The Counsel of Heaven on Earth Foundations for Biblical Christian Counseling

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-06-01
  • Publisher: B&H Academic
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The Counsel of Heaven on Earthprovides a helpful introductory look at the principles of biblical Christian counseling based on models found in the books of Genesis and Isaiah. It also includes extensive survey research plus insight from personal counseling experiences that author Ian F. Jones encountered at Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, where a gunman killed seven people and wounded many others in September 1999. Broadening his audience, Jones also addresses the debate between biblical/nouthetic counselors and Christian/integrationist counselors, inviting all professionals to consider his fresh biblical Christian counseling approach.

Author Biography

Ian F. Jones, Ph.D., was born in Sydney, Australia. With degrees in sociology, Christian ethics, psychology and counseling, and religion, he now chairs the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Table of Contents

Preface 1(156)
1 Where Do We Start?
Varied Options in Counseling
Discovering a Standard of Truth
Counseling from the Whole Bible
2 Creation: The Starting Place for Biblical Christian Counseling
Our Family of Origin
Born to Relationship
The Distorted Image
Deceit and Our Family History
God's Work of Redemption
A Fundamental Flaw in All Secular Counseling Theories
3 Lostness: The Human Location
The Three Dimensions of Location
The Counseling Process: Finding the Best Path
Bernard O'Reilly and the Lost Airplane
Important Principles for Location
The Supreme Rescue
The Location of Secular Theories and Theorists
Theory as Biography
Location and Relationship in Counseling
4 Characteristics of Biblical Christian Counseling
Defining Biblical Christian Counseling
Counseling as a Dynamic Process of Communication
Counseling Design and Purpose
Counseling Dimensions of Relationship
The Issue of Self-Esteem
5 The Guiding Commandment in Biblical Christian Counseling
Jesus and the Greatest Commandment
Crisis Counseling and the Greatest Commandment
Crisis Counseling in the Wedgwood Ministry
6 Jesus the Messiah: The Counselor of Heaven on Earth
The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding
The Spirit of Knowledge and Power
The Spirit of the Knowledge of God and the Fear of God
7 Communication and Biblical Christian Counseling
Reading the Signs and the Language of Counseling
Communication and Gender
Biblical Principles in Communication
Communication and the Use of Scripture in Counseling
8 Extracting the Precious from the Worthless
Developing a Biblical Perspective
Freedom and Our Identity in Christ
Learning to Search for the Hand of God
Examples of Extracting the Precious from the Worthless
9 The Holy Spirit and the Spiritual Gifts in Biblical Christian Counseling 157(22)
The Holy Spirit's Role in Counseling
The Gift of the Spirit
The Fruit of the Spirit
The Gifts of the Spirit
An Example of the Spirit's Work
10 Biblical Traits and the Spiritual Disciplines in Counseling 179(26)
The Biblical Traits in Counseling
The Spiritual Disciplines in Counseling
The Character of a Christian Counselor
Accessing Gods Resources Counseling
11 Establishing the Location of Counselors 205(30)
Jesus Christ: Our Criterion of Acknowledgment
The importance of "One Anothering"
Christian integrity with Varied Approaches
Understanding the Differences
Adopting, Adapting. and Transforming Terms
Becoming Multilingual in Counseling
Evaluating Counseling Literature
Developing and Embracing Counseling Approaches and Models
The Danger of the Ditches
Words and Deeds, Claims and Practices
Conclusion: Where Do You Go from Here? 235(2)
Appendix: "One Anothering" Relationships 237(6)
General Index 243(2)
Scripture Index 245

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