Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands is a fantastic book. Paul David Tripp has made the case that all of us as Christians, and not just “professionals,” are able to counsel others. The subtitle puts it well: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change.
Near the end of the book, he says,
Two things always come to mind as I finish teaching this material. First, I am hit with the utter simplicity of biblical personal ministry. It is not a secret technology for the intervention elite, but a simple call to every one of God’s children to be part of what God is doing in the lives of others. It is living in honest, humble, redemptive community with others, loving as Christ loved, and going beyond the casual to really know people. It is loving others enough to speak the truth to them, helping them to see themselves in the mirror of God’s Word. And it is standing with others, helping them to do what God has called them to do. It is basically just a call to biblical friendship! It is almost embarrassingly simple: Love people. Know them. Speak truth into their lives. Help them do what God has called them to do. (Italics in original)
It took longer than normal to read this book because there is so much information in it, and so much to consider. It should be used as a textbook if it isn’t already.
At it’s foundation, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands is a book about discipleship. It answers the question of how we can help each other grow in godliness. Read this book. It may take you awhile, but read it!