The Biblical Counseling Coalition and Harvest House Publishers have announced their partnership in the production of Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling. Forty-one co-authors are now working on twenty-eight chapters with a target publication in 2013.
In line with the BCC’s mission and vision, Christ-Centered Biblical Counselingwill provide a positive presentation of the sufficiency of Scripture for progressive sanctification. Each chapter will share a robust and relational message of confidence in the sufficiency, relevancy, authority, and profundity of God’s Word. In line with the BCC’s passion, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling will promote personal change centered on the person of Christ through the personal ministry of the Word.
The Book’s Partnership
The Mission of Harvest House is “to glorify God by providing high-quality books and products that affirm biblical values, help people grow spiritually strong, and proclaim Jesus Christ as the answer to every human need.”
The Biblical Counseling Coalition exists to strengthen churches, para-church organizations, and educational institutions by promoting excellence and unity in biblical counseling as a means to accomplish compassionate outreach and effective discipleship. The BCC’s mission is to foster collaborative relationships and to provide robust, relevant biblical resources that equip the Body of Christ to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth.
The Book’s Purpose
Christ-Centered Biblical Counselingpurposes to equip God’s people to understand how to change lives with biblical truth. The goal of the book is to increase people’s confidence in the sufficiency and relevancy of God’s Word to address real-life issues.
Just as there is currently an encouraging return to Gospel-centered preaching, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling seeks to become a catalyst for the return of God’s people to Gospel-centered one-another ministry. The message readers will receive about the church is that it is not simply a place with a biblical ministry, but a place of biblical counseling—a place saturated by confidence in the power of God’s Word shared in love by God’s people to change lives for God’s glory.
The focus of each chapter will be truth applied to life. This focus will be developed as each contributor in every chapter blends theological wisdom and practical expertise.
- Readers will receive a robust, loving, best-practice guide not only for why the authors love biblical counseling, but why the reader should embrace biblical counseling.
- Readers will be encouraged to trust God’s Word to provide rich insight for living in the midst of even the most difficult times of suffering and relational conflict and the most distressing battles against besetting sins.
The Book’s Audience
Christ-Centered Biblical Counselingwill be written for people in the pews, pastors in their studies, counselors in their offices, and students in Christian college, graduate school, and seminary class rooms. In addition to those already self-identified as “biblical counselors,” the audience for Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling includes thousands of Christian lay people, pastors, para-church leaders, counseling practitioners, students, and educators who are hungry for a truly biblical approach to counseling.
- Pastors will be encouraged to be confident in their God-given competence to minister to their people in the historic tradition of soul physicians.
- God’s people will be encouraged to be confident in their God-given competence to minister to one another in the historic tradition of spiritual friends.
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