Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
Dynamics of Biblical Change

Dynamics of Biblical Change

Course Description

The way that you counsel other people is determined by how you understand God, yourself, other people, life’s pressures, and change. This course addresses the depth, breadth, and balance of your understanding. How does Christ’s past grace, present grace, and future grace speak to our hearts and change how we live our daily lives? This course is about people. It is about how we face the troubles of life. It is about how we deal with our inner struggles. It is about how we change into Jesus’ image. Through case studies, class lectures, assigned readings, and Scripture, you’ll explore these practical questions. Self-counseling projects will help you to make first-hand, practical application of the concepts learned in class.

About the Professors

BM_7David Powlison, M.Div., Ph.D. serves as CCEF’s executive director, as a faculty member, and as senior editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. He has served at CCEF for more than 35 years. He holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary. David has written extensively on biblical counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books Seeing with New Eyes and Speaking Truth in Love probe the implications of Scripture for how to understand people and how to counsel. The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context explores the background and development of CCEF’s mission. David’s new book titled: Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness (New Growth Press), launched in September 2016. David and Nan dearly love their three children, and the three spouses and five grandchildren who have joined the family.

alasdairAlasdair Groves (Fall Onsite 2016) directs CCEF New England and is a faculty member at CCEF where he has served for more than five years. He received his Master of Divinity in counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. In addition to counseling for CCEF New England, Alasdair has served on the staff of several churches and has a background in campus ministry. He has written articles for the Journal of Biblical Counseling, and regularly teaches a variety of seminars around the New England region. Alasdair and his wife, Lauren, have three young children. Alasdair is a fiction enthusiast, plays ultimate frisbee, and loves to produce and enjoy both good food and good music.


Dynamics of Biblical Change is a 3-credit course. The credit cost of the course is $650.00. Taken for audit it is $325. Dynamics is offered every semester; spring, summer and fall.

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Course Introduction & Overview
  • Week 2: Understanding the Person
  • Week 3: Understanding the Heat
  • Week 4: The Wisdom Found in Christ
  • Week 5: Understanding the Situation (Part 1)
  • Week 6: Understanding the Situation (Part 2)
  • Week 7: Practical Application: James
  • Week 8: Influences of the Heart
  • Week 9: Sin & the Heart
  • Week 10: Sin & Transformation
  • Week 11: Living with Personal Integrity
  • Week 12: Final Lecture
View Sample Syllabus

Required Textbooks

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

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