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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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"Tripp is a careful and skillful physician of the heart. He unites a loving heart with a mind trained to the Scriptures. This book is a great companion for pastors and counselors. It will guide anyone who wants to give real help to others, the saving help that is found in Christ's redeeming work." --Richard D. Phillips
"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
About the Author
Paul Tripp is president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." This mission leads Paul to weekly speaking engagements around the world. Paul is also the Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written ten books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children. For speaking engagements and other information see paultrippministries.org.
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The church has bought the following lies from the world: 1) The Bible is not sufficient to handle all our "problems". 2) we must "farm people out" to "experts" 3) we can only hope for the best the world has offer in "behavior management".
The Bible is sufficient, it is more than sufficient.
We are each equipped to counsel or comprehensively disciple (as I like to call it). If you read the Scriptures and take them seriously, then you are equipped. A bit of reading and training will show you what you already know to come alongside another sinner and help them not just "survive" but THRIVE in their lives, despite anything that is happening to them (or happened to them).
The Bible promises genuine heart change: if the Gospel saves, it also sanctifies, but the Million Dollar question is HOW? I know so many Christians, myself included, who have been beset by so many sins and the sins seem to strangle the life out of us.
BUT I don't know what I don't know. You don't know what you don't know. Read this book and begin the journey to see that discipleship is an "everyone - all of the time" activity", not reserved for the specially trained and highly exalted "professional". We are each called to this, our ugly sin included. That is precisely what makes our discipleship stand apart from the world. It is sinners reaching out to other sinners both in need of change, and Paul Tripp's book makes the case eloquently and fervently.
The church should be the epicenter for all christian soul care. It is sadly not (overall).
Even in churches where the sufficiency of Scripture is not an issue, the "referral mentality" is still firmly ensconced: "send that hot mess over to the Pastor" we say to ourselves, "I cannot help him or her"... Paul Tripp explains why this is simply not true.
Excellent read if you were ever wondering how to begin to see your church and everyone in it part of this "everybody - all of the time" ministry.
Prepare to be encouraged.
Very well written, deeply practical, and throughly scriptural, you would be hard pressed to find a better ministry or life tool. Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands is outstanding!
I recommend that it should be a classroom course in any theological university, christian counseling ctr or local bible study. It's a must!