Here’s this week’s edition of our Journey through the Scriptures this year.
We are in week #35 of studying the 52 most vital chapters of the Bible, and covering all the doctrines, theology, and background necessary for the comprehension of God’s Revelation to us.
Near the end of this monumental book, God has Paul explain one of the means of sanctification is the Biblical Counseling & Discipleship of other believers in the lives of individuals in Christ’s Church.
The Call from God to be Disciple-Making Biblical Counselors
Look again at Romans 15:14 to see our calling to be disciple-making Biblical counselors of other believers in the Body of Christ.
Rom. 15:14 (NKJV) Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
This calling to be agents in God’s Hands ministering the sanctifying Word into the lives of other believers is only based on us being recipients of the Spirit’s sanctifying work first. We ask people to follow us as we are following the Lord (1 Cor. 11:1).
The Worldview God Offers
• God says we are an immortal spirit that lives within a temporal human body. We are waiting the time when we’ll be clothed upon with our celestial body when we see Christ and become like Him (1 Cor. 15).
• Everyone either sees themselves first temporally: as a physical body with an eternal spirit; or eternally as an eternal spirit with a physical body.
• Choosing God’s upward orientation explains many facets of how we view life. If problems are seen in the long view of eternity, they are just a small part of the picture (Paul called life a “light, momentary affliction” 2 Cor. 4:17).
• Life lived looking downward at the decay or our bodies, the decline of our world, nation, and culture is always discouraging. But, looking up, seeing what God has said life will be like (full of “troubles” Job 5:7) and where all of history is heading (Rev. 6-19), and that all who are godly will suffer because we are headed in a different direction (2 Tim. 3:12).
#5 God’s Righteousness & His Gospel
• Everyone we meet at that moment—is either saved or lost (Rom. 3:10).
• If the person is saved then you can dispense to them what God’s Word says about everything that they need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
• If the person is lost they need the Gospel, all other spiritual truth they are unable to receive (1 Cor. 2:14) and is foolishness to them. The help we give is limited, should be based on compassion for their real condition. They need to hear where their life is really headed (Ps. 1:6).
• If they are saved and know it, but are struggling, or if they lack assurance of the Gospel’s work in their lives: both need to be reminded of the truths of the Gospel.