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The pastor as soul physician changing lives with christ s changeless truth
The Pastor as Soul Physician:Changing Lives with Christ’s Changeless Truth












The tale of tim s two counselors
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 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 spdr1
The SPDR

  • Diagnosing the Fallen Conditionof the Soul:

    • Problems—Fall

  • Prescribing God’s Cure for the Soul:

    • Solutions—Redemption


The spdr2
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 condition of the soul problems fall
Diagnosing the Fallen Conditionof the Soul: Problems—Fall

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


Diagnosing the fallen condition of the soul problems fall1
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 condition of the soul problems fall2
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
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 redemption1
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
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
Dispensing God’s Care for the Soul: Home—Glorification Spiritual Friends—Sanctification

  • Sustaining: “It’s Normal

    to Hurt


Dispensing god s care for the soul spiritual friends sanctification1
Dispensing God’s Care for the Soul: Home—Glorification Spiritual Friends—Sanctification

  • Healing: “It’s Possible to

    Hope”


Dispensing god s care for the soul spiritual friends sanctification2
Dispensing God’s Care for the Soul: Home—Glorification Spiritual Friends—Sanctification

  • Reconciling: “It’s Horrible

    to Sin, But Wonderful to Be

    Forgiven”


Dispensing god s care for the soul spiritual friends sanctification3
Dispensing God’s Care for the Soul: Home—Glorification Spiritual Friends—Sanctification

  • Guiding: “It’s Supernatural

    to Mature”


Personal applications
Personal Applications Home—Glorification

  • 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
Ministry Implications Home—Glorification

  • 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 truth1
The Pastor as Soul Physician: Home—GlorificationChanging Lives with Christ’s Changeless Truth


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