- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: New Growth Press (October 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935273841
- ISBN-13: 978-1935273844
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 318 customer reviews
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How People Change Study Guide: How Christ Changes Us by His Grace Paperback – October 31, 2010
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Governments and agencies can legislate for people, resource people, teach people, but they cant change people. Jesus Christ can! Its that people-changing gospel that these study guides apply clearly, deeply, and perceptively to the relationships that Christians have with friends, neighbors, and families. London City Mission uses this material for training our entire team of 120 who are engaged in patient, sensitive, personal evangelism. These guides are an excellent even an essential preparation for that great work. --Rev. Dr. John Nicholls, Chief Executive, London City Mission, UK
There are very few resources I find more useful than CCEFs study guides. God changes people by conforming their hearts into his likeness, and the How People Change Study Guide will help your laypeople to understand this more clearly. If you want to know why people do the things they do, this resource is for you! --Deepak Reju, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist, Washington, DC
The How People Change Study Guide is a distinctively biblical look at the hearts struggle with sin, its consequences, and Gods prescription for it. It has given me fresh insight into my own struggles, and better equipped me to help those in my congregation with theirs. I enthusiastically recommend it. --Ken Brown, Pastor, Community Baptist, New Boston, MI
About the Author
Timothy S. Lane, M.Div., D.Min., is Executive Director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), a faculty member, and a counselor with twenty-five years of experience, including ten years as a pastor. He is the coauthor of the books How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, coauthor of the curriculums Change and Your Relationships and How People Change, author of the minibooks Conflict; Family Feuds; Forgiving Others; and Freedom from Guilt. Paul David Tripp, M.Div., D.Min., is the President of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. This mission leads Paul to weekly speaking engagements around the world. In addition, Paul is the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a best-selling author who has written numerous books on Christian living, including the devotional, New Morning Mercies. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children.
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I felt the authors had great insight into issues that concern Christians throughout their lives. I felt the authors asked some really difficult, intimate and probing questions. Your answers might surprise you.
There is also an interesting discussion on how suffering helps us mature as souls and awakens us from complacency.
I felt there was a lot of analysis which I loved and this book sheds so much light on the truth. I'd say this is one of the most meaningful books I've ever read on the Christian life. It helped me understand that God has an agenda which involves making us more holy.
So if you feel you are struggling in your Christian life then this book has a lot to offer.
~The Rebecca Review
To give a quick rundown, Heat is anything we experience in our daily lives that exerts an influence on us. It can either be good or bad, getting fired from your job or getting a promotion. Thorns are the negative, sinful responses that we tend to make. This can be anger at not getting what you want, or pride because you got what you want out of life and you think you did a great job to earn it (rather than seeing it as a result of grace). The Cross is obviously where Christ died for our thorny responses (i.e. habitual sins) and it is where we need to turn for the power to put to death the sinful deeds of our bodies. By trusting in Christ, in his person and work, and looking to him for the grace for our daily lives, we are able to actually produce Fruit rather than thorns. In and of ourselves we can only make thorns, but through Christ and His Holy Spirit we are able to actually bear fruit and see a life changed by the grace of God.
Before they spend most of this book unpacking this model in more detail, there is a chapter on what they call "the gospel gap," which I think is worth the price of the book. So many people these days recognize the power of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection to save us from our past sins and save us for a future with him in heaven. But in the meantime, people forget to look to it in the present tense and so there is an inadvertent gospel gap where we end up trusting in something else to get us through our day to day activities. Whatever you place in that gap has taken the place of the gospel of Christ in your daily life. Often it a good thing that we should be doing as part of our Christian life, but we make it, instead of Christ central and so often do not realize we are missing the mark.
If you are interested in learning more of a Christ-centered, Scripture filled model of sanctification, I would highly recommend you reading this book (or anything by Paul Tripp for that matter).