Based on principles from their book, How People Change, Paul David Tripp and Timothy S. Lane have created this study guide to be used, along with the corresponding, facilitator guide and video seminar, in church-wide training, small group, Sunday school, youth group, or one-on-one discipleship settings.
Change doesn’t happen overnight for the Christian. Growth is a lifelong journey. Tripp and Lane masterfully guide readers toward biblical truths that lead to a life of repentance and faith. The How People Change study invites participants to consider their circumstances as well as their responses to them—examining the heart’s desire and turning toward Christ.
The How People Change Study Guide helps participants understand the underlying motivations for their actions, giving them specific, practical help in changing long-standing patterns of behavior so they grow in love for God and others. Each of the twelve lessons includes teaching, homework discussion, relational application, illustrations, group discussion guide, and "Make It Real" life applications.
Paul David Tripp, MDiv, DMin, is the president of Paul David Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization, whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." Paul is a best-selling author of many books on Christian living, including How People Change, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, A Quest for More, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, and New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children.
Timothy S. Lane, MDiv, DMin, is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) with over 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry, counseling, teaching, and executive leadership. He is the author of several minibooks and the coauthor of the books How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making and the curricula Change and Your Relationships and How People Change. Tim speaks internationally, consults with churches and writes about the importance of pastoral care.
"This book is applied theology. It's about heat, thorns, the cross, and fruit. It's about present grace. In sixteen short and well-illustrated chapters, the wonderful prospect of change for the good is held out for the reader. We are called to consider our circumstances and our responses to them, and beneath that to examine our hearts' desires and to turn afresh to Christ's cross."
Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
"It's encouraging to know that, in God's hands, the winds of adversity that batter our lives are also agents of fruitful change in us. Paul Tripp and Tim Lane have done us all a favor by leading us down that path of change and teaching us how to embrace God's transforming work in our hearts."
Carolyn Custis James, Author of When Life and Beliefs Collide
"Change doesn't happen overnight for the Christian. It's a lifelong journey. Paul Tripp and Tim Lane masterfully guide us along the biblical path that points us to the cross and a lifestyle of faith and repentance. I recommend this book to all Christians who desire to grow in their relationship with God."
Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
"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, neighbors, 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."
John Nicholls, DMin, Former 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 How People Change 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
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