Best Quotes from Gospel-Centered Counseling by Robert W. Kellemen

Recently I finished reading Gospel-Centered Counseling by Robert W. Kellemen. What a blessing this book is to the church. Here are some of my favorite quotes: Gospel-centered counseling promotes personal change centered on the Person of Christ through the personal ministry of the Word. (pg. 16)

Before God created; he related. (pg. 29)

... sanctification is a Christ-centered community journey. (pg. 33)

It is an unbiblical secular-sacred dichotomy to proclaim that Christ is supreme over 'spiritual matters', but not over daily-life issues of relating, thinking, choosing, behaving, and feeling. Those are spiritual matters - everything is spiritual - in relationship to God. (pg. 43)

The Word of God, studied by the people of God, under the guidance of the Spirit of God is authoritative and sufficient for matters of the soul - for building a theory/theology of people, problems, solutions, and care of souls. (pg. 52)

... the most important thing about us in the midst of suffering and sin is our image of God. (pg. 54)

The gospel is not only a message to believe; it is a Person to follow. That Person is our triune God. (pg. 63)

The battle for our minds and hearts is won or lost according to our image of God. (pg. 71)

God cares; Satan devours. (pg. 80)

Godly sorrow ... is guilt that leads us to return to God. It is guilt that escorts us to grace. (pg. 87)

When life stinks, our God-perspective shrinks, and when our God-perspective shrinks, our hearts stink. (pg. 89)

Our goal is not simply symptom relief, but Christlikeness. (pg. 100)

... worship is central to the counseling process. Every counselee is a worshipper and, at the end of the day (and session), their problems are a function of what or whom and how they worship (pg. 113)

Life is never ... linear ... It's messy. (pg. 116)

We need to understand people as originally designed by God, as marred by sin, and as restored by grace. (pg. 131)

Biblical counselors must deal throughly both with the sins we have committed and the evils we have suffered. (pg. 132)

The sinfulness of sin is not grasped in our day because the holiness of God is not grasped. (pg. 148)

Sin is what personal beings do. Or more accurately, sin is what personal beings imagine, think, choose, do, and feel as they desire and love anything or anyone more than Christ (pg. 156)

The root cause of all human quarrels flows from a spiritual problem. We refuse to humbly ask God; we refuse God-sufficiency. (pg. 166)

Christ died to obliterate every effect of sin - individual, personal, corporate, and cosmic - including death and suffering, tears and sorrows, mourning, crying, and pain. (pg. 170)

We move from despair to hope, from retreating to advancing, from barely surviving to victoriously thriving - together. (pg. 176)

How do people change? Not through our own power, but through tapping into Christ's resurrection power that has already changed us and is always available to us. (pg. 189)

The number one reason we don't draw near to God is because of a guilty conscience. (pg. 198)

... sanctification does not involve making ourselves saints, but living out our sainthood (Eph. 1:15 - 23). (pg. 204)

Does our victory mean that we can never sin? No. It means that we never have to sin. (pg. 218)

God has chosen to do his work through the church. (pg. 222)

Growth in Christ is a community project. (pg. 228)

The triumph of Christ who wins the war and weds his bride guides our every interaction in our personal ministry of the Word. (pg. 237)

The first duty of a biblical counselor is to define reality - eternal reality - past, present, and future. (pg. 240)

... truth is best internalized in community. (pg. 248)

Our destination in the Christian life is conformity to Christ. (pg. 251)

Sanctification is the art of applying our complete salvation by God's grace, Spirit, Word, people, and future hope so we increasingly reflect Christ. (258)

Volitional maturity starts as we fan into flame a new answer to the age-old question, 'Why am I here?' In Adam, we're here to survive ... In Christ, we are here to thrive. (pg. 287)

Gospel motivated/empowered heart change puts off and puts on affections, mind-sets, purposes, and mood states so we increasingly reflect the heart of Christ. (pg. 288)

If we are going to be gospel-centered counselors, if our biblical counseling is truly biblical, then we have to understand and apply the theological gospel narrative of the Bible. That's our foundation for how Christ changes lives. (pg. 293)

Defining Your Ministry Area of Influence (pt. 3) - The Influence of Others

Defining Your Ministry Area of Influence (pt. 3) - The Influence of Others

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