Lecture 7 – Setting of Pastoral Counseling

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III. The Framework or Ideal Setting of Pastoral Counseling

A. The general spiritual setting
Eph. 4:12-16
Jay E. Adams, The Christian Counselor’s Manual, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1973), p. 12-13.
B. The specific physical setting
1. Propriety
Rom. 13:14
Rom. 14:16
2. Compatibility
Mt. 7:12
Jn. 18:1
3. Privacy
Mt. 7:12

IV. The Goals of Pastoral Counseling

A. The proximate goal
Jn. 4:6-7
B. The ultimate goal
Col. 1:27-28
Rom. 12:2
Cor. 3:18
Rom. 8:13
Gal. 5:22-23

V. A Suggested Method to be Employed in Pastoral Counseling

Introduction: This method follows the model of a “Physician of Souls.”
A. Accepting the case
B. Setting the tone
C. Diagnosis
D. Treatment prescribed
E. Follow-up
F. Dismissal

Unit II: The Presuppositional Framework for Pastoral Counseling


1. All counseling has a Presuppositional Framework

Rom. 12:2
1 Cor. 11:14

2. The Presuppositional Framework, both of the pastor and the one counseled, is constantly and powerfully active in all counseling.
Matt. 12:33-35

I. The Presuppositions As They Relate to the COUNSELOR

A. We must possess a consciousness of our IDENTITY as overseers of the flock of God.

Heb. 13:7; 13:17

With the consciousness of this identity, two things should mark our interaction with our people when we are engaged in pastoral counseling:

1. Spiritual authority
1 Tim. 1:3; 4:11; 5:7; 6:13,17
Tit. 2:15
1 Thes. 5:12
2. A Christ-like servanthood
Matt. 20:25-28
2 Cor. 4:5
1 Cor. 9:19
Eph. 5:29
2 Cor. 12:15
1 Thes. 2:7-8
Jay E. Adams, Competent to Counsel, (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1970), p. 78.

B. We must possess a consciousness of our identity as MEN who are still SINNERS.

2 Cor. 4:7
Jer. 17:5
Jn. 15:5
Is. 2:22
1 Cor. 15:10
Heb. 5:1-2
1 Tim. 1:12-16
Tit. 3:1ff

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