To offer wise & loving biblical counsel, we must ask & answer gospel-centered biblical questions.
“We are significant players in each other’s gospel narrative, and it is in relationship with one another that we experience the fullness of God in Christ…. The greatest gift I can give to my fellow-Christian is the gospel itself.”
I’m happy to commend GCC to any, and all biblical counselors, counselors-in-training, pastors, small group leaders, and anyone interested in learning how the Gospel of Jesus Christ moves in and through the human heart, reconciling man to God, and man to his neighbor.
Counselors and “average Joe Christians” alike will find much truth here—simply stated and beautifully written—to point their fellow sojourners to the Great Physician. Kellemen quotes Puritans and Reformers; draws spiritual truth from Clint Eastwood films and Smurf cartoons; introduces us to real people, and reminds us—like the Apostle Paul—that we are never alone. Gospel-Centered Counseling is a truly inspiring and helpful book to assist both reader and counselee growing in grace.
Counseling is biblical when the central message, the sweeping redemptive narrative of the Bible, becomes the controlling lens through which we look at life and through which we listen to a person’s life story.
Far too few people who call themselves “Christian counselors” or “biblical counselors” know how the core doctrines of the faith ought to inform their counseling model and ought to impact their counselees.