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Oak City Biblical Counseling

All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, in order that the person of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 

Biblical Counseling

Why Oak City Biblical Counseling?

Welcome to Oak City Biblical Counseling! OCBC is committed to the Word of God and to helping people struggling with all of those ailments and temptations that are common to man. We exist to apply the "whole counsel of God" to saints, sufferers, and sinners. We want to help struggling people know how to implement Christ’s solutions for life’s problems.


If you or a loved one is struggling, we are happy to help. OCBC counselors are certified—or are in the process of becoming certified—with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Our counseling staff includes pastors, ministry leaders, and staff counselors. Our desire is to help you change in a way that honors Christ.

Gospel Discipleship
Bartow, FL
Mapping our journey

Our Mission

  • To proclaim gospel hope through the truth of God's Word for lasting heart change the midst of sin, sorrow, and suffering

The Vision

  • Lives changed through God's Word beginning in Bartow and branching throughout Polk County

The Plan

  • Walking with each other through life's most difficult times with hope, peace, and joy

  • Weekly accountability

  • Pointing to Jesus as the "better thing," even when circumstances don't change

Job is a paragon of righteous suffering in the Bible

What is Biblical Counseling?

Biblical Counseling is the process where the Bible, God’s Word, is related individually to a person or persons who are struggling under the weight of personal sin and/or the difficulties with suffering, so that he or she might genuinely change in the inner person to be pleasing to God. 

Our Beliefs

First, we believe that the Bible, given by God, is sufficient for life in that, when properly interpreted, it reveals to the believer all the data necessary for one to understand his need for Christ, how he can please the Lord, and how to live in a God-honoring way regardless of the circumstances whether comfortable or oppressive. 

Second, the Bible is also the authoritative source with which all truth claims—including claims made by science and history—must be evaluated. As a result, we reject all counseling theories that use presuppositions, principles, and/or methodologies that are inconsistent with the proper interpretation of the biblical text. 

Third, we believe that genuine heart change is totally dependent on the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Thus, our view of counseling practice includes the importance of prayer, dependence on God, a thorough knowledge of the Word of God, and an understanding of ministering to people.   

For a more detailed explanation of biblical counseling, please see the confessional statement of the Biblical Counseling Coalition by clicking the button below. 

You can also learn more about the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, including faith and methodology commitments, by clicking the button below. 

Oak City Biblical Counselors are not trained as and do not practice as licensed psychologists, licensed psychiatrists, state certified therapists, or any other type of professional mental health care provider. If you have any legal, financial, medical, or other technical questions, you should seek advice from a licensed professional.

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