Anyone Can Counsel

Help When It’s Hard

Difficulty finds us all. We sometimes think only pastors can help people in tough situations. But in reality, God calls all of us to care for one another. Dr. Deepak Reju talks about how God equips every Christian to counsel. We can enter into other people’s hardships to provide support and wisdom.

Dr. Deepak Reju serves as an Associate Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, where he oversees the biblical counseling and family ministries. He is the author of several books and articles, including Great Kings of the Bible: How Jesus is Greater than Saul, David and Solomon and On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church.  

Deepak made the case that all Christians can counsel. God gives us all we need for wisdom—His Word and His Spirit. With the right training, anyone can walk alongside someone in the midst of difficulty. 

Do you think of counseling as something only professionals can do? Why or why not?
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Deepak said discipleship is part of the overarching mission of the church, while biblical counseling falls under discipleship. It deals with the hardships and struggles. 

How does Deepak’s point of view of biblical counseling shape how you view counseling? Why?
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Do you feel equipped to counsel? Why or why not? What could you or your church do to encourage biblical counseling for everyone in the church?
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When have you seen the church come alongside you or someone you know in a hard situation? How did the church provide support?
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Deepak talked about how counseling someone is a form of laying down your life for them. How could you sacrifice for someone you know who’s going through difficulty this week? What might it look like to provide biblical counsel to them?
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Anyone can counsel. If you’re in leadership at your church, talk with other leaders this week about biblical counseling. Evaluate what you already have in place and consider ways to equip your congregation to counsel. Even if you’re not in leadership, choose to come alongside someone you know who’s going through a hard time—offer help, bring food, listen. You can provide comfort as part of the body of Christ.  

To learn more about The Biblical Counseling Coalition, click here.