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Where biblical precepts and psychological process come together for lasting answers
Are you a frustrated Christian . . .
. . . struggling with the disconnect between what Scripture says about your problem and what you actually experience?
If our 30-year clinical practice – as well as our own personal experience – shows us anything, it’s how frustrating it can be as a Christian to know what the Bible says but not be able to make it work in your own life.
It’s not because you don’t believe what Scripture teaches. You do. And it’s not because you don’t pray for God’s help. You do that too.
And yet, you still struggle with those common human issues like fear, inability to forgive, worry, parenting, or self-image.
On top of it all, you now secretly feel like a failure. As one person recently put it, “I just can’t seem to pull off what I know the Bible teaches”.
In fact, we’ve found that if a believer struggles with this long enough, they usually end up in one of two camps:
1. “There must be something wrong with me or my faith because I can’t overcome my biggest problems [like worry] — even though Scripture speaks directly to them.”
2. “I’ve tried and tried but it just doesn’t work for me . . . and I’m beginning to secretly fear whether it really works at all.”
For 20 years I had been seeking an answer to a question that caused me a great deal of intellectual curiosity and more than a little spiritual frustration. Simply put, my question was this: Why is it that Scripture tells us what to do, but rarely includes how to do it? And I’m being honest when I tell you that I wrestled with this on and off for 20 years before (finally!) getting clarity.
Let me save you 20 years and give you that insight right here. The reason Scripture usually gives us the what but not the how is this:
The Bible is a book of precept, not process.
That is to say, it tells us what to do, but seldom how to do it.
A precept is a general principle intended to regulate thought and behavior. The Bible is full of precepts. Let me give you just three examples:
There are probably a number of reasons why we are given the what and not the how, but I think two are primary:
1. If it gave us the process for each precept, the Bible would be about the size of an old-school set of encyclopedias!
2. This absence of process encourages us to pursue wisdom, seek insight, and discover application.
This is where psychology enters the picture. Psychology helps with the how. Psychology gives insight about Process.
And it can aid in applying the Precepts found in God’s Word to my situation and through my unique personality.
You will hear us talk a lot about psychospiritual growth, psychospiritual development. That is because, to us, it is the ideal term. It encompasses both the spiritual (the universal Precepts of Scripture) and the psychological (the Processes aiding the successful integration of truth into our life).
Because in reality, there is both a spiritual and a psychological component to our being, just as there is a physical component.
Let’s look at this from a different angle. Let’s briefly consider the world of medical science. Scripture speaks of medicinal intervention (Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses*) and even physicians (the Apostle Luke was a doctor), but it does not intend to be a medical manual. Again, imagine how massive the Bible would have to be if that were the case.
Rather, medical advancement and interventions are left for medical science to discover . . . just as the psychological dimensions of life are left – in terms of process – for the science of psychology to discover.
*1 Tim 5:23
The problem is that most spiritual leaders (pastors and teachers) are only equipped to deal with our spiritual needs. And most psychologists, counselors, and therapists are only equipped to address our psychological needs.
As a result, they each tend to view the human condition from their arena alone.
But any successful and lasting response to psychospiritual challenges like anxiety, hurt, and anger — must address both our spiritual and our psychological needs.
Susan and I both hold degrees in theology as well as counseling, allowing us to seamlessly integrate biblical precepts with psychological processes to help our clients navigate life’s challenges and provide insight and direction for their psychospiritual growth.
By combining the precepts from Scripture with the best evidence-based methodologies of psychology, we flesh out the path that takes you from precept through process to that all-important lasting change.
And here’s how we do it . . .
An emotionally safe, professionally supported, and spiritually inspiring environment that facilitates you in understanding and mastering your personal struggles, whether deep-seated or more recent.
As a Member you will learn how to put biblical precepts into action in your own life by combining them with evidence-based psychological processes that create lasting change.
Because we are so fiercely passionate about reinforcing our content with personal attention, the only way to access our materials (topic-focused courses, podcasts, mp3s, and more) is through membership.
Select clients who prefer to work one-on-one to directly target specific challenges can take advantage of our personal coaching packages.
As a coaching client, you benefit from the proven methods we have field tested over our 30-year practice working with people just like you.
While personal coaching is available for both members and non-members alike, GRO Members receive a generous discount.
Phone, email, and video options are all available for your convenience.
While we offer membership and coaching, we like to believe that our real product is HOPE. So if you’ve tried and failed so many times that you’re a little short on hope, you’re in the right place.
You see, it’s just as Proverbs 25:2 says
God delights in concealing things; [precepts]
scientists delight in discovering things. [process]
Precepts and Process — This is our focus at GRO
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