Personally Ministering the Word of God

Robert Cheong

God created us and knows everything about us. He knows our needs, our weariness, our fears, our insecurities, and our longings. God ministers to us through His Word. When we minister the Word of God to one another, we can do so with confidence, knowing God gave us His Word not only to reveal Himself to us, but also to care for us. Continue reading

4 Ways to Unite Preaching and Biblical Counseling

Nicolas Ellen

Pulpit and Personal Ministry of the Word--4 Ways to Unite Preaching and Biblical Counseling

You’re reading the fourth of a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Uniting the Pulpit Ministry of the Word and the Personal Ministry of the Word. This series demonstrates that both preaching and biblical counseling are Word-based ministries. In Part One, Pastor Kevin Carson described how preaching helps counseling. In Part Two, Pastor Steve Viars explained how counseling helps preaching. In Part Three, Pastor Kevin Hurt pictures the beautiful synergy that occurs when these two Word-based ministries are united. Now in Part Four, Pastor Nicolas Ellen outlines four ways of connecting these two Word-based ministries. Continue reading

Two United Ministries of the Word

Kevin Hurt

Kevin Hurt

Pulpit and Personal Ministry of the Word--Two United Ministries of the Word

You’re reading the third of a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Uniting the Pulpit Ministry of the Word and the Personal Ministry of the Word. This series demonstrates that both preaching and biblical counseling are Word-based ministries. In Part One, Pastor Kevin Carson described how preaching helps counseling. In Part Two, Pastor Steve Viars explained how counseling helps preaching. Now in Part Three, Pastor Kevin Hurt pictures the beautiful synergy that occurs when these two Word-based ministries are united. Continue reading

Reminders of Our Insufficiency

Steve Viars

Steve Viars

Pulpit and Personal Ministry of the Word--Reminders of Our Insufficiency

You’re reading the second of a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Uniting the Pulpit Ministry of the Word and the Personal Ministry of the Word. This series demonstrates that both preaching and biblical counseling are Word-based ministries. In Part One, Pastor Kevin Carson described how preaching helps counseling. Now in Part Two, Pastor Steve Viars explains how counseling helps preaching. Continue reading

What You Hear on Sunday Helps You Counsel on Monday

Kevin Carson

Kevin Carson

Pulpit and Personal Ministry of the Word--What You Hear on Sunday Helps You Counsel on Monday

You’re reading the first of a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Uniting the Pulpit Ministry of the Word and the Personal Ministry of the Word. This series demonstrates that both preaching and biblical counseling are Word-based ministries. Today, in Part One, Pastor Kevin Carson describes how preaching helps counseling. Continue reading

Why We Need to Equip and Be Equipped

Adam Embry

Equipping Series - Why We Need to Equip and Be Equipped

Equipping believers and being equipped is an important aspect of biblical counseling. Primarily from the Ephesians 4, there are several corresponding ways equipping and being equipped correspond and show us the necessity of equipping ministries in the local church. Continue reading

Teaching Resources for Equipping Counselors

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

Equipping Series - Teaching Resources for Equipping Counselors

Many times when people write about equipping, they provide excellent ideas. But often I hear people say: “I love those ideas, but do you have any resources so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel? And, any chance those resources are free!?” In response to questions like that from many educators, equippers, pastors, and biblical counselors, I’ve created the following free resources for Equipping Counselors for Your Church. Continue reading

On Equipping the Saints for Counseling Ministry

John Henderson

John Henderson

Equipping Series - On Equipping the Saints for Counseling Ministry

Several years into this cascade, I was studying through Ephesians and the passage from chapter 4 hit me like a freight train. In the face of this incredibly clear passage I had to admit that I was laboring in the opposite direction to God’s design and purpose. I was dominating the work of service, intentionally or not, and the saints were left on the outside. The body of Christ was not being built up because the very means God had given for the construction had been short-circuited. Beyond the practical problems I cited earlier, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was neglecting a huge and vital task God had clearly assigned. Continue reading

Counseling in Community: Equipping the Ground Troops

Garrett Higbee

Garrett Higbee

Equipping Series - Counseling in Community - Equipping the Ground Troops

If the church in the western world is really going to move away from the over-professionalized, hyper-therapeutic view of counseling, we need to see counseling more as part of the discipleship continuum rather than placing it on a separate plane altogether. Because the war against our enemies (the flesh, Satan, and the world) is mostly fought at the street level, biblical counseling belongs in our homes, in our small group meetings, and in our friendships. Continue reading

It Takes a Congregation

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

Equipping Series - It Takes a Congregation

Sadly, in some churches, the people of God are second-class citizens when it comes to the work of the ministry. If a “lay” person makes a hospital visit, that’s okay, but we want to know, “where’s my pastor!” Far too many “lay” people are recruited to fill a position and to fill a need, but not to fulfill a calling. Christ’s vision is so different. Pastors serve the people so God’s people can serve the congregation and community. Continue reading