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A Theology of Biblical Counseling

The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry


by Heath Lambert

Since the beginning of the biblical counseling movement in 1970, biblical counselors have argued that counseling is a ministry of the Word, just like preaching or missions. As a ministry, counseling must be defined according to sound biblical theology rather than secular principles of psychology.

For over four decades, biblical theology has been at the core of the biblical counseling movement. Leaders in biblical counseling have emphasized a commitment to teaching doctrine in their counseling courses out of the conviction that good theology leads to good counseling…and bad theology leads to bad counseling.

A Theology of Biblical Counseling is a landmark new book that unpacks the core theological convictions that underlie sound counseling, and practical wisdom for counseling today. Dr. Heath Lambert shows how biblical counseling is rooted in the Scriptures while illustrating the real challenges counselors face today through true stories from the counseling room. A substantive textbook written in accessible language, it is an ideal resource for use in training biblical counselors at colleges, seminaries, and training institutes. In each chapter, doctrine comes to life in real ministry to real people, dramatically demonstrating how theology intersects with the lives of actual counselees.

Product details

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (April 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310518164
ISBN-13: 978-0310518167
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


“The knowledge of God–theology–is like dawn for the human heart. Lambert wakes us up early and takes us outside to see this light flood the landscape of human life. A fine overview of how key Christian doctrines relate to counseling, this book will be on my required reading list.”
—Jeremy Pierre, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling & Chair of the Department of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“I thank God for Heath Lambert and this book. Heath has ministered biblical counseling to me personally, to my family, and to the church I serve as a pastor. I praise God that more people than can encounter Heath face to face will have the benefit of his ministry through this book.”
—Dr. James M Hamilton, Jr., Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Heath Lambert nailed it: counseling is a theological discipline. He demonstrates this simple, profound truth and shows the application of a dozen doctrines to the ministry of counseling. Let Christian theology–“the queen of the sciences”–reign in the realm of personal ministry, and let this book serve as an escort.
—Robert D. Jones, Author, Uprooting Anger and Pursuing Peace; Counseling Professor, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

About the Author

Heath Lambert (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and is the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL. He is also a visiting faculty member at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lambert is the co-editor of Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture (B&H, 2012), and author of The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams (Crossway, 2011), Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013), and co-author of Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change (P&R, 2015).