Not-so-biblical counseling

I don’t recommend the counseling method seen in the video – yet in some ways, that’s how we counsel others. Instead, we need to have a gospel-oriented approach.

Recently, I finished reading How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul D. Tripp. This book is applied theology. It’s about heat, thorns, the cross, and fruit. But mostly, it’s about present grace. This book explains the biblical pattern for change in a clear, practical way you can apply to the challenges of daily life. But change involves more than a biblical formula: you will see how God is at work to make you the person you were created to be. That powerful, loving, redemptive relationship is at the heart of all positive change you experience.

What does it take for lasting change to take root in your life? For the Christian, change does not happen overnight, It’s a lifelong journey. We are called to consider our circumstances and our responses to them, and beneath that to examine our hearts desires and to turn afresh to Christ’s cross. It’s encouraging to know that, in God’s hands, the winds of adversity that batter our lives are also agents of fruitful change in us. Paul Tripp and Tim Lane masterfully guide us along the biblical path that points us to the cross and a lifestyle of faith and repentance. I recommend this book to all Christians who desire to grow in their relationship with God.

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