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Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change (Resources for Changing Lives) Paperback – October 22, 2002
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"Helps us help others (and ourselves) by giving grace-centered hope that we can indeed change, and by showing us the biblical way to make change happen." --Skip Ryan
"A wonderful reminder that everyone who belongs to Jesus can help others. God gave us to each other! This is a wise and helpful book that should change your life and that of the church. Read it! You'll be glad." --Steve Brown
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Tripp then discusses how "God transforms people's lives as people bring his Word to others" (p. 19). We are tools in the Master's hands, and His desire is to use us to speak the truth in love to others, so as to further His transforming work in their lives. This only happens as His Word is seen as more than an encyclopedia of answers to our problems, but as "a narrative, a story of redemption, [with] its chief character . . . Jesus Christ" (p. 27). The sovereignty, grace, and glory of God are seen as the "rebar" running through the pages of Scripture, the themes which give strength and meaning to its message - and to our lives, if we will align ourselves with it.
Central to the development of this book is the conviction that "human beings by their very nature are WORSHIPERS" (p. 44). This defines who we are. The question is whether we worship God or idols. In fact, "stolen worship is at the core of what is wrong with fallen human beings" (p. 45). All of our personal troubles and trials spring out of this "worship disorder.Read more ›
Mr. Tripp talks about the necessity of helping and encouraging our brothers and sisters by speaking truth with love as God's ambassadors. He also describes in detail how to engage in this lifelong process. More importantly, he exhorts us to examine our own hearts honestly before approaching others. He is honest about the failings in his own life, and also shares some examples from his ministry to make his concepts more concrete.
Note: I've also read and bought Mr. Tripp's book "War of Words," and that is equally excellent, except the focus is more on communicating in a way that a disciple of Christ should.
What I especially appreciate of Mr. Tripp's writing is his focus on our hearts, from which our words and actions spring. He is not content to examine the superficial layers of our lives--he goes deeper to where God beckons us.
Paul David Tripp really unpacks a three part effort.
One: To show me who I am
Two: Who others are
Three: How to practically minister to them, and accept their ministering to me
This book gets to the root of the issues and he even starts with the theological impact of understanding who God is and then who we are, namely: we aren't perfect, we need change, and we need help in that changing process from Christ and others.
This book not only unfolds what we are to do in daily ministering opportunities, but he unpacks the practical ways to do them. One of my favorite quotes in the book is that:
"We often say we need to preach the Word, but we also need to counsel the Word."
That is what this book is all about. It is how to counsel the Word of God to those in everyday life that need change just like you and I. What will hinder this book is that some will think it is only for the pastor or counselor, but it's intention is for all believers and it is written that way and is desperately needed for today's church.
I have already used the book and will continue to go back to it to try and unpack my shortcomings and also to help others do the same when they are in need of ministering.Read more ›
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Tripp's work never ceases to disappoint and this is no exception. Will be a helpful rescue to return to often in my pastoral counselling.Published 7 days ago by Wesley Parker
How to counsel yourself while counseling others. Very relatable, and really picks up around chapter 5. The most practical Christian book I have read in a long time.Published 1 month ago by Scott Jinks
I love this book. Very much needed in todays society. Read it. You won't be disappointed. It will definitely help you.Published 1 month ago by Good Picks
I am so thankful for the words and structures in this book. This has given me courage and confidence that the Lord can use be ministering with other people. Thank you so much.Published 1 month ago by David W. Taschner