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The Master’s College 2015-2016 Catalog

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GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Dr. John D. Street, Chairperson

The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC)

is a graduate program intended to equip men

and women for practical excellence in counseling

biblically and training counselors for counseling

within local church ministries. The content of the

courses emphasizes the practical skills of counseling

without neglecting the solid biblical foundation on

which these skills are built. The classes, homework,

and assigned reading can be practically implemented

in each student’s life and ministry immediately. Each

course the student takes will enhance his walk with

God and ministry. The MABC degree is designed

to help people study, use, and know Scripture more

effectively in their own lives and in their counseling

ministries with others. Our goal is to produce men

and women who understand God’s Word as it applies

to the exercise of the spiritual gift of counseling

under the oversight of a local church.

The MABC program is designed to equip teachers,

pastors, missionaries, elders, deacons, and the other

Christian workers to counsel in ministry settings

and is not structured to meet state requirements for

licensing. It does meet requirements for certification

with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

(ACBC). Vocational opportunities after graduation

include ministry positions in local churches,

chaplaincies, Christian colleges, Christian schools,

crisis pregnancy centers, children’s homes, rescue

centers, and mission agencies, as well as enhanced

application in other professional fields. Even those

whose primary responsibility is not counseling find

that the MABC program provides invaluable training,

as it provides skills and personal insight in the

Christian life and improves their overall effectiveness

on the job, in personal relationships, and to their

local church.

PHILOSOPHY OF COUNSELING

The Holy Scripture, being God’s law and testimony,

is true and should therefore serve as the Christian’s

standard for all matters of faith and practice (Isaiah

8:19-20; 2 Peter 1:3). There is no authority that is

higher than the one found in Scripture. Wherever

and on whatever subject Scripture speaks, it must be

regarded as both inerrant and authoritative.

Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling

There have always been people who have affirmed

the inerrancy and authority of Scripture in matters

of faith and practice but who would not affirm

the sufficiency of Scripture for understanding and

resolving the spiritual (non-physical) problems of

man. These people acknowledge Scripture to be

the Word of God and are therefore worthy of our

respect, but when it comes to understanding and

resolving many of the real issues of life, they think

that Scripture has limited value. It is, therefore, crucial

that we clearly articulate what Biblical Counseling

truly is. There are four distinguishing features of truly

Christian counseling as explained below.

Christ-Centered Counseling

Biblical counseling is conscientiously and

comprehensively Christ-centered. It focuses on

who Christ is, what He has done for us in His life,

death, resurrection, and in sending the Holy Spirit.

Christ-centered counseling also focuses on what He

is doing for us right now in His intercession at the

Father’s right hand, and what He will yet do for us in

the future. In Biblical Counseling, the Christ of the

Bible is not an appendage or a “tack on” for living

in the fast lane. Rather, He is at the center as well as

the circumference, and everywhere in between, of

counseling.

Christ-centered counseling involves understanding

the nature and causes of our human difficulties.

It involves understanding the ways we are unlike

Christ in our values, aspirations, desires, thoughts,

feelings, choices, attitudes, actions, and responses.

Resolving those sin-related difficulties includes being

redeemed and justified through Christ, receiving

God’s forgiveness through Christ, and acquiring from

Christ the enabling power to replace un-Christlike

(sinful) patterns of life with Christlike, godly ones.

Salvation-Centered Counseling

A biblical counselor is also conscientiously and

comprehensively Christian in his outlook on life.

Truly biblical counseling is done by individuals who

have experienced the regenerating work of the Holy

Spirit and have come to Christ in repentance and

faith, acknowledging Him as Lord and Savior of

their lives. These are also people who want to live in

obedience to Him, people whose main concern in

life is to exalt Him and bring glory to His name. They

are people who believe that, since God did not spare