Lecture 8 – Presuppositions regarding the Person Counseled (part 1)

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C. We must possess a conviction concerning the intimate connection between our own PURSUIT OF GODLINESS and our ability to counsel others.

1. Godliness and moral discernment

Matt. 7:1-5

Prov. 11:2, 3

John Owen, The Works of John Owen, vol. 16, (London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1968), pp. 86-87.

2. Godliness and pastoral credibility

Mt. 23:1-3

II. The Presuppositions As They Relate to the PERSON COUNSELED

A. As CREATED and FALLEN image-bearers of God

1. Their moral accountability

Rom. 14:12

2 Cor. 5:10

Gal. 5:16

Prov. 28:13

Phil. 2:12-13

2. Their unique identity

Gen. 1:26-27

Jas. 3:9

1 Cor. 2:11

Philip Hughes suggests that the image of God involves personality, spirituality, rationality, morality, authority and creativity.

3. Their essential constitution

a. Essential diversity

Mt. 10:28

Jas. 2:26

b. Organic unity

c. Unique individuality

Ps. 139:13-16

4. Their culpability

Acts 7:51

Rom. 8:7

2 Cor. 4:3

Ezek. 16:63

Rom. 6:21

5. The conditioning factors that have influenced the one being counseled

a. Domestically

John 8:44

Ex. 20:4-5

David Murray, Christians Get Depressed Too, (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2010), pp. 56-57.

b. Socially

Tit. 1:12-13

1 Cor. 15:33

2 Pet. 2:7-8

Rom. 12:2

c. Religiously

Matt. 16:6

2 Tim. 3:6

Mt. 24:12

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