About NBC Biblical Counseling Ministry

Association of Certified  Biblical Counselors

Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

The Need for Christian Counseling

In the 1960s America faced a clash of cultures, and the ecclesiastical scene was no different. The modernist/fundamentalist battle was over and a new era emerging. However, pastors and seminary students were still training for the past battle. While these men had great zeal for God and burdened hearts for both the lost and for their church flocks, many quickly found that the education they received had focused their attention on answering the attack of the liberal rather than answering the attack of a drunken husband on his wife.

Nouthetics

Dr. Jay Edward Adams was one of the many young men struggling with this issue. However, God placed a particular burden on this young man. Over the course of the next few years, Dr. Adams developed a process that offered a biblical, holistic answer to counter secular psychology, calling this system nouthetics. Nouthetic counseling is biblical counseling that uses Scripture to confront people about their sin with the goal of helping to restore them to usefulness (Gal. 6:1).

Mike Hart, Discipleship Pastor Administrator

Mike Hart, Discipleship Pastor
Administrator

mhart@nettletonbaptistchurch.org

We are not Christian psychologists or psychiatrists. We are Biblical counselors who begin with the question, “What does God’s Word say?” as we seek to address the needs in people’s lives. In Biblical counseling the heart is the target. The simplest, most Biblical answer to the question “Why do people do the things they do?” can be found by asking this question: “What is controlling the heart?”

Our goal is heart change. Any help that fails to reach the heart is no help at all. A therapeutic culture may offer insights into the shadows, but it cannot dispel them. Only the gospel can do that. As Biblical counselors, we believe that the Bible is sufficient and necessary in addressing the root issues in the lives of people of all ages.

We believe the Bible’s own testimony: “All Scripture is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). God wrote of Himself, “…His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us…” (2 Pet. 1:3).

Is there any hope for this to work?

We believe that God has given us all we need to know Him and to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. All our difficulties may not evaporate. However, when a person willingly submits to God’s instruction and clings to His promises, there is hope and help.

There are answers for dealing with whatever you may be facing. In fact, many of our counselors see significant progress within 8-12 weeks.

What kind of concerns do people that come for counseling have?

We see folks with all kinds of problems, but the most common would be those struggling in their marriage, helping parents with their children, those dealing with sexual sin and those struggling with their emotions (e.g. depression or anger). In all cases, we use the Bible, God’s sufficient Word, to answer the problems of life.

Are the counselors qualified and when is counseling available?

All of our counselors, whether they are pastors or laypersons, go through a rigorous training program in Biblical counseling. At this time, our counseling is offered on Tuesdays from 9 am – 2 pm and on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm.

What does it cost?

Since Nettleton Baptist Church provides the facilities and the counselors volunteer their time, we can offer the counseling free of charge. However, out of respect for our staff we require a $25 deposit which is forfeited for last minute cancellations. If a counselee leaves counseling, or graduates from counseling without a cancellation, the deposit is returned.

What can I expect from NBC if I come?

First of all, you can expect that everything will be held in strict confidence except where, in the counselor’s judgement, there is a Biblical requirement to involve others (e.g. criminal activity). Secondly, you can expect that our staff will care for you and treat you with respect. Thirdly, you can expect our staff to encourage you in your successes and exhort you to think and behave in a way that pleases Jesus Christ.

What does NBC expect from you?

We have three requests from you. First, we ask you to be honest. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to help you if you continually lie to us. Secondly, we ask you to do weekly homework assignments that will encourage lasting change. Thirdly, we ask you to give us a little time. Habits are not developed overnight and new habits will take several weeks to develop.

Where do you begin?

For more information or to schedule an appointment, phone (870) 932-4960, or e-mail mhart@nettletonbaptistchurch.org. We would love to hear from you!

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