Counseling Seekers by Jeff Noblit
The problem is there is little to no counseling done.
There is a numbers idolatry today.
No man can judge whether a person is saved or not.
An old method of joining the church was by “Experience.”
Only the Lord adds to the number of the church.
Acts 2:47 And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. ESV
Often people will say that the Acts church would baptize the new converts right away. That is true but the Acts church was in a different context.
Start of the Church
When new believers joined the church they were ostracized by their families and suffered intense persecution. Joining the church was not the light matter that it is in today’s churches in America.
I. Discerning Awakening, Conviction and Conversion
4 For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit,
5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,
6 if they then fall away, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. ESV
Tasting is not swallowing.
3 “Listen! A sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil.
6 And when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” ESV
John 16:8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: ESV
Seeing self as corrupt not just their actions.
Rising of faith in the heart.
II. The Counseling Session
B. Holy Spirit
C. Knowledgeable Counselors – Knows the Word of God – Rom 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. ESV
D. Tools available – CD’s, Books, Faith cometh by hearing
Press upon them their lostness.
Look for the witness of the Spirit.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, … ESV
Counseling Seekers for Repentance 2/21/2009