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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

COMPARISON PAPER #2
EFFECTIVE BIBLICAL COUNSELING
DAVID POWLISON, M.DIV., PH.D.

A PAPER SUBMITTED TO
REV. DR. MARIO GARCIA
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR
THE COURSE PACO 507

LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

BY
JOHN M. SIMMS

PHOENIX, ARIZONA
JULY 04, 2013

Table of Contents
Introduction.........................................................................................................................2
Summary of Material………………………………...........................................................3
Practical Application…………………………....................................................................7
Works Cited……………………………………………………………………….............8
Introduction – Goal of Biblical Counseling
David Powlison has developed a biblical theology of biblical counseling with the foundation of this counseling style being the Bible as God’s authoritative word. Powlison believes that the Bible is sufficient to provide the basic framework for the counselor in addressing every problem in any area of life. Powlison is quoted as saying, “it becomes clearer and clearer that Scripture is about counseling: diagnostic categories, causal explanations of behavior and emotion, interpretation of external sufferings and influences, definitions of workable solutions, character of the counselor, goals for the counseling process…These are all matters to which God speaks directly, specifically, and frequently. He calls us to listen attentively, to think hard and well, and to develop our practical theology of conversational ministry” (Powlison 2010, 102). A biblical counseling movement emerged in the late 1960’s and the main spokesman for this movement was Jay Adams. In 1968 Mr. Adams helped establish an organization known as, “Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation or CCEF. (Christian Counseling 2013) The...

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