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“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it will not collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and does not obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Matthew 7:24-27

The discipline of pastoral counseling is essential to the church’s spiritual, emotional, and economic health. Since the primary goal of every pastor must be leading souls to Christ, he or she must establish foundations capable of standing the test of the times the people it serves live in. To remain necessary in the community church leaders must envision and enact holistic approaches to their ministry. Today more than ever before we need Christian leaders who demonstrate a spirit of empathy, discernment, and most importantly, love that extends to those who on the surface may prove difficult to love.

For many decades, even now, the church allowed, and in some cases even promoted by default a false vision of heaven, which includes what it will look like in the afterlife and what one must do to get there. To acquire a lens that realistically illustrates God’s heaven one must listen to the Lord’s teachings, apply what he or she learns and obey. When we do these things, God orders our steps; provides the supplies needed to build a solid foundation. 

Pastors must be the first to recognize that it is not enough to reserve good deeds, a measure of tolerance, or the like only for those who love and like you. This issue has become very problematic in the contemporary church. For this reason, Matthew 7: 24-27 is one of many Scriptures that can be applied as a foundation for any discipline of pastoral counseling effectively.

Whereas, man would have us believe that store-bought counseling techniques alone are capable of fully restoring fractured relationships, broken hearts, and feelings of hopelessness, Matthew 7: 24-27 begs to differ. This Scripture profoundly proclaims that there can be no true spiritual, emotional, or other restoration without God’s Word.

In absence of the Word of God, in counseling, we can offer no relevant, genuine, or long-term solutions to problems people routinely struggle with. Developing a sound biblical foundation equips leaders with tools that empower them to offer hope while providing comfort and support in times of turbulence.

For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

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