How people change is a classic book that helps you to see the relevance and usefulness of the gospel to all of the problems we encounter in life. We often say here that the gospel is the best possible news for everybody in any situation and Paul Tripp and Timothy Lane demonstrate that clearly and helpfully. Get a taste from the quotes below.
People need to see that the gospel belongs in their workplace, their kitchen their school their bedroom their backyard and their van. They need to see the way the gospel make a connection between what they are doing and what God is doing. They need to understand that their life stories are being lived out within God's larger story so that they can learn to live each day with a gospel mentality.
My work with teenagers has convinced me that one of the main reasons teenagers are not excited by the gospel is that they do not think they need it. Many parents have successfully raised self righteous little pharisees
If God isn't taking us somewhere, following Christ has been a colossal waste of time. There has to be more than this - and there is!
You don't have to figure everything out. You do need to know and trust the One who does understand, and who knows exactly what he is doing.
[God] loves us too much to merely make us happy.Click to Tweet this
Is Jesus my therapist or my Redeemer? If he is my therapist, then he meets my needs as I define them. If he is my Redeemer, he defines my true needs and addresses them in ways far more glorious than I could have anticipated.
When we gather to share our stories, we see a different aspect of the diamond that is the love of Christ.
Being involved with people is time consuming, messy and complicated. From our point of view it is inefficient, but from God's point of view it is the best way to encourage growth in grace... That means we will have to make time for these kinds of friendships to emerge and grow. We will have to be realistic too. Close relationships make it more likely that you will sin against someone or that someone will sin against you.
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