EFFECTIVE CASE MANAGEMENT/PASTORAL CARE OFTHOSE WHO SUFFER FROM A MENTAL ILLNESS AND/OR
PERSONALITY DISORDER-- (continued), lesson 2,Copyright 2012
Utilizing pastoral counselors and mental health professionals
to provide optimum care for the mentally ill within the local
God cares deeply for the mentally ill. He recognizes the intense pain of a broken spirit. Proverbs 8:14 states, “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?" The church of Jesus Christ must provide skilled comfort and help to those within its ranks who are mentally ill.
Below are a few practical suggestions for Bible study.
They are certainly not exhaustive in the area of Biblical
Preferably you have taken basic theology classes (not
just Christian Life), Bible Study Methods classes etc.
You should be reading your Bible every day and
applying what the Holy Spirit teaches you through the
Word. You should have a working knowledge of the
Wisdom Literature, Job – Ecclesiastes. The book of
Proverbs is full of wisdom, counseling principles etc.
So it is paramount that we have the ability to understand Scripture
and use it as part of our assessment tools and validation/change
You should have some key books available, for instance:
1. A Good Study Bible, It will have notes on passages and
cross references. I would either get a New King James version, a
New American Standard Version or a New International Version.
For more information on choosing a Study Bible, please go to http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/cms_content?page=844809&sp=1003
2. A Strong’s Concordance which enables you to look up the use of a
word every time it occurs, the Bible. It also has a Hebrew-Greek Dictionary.There are a number of free Bible concordances on line. One of my favorites is found at http://www.biblestudytools.com/
3. A Bible dictionary which has pertinent facts about subjects, names, places and also some theological definitions. The classic set is ISBE, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Again this can be found free on line at http://www.biblestudytools.com/encyclopedias/isbe/ .You can also buy others at a Christian book store or online. A good one is Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary which can be found on line at http://www.christianbook.com/zondervan-illustrated-dictionary-based-articles-encyclopedia/j-d-douglas/9780310229834/pd/229834
4. A Topical Bible which categorizes texts by subjects, the most famous
being Nave’s Topical Bible.
5. A one volume commentary, which has an exposition of basically
all the verses in the Bible. Always be sure to get good evangelical
commentaries. If you have questions about this please email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or respond in the comments section of this blog.
As mentioned, today you can get all these helps and more through
computer software. If you are computer literate, this
would be the way to go. However, there are some good
bible study helps that do not have computer software
You should have knowledge of suffering/glory themes in the Bible.
For example, 2 Timothy 2:10-13: (10) Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that theyalso may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (11) This is a faithful saying: For if we diedwith Him,We shall also live with Him. (12) If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. (13) If we are faithless, He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself (NKJV.).
A good principle of Bible Study is that you apply a literal,historical,
grammatical, interpretation to it. Below are three words that can be
used when studying a Biblical text:
Observation, What does the biblical text say?
Interpretation What does it mean?
Application How should I respond?
This to to be continued