Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God's Changeless Truth

Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God's Changeless Truth
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Mastering the Essentials of Effective Biblical Counseling

Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling is a comprehensive resource that will help you understand how to minster from God's truth to change lives. With the cumulative wisdom of 40 contributors with exceptional credentials and experience, you'll discover a valuable model for counseling that explains...

The Why of Biblical Counseling
  • Why the Bible is sufficient and relevant for addressing every issue we face
  • Why biblical counseling is so effective in helping people face life's struggles in Christ's strength

The How of Biblical Counseling
  • How you can lead struggling, hurting people to the hope and strength available only in Christ
  • How to counsel in a way that is Christ-centered and God-glorifying

Every chapter provides a wonderful blend of theological wisdom and practical expertise, and is written to be accessible to everyone who wishes to extend Christ's love to others—pastors, church leaders, counseling practitioners, instructors, lay people, and students.

Includes a Foreword by David Powlison


Ernie Baker
Brad Bigney
Dwayne Bond
Kevin Carson
Robert Cheong
Greg Cook
Jack Delk
Mark Dever
Mark Dutton
Nicholas Ellen
Howard Eyrich
Elyse Fitzpatrick
Jeff Forrey
Rob Grene
Brad Hambrick
Jim Henderson
Laura Hendrickson
Garrett Higbee
Jonathan Holmes
Justin Holcomb
Robert Jones
Bob Kellemen
Heath Lambert
Jeremy Lelek
Lee Lewis
Ken Long
James MacDonald
Rod Mays
Jim Newheiser
Randy Patten
Jeremy Pierre
John Piper
Depeak Reju
Stuart Scott
Mark Shaw
Michael Snetzer
Steve Viars
Charles Ware
Mike Wilkerson
Sam Williams

About the Editors

James MacDonald, DMin, is senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Illinois and his his Bible-teaching broadcast ministry, Walk in the Word, reaches more than three million people weekly. James’s extensive ministry also includes a biblical counseling center, a training center for pastors, and a Christian school.

Bob Kellemen, ThM, PhD, is the executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition (, and the founder and CEO of the executive director of RPM Ministries ( Bob has pastored for over a dozen years and now serves as chair of the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Seminary (Maryland). He is the author of nine books, including Equipping Counselors for Your Church.

Stephen Viars, DMin, has served as the senior pastor of Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana, for more than 25 years, where in addition to his teaching ministry, he oversees Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries. He serves as the president of the board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and the vice president of the board of National Association of Nouthetic Counselors. He is a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide and abroad, and the author of Putting Your Past in Its Place.

Book Details

480 Pages
Publisher: Harvest House
Publication Date: March 2013
ISBN 10: 0736951458
ISBN 13: 9780736951456

Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling paints the broad strokes of counseling. Just for starters, those broad strokes revolutionize the meanings that our culture attaches to the word counseling. These chapters do not intend to cover all counseling problems or topics—or to probe particular problems or topics in great detail. However, the discussion and case studies will give you a solid feel for how the Word of life speaks into the lives of troubled and troublesome people who face a world of troubles.

“This book affirms that a good counselor is many things simultaneously: tender and firm, responsive yet purposeful, candid and tactful, patient yet urgent, attentive and instructive, profound yet practical, prayerful and hardworking, comforting yet challenging, empathetic and objective, flexible yet committed, faithful to Jesus Christ and relevant to any person facing any trouble…along with many other good and desirable qualities. While the ingredients of deft conversation are hard to capture on paper, the tone and content of what you read will give you a feel for how godly wisdom carries on a compassionate and constructive conversation.

“It is no accident that this is the work of many contributors—a network, a coalition, a community of shared vision and mission. We are united in the conviction that the Christian faith speaks foundationally to the issues of counseling.” (From the Foreword)
- David Powlison, Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary; Faculty, CCEF; Senior Editor, Journal of Biblical Counseling

Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling is more than a book about a topic. It represents new friendships that are formed around a common vision for discipleship and counseling permeated by the grace of the gospel, by the wisdom of Scripture, and by the centrality of the local church. This is a new development within our time, but its roots can be seen all through church history. This book captures a worldview. It maps deep truths that shape Christian care. It is a significant start and a reminder that we have much more work to do until the entire body of Christ is captivated by this common vision.”
- Dr. Tim S. Lane, President and Faculty, Christian Counseling & Education Foundation; author, How People Change

"Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling is warm, personal, gentle, always wanting to listen and know the person, confident in the Spirit’s working through the Word of Christ…Biblical counseling is in good hands as it moves to the next generation."
- Dr. Ed Welch, Faculty, Christian Counseling & Education Foundation Faculty; author, Shame Interrupted

“The rise of the biblical counseling movement is one of the most helpful and hopeful developments in the recent history of the Christian church. This movement has returned counseling where it belongs, in the church and in the Scriptures. In this massively important new book, some of the leading figures in the biblical counseling movement set forth a wealth of wisdom. We have needed this book for a long time.”
- Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling is a much needed resource that will set a frame of reference for your existing biblical counseling ministry or deepen a paradigm that might already exist in your church. It is vital that the church take seriously the call to disciple their own through Christ-centered counsel.”
- Matt Chandler, Pastor, The Village Church; author, The Explicit Gospel

“As a pastor I am constantly on the lookout for the kind of material that helps me in dealing with the care of my congregation. Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling is a wonderful compendium of godly wisdom that is a vital resource for a busy pastor. I commend it warmly.”
- Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

“Those of us who are seeking to help needy, hurting people find hope in Christ owe a great debt of gratitude to those who contributed to this rich resource. It will make us more biblically grounded in our counsel and inspire us to believe that He really can transform lives!”
- Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author; Host of Revive Our Hearts Radio, Niles, Michigan

“There is a growing interest among Christians in using the Word of God to resolve serious troubles of the soul. And it is evident that the Bible is the final authority for all Christians. But does it contain the necessary theological sophistication to address these deep problems of the soul in a definitive way? Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling answers this question in an affirmative and robust manner. Readers will not be disappointed with the insights provided by the authors, who themselves are among the leaders in biblical counseling. The emphasis that is placed upon bringing counseling back to the local church is especially refreshing, for it is not the model used by the current psychotherapeutic world. Readers who have a high view of God’s Word will find this book to be an invaluable read.”
- Dr. John D. Street, President, National Association of Nouthetic Counselors; Chair, MABC Graduate Program, The Master’s College and Seminary

“If you love Jesus and want to be used by Him to help people through the personal ministry of the Word, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling is an absolutely amazing resource.””
- Mark Driscoll, Founding and Preaching Pastor, Mars Hill Church; Founder of Resurgence, Co-founder of Acts 29

“This multi-author handbook represents a new consensus that is emerging in biblical counseling. Solidly based in Scripture and written to help people to experience victory over sin, Christ and His gospel are pervasively put forward as God’s primary means of soul healing, with an irenic spirit and nuance regarding the role of biology and relationships in spiritual problems and how to help.”
- Eric L. Johnson, Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary