by: Joe Leavell

It is a real joy to introduce ourselves to you as Biblical Counseling of Arizona and officially launch our blog! We are eager to see how God will work in the lives of people in the days to come as we speak the transforming truth of God’s Word into the lives of men and women in need of God’s love and care.

Why Arizona?

Beyond the presence of very diverse climates and beautiful landscapes, Arizona has something that we at BCA find very valuable: people. Phoenix itself is home to over 4 million people and each of these individuals represents a life that matters. In our state, marriages and families are struggling. In Arizona we are seeing a real foster care and adoption crisis because of the breakdown of the family. We see people overcome with anxiety, stress, anger, or depression. We see real sorrow over individuals who have lost loved ones. We see people struggling to just pay their bills. We have seen men who struggle with identity and purpose.  We see people longing for hope and purpose to their lives who have tried to find it in all the wrong places like drugs, sex, or some other addiction.

While each one of these millions of people has their own unique challenges and struggles, we see that all people share one basic thing in common: we all share the basic need to be loved by someone who truly cares about us.

We simply cannot just sit back, shake our heads, and tell one another that somebody someday needs to do something about these struggles of life. We cannot passively watch as hurting people go on in their struggles with no hope and no purpose. It is our desire through this counseling center to give real, tangible, affordable help to people. Most importantly, we desire to share the good news that Jesus Christ is the answer to our most fundamental need for love and care, and He came and did something to fulfill that need!

Why Biblical Counseling?

Biblical counseling reflects the truth that we as counselors are not the Great Physician; Jesus is. In this way, our approach to counseling is different. While we have skilled counselors who are highly educated, we humbly recognize that our human wisdom and understanding is nothing in comparison to the One who made us. More on this subject at a later time, but let’s just say at this point that our aim is not to have you leave an appointment in awe of our knowledge and skilled words. We desire that you leave in wonder of our great and merciful God who loves us enough to rescue us and give our lives real purpose and hope.

The Apostle Paul, who probably had the equivalent education of two earned doctorates, said it best when he reflected in the opening verses of First Corinthians chapter 2 in this way, “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified….so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

In this way, marriages, employees, people who struggle with anxiety and depression, people who are addicted to pornography, people who are suicidal, people who are lonely, people who think money will make everything better and every other scenario you can possibly imagine, all stand in need of God and His Word. Honestly, we are yet to find a single situation that the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not speak into in some critical way, giving purpose and understanding to our situations and struggles.

Our Goal:

For this reason, we aspire to build ongoing relationships with our families where we can share with you the same love and care that Christ has given to us. His immeasurable love for us leads us to deeply care for each family and individual that comes under our influence. Not only do we desire to help you through your immediate struggles, our goal is to stay connected with each person to make sure he or she is in a healthy body of believers who continue to show them ongoing care.

Lastly, we also seek to partner with local churches by helping individuals and families who may already be learning through their church family. They may be hearing their pastor teach them God’s Word and show them God’s desires for their lives, but they struggle with obeying or just knowing what obedience looks like. For example, what does it look like in your marriage for a husband to love his wife or a wife to show respect to her husband?

In this way, we not only want to point you to Jesus, we also desire to tangibly walk you through how God’s Word relates your own situation and help walk you through.

If you are interested in hearing more about Biblical Counseling of Arizona, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (480) 535-1800 or visit our website at info@biblicalcounselingaz.org.

We are looking forward to being involved in your lives and seeing what God will do in the days ahead.