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We appeal to our students not to be detached counselors, which is a person that God has not affected by the very things they are sharing with others. There are two types of counselors: those affected and those unaffected. This second group parrot Bible facts. The first group has a more profound impact on their listeners.
The Bible is not a magic book, or all you would have to do is parrot its words. The more God has affected you by the things you know, the more effectively you will be able to impact those within your sphere of care. Thus, the effect comes out of you and begins to influence or persuade others.
Caveat: We understand that only God can give the increase or grant repentance, but those decisions from God happen in the context of quality soul care.
The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips (Proverbs 16:23).
And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks (Acts 18:4).
When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets (Acts 28:23).
Affected disciple-makers who have matured in the art of persuading others have a sense of awareness about the people they hope to convince of the Bible’s truths. The disciple-maker must have insight into the recipient’s heart, and they must know how to attach God’s Word to the heart of the person. (The list below came from here.)
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Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).