Monday, March 16, 2009

People in the Hands of the Redeemer

From Paul Tripp's excellent book, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change (p. 35; my emphasis):
The central work of God's kingdom is change. God accomplishes this work as the Holy Spirit empowers people to bring his Word to others.

We bring more than solutions, strategies, principles, and commands. We bring the greatest story ever told, the story of the Redeemer.

Our goal is to help one another live with a "God's story" mentality.

Our mission is to teach, admonish, and encourage one another
  • to rest in his sovereignty rather than establishing our own;
  • to rely on his grace rather than performing on our own; and
  • to submit to his glory rather than seeking our own.
This is the work of the kingdom of God: people in the hands of the Redeemer, daily functioning as his tools of lasting change.