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Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands Facilitator's Guide: How to Help Others Change

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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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Author Bio

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:

  • Homework Discussion. Each lesson begins with a discussion of the Make It Real homework assignment from the previous lesson. As participants share the ways they are being changed by the material, they experience change as a community project.
  • Review. The review at the beginning of each lesson reinforces the connections in the truths that have been presented and shows how the new lesson fits into the curriculum as a whole.
  • CPR. Each lesson has three points of focus and application. C stands for the central point that the participants need to understand and master. P stands for the way the central point of the lesson applies to the participant's personal life. R stands for the way these concepts set the agenda for the participant's relationships and ministry. 
  • Small Groups. If you have a group larger than twelve, create small groups. These groups will remain together for the duration of the curriculum and will be the primary groups in which discussion and personal sharing take place. Ideal groups for this program are between eight and ten people. Ask someone within each group to serve as a facilitator, whose role is to encourage participants to share, to keep the group on task, and to watch the time. 
  • Lesson Content. The main body of each lesson is built around key passages of Scripture. Encourage participants to take the time to read every passage mentioned in their study guide. Have extra Bibles available for those who may not have brought their own. 
  • Illustrations. From time to time the leader will be asked to supply an illustration to support or apply a concept from the lesson, although in many cases we have also supplied an illustration. Still, the most effective illustrations emerge from your own life. 
  • Group Discussion. A meaningful discussion requires preparation on your part. Establish in advance your goal for each discussion. 
  • The Big Question. Near the end of each lesson you will find "The Big Question." This question is designed to help participants take the core teaching of the lesson and use it to examine themselves, their situations, and their Lord. 
  • Expanded CPR. At the end of each lesson, the single statement CPR from the beginning of the lesson is expanded to three statements under each category. Begin each lesson Review with a careful examination of the lesson's CPR statement, helping your students to grapple with the theological, personal, and relational implications of what they have been studying. For example, when reviewing lesson 8, begin by reading together the CPR statements for lesson 8 found before the Make It Real section. As you give attention to the CPR statements at the beginning and end of each lesson, you are bracketing the lesson content with very direct, practical, and personal application.
  • Make It Real (homework). At the end of every lesson, briefly scan the section and point to one or two questions that illustrate the value in completing the assignment. Most of the homework is Personal Ministry Opportunity. Participants will be asked to pick a ministry opportunity in their lives and use what they are learning to become an instrument of change in the life of another. The Make It Real assignments are intended to give participants an opportunity to be discipled by you and by the Lord, who gives each lesson hope.

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. 

Related Products

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.

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