Biblical Counseling

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

Metroplex Counseling and Wellness is staffed by top experts and practitioners in biblical counseling.  Our staff does not approach the complex issues of counseling with simplistic platitudes, but seeks to bring the rich relevance of the divine to the painful issues our clients are facing. 

Metroplex Counseling and Wellness is led by one of the top scholars in the biblical counseling community, Jeremy Lelek Ph.D. The following definition was formulated by a prominent speaker and participant in Dr. Lelek’s dissertation, and chosen most by experts in Christian soul care who took part in the study as most closely reflecting a genuine approach to genuine biblical care. It also reflects the convictions of Metroplex Counseling.

“Biblical counseling endeavors to build a relationship with another person in which God’s work of change can thrive. It is therefore dependent on the Word of God, the work of the Holy Spirit and the grace of Jesus Christ. It seeks to build a contextualized understanding of the counselee (past and present) and will view that data through the lens of Scripture. The Biblical counselor rests in the knowledge that he is not the change agent, but a tool in the hands of the One who is. The biblical counselor does not ignore physical issues or emotional data, but seeks to integrate them into a holistic understanding of the person and where change needs to take place. The biblical counselor is not adversarial in his relationship to the psychologies of his culture, but examines research and insights through the lens of Scripture. In his work with the counselee the biblical counselor always recognizes the sovereignty of God, the transformative grace of Christ, and the insight-giving and conviction-producing ministry of the Holy Spirit. In all of this the biblical counselor sees himself not as an isolated instrument of change, but one whose work is intimately connected to God’s primary tool of change; the church, with all of its God-ordained, duties, structures and means of grace.”

“When you’ve realized that you don’t even know yourself, that you’re an enigma to yourself, and when you keep looking inward only to find an unplumbable depth of mystery and secrets and parts of yourself that are loathsome, then Scripture isn’t received as a list of commands: instead, it breaks into your life as a light from outside that shows you the infinite God who loves you at the bottom of the abyss.”

James K.A. Smith, Christian Philosopher