Materials:1. Highlighters in the following colors: Blue, Green, Purple, Pink.
*You can also use crayons or colored pencils - they work beautifully, and it's a lot cheaper.
2. Post-it Flags in the same colors: Blue, Green, Purple, Pink.
3. Pen (one that won't bleed through Bible pages).
4. List of scriptures for each subject (see my version below - adapted from the Sav-a-Life Counselor Training Notebook).
5. "Title Page" that is taped or glued inside the front cover. (This is a reference guide to help you find the correct scripture according to subject. You will place the flags -- with corresponding color and subject -- underneath the proper division.)
6. 9"x6" Bible (leather/softcover/hardcover).
*I recommend a Bible that has not been marked in so that there is no confusion in what is meant for the counseling Bible and what has previously been marked.
*Choose a version you prefer.
*Your Bible doesn't have to be a 9"x6", however, it is SO much easier to navigate with the number of tabs you will be using.
7. Tape or glue to fasten the "title page" to the inside cover of the Bible. You can use transparent tape or postage tape. I always prefer postage tape for 2 reasons: 1) it holds longer, 2) it serves as a laminated cover (for dirty/sticky hands, etc.).
I printed off a simple Word document (sized down for a 7 x 4 ish size Bible) with a copy/pasted SAL logo (from FB) and verse (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Psalm 139:13-14) and simply cut the size of the title page, then used color coordinating markers to write the 4 categories - Gospel (blue), Counseling - From a Biblical Perspective (green), Abortion / God's View of Life (purple), Fornication, Lust, Sex Designed for Marriage (pink).
If you want to take the quicker/easier route, instead of printing the document, you can simply use a left-over Post-it Flag for the correct color/category and label the flag.
In the scripture list below, you will see notes to the side of many of the verses. I found it helpful to write neatly in the margin of my Bible the notes that are written below.
Click on the picture to see a full-size/close-up view of the writing in the margin.
Below is the SCRIPTURE LIST with appropriate category:
Gospel - BLUE
*This is a lengthy category, and you will not use but a few of these consistently with clients. Therefore, I recommend you go through the list and pick your favorites (around 10-15 verses) to mark for use.
1 Corinthians 4:4-5
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - repentance and surendering our lives to Jesus
1 Corinthians 6:11 - the only solution to sin
2 Corinthians 4:4-6
1 Peter 3:18, 21-22
1 John 3:8b
1 John 5:13
Counseling - from a Biblical Perspective - GREEN
*This section is designed for you as the counselor - for encouragement, guidance, and God's view on counseling others.
Psalm 12:6 - God's word is relevant/useful ("seven" - the number of completion/perfection)
Proverbs 14:12 - Seeing life from a Biblical perspective
Isaiah 40:8 - God's word is relevant/useful
Isaiah 55:8 - Seeing life from a Biblical perspective
Isaiah 55:11 - As a counselor, rest in the promise of this verse
Matthew 4:4 - Teaching others how to practice/apply God's truth in everyday life
Matthew 24:35 - God's word is relevant/useful
Romans 15:4 - Teach others to see life in the light of the scriptures and to think in a way that is glorifying to God
2 Corinthians 3:4-6
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Abortion / God's View of Life - PURPLE
Genesis 1:26-27 - God's idea of life (including the unborn)
Psalm 106:37-39 - Abortion (v. 39 - "they became unclean by their acts")
Psalm 139:13-16 - God has a plan for us from the moment of conception
Fornication, Lust, Sex Designed for Marriage - PINK
Matthew 15:19 - Our sinful nature
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - Repentance of sin (ex: fornication, lust)
1 Corinthians 6:13b-17, 20 - We are to use our bodies for God's glory
1 Corinthians 6:18-19 - Fornication
1 Corinthians 9:13 - How do I avoid sexual temptation?
Hebrews 2:18 - How do I avoid sexual temptation?
Hebrews 10:26 - What does the Bible say about fornication?
Hebres 13:4 - What is fornication?
2 Peter 2:4-6 - God will judge sin; unrepentant sinners cannot escape (v. 4 - Satan)