Equipping Inmates at Columbia Correctional Institution in Lake City, Florida, to Counsel Biblically
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The purpose of this project was to equip prison inmates at Columbia Correctional Institution in Lake City, Florida, to counsel other inmates biblically. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, context, rationale, definitions, limitations, and research methodology of the project. Chapter 2 is a study of the biblical and theological basis for idea that all believers should be able to counsel and encourage one another toward greater maturity in Christ. First, the chapter presents evidence that believers are equipped by Scripture to counsel one another. Second, it shows that Scripture is sufficient for counseling people in all situations. Third, it demonstrates the error of attempting to integrated psychology with biblical counsel. Finally, the chapter shows that believers are able to respond to biblical counsel because they have the Holy Spirit. Chapter 3 explores theoretical and practical issues related to teaching inmates to counsel other inmates. It demonstrates how the unique culture that exists within the prison system makes Christian inmates more effective at counseling other inmates than volunteers from outside prison. Chapters 4 and 5 provide details of the implementation of the project, as well as a thorough evaluation of the project.