The Bible and Mental Illness

Source of Wisdom


When mental illnesses come to mind, we can think of medical diagnoses by trained professionals. The Bible sometimes comes as a last resort for those with mental problems when it should be our lifeline. Heath Lambert walks through the intricacies of Scripture to show Christians how the Bible can speak to those with mental illness.

Heath Lambert serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He also serves as the Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and at Boyce College. He is the author The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams, and co-editor of Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God's Resources in Scripture



Heath said our cultural understanding of mental illness won’t be helped without the church’s involvement. The Bible does talk about difficult problems and how to handle them. As the source of truth and wisdom, we can use the Bible to speak into mental issues.  

What stands out to you most about what Heath said about the Bible and mental health? Why?
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In what ways have you seen the Bible used to help you or others in difficult times?
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How might the Bible be useful in biblical counseling? How could you use Scripture to minister to those with mental problems?
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What practical steps could you take this week to use Scripture in how you counsel others?
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While professional studies and mental health experts are important, we should also rely on the Bible for wisdom when dealing with a mental illness. Identify passages of Scripture that might help someone with a mental illness this week. Commit them to memory and share them with those who might benefit from them. 


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