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The Pastor as Soul Physician:Changing Lives with Christ’s Changeless Truth


Ever Feel a Little Lost?


Ever Feel a Little Lost?


Some Signs Are More Helpful Than Others


Some Signs Are More Helpful Than Others


Some Sign Are More Helpful Than Others


Some Sign Are More Helpful Than Others


Some Sign Are More Helpful Than Others


Need Some Directions?


Need Some Directions?


Whet Your Appetite


The Tale of Tim’s Two Counselors

  • The Tale of Tim’s Two Counselors:

    • Which pastor/counselor/spiritual friend/soul physician do you tend to be more like? Why?

    • Has anyone ever interacted with you like either of Tim’s counselors? What did it feel like? What were the results?

  • What content does a person need to know to be a biblical counselor, pastoral counselor, spiritual friend, soul physician? What biblical theology might have motivated Tim’s counselors?


The Great Soul Physician

The SPDR!


The SPDR

  • Nourishing the Hunger of the Soul:

    • Preventative Medicine—God’s Word

  • Knowing the Creator of the Soul

    • The Great Physician—The Trinity

  • Examining the Spiritual Anatomy of

    the Soul:

    • People—Creation


The SPDR

  • Diagnosing the Fallen Conditionof the Soul:

    • Problems—Fall

  • Prescribing God’s Cure for the Soul:

    • Solutions—Redemption


The SPDR

  • Envisioning the Final Healing of the Soul:

    • Home—Glorification

  • Dispensing God’s Care for the Soul:

    • Spiritual Friends—Sanctification


Nourishing the Hunger of the Soul:

Preventative Medicine—God’s Word

  • Our Passion: Coram Deo Sola

    Scriptura—Colossians 2:8-10

  • Our Principle: Truth and Love Must

    Kiss—Philippians 1:9


Nourishing the Hunger of the Soul:

Preventative Medicine—God’s Word

  • Our Pattern: Relating God’s Truth

    to Human Relationships through

    Trialogues


Knowing the Creator of the Soul:

The Great Physician—The Trinity

  • Start before the Beginning

  • Who God Is

  • The Soul Physician

  • Reality Is Relational

  • Who We Are

  • For Knowing Images Bearers


Examining the Spiritual Anatomy

of the Soul: People—Creation

  • The CFR Narrative

    • Creation

    • Fall

    • Redemption


Examining the Spiritual Anatomy

of the Soul: People—Creation

  • A Biblical Theology/Psychology

    of the Nature of Human Nature

    • RRVEP (Relational, Rational,

      Volitional, Emotional, Physical)


Examining the Spiritual Anatomy

of the Soul: People—Creation

  • Relational Beings:

    • Romancers: Intimacy

    • Loving Passionately

    • Affections

    • Longing


Examining the Spiritual Anatomy

of the Soul: People—Creation

  • Spiritual Beings: Communion


Examining the Spiritual Anatomy

of the Soul: People—Creation

  • Social Beings: Community


Examining the Spiritual Anatomy

of the Soul: People—Creation

  • Self-Aware Beings: Conscience


Examining the Spiritual Anatomy

of the Soul: People—Creation

  • Rational Beings:

    • Dreamers

    • Thinking Wisely

    • Mindsets

    • Thinking


Examining the Spiritual Anatomy

of the Soul: People—Creation

  • Volitional Beings: Will/Choice/Goals

    • Creators

    • Choosing Courageously

    • Purposes/Pathways

    • Choosing


Examining the Spiritual Anatomy

of the Soul: People—Creation

  • Emotional Beings:

    • Singers

    • Experiencing Deeply

    • Mood States

    • Feeling


Examining the Spiritual Anatomy

of the Soul: People—Creation

  • Physical Beings:

    • Actors

    • Living Fully

    • Habituated

      Tendencies

    • Acting


Diagnosing the Fallen Conditionof the Soul: Problems—Fall

  • “Not the way it’s supposed to be!”


Diagnosing the Fallen Conditionof the Soul: Problems—Fall

  • Our descent into the abyss of sin.

  • Our only explanation for sin and suffering.

  • Our Fallen Personality: Hamartiology

  • Our Fallen Planet: Sufferology


Diagnosing the Fallen Conditionof the Soul: Problems—Fall

  • “Our World Is Fallen and It Often Falls on Us!”


Prescribing God’s Cure for the Soul: Solutions—Redemption

  • Creation: Biblical Psychology

  • Fall: Biblical Psychopathology

  • Redemption: Biblical Psychotherapy

  • Our Passion: Coram Deo Sola Gratia


Prescribing God’s Cure for the Soul: Solutions—Redemption

  • The Bible Is Comedy Not Tragedy

  • Regeneration: Who We Are In Christ: Nature

  • Reconciliation: Who We Are To Christ: Nurture


Envisioning the Final Healing of the Soul: Home—Glorification

  • God’s Promise: Heaven

  • What is our destiny?

  • Impact our present reality?

  • We’ve read the end of the

    story!


Dispensing God’s Care for the Soul: Spiritual Friends—Sanctification

  • Sustaining: “It’s Normal

    to Hurt


Dispensing God’s Care for the Soul: Spiritual Friends—Sanctification

  • Healing: “It’s Possible to

    Hope”


Dispensing God’s Care for the Soul: Spiritual Friends—Sanctification

  • Reconciling: “It’s Horrible

    to Sin, But Wonderful to Be

    Forgiven”


Dispensing God’s Care for the Soul: Spiritual Friends—Sanctification

  • Guiding: “It’s Supernatural

    to Mature”


Personal Applications

  • Of nourishing, knowing, examining, diagnosing, prescribing, envisioning, and dispensing:

    • Which seems most important for you to learn?

    • What if you omitted any one?

    • Which could you apply to your life now? How?

  • How might your daily life change if you lived coram Deo sola scriptura?

  • How might your daily life be different if you lived coram Deo sola gratia?


Ministry Implications

  • What is your approach to helping people, your map/model? Where did you learn it? Where could Scripture further shape it?

  • As you leave here today on track toward growth as a soul physician, what will you be doing differently as you further develop as a biblical counselor?

  • Rate your level of “what to know” for biblical counseling compared to ninety minutes ago, with 1 being “the same as when I entered,” and 10 being “incredibly higher”.


The Pastor as Soul Physician:Changing Lives with Christ’s Changeless Truth


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