same familiar passages, but are less confident in using other biblical passages 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.
In this course, you will:
- Grow in excitement and passion for the personal application of God’s Word in your own life and in the lives of others.
- Learn and practice a method of biblical interpretation that makes connections between the details of particular passages and the wider story of Scripture that centers on Jesus Christ
- Practice moving from Scripture to life by making gospel-centered connections between specific passages and the particulars of a person’s life.
- Practice moving from life to Scripture by learning to frame people’s struggles in ways that naturally connect with particular biblical themes and passages.