"Regeneration, Deliverance, or Therapy?"

Chapter 4 of Building Your Church Through Counsel and Care
from the Library of Leadership Development series
Ultimately, calling people to respond to God's grace through regeneration has to be our primary focus.
—Archibald D. Hart

Pastor Jones was perplexed. For the fourth time this month Cynthia, a twenty-four-year-old single woman, had come to see him, each visit more puzzling than the last.

Cynthia had grown up in his church, where her parents were long-standing members. Cynthia had professed faith at a youth meeting when she was fourteen and had been a leader in the youth group before going away to college. Now she was home again, looking for a job.

At her first session, Cynthia explained that two years earlier she had started dating a young man. They became serious but fought often and frequently broke up.

"A year ago, I discovered I was pregnant," she finally said. "And against my better judgment, I had an abortion."

Troubled by both the relationship and the abortion, she felt "locked in," unable to extricate herself from either the relationship or her past behavior.

"What can I do?" she wailed. ...

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