Christian Tools

Red tool beltPeople ask us, “Who do you counsel at Christian Counseling Services?” Our answer is “We only counsel Christians who believe that the Word of God is relevant to Christian life today.” We desire to assist Christians in finding out Who God is, His Beautiful Character, and who we are in Christ. Click here to read the doctrine: The Word of God.

As Christians begin to discover who they are in Christ, many are asking, “What should I read?” or “What can I study to know more?” Of course, our answer is for you to get into your Bible. With most of the Sunday morning sermons always telling you how to get saved, it appears that the Christians that go to those services over and over again, think the only issue that is important is if they are going to heaven.

From or For?
Then trying to live the Christian life with only a knowledge of the Cross, they find themselves in our office wondering why their life or their marriage is falling apart. They say things like, “I just want to do a workFOR Christ” or “I think I should do something FOR God.” Poor God. If we don’t do something for Him, how will He get things done?

We suggest that you forget about doing something FOR God and learn who you are in Christ so you can do something FROM Him. The things you will do are described in Ephesians 2:10 as those works that “God prepared before hand, that we should walk in them.” That verse says we were “created in Christ Jesus for good works.” The power to do those good works is His Spirit within us. That power is described as the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.

So our counsel is for you to discover who you are in Christ and “walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” “If we draw our life from the Spirit, let us stay in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16,25. Our clients are discovering that Christ in them does not have a problem with lusts, addictions, or any other sins. Discover who you are and be it in all the circumstances of your life.

Bible Helps
Should you read books other than your Bible? C. H. Spurgeon said, “The man who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves he has no brains of his own.” Reading Spurgeon’s sermons is an excellent practice that will improve your knowledge of who you are in Christ and what we have in Him. No one can present Christ so beautifully as Spurgeon.

To help you learn the Word of God, it would be beneficial to have a few good helps. We recommend a good concordance like Strong’s Concordance.You will want to own a copy of Vine’s Dictionary of New Testament Words for a true interpretation of the original language of the Scriptures.

Everyone should make a thorough study of the book of Romans in your Bible. Get a copy of Romans by Robert Haldane. It is one of the best helps for a clear understanding of this epistle.

To learn Who God is theologically, get Attributes of God by Stephen Charnock. This will knock your spiritual socks off!!! And you will want to acquire the book Justification by James Buchanan for a good foundation in this important doctrine.

Body of Divinity by John Gill is a must if you really want to read one of the greatest theological minds. We recommend Systematic Theology by Augustus Strong if you want to read about subjects like repentance, faith, justification, sanctification, etc. You will find SingleVISION in this book. It is called Ethical Monism. There are several references to this under different headings.

Spurgeon recommended Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson for the most instructive reading. We like anything written by Watson. He just had a way of saying things that always makes us go back and read certain lines he wrote again and again. They are worthy of memorization.

Be Warned
If you read your Bible with the helpful tools we have suggested and Spurgeon’s sermons as often as you can, you will be amazed at how much you will grow in the Lord, but WATCH OUT. You just might outgrow your present ecclesiastical choice. A pulpit that presents sound doctrine is harder to find than you might imagine. Numberless times in the counseling room our clients have responded with, “I have never heard that before. I didn’t even know it was in the Bible.”

Not only have the things that we counsel been around for centuries, everything we counsel is from your Bible. You may feel your situation is much like the Ethiopian eunuch when asked by Phillip if he understood what he was reading in his Bible when he replied, “How can I unless someone guides me.”

That is what we do, we guide or counsel. You may not be able to come into our office for counsel, but there is One Who can guide you, Whose help we must rely on when we are counseling, the Holy Spirit. He will guide you. If you are a Christian, He lives inside you and will guide you into all truth. After all, He wrote the Bible. Who better to guide you than the author of the Book?

Bob L. Ross, Publisher and Author
You may want to know where you can get these helps that I have just recommended. Well, the place we always go for all of our Christian reading is the Pilgrim Bookstore in Pasadena, Texas. Our dear friends Bob and Michael Ross stock these and many other wonderful Christian books.

Bob L. Ross is also the Director of Pilgrim Publications which publishes all of the works of Charles H. Spurgeon. Bob Ross is not only our dear friend of over 30 years, but he is a genius in theology and the most knowledgeable of Spurgeon’s writings of any one you will ever meet.

If you would like to order any of these books, or a catalog, or talk theology with Bob, just call 713-477-2329. You may want to go to their web site: http://members.aol.com/pilgrimpub/

A Word of Caution
Please do not think we are suggesting that knowing theology is knowing Father. Study is good and you should “be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth” that you may always be “ready to make a defense to every one who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you.” But knowing theology is a poor substitute for knowing our Lord Jesus Christ.

Peter challenged us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul counted this “knowing” to be of more value than anything. He said, “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” This “knowing” is so very intimate. This “knowing” is more intimate than when “Adam knew Eve” and she became pregnant.

This “knowing” is the powerful magnetic drawing that drove men like Charles Spurgeon. To know Him is more gloriously thrilling than anything on earth. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.”

“Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to Him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.”

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