Our society is marked by confusion, division, and sinfulness in matters of gender and sexuality. Far from being just a secular concern, gender and sexuality issues confront the church from within and without. But God’s Word guides how the church should respond to this, both on a cultural and personal level.
CoRE 2018: Biblical Counseling, Psychology, and Mental Illness
The marks of sin on our world are everywhere, but God’s Word is our source of comfort and direction in times of trial. While secular methods cannot offer lasting hope in the midst of difficulty and pain, biblical counseling points the hurting and broken to find grace and peace from God through the ongoing work of Christ.
Living in a sin-cursed world, we all find ourselves surrounded by people who are suffering, both believers and non-believers. Though the temptation to yield to despair is great, our God does have a purpose in suffering and is generous with His grace in times of need. We are called to minister to those who are suffering and show them that God’s purposes are accomplished through—not in spite of—their trials.
The call to follow Christ is a call to leave this world behind. And yet, believers are called to be salt and light to the world. Christ himself prays in John 17 that the Father would protect believers from the evil one—not that He would remove them from the world. So, what does it look like practically for Christians to be in the world, but not of the world?