Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives (Equipping Biblical Counselors) by Rob Kellemen



About: Gospel-Centered Counseling.

Everyone talks about the personal ministry of the Word, but how do we make one-another ministry truly biblical? Gospel-Centered Counseling equips readers to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth. It does so by examining life’s seven ultimate questions and then guiding readers on a journey that explores the biblical, gospel-centered narrative of:

  • The Word: “What is truth?” “Where can I find answers?”
  • The Trinity: “Who is God?” “Can I know Him personally?”
  • Creation: “Who am I?” “What makes people tick?”
  • Fall: “What went wrong?” “Why do we do the things we do?”
  • Redemption: “Can I change?” “How do people change?”
  • Glorification: “Where am I headed?” “How does our future destiny impact our present reality?”
  • Sanctification: “How can I help?” “How can I change lives?"

Bob Kellemen builds on the foundation of the written Word and provides a gospel-centered resource for understanding people, diagnosing problems, and prescribing biblically-based solutions.

Gospel-Centered Counseling is the first volume in The Equipping Christian Counselors Series, a comprehensive relational training curriculum for the local church that provides a model for equipping God’s people to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth. This two-volume series weaves together comprehensive biblical insight with compassionate Christian engagement.


Bob’s heart for other people to know and understand the true heart behind biblical counseling is clearly articulated in this book. With so many competing voices and ideas as to where life change and healing come from, Bob has captured the heart and essence of the grand narrative of grace and redemption with this work. Gospel-Centered Counseling challenges the professional minister, pastor, counselor, and lay person to remember what they have been saved from and what they have been saved to through the gospel. This book encourages me as it can be so easy, as a minister of the gospel, to forget what should propel our work in the ministry. -- Lee Lewis, Biblical Counselor, Council Board Member, Biblical Counseling Coalition

What a gift Bob Kellemen is to the church today! Bob has been in the counseling trenches for three decades now, and in Gospel-Centered Counseling he weaves together a practical approach to helping real people with real problems. He never forgets that these are people who are suffering and don’t just need counsel, they need compassion. The compassion at the heart of his counsel is rooted in a verse he weaves through the counseling process, showing us what it would look like to apply 1 Thessalo nians 2:8, which says, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our own lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” Get this book if you love God, love people, and really want to help. -- Brad Bigney, Sr. Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, author of Gospel Treason

Gospel-Centered Counseling comprehensively applies our theology to our counseling--- it’s a theology for life. It will be a vital resource for those who want to be equipped to use God’s Word to help people in community. The extensive use of cases makes the book easy and enjoyable to read while also showing how key principles work in practical, real-life situations. The frequent “tweetsize” summaries are helpful and memorable. They also keep the reader on track with the book’s main message: the gospel of grace is the foundation for change. Theology matters. -- Jim Newheiser, Executive Director, Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship

Gospel-Centered Counseling is a book that ought to be in every biblical counselor’s library. Bob Kellemen has dedicated his life to thinking deeply about the way the Good News of Jesus Christ intersects all of life and ministry. Bob writes as both a careful theologian and a compassionate counselor. His love for Jesus coupled with careful scholarship will help readers gain a greater understanding of the grand story of redemption. This book will change you for the better and equip you to help others in that same marvelous process. These are exciting days for the biblical counseling movement because there are more great resources than ever before. This book is more evidence that Jesus is carefully building his church. To him be the glory. -- Steve Viars, Sr. Pastor, Faith Church, author of Putting Your Past in its Place

About the Author

Bob Kellemen, ThM, PhD, is the executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries.  Bob has pastored for over a dozen years and now serves as chair of the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Seminary (Maryland).  He is the author of nine books, including Equipping Counselors for Your Church.