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By Timothy S. Lane & Paul David Tripp
(CCEF Core Curriculum)
The How People Change Facilitator's Guide challenges and equips participants to live out the gospel in their everyday lives. This course helps people to understand the underlying motivations for their actions and gives them specific, practical help in changing long-standing patterns of behavior, so they grow in love for God and others. Based on principles from the book, How People Change, authors Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp now offer this companion guide for use in church-wide training sessions, small groups, Sunday schools, youth groups, or one-on-one discipleship. This self-explanatory Facilitator's Guide provides twelve lessons, directions on how to guide a small group through the Study Guide, extra content, homework discussion, detailed illustrations, and "Make It Real" life applications.
Timothy S. Lane, M.Div., D.Min. has been a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America since 1991 (PCA) and is the coauthor of the books How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, coauthor of the curricula Change and Your Relationships and How People Change, and author of many minibooks. Tim has 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry, counseling, teaching and executive leadership. Tim is also adjunct professor of practical theology at several seminaries including Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He speaks nationally and internationally, consults with churches and writes about the importance of pastoral care. Learn more about Tim, or follow him on Twitter.
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.
"Governments and agencies can legislate for people, resource people, teach people, but they can't change people. Jesus Christ can! It's that people-changing gospel that these study guides apply clearly, deeply, and perceptively to the relationships that Christians have with friends, neighbours and families. London City Mission uses this material for training our entire team of 120 who are engaged in patient, sensitive, personal evangelism. These guides are an excellent even an essential preparation for that great work."
- Rev. Dr. John Nicholls, Chief Executive, London City Mission, UK
"There are very few resources I find more useful than CCEF's study guides. God changes people by conforming their hearts into his likeness, and the How People Change Study Guide will help your laypeople to understand this more clearly. If you want to know why people do the things they do, this resource is for you!"
- Deepak Reju, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist, Washington, DC
"The How People Change Study Guide is a distinctively biblical look at the heart's struggle with sin, its consequences, and God's prescription for it. It has given me fresh insight into my own struggles, and better equipped me to help those in my congregation with theirs. I enthusiastically recommend it."
- Ken Brown, Pastor, Community Baptist Church, New Boston, MI
How to Use
How People Change: How Christ Changes Us by His Grace applies and explains CCEF's foundational model of biblical change from Jeremiah 17 and is meant to be used in conjunction with the How People Change: How Christ Changes Us by His Grace Seminar (DVD). The twelve lessons describe in detail the heat-thorns-cross-fruit (the three trees) biblical model of change and walk participants 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. Participants and leaders will also benefit from the extra material and reinforcement of concepts contained in the book, How People Change, also coauthored by Lane and Tripp.
The study and facilitator guides have been used all over the world to help participants understand the process of biblical change and apply it to one area of their lives through the Personal Growth Project. Participants and leaders will also benefit from the extra material and reinforcement of concepts contained in the book, How People Change, also coauthored by Tripp and Lane.
The recently updated Facilitator's and Study Guides (2010) have essentially the same material as the 2005 version. You will note differences in format, pagination (the 2010 Guides have consecutive page numbers), some added notes, changes and additions to the diagrams, and directions on how to incorporate the seminar DVDs into the lesson plan.
Each lesson is formatted to last 80-90 minutes and contains the following sections:
Who Is This Product For?
The How People Change course is designed to be used in churches, small groups, ministries, and individual discipling to help participants examine the underlying issues that make change difficult and to understand how to go to Christ for the change they desire. It is suitable for laypeople and ministry and counseling professionals.
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.