Biblical Counseling Course at Stanford

Syllabus 2014-2015


Part 1: Growth and Change from the Heart

Me? Lead Others Into Blessing? How, Lord!?                        Joshua 1:1-9

In God's Image: Our Nature, Purpose and Significance         Genesis 1:1-2:3

Vital Partnerships: With God, His Creation, Each Other         Genesis 2:1-3:17a

Corrupted Image: Distorted Condition from the Fall               Genesis 3-6, and various

Progressive Deterioration: Growing Conviction of Need         Romans 1:1-2:4

Hope of Redemption: Trust for New Life Here and Now         Romans 2:1-5:2

New Identity: Resulting Ability to Change                                Romans 5:1-6:14

True Freedom: Victory over Habits, Peace of Mind                 Romans 6:14-8:14

New Life in the Spirit: Becoming like Jesus                             Romans 8:4-12:2

Vital Counseling Issues: Depression, Entering God's Rest     Ps. 77, Lk. 14, Heb. 3-4, 1 Jn. 2

God's Redeeming Love: Relentless Commitment to Bless    Genesis 6-50, and various


Part 2: Fruitful Interpersonal Relationships

Redemptive Communication: The Foundation of Hope          Ephesians 1-3

Constructive Communication: The Power of Truth                  Eph. 4

Sensitive Communication: Enlightenment through Love         Eph. 5:1-6:9

Standing Firm: Avoiding Hidden Pitfalls                                   Eph.6:10-20, Matt. 18, Gal. 5-6

Resolving Conflict: True Wisdom Enables Unity                     James, Colossians

Winning Hearts to Truth: Speaking and Loving as Jesus        John 12-17, various

Unjust Suffering: Living Hope for Self and Others                   1 Peter

Discipleship: Growing through Persistent Sin of Others          Hebrews 12

Even Greater Works: The Triumph of Personal Testimony      2 Corinthians 1-7

Mystery Revealed: The Secrets of Fulfilling Friendship            Philippians


Part 3: Fulfilling Male-Female Relationships

Courtship: Dating and Engagement                                           Song of Solomon 1-3

Protecting Love's Preciousness                                                 S.Sol. 8, 1 Cor 6, 1 Thess 4:1-8

Healing from Sexual Wounds, Blessing through Scars             2 Sam 11-12, Ps. 51, Mat. 18

Breaking Patterns: Freedom for Godly Relationship                 Mat. 5, Rom., Eph. 4, Pro. 5-9

Fulfilling Friendship, Life as Singles                                          1 Sam. 18, Phil. 2+4, 1 Cor. 7

Understanding Sexuality: Maleness and Femaleness              Genesis 1:26-3:21

Christian Marriage: Love and Respect (1) - Wives                   Ephesians, esp. 5:22-24, 33b

Christian Marriage: Love and Respect (2) - Husbands             Ephesians, esp. 5:25-33a

Redeeming Marriage: Hope Triumphs over Fear                     1 Peter, esp. 2:11-3:7

Leaving and Yet Honoring Parents                                           Gen. 2:24, Eph. 6:2-3, various

Being the Lord's Servants as Parents to Children                    Deut. 6, Eph. 6:1-4