Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 156

The Master’s College 2014-2015 Catalog
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 to 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, as well as 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
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 unChristlike
(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
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