A Theology of Biblical Counseling

A Theology of Biblical Counseling

The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry

Heath Lambert
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  • April 5, 2016

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About the Authors

Heath Lambert

Heath Lambert

PhD., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Heath Lambert is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church Jacksonville, Florida. He is the author of The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams (Crossway, 2011), coeditor of Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God's Resources in Scripture (B&H, 2012), author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013), coauthor of Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change (P&R, 2015), and author of A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundation of Counseling Ministry (Zondervan, 2016). He is married to Lauren, and is the father of Carson, Chloe, and Connor.


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.

Course Outline

  • Acknowledgements

  • 1. Counseling and Theology: A Crucial Introduction

  • 2. Biblical Counseling and a Theology of Scripture

  • 3. Biblical Counseling and a Theology of Common Grace

  • 4. Biblical Counseling and a Theology of God

  • 5. Biblical Counseling and a Theology of Christ

  • 6. Biblical Counseling and a Theology of the Holy Spirit

  • 7. Biblical Counseling and a Theology of Humanity

  • 8. Biblical Counseling and a Theology of Sin

  • 9. Biblical Counseling and a Theology of Suffering

  • 10. Biblical Counseling and a Theology of Salvation

  • 11. Biblical Counseling and a Theology of the Church

  • 12. Biblical Counseling and the Goal of Theology

  • Appendix A: Statement from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Regarding Mental Disorders, Medicine, and Counseling

  • Appendix B: Biblical Counseling, General Revelation, and Common Grace

  • Appendix C: The Standards of Doctrine of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

  • Scripture Index

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