Today’s blog post is written by one of the newest members on our counseling team. Though Tim has only recently joined our team of counselors he is brings excellent experience coupled with a firm foundation of Gospel hope. Welcome Tim Gosselin as you read his post below.
Who am I? Who are you? Who are we?
The stuff of everyday.
Who am I?:
Fundamentally, I am a Christian. Vocationally, I am a biblical counselor. The two callings are interconnected. The second depends upon the first.
As a Christian, I confess my rebellion against a righteous God. This offense can only be made right through repentance of sin, and faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. I believe this. And I believe this matters not just for salvation, but for everyday life.
As a biblical counselor, I depend upon the gospel message I just wrote of. It is of first importance and in accordance with the Scriptures. Biblical counseling is an appeal to the wisdom of God, “so that you may know him better…and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Eph 1:17-19).
Who are you?:
Did you notice the “you” in that passage? “You” includes you. You are made to know God. And notice the “us” in that passage. It includes all believers – all Christians.
Does “us” include you?
Knowing God is the stuff of everyday. It has always been this way. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen” (Rom 1:20).
Seeing his power is the stuff of everyday.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).
Again, does “us” include you? Do you know God? Do you see his power at work in your life?
Who are we?:
Well, if you are included in “us” – i.e. if you are a Christian – then we includes the church. We, the church, are to be a witness to the world of the knowledge and power of God. “It is God’s intent that through the church his manifold wisdom should be made known” (Eph 3:10).
The Life Counseling Center – a ministry of Chapelgate Presbyterian Church – seeks to serve both members of local churches and members of local communities. As a biblical counselor at Life Counseling Center, I share in this vision. But as a Christian I share in an even greater vision – one that God has for the church. We, as the church, are to display God’s glory. So often we do not do this. We can only begin to do this as we know him better and his incomparably great power.
The stuff of everyday:
This is the stuff we need to know. If you were to step into my counseling office, these are the things we would discuss. Who are you? What is your calling? What do you believe? Your answers have daily implications.
Who am I? I’m Tim Gosselin. I belong to Christ. I’m a biblical counselor. I believe in the vision God has for the church. This is the stuff of everyday.