BCC Staff Note: The following blog was posted at Desiring God by John Piper. You can read the entire post at the Desiring God blog site here. It is Pastor Piper’s plea for those of us committed to biblical counseling to see biblical counseling as a way to fulfill the Great Commission.
Biblical Counseling for the Great Commission
This is a simple plea that those of you whom God is calling to be biblical counselors consider your counseling as a way of reaching the unreached peoples of the world with the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. In Ephesus Paul said, “A wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9). Might biblical counseling be a wide door for some of you into the greatest cause in the world?
I was prompted to write this because of my recent trip to Japan. For three days Don Carson, Michael Oh, and I spoke sequentially and simultaneously in Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo, each of us taking a day in each city. This extraordinary round-robin conference was sponsored by Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya. It was called Love Japan. The bullet trains and the grace of God made it possible.
Gospel Words for Wounded People
It is well known that Japan has historically not been very responsive to the gospel. The Joshua Project estimates .6% evangelical out of 127 million people. But the leaders we were with sense fresh winds blowing; and the response to Love Japan was very encouraging.
In talking to Brett Rayl, who is part of the executive leadership team at CBI, the conversation turned to biblical counseling. He said there is virtually nothing of this kind functioning in Japan for the good of the Japanese people. The counseling we are talking about is not for missionaries. It is for the Japanese people.
Brett believes, as do others, that the social dynamics, and the growing stresses of family life in Japan (what is left of it), are of such a nature that many desperate and wounded people would turn with thankfulness to a loving and listening person with some competence in helping them cope with the brokenness of their lives.
Read the rest of the post here.