All of Scripture is sufficient for counseling, but how do you connect God’s word effectively to the lives and struggles of people around you? Do you always turn to the same familiar passages, and are less confident in using others to communicate the power of God’s love and faithfulness in the Gospel? How do you use the Bible’s redemptive story in counseling so that counselees grow in their knowledge of and love for the sovereign Lord? This course will help you understand both people and the Bible more thoroughly and is designed to strengthen your ability to rivet Scriptural truth to real-life ministry situations. Through lectures, class discussion, and interpretive assignments, you’ll develop your skills in interpreting and applying any passage of Scripture to help people to grow in love for God and others more fully in the midst of their complex, daily lives.



Week 1: Connecting Scripture and Life
Week 2: What Does it Really Mean?
Week 3: The Many Aspects of Scripture
Week 4: Looking at the “Big Story” of Scripture
Week 5: Wisely Applying Scripture, Part 1
Week 6: Wisely Applying Scripture, Part 2
Week 7: Understanding Biblical Genres, Part 1
Week 8: Understanding Biblical Genres, Part 2
Week 9: The Complexities of Biblical Translation
Week 10: How the Bible Came to Life
Week 11: The Importance of Interpretation in Community



About the Professors

Mike Emlet is a faculty member at CCEF where he has served for more than fifteen years. He holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MDiv degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He worked as a family physician for twelve years before joining CCEF. Mike has counseled for many years and is the author of CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, which explores the use of Scripture in counseling. Mike is married to Jody, and they have two children. He is active in his urban church and enjoys gardening, camping, and creating wheel-thrown pottery.


Required textbooks

Students must purchase separately, any other required reading is provided with course access. If you would like to borrow these books please email us at ccef [at] to check availability.

  • The True Story of the Whole World: Finding Your Place in the Biblical Drama by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen
  • Crosstalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet by Michael R. Emlet


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