Thursday, January 17, 2008

How people change


"A changed heart is the bright promise of the gospel. When the Bible talks about the gift of a new heart, it doesn't mean a heart that is immediately perfected, but a heart that is capable of being changed."

I started reading how people change today on the train to Plymouth. Interview with Paul Tripp & Timothy Lane. As they say, it's about how to apply old things in new and fresh ways.

Gospel-centred change is what we need in the church, change that comes from beholding the glory of God in the gospel of Jesus - the kind of life that can confess "I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory." - entering into the presence of God, where the blood of Jesus is poured out and because of that blood.

8 comments:

  1. Ok, given that I rather like this CCEF stuff (gutted that they stopped their journal - why?!), have read Tripp's Instruments..., Powlison's Seeing with new eyes and Welch's When people are big..., do you think I should also get this book (or just practise more what I've already read, ahem)? I mean, I'd snap it up but I tend to buy more books than I need, simply because they're good. So, advice - how helpful would it be given the above?

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  2. They say that there's nothing particularly new in this one, mostly a development of Powlison's teaching that they both received. Kinda Pipersyndrome, all the books are the same but they're still good to read.

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  3. Thanks, that's helpful, esp. the Piper-books comparison!

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  4. I'll post some quotes etc from it to give a flavour. Talking to Tim R about it today, he says its better than Instruments.

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  5. Have you read Willard's 'Renovation of the Heart'?

    Who are CCEF?

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  6. I've read the condensed version of Willard's book. I forget the exact title. I wasn't overly impressed with it - maybe they overcondensed it.

    CCEF are the Christian Counselling and Education Foundation, basically they work at apply the gospel (in it's fullest sense) to the heart, which strikes me as an altogether better discipleship than what's common in the church today, which seems to be just focussed on changing behaviour.

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  7. I like their understanding of heart - it seems really biblical, but I'm interested as to why you didn't get on with Willard, as I think he's saying exactly the same sort of thing, just with a more developed and sophisticated (I'm guessing here) understanding of anthropology.

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  8. It was Revolution of Character, I guess it all felt a bit light. I guess Renovation of the Heart might be a bit more substantial.

    I'd already read some of the CCEF stuff when I read RoC last summer so that probably removed some sense of it being fresh.

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