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The Sufficiency of the Bible in Counseling

By Paige Patterson

Summary:

 

Is it possible for today's pastor to provide competent counseling to the members of his flock? Should counseling be left to psychologists, psychotherapists, and secular counselors? What should be the primary source of information for the pastor who attempts to counsel? Should the Bible be used in the counseling room? These questions and more are answered by Dr. Paige Patterson in this book. God's Word is sufficient! Pastors must reclaim their role of offering Biblical Counsel to the members of their flock. Every pastor should read this volume. Every believer should read this book as well. Now is the time for the church to recapture its role of Biblical Counseling.

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Author Bio:

 

Dr. Paige Patterson, an architect of the Conservative Resurgence of the Southern Baptist Convention, is a global theological educator with 60 years of ministry experience. Having served as president of three theological institutions and as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Patterson brings a lifetime of leadership expertise to his work as a theologian and evangelist. During the past six decades, Patterson has served as a member of many boards and councils including the International Council for Biblical Inerrancy.  A native Texan, Patterson has served as pastor to several churches in the United States in addition to his international ministry as a preacher and teacher at Bible conferences across the globe.

Endorsements:

 

This excellent volume should be required reading for all who would be pastors or engaged in Christian counseling. It is fair in its assessment of modern day psychology, and on target in its directives toward a biblical approach to counseling.

— Dr. Jerry Vines, Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida; Two-time President, Southern Baptist Convention

 

Dr. Paige Patterson has addressed the elephant in the room of pastoral counseling in his book, The Sufficiency of the Bible in Counseling. It is a well known part of pastoring that every pastor must give wise counsel to parishioners, but the dilemma is the source of the counseling. Well-meaning pastors, who claim the banner of inerrancy, have devoted many hours to secular thought when attempting to give counsel by those who promoted the antithesis of Christianity. B.F. Skinner and Sigmund Freud live in the world of secular thought and in the counseling sessions of good pastors. The Sufficiency of the Bible in Counseling sends the call for pastors and counselors to understand the role of the Bible and its clear teachings on anthropology, psychology, and human development. Dr. Patterson has accomplished a great service to the church in this book.  

— Dr. Marvin Jones, President, Montana Christian College

 

Every minister is a minister of the Word of God. Whether delivered to the congregation or to an individual in counseling, the message delivered is a message from God! Thank you, Paige Patterson, for reminding us again of the centrality of the Word of God in the counseling ministry of the church.

— Dr. Jimmy Draper, President Emeritus, LifeWay

 

Every minister is a minister of the Word of God. With candor and conviction, Dr. Patterson challenges the church to be biblically literate when it comes to dealing with the matters of the soul. His premise that a believer equipped with his Bible is sufficient to disciple man towards personal holiness is refreshing in a culture where the Bible is devalued publicly and in the pulpits. I highly recommend this book to the body of Christ as a resource for helping believers navigate through the jungle of life. 

— Dr. Timothy Pigg, Pastor, Fellowship Church, Immokalee/Ava Maria, FL

Is it possible for today’s pastor to provide competent counseling to the members of his flock? Should counseling be left to psychologists, psychotherapists, and secular counselors? What should be the primary source of information for the pastor who attempts to counsel? Should the Bible be used in the counseling room? These questions and more are answered by Dr. Paige Patterson in the volume you hold in your hand. God’s Word is sufficient! Pastors must reclaim their role of offering Biblical Counsel to the members of their flock. Every pastor should read this volume. Every believer should read this book as well. Now is the time for the church to recapture its role of Biblical Counseling.

— Dr. Mark H. Ballard, President, Northeastern Baptist College, Bennington, VT

Product Details:

 

Publisher: Northeastern Baptist Press (October 17, 2023)

Language: English

140 pages

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-953331-30-4

Dimensions: 5 x 8 inches

$15.99 (paperback)

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