BCC Staff: Today’s post is an encouragement for you to consider participating in the upcoming Global Summit, June 5-7, 2016. Even if you cannot travel to the Chicago area, that doesn’t need to stop you from experiencing the blessings of learning about how God is using biblical counseling to expand his kingdom purposes all over the world. We hope to hear from you soon!
1. Usually folks turn to biblical counseling to be equipped, not inspired. The Global Summit is a chance to examine the core convictions that are foundational to the Biblical Counseling Movement. Core convictions matter because what we believe shapes and defines what we do. What do you believe and how is it shaping what you do?
2. The Global Summit is exactly that—an opportunity to interact with leaders in biblical counseling from all over the world. Just consider that there will be representatives from Spain, Australia, England, Brazil and many other places. Biblical Counseling is not an American product. God’s Word matters everywhere, and it is not restricted to one country, so come and see how God is transforming people throughout the world.
3. But what if you can’t make it to Chicago? The simulcast has an on-demand option, so that you can watch the content from the confines of your own home and at whatever time is convenient for you. You don’t have to come to Chicago. You can have Heath Lambert or David Powlison in your own living room. Because biblical counseling matters, we want to give you (and others from your church) a chance to engage the Global Summit wherever you live.
4. There is a strong temptation as counselors to not see beyond the confines of our own local ministries. But God is much bigger than your counseling office. He’s working throughout the world, even when you are asleep, changing hearts in cultures and languages that I don’t understand. God’s Word transcends cultural boundaries because God can’t be put in a box (Isaiah 55:10-11).
5. A member of my church said to me, “I love biblical counseling because it’s relevant to the nitty-gritty details of my life.” It helps her to know how to live life and how to be faithful in everything she is called to do. But even better, it helps her to trust Christ. If biblical counseling is at all helpful to you, come grow even more in love with the Redeemer who stands at the center of the Bible. What we don’t need is a system of redemption. What we need is Jesus, who loves us and has freed us by his blood (Revelation 1:5).