In this article, I would like to talk to you about identity—who we perceive ourselves to be, who we are, and who we are becoming. As Christians, this is of foremost importance for it is at the nucleus of our being. Everything we will do in our life, the path we follow and the journey … Continue reading Identity
In this article we will discuss spiritual disciplines; what they are, their purpose and what they contribute toward our experience of God leading us toward spiritual maturity and transformation. The aim or goal of practicing spiritual disciplines is to engage with God so we may experience Him in a deeper more impactful way and subsequently … Continue reading Spiritual Disciplines and the Transformed Life
In this article we discuss our affections—that is what we love—and how our loves and affections motivate us toward certain behaviors and actions. In essence, we live toward what we love—it is the end game, the teleos or goal of our lives. We work to achieve, and this is for what we want out of … Continue reading Spiritual Affections and the Transformed Life
Every counselor or therapists approaches a session with a counselee with a certain set of presuppositions, a paradigm if you will, by which they understand the person. This points to the need for a model—a biblical model—by which we view behaviors, so we can help the person to gain victory over sin and emotional problems … Continue reading The Question of Motive
Idolatry is so pervasive in our culture and the heart of people today that it is at the center of nearly every sin and spiritual problem today. Early on in the biblical counseling movement, Jay Adams identified idolatry as the cause of many of the problems Christians deal with today.1 To be sure, anyone desiring … Continue reading Challenging the Idols
Recent headlines and statistics reveal the undeniable truth that there are some Christians who struggle with serious emotional and mental problems in the church today. There is enough evidence now that shows that individuals with these problems are growing in number and need help from the church. Yet, there are very few churches in the … Continue reading The Need for More Counseling Ministries in the Church Today
Many recognize that is it God’s divine grace, His unmerited favor, that makes redemption of humanity possible through the Son, Jesus Christ. However, it must also be recognized that it is God’s divine grace working throughout the redemptive process of sanctification to transform us into the image of Christ bringing newness of life to every … Continue reading How Does Divine Grace Translate into a Changed Life?
There is the undeniable expectation and the express intent of God set out in the pages of Scripture that believers will be transformed into the image of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. With this transformation, believers are to be unified in spirit with the common goals of evangelism, discipleship and fellowship as they grow in the love, knowledge and grace of Christ with the expulsion of sin and growth toward spiritual maturity.
The overriding goal of this article is to wake us up to the reality of our neglect of spiritual growth and admonish the church to get back on track toward growing in their relationship and intimacy with God. Change will not occur until confession is made, and this is merely an effort to draw attention to the state of apathy in the church today to effect change. God desires for transformation to occur in the heart and life of every believer. Unfortunately for many, the process of transformation and growing into spiritual maturity ends short of truly realizing significant transformation.