Jay Adams

Jay E. Adams

Jay Adams was born in Baltimore on January 30, 1929. He received his formal training at Reformed Episcopal Seminary (B.D.), Johns Hopkins University (A.B.), Pittsburgh-Xenia Seminary, Temple University School of Theology (M.ST.), and the University of Missouri (Ph.D.). He pastored churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, served as a denominational official, a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, the director of the Doctoral program at Westminster Theological Seminary in California, and then as a church planting pastor in South Carolina. He was also the the founder of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Philadelphia, the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and Timeless Texts which now publishes his books.

In 1999 Dr. Adams retired from the pastorate of the church he had planted in South Carolina and has devoted his time to writing and lecturing. In the fall of 2001 the Redeemer Biblical Counseling Training Institute (RBCTI) was established at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, SC to provide a vehicle by which Dr. Adams could continue teaching.

Dr. Adams and his wife, Betty Jane, have four children.



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Books by Jay Adams

5520227: How to Overcome EvilHow to Overcome Evil
By Jay Adams

Perhaps you are like so many-defected, dismal, and despairing. You have tried and failed. Or maybe you feel that you are barely holding your own in the battle with evil but without any sense of victory. Christian counselor Jay E. Adams reminds you in these pages that God hasn't changed. If He helped others - like the apostle Paul - He will help you. Take heart! God hasn't failed you. You too can overcome evil!


5534: The Biblical View of Self-EsteemThe Biblical View of Self-Esteem
By Jay E Adams

Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Has our search for answers led us too far from the true biblical position of self? The last 15 years has seen the rise of a powerful and influential movement within the church. Easily identified by labels such as "self-image", "self-esteem", "self-worth", and "self-love", this movement has one common denominator--the emphasis on self. Jay Adams brings much-needed clarification to the area of self-esteem and offers the church and every believer a truly biblical view of self.


73712: From Forgiven to ForgivingFrom Forgiven to Forgiving
By Jay Adams

When you've been wronged, the best thing to do is forgive and forget, right? That's what many Christians believe, but is it biblical? Adams dispels misconceptions about forgiveness, reveals God's true plan for absolution, and shows you how to apply it to your own relationships. Learn how to "forgive and forget" God's way.


5520200: Four Weeks with God & Your NeighborFour Weeks with God & Your Neighbor
By Jay Adams

A devotional workbook for counselees and others. While the devotional book was designed as a handout for counselees, it surely may be used by any Christian who is seeking a more meaningful and more productive devotional experience. It may be used alone, by families, by groups,ect. Four week devotional with only five devotions per week.


5520162: Christian Living in the HomeChristian Living in the Home
By Jay Adams

Chistians will find Adams book, Christian Living in the Home full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communicating with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Jay calls his readers to a careful understanding and application of scriptural principles.


60006: Competent to CounselCompetent to Counsel
By Jay Adams

A classic from the dean of Christian counseling! Adams has helped thousands of pastors, laypeople, and professionals to implement a nouthetic, or Spirit-led, approach to counseling. Promoting use of biblically based discussion, he offers profound insight into the way sin affects human personality, and how confession and taking responsibility restore counselees to wholeness in Christ.


60138: The Christian Counselor's ManualThe Christian Counselor's Manual
By Jay Adams

A companion and sequel volume to Competent to Counsel, this volume includes indexes, a detailed table of contents, and many diagrams and forms, all of which make this one of the best reference books for Christian counselors.


51161: The Christian Counselor's CasebookThe Christian Counselor's Casebook
By Jay Adams

This companion volume to Competent to Counsel and The Christian Counselor's Manual is designed to help the user assimilate and apply the principles of nouthetic counseling. It is a great tool for all sorts of training and personal development programs, as well as the classroom.


5520707: Ready to RestoreReady to Restore
By Jay Adams

When somebody comes to you with a personal crisis, will you be qualified to help? Yes---with this non-technical counseling course for laypeople. You'll learn 25 basic principles of biblical counseling that will help you analyze the problem, formulate a plan, and implement Scripture-based solutions. For individual or group study.


60068: Marriage, Divorce, & RemarriageMarriage, Divorce, & Remarriage
By Jay Adams

This is the book that many pastors, counselors and theologians consider to be the most biblical and the most helpful on the issue of marriage and divorce. Adams examines the relevant passages in both the Old and New Testaments so that his readers can consider the many issues and interpretations that arise in trying to establish a consistently biblical position. As a result, you can see more clearly and accept more firmly the truth of Scripture.


01978: Solving Marriage ProblemsSolving Marriage Problems
By Jay Adams

This is a book to help counselors understand and deal with the typical problems that arise in a marriage. The approach is to offer not merely solutions but biblical solutions. Chapter by chapter, each problem that is brought into focus is addressed by Scripture, and a solution arising from Scripture is developed. Unless one understands what a biblical marriage is supposed to be, it is difficult to solve marriage problems. For that reason Dr. Adams spends the first few chapters developing a biblical model. Then he treats many of the specific kinds of problems that typically arise: life patterns, priorities, children, sex roles, in-laws, etc.


0511011: Theology of Christian CounselingTheology of Christian Counseling
By Jay Adams

Gain deeper insight into the rich theological framework that supports and directs a biblical approach to counseling. Maintaining that the Bible is the source book for Christian counselors, Adams's one-of-a-kind classic offers practical advice in applying the doctrines of God, man, salvation, sanctification, the church, and the future to help you guide people to wholeness and healing.


051181X: How to Help People Change: The Four-Step Biblical ProcessHow to Help People Change
By Jay Adams

The Four-Step Biblical Process. If change is the essential goal of the counseling process, how can a Christian counselor facilitate that change and bring about an alteration of the heart? Jay Adams approach is based solely on Scripture and his book has much to say about the relationship between theology and psychology in the enterprise of Christian counseling.


1001560: Helps for Counselors: A mini-manual for Christian CounselingHelps for Counselors
By Jay Adams

Helps for Counselors is a quick reference guide of helpful hints and how-tos, covering all aspects of counseling from common problems to procedure.


5520766: How to Handle TroubleHow to Handle Trouble
By Jay Adams

Trouble is something all people must deal with: the loss of a spouse, a job, one's health, one's possessions, one's freedom. Writes Jay E. Adams, "While God has not yet removed trouble from the Christian or the Christian from trouble, he has, by the Word and His Spirit, given believers all that is necessary to handle trouble successfully." Focusing on Philippians 1:12-26, where Paul views his hardship as an opportunity to glorify Christ, Adams presents clear and biblical directives for discerning God's hand at work in bringing good out of troublesome circumstances, great or small.


0511917: Handbook of Church DisciplineHandbook of Church Discipline
By Jay Adams

This is a handbook for pastors, elders, and all Christians who want to see how Scripture presents the process of discipline that should operate in the Christian community. It was written in reponse to the various concerns that threaten to tear apart marriages, families, friendships, and congregations---concerns that call for a biblical approach to discipline that can heal fractures, restore right relationship, and ensure the health of the church. Developed around the five corrective steps found especially in Matthew 18: 15-17, this book helps church leaders deal with the sorts of problems that require the church's disciplinary response. Charting a course that combines discernment with appropriate action, this simple, readable handbook can have a profound effect on the community of believers.


552043X: The Meaning & Mode of BaptismThe Meaning & Mode of Baptism
By Jay Adams

The sound of the immersionist's voice heard everywhere. Very few voices are raised in opposition. Obviously, some immersionists speak overmuch on the subject; but just as truly, most of those who disagree with them say far too little. Who knows whether the times are not now ripe for a fresh study? The words "one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Eph 4:5) clearly indicate there is only one baptism. As a consequence, the meaning is single and the mode is single.


0510716: Shepherding God's FlockShepherding God's Flock
By Jay Adams

A handbook for pastors, a guidebook for church elders, and a textbook for students---all in one volume! Professor Adams outlines and provides direction for three primary responsibilities of shepherding: pastoral ministry, counseling, and leadership. Topics include candidating, premarital counseling, delegation and sharing, congregational meetings, and more. Incorporates end-of-chapter exercises for students and pastors.


51091: Preaching with PurposePreaching with Purpose
By Jay Adams

After spending 25 years studying homiletics, Professor Adams shares his expert advice on delivering relevant, compelling, and effective sermons. Discover how to analyze your congregation, design a purposeful message based on your analysis, gather storytelling materials, assume the proper "preacher's stance," develop an engaging style, and more. Includes assignments for classes and individuals.


Booklets by Jay Adams

5520219: Godliness Through DisciplineGodliness Through Discipline
By Jay Adams

Here is a practical booklet for anyone who wants to become a more godly person. In it Jay Adams shows clearly that, while there is no such thing as instant godliness, genuine and lasting holiness is indeed possible.


5520111: Christ and Your ProblemsChrist and Your Problems
By Jay Adams

Do you have problems that seem too great to bear? Do you wonder if there is any way out of the mess you are in? This helpful booklet was written to put such problem cases into perspective. Showing first that no one's problems are unique, Jay Adams offers genuine hope based on God's promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13. Readers will gain the courage needed to take responsible action, knowing that a real solution is to be found in God's way.

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