Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change (Resources for Changing Lives)

by Paul David Tripp

Paperback, 2002



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P & R Publishing (2002), Edition: 59885th, 376 pages


We might be relieved if God placed our sanctification only in the hands of trained professionals, but that is not his plan. Instead, through the ministry of every part of the body, the whole church will mature in Christ. Paul David Tripp helps us discover where change is needed in our own lives and the lives of others. Following the example of Jesus, Tripp reveals how to get to know people and how to lovingly speak truth to them. - Back cover.

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LibraryThing member MBurch
Great book on personal ministry and biblical counseling!
LibraryThing member atduncan
Instruments in the Redeemers Hands is at least twice as long as it needs to be. But still, Tripp’s book was impactful, his many helpful charts will be stolen and used by me for years to come. His emphasis on the one-anotherness of redemptive, incarnational ministry taught me how important it is to teach the counselees the method so when they have undergone change they can lead other down the same path with sympathy, maturity and compassion. Another principle that was reinforced concerning the Christian life, was the issues surround the foundation of modern psychology. So much of pop-psychological voodoo has a direct link to Freud and Skinner. Another principle that has been gleaned has been the counselors use of the scriptures. He needs to be able to give an answer for each situation and attitude that they are faced with. How we need to know the scriptures well and be able to apply them, to minister them to people in need and to our own souls. The Word of God is very powerful, but it must be known and understood by the Christian.… (more)
LibraryThing member kdavidw
A great book for learning how to speak to people's hearts rather than doing behavior modification. Tripp, though wordy at times, emphasizes the importance of incarnational ministry.

Key Quote = "We must not offer people a system of redemption, a set of insights and principles. We offer people a Redeemer.”… (more)
LibraryThing member treesap
One of the two books that I have already recommended to more Christians than I can count.
LibraryThing member HGButchWalker
Great overview of the call for every believer to get engaged in the lives of others. Practical steps to help them apply the truth of Scripture in their situation. Must read!
LibraryThing member sparkleandchico
This book is about Biblical counseling and explains the process for helping people to see themselves and their issues as God sees them in the light of Scripture. I can see how it can be useful and the author obviously has a wealth of personal experience in this area which he is now using to instruct others through his writing. It is a helpful resource.

The author rightly explains that the root of all problem behaviour is sin in the heart. However, he doesn't allow for medical/neurological problems which may contribute to wrongful thinking and behaviour. These can be deeply ingrained and the approach of the author in places is too simplistic/overlooks reality.

For a Christian, balance is needed to ensure we do not place too much emphasis on secular psychology and its solutions, but also where there are medical issues these need to be recognised and treated properly and not just explained away as sin in the heart.

The bottom line is that God can change anyone and deal with any of these issues but how God chooses to work in the life of a person may be different in each case.

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360 p.; 6.25 inches


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