Biblical Counseling, Biblical Growth and Change, Intro, Theology, Topical Study, Uncategorized

Upcoming Series: Biblical Growth and Change

At the sound of the alarm each morning, we push back the sheets and step into our routines. Day after day we do the same things, and in short-term thinking we often expect different results. Human beings are creatures of habit, both good and bad. When we come to Jesus, we do so as sinners. As fallen, messy people we come with heavy baggage; we come with a multitude of negative behaviors that must be overcome. So what is the Christian to do when we identify an area where growth and change are needed?

Search me, O God, and know my heart! 

Try me and know my thoughts! 

And see if there be any grievous way in me, 

and lead me in the way everlasting!

Psalm 139:23-24

Looking forward, readers can expect a six-part series studying Biblical Growth and Change. This series provides a glimpse of the biblical counseling perspective* on growth and change, sharing what the Bible says concerning change in our lives through means that honor Christ, His church, and His Word. God has given us Himself, the Gospel, the Bible, and the church, promising that they are effective for all things pertaining to life and godliness. Our task as Christians is to grow in our understanding of and ability to apply these resources to our struggles. 

Reading each post and included scripture passages, implementing questions, and working through practical help within the study offers individuals a glance at how to live a transformed life in Jesus Christ. As born-again believers, we can learn to satisfy our souls and renew our minds with what God has given us in the gospel.

It’s important to note that this study will be helpful, but not exhaustive. Much can be gained from the local church and/or spending time with a biblical counselor regarding growth and change.

Sources for this series:

Jay Adams, Godliness Through Discipline

Gregg R. Allison, 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith

Joel Beeke, Developing Healthy Spiritual Growth

Sinclair Ferguson, Maturity

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology

John MacArthur, Jr., Our Sufficiency in Christ

John Owen, The Mortification of Sin

J. I. Packer, Rediscovering Holiness

John Piper, When the Darkness Will not Lift

David Powlison, Power Encounters

Stuart Scott, Killing Sin Habits

Stuart Scott, From Pride to Humility

R.C. Sproul, 5 Things Every Christian Needs to Grow

Charles Swindoll, Understanding Christian Theology

Paul Tripp, Instruments in The Redeemer’s Hands

Ed Welch, Side by Side

Rankin Wilbourne, Union With Christ

Class Notes, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

*Note: A trained biblical counselor through Association of Certified Biblical Counselors’ CDT, the counsel I provide is in accordance with sound interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. My training continues through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. No claim is made or implied to licensure by the state of Arkansas or any other state.

Bible Study, Doctrine & Disciplines of the Bible Series, Intro, Theological Study, Theology, Topical Study, Uncategorized

Excited to Share

I am excited to share with you about an upcoming series reflective of my teaching from fall 2018. My objective with this series is to call women to the reading and study of God’s Word, provide support for sound doctrine, and dispel theological confusion in those disciplines and doctrines. When we do not know and understand good theology, we risk living out bad theology. 

Women need theology; the study of God is not merely for our good but for the glory of God himself. Doctrine of the Word of God is the very foundation of theology, Christian belief based on Scripture. In its four applications, doctrine is believed, practiced, confessed, and taught. It is Christian belief that involves not just our head but our whole being. “For nearly 2000 years, the church has constructed sound theology based on Scripture. Because Scripture is the written Word of God and, as such, the ultimate authority for what the church is to believe and how it is to live, it is the foundation for good theology.” Writes Professor of theology, Dr. Gregg Allison.

Within this series, Doctrine & Disciplines of the Bible, our study will glance at inspiration of Scripture, inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture, and Scripture’s authority and sufficiency. With a correct posture, the reader will be invited to read the Bible well and do the hard work of Bible study while handling the Word of God rightly. Although the study will not be exhaustive in this online context, I believe the average reader will find it informative. In a sense, we will be getting back to the basics.

As a reminder, the studies are more than a devotional, yet less than a Bible study. However, the reader will need to open her Bible and read through the indicated scriptures (biblical support) to fully benefit from the content. Some in-depth posts in this particular series will require more than one sitting to work through. Appropriately, the studies will post once weekly.

Recreated for the purpose of supplementing my teaching and discipleship, this series is meant to be more than information transfer. Confronting the reader with doctrinal truths, heart application will manifest as theological adjustments, discerning attitudes, and  putting into practice the spiritual disciplines. It is my heartfelt prayer that the reader might come to know Christ and enjoy his Word in a greater way. And as in all things, that God himself might receive glory for any fruit of my humble efforts. 

A preface to these posts, I would be remiss if I did not list my sources for Doctrine and Disciplines of the Bible:

Paul Enns, The Moody Handbook of Theology

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology

Millard Erickson, Christian Theology

Charles Ryrie, Basic Theology

John Frame, Systematic Theology

Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology

Gregg R. Allison, 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith

The Baptist Faith & Message 2000

The Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy

The London Baptist Confession of Faith

Danny Akin, Charles Quarles; SEBTS Class Notes

George Guthrie, Read the Bible for Life

Howard and William D. Hendricks, Living By the Book

R.C. Sproul, Can I trust the Bible?

Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

David Mathis, Habits of Grace

Kevin DeYoung, Taking God at His Word

Sinclair Ferguson, From the Mouth of God

David Garner, Did God Really Say?

Carson and Nielson, God’s Word, Our Story

Michael Catt, The Power of Surrender

Tim Keller, It’s All About Jesus

R.C. Sproul, 5 Things Every Christian Needs to Grow

Jason Allen, Sola: How the Five Solas are Still Reforming the Church

John Mac Arthur, The Sufficiency of Scripture Part One

Heath Lambert, Sufficiency

D.A. Carson, R.T. France, J. Alec Motyer, Gordon J. Wenham, The New Bible Commentary

Intro

The Journey Continues

In 2016, I began a formal pursuit of biblical knowledge for the purpose of personal growth and equipping for service. It was not far in that I discovered my need to be a lifelong learner. The journey continues.

Aside from my own continued learning, I am an advocate for women to learn, enjoy, and share God’s Word. Currently, you can find me teaching theology classes in my local church or leading seminars from home.

With God’s enablement, my lifetime goal is to make Jesus Christ known in a greater way. I consider two objectives: To help people see Christ, and to help them deal with things that keep them from seeing Christ.

As a biblical counselor, I walk alongside women to help them find answers with application of solid truth. I also teach women to assess their long-term goals and values so that God’s glory might be displayed in their profound impact on the church.

Through evangelism, discipleship, mentoring, and biblical counseling, I desire to honor Christ and offer comfort to souls. Whether life lessons, biblical precepts, or book recommendations for the benefit of the reader, I will pass on tidbits of truth God so graciously allows me to learn. Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton