Biblical Counseling

Background

The Biblical Counseling Institute (BCI) was founded in 1999 upon the philosophy that change is possible through the application of the Word of God, because "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

BCI's main approach to counseling is modified "Nouthetic" — a term coined by its originator, Jay Adams to mean "confrontation of sin." The Word of God is the sole reference needed in this type of counseling, although skills in communication and in the ministering of God's love and compassion are essential. Our experience is that difficulties in overcoming life's adversities usually result from living our lives in ways that God never intended. When those wrong ways are discovered and changed, God's blessing of relief and healing almost always follows.

BCI is a ministry of Ahavat Yeshua Messianic Jewish Congregation in cooperation with other Messianic Jewish Congregations in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Counseling Offered

BCI offers counseling to adolescents and adults, including those who are married, not married, couples planning marriage, and families.

Locations

Counseling is offered in DC, MD, and VA

  • Ahavat Yeshua Messianic Congregation, 3855 C Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
  • Ohev Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation, 8196 Terminal Road, Lorton, VA 22079
  • Selectively in the homes of our counselors located in:
    • Washington, DC
    • Silver Spring, MD and
    • Waldorf, MD
"Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety."
(Proverbs 11:14)