What is Biblical Counseling?

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, He calls us to grow continually to be more like Him.

We are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. (Eph. 4:15)

Sometimes, in that growth journey, as a result of grief, difficult challenges, or sin, we stop growing. We just can’t seem to regain that joy we felt when we first met Jesus.

Biblical Counseling is “in depth discipleship” that relies on the Word of God to help us deal with our grief, have victory in our challenges, or repent of our sin.

When you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfast-ness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (Jas. 1:2-4)

If anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. (Gal. 6:1a)

Why Biblical Counseling?

There are answers!

Today’s world is extremely complex. God’s counsel is desperately needed. In the Bible God has provided everything necessary for individuals to know Him and to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. God promises to bless those who obey His instructions.  They can have hope, contentment, and answers for handling all the pressures of life.

There is hope!

The Bible contains the answers for all moral, spiritual, and relational challenges of life. God expects Christians to be actively growing.  This requires changing from living life our way to learning to live life God’s way.

Our goal is to look at life’s challenges and learn how God wants us to think and respond to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.  This glorifies God resulting in peace, joy, and an abundant Christian life.

Biblical Counseling at FBI

Our approach to counseling

We believe that a personal faith based on a vital knowledge of Jesus Christ is essential to salvation and is the foundation of true biblical counseling.

All of our counseling is based on the Bible. God’s Word is sufficient to answer the problems of life, and is superior to any other source of counsel.

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,

(2 Peter 1:3a)

Kinds of counseling

Individual & Family Counseling

Pre-marital & Marriage Counseling

Grief, Crisis, & Addiction Counseling

Our counseling deals with issues such as adultery, abuse, divorce, loss of hope, trials, conflict, healing after abortion, sexual purity, addictions (pornography, drugs, gambling, alcohol), anger, bitterness, fear, worry, job loss, finances, guilt, anxiety, cutting, eating disorders, depression, forgiveness, parenting, bi-polar, ADD.

Biblical Counseling for You

Our Biblical Counselors

Show concern for our counselees

Give hope to our counselees

Seek to understand our counselees

Show counselees their lives in the Bible

Apply Biblical truth to counselees’ lives

Encourage counselees’ accountability

Prepare counselees for life after counseling

Commitment for Counseling

  • Love the Lord and obey His Word
  • Appointment faithfulness
  • Completion of weekly assignments
  • Willingness to change
  • Openness and honesty

Confidentiality in Counseling

Strict confidentiality will be maintained unless, in the counselor’s judgment, there is a biblical requirement to involve others.  This may include situations such as criminal activity, potential harm to others, or unrepentant sin.

Cost of Biblical Counseling

Biblical Counseling is a free, non-profit ministry of First Baptist Inverness. Counselees are expected to pay for books and materials used in counseling.

Seeking Biblical Counseling

When is counseling offered?

Counseling is by appointment only. Sessions normally last 1 to 1-1/2 hours per week for approximately 2 to 17 weeks. The number of sessions may vary depending upon your progress.  If a counselor is not immediately available, you may be put on a waiting list.

Commencement of Counseling

Appointments can be made by contacting:

Paula Johnson at 904-860-0986

Jim Johnson at 904-704-8260

Byron Brown, Senior Pastor at 352-726-1252

John Johnson, Minister Worship & Education at 352-726-1252


No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)