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By Paul David Tripp
(CCEF Core Curriculum)
Paul David Tripp designed this interactive small group resource using the principles from his best-selling book, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands. Formerly published as Helping Others Change, this updated and reformatted Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands Facilitator's Guide offers a comprehensive, hands-on overview of the process of biblical change that will transform the way your church and ministry thinks about and helps others. Pastors, small group leaders, and church members are equipped to be part of the change process in others' lives through twelve lessons, homework discussion, and "Make It Real" life applications. This self-explanatory Facilitator's Guide gives detailed instructions for leading an individual or a small group through the Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands Study Guide.
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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 on the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia; 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. Paul is a best-selling author who has written twelve books on Christian living. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children.
"As a pastor, I'm thankful for the Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands Study Guide. We've used it to train dozens of adults in personal ministry. Now members of our congregation regularly dispense biblical counsel to one another over the phone, at a coffee shop, in a living room. As a result, while our church has grown, my counseling schedule has actually decreased because issues and struggles are addressed before they become full-blown problems."
- Ken Brown, Pastor, Community Baptist, New Boston, MI
"When pastors or laypeople ask me for one book to read on biblical counseling, I point them to the excellent work in Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands. This study guide is a sound, thoroughly biblical, and practical guide for biblical counseling. If you are looking for a way to help your congregation understand how to counsel one another with the Word of God, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands Study Guide will be an immense help to your ministry."
- Deepak Reju, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist, Washington, DC
"We adopted the Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands Study Guide as a required training curriculum for our ministry team, as it solidly reinforces our shared commitment to an entirely biblical, Christ-centered, discipleship approach in the context of the body of Christ. I'll be forever grateful for how these resources have been used in my own life, and in the lives of so many others, to grasp the lasting change that all of us so desperately desire. Keep up the good work."
- Daniel Gavin, Director, Addictions Victorious
How to Use
Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: How to Help Others Change by Paul David Tripp is a twelve-lesson guide to being used by Christ to help others. The study guide walks participants through a biblical model of personal ministry (Love, Know, Speak, Do). Participants are encouraged that even though they are in need of change themselves, the Spirit can and will use them as instruments of change in the lives of others. The goal of this curriculum is that people would learn to give and receive biblical help that doesn't only change and help them, but also changes the culture of their church and surrounding community.
The study and facilitator guide have been used all over the world to help participants become God's instruments of comfort, encouragement, conviction, and change in the lives of those around them. Participants and leaders will also benefit from the extra material and reinforcement of concepts contained in the book, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change, also authored by Paul David Tripp (P&R).
The recently updated Facilitator's and Study Guides (2010) have essentially the same material as the 2005 version. You will note differences in format and pagination (the 2010 Guides have consecutive page numbers).
Each lesson is formatted to last 90 minutes and contains the following sections:
Who Is This Product For?
The Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands 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.
The Instrument in the Redeemer's Hands materials (book and curriculum) are the second of CCEF's three core series about gospel-centered change. The first part of the series is the How People Change book, small group resource, and seminar (DVD) by Paul David Tripp and Timothy S. Lane. The third part of the series is the book Relationships: A Mess Worth Making and the small group resource Change and Your Relationships: A Mess Worth Making both by Lane and 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.