Counseling: MacArthur Pastor's Library (paperback)

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Editor: John MacArthur


How to Counsel Biblically

Solid theological foundations of biblical counseling are clearly presented in contrast to humanistic and secular theories of psychological counseling. A practical, proactive, and relevant book for students, church leaders, and lay people.

Gain a knowledge of counseling methods that are practical and consistent with Christian theological convictions.

What do the Scriptures say about counseling? What is the biblical basis for using Scriptures in counseling? What does it mean to think biblically about counseling-related issues?

At the root of this book is the confidence that Christ and his Word are not only sufficient for effectively handling the personal and interpersonal challenges of life but are superior to the resources found in the world. The practice of psychological counseling is a ministry and should not belong only to the realm of humanistic and secular theories of the mind.

Written to pastors, elders, deacons, seminary students, and laypeople; well-known pastor John MacArthur and contributors present a system of biblical truth that brings together people, their problems, and the living God. This kind of counseling is based on the convictions that:

God's Word should be our counseling authority.
Counseling is a part of the basic discipling ministry of the local church.
God's people can and should be trained to counsel effectively.
Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically provides biblical guidelines to counsel people who are struggling. The contributors represent some of America's leading biblical teachers and counselors, including: Ken L. Sarles, David Powlison, Douglas Bookman, David B. Maddox, Robert Smith, William W. Goode, and Dennis M. Swanson.

Previously published as Introduction to Biblical Counseling.

About the editor:

Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God's Word, John MacArthur has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.  John's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You.  John is president of The Master's College and Seminary and has written numerous books and study guides, including The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible.