By John MacArthur, Wayne Mack (co-author), Master’s College Faculty (co-authors)
An alternative to secular psychology, this groundbreaking book presents a system of biblical tools for counseling that brings together people, their problems, and the living God. This work is founded on three convictions:
- That God’s Word must be the counseling authority of any Christian helping people with broken lives.
- That counseling is an essential part of the ministry of the local church.
- That God’s people can and should be trained to counsel effectively.
Dr. John MacArthur has teamed up with Dr. Wayne Mack and The Master’s College faculty, to produce a book not just designed for pastors, but for any Christian to learn about counseling biblically. They trace the history of biblical counseling from early times until today, and then deal extensively with subjects such as:
- The Scriptures and Biblical Counseling
- Counseling and the Sinfulness of Humanity
- The Work of the Spirit in Biblical Counseling
- Instilling Hope in the Counselee
- Spirit-Giftedness and Biblical Counseling
- Preaching and Biblical Counseling
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. This collection of writers represents some of America’s leading biblical teachers and counselors.
Other contributors include: John Street, David Powlison, Douglas Bookman, Robert Smith, William W. Goode, and Dennis M. Swanson.