By Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp
A changed heart is the bright promise of the gospel. When the Bible talks about the gift of a new heart, it doesn't mean a heart that is immediately perfected, but a heart that is capable of being changed. Jesus' work on the cross targets our hearts, our core desires and motivations, and when our hearts change, our behavior changes. It's amazing to watch people who once seemed stuck in a pattern of words, choices, and behaviors start living in a new way as Christ changes their hearts.
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 the best-selling author of numerous books on Christian living. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children.
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The book How People Change explains CCEF's foundational model of biblical change from Jeremiah 17. The book describes in detail the three trees or heat-thorns-cross-fruit biblical model of change and walks readers through the process of personal change by helping them to take a close look at their difficult circumstances (the heat), how they are responding to those circumstances (good=fruit tree, bad=thorn bush), and how coming to Christ for forgiveness and help (the cross/third tree) brings Spirit-led change of love for God and people. Chapters 3-14 mirror the lessons in the How People Change: How Christ Changes Us by His Grace Study Guide. Those who have read and studied the book have noted that it is a helpful resource for leaders and participants who are going through the How People Change: How Christ Changes Us by His Grace Seminar (DVD) and Study Guide. The How People Change book, written after the study guide, furthers explains and deepens the truths from the study guide.
Who Is the Product For?
This book is for anyone who wants to change and for those who want to help others change, including pastors, counselors, and lay counselors. It has been used effectively both in individual discipling/counseling relationships and in churches and ministries as a small group study.
How People Change (book, small group study guide, and DVD seminar) is the first of CCEF's three core courses about gospel-centered change. The second part of the series is the book and small group resource Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp. The third in the series is Relationships: A Mess Worth Making (book) and Change and Your Relationships (small group study guide) coauthored by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp. Each course is designed to give pastors, counselors, and ministry leaders a biblical, Christ-centered, and user-friendly tool to equip laypeople to grow in grace. The three courses together answer three fundamental questions: Why do people do the things they do? How does lasting change take place in a person? How can God use me in someone's life to help them grow?
Although each of these series stand alone, it can be helpful to go through them in order--beginning with How People Change, then Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, and ending with Relationships: A Mess Worth Making.