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. Jesus' work on the cross targets our hearts-our core desires and motivations-and when our hearts change, our behavior changes. It's amazing to watch people who once seemed stuck in a pattern of words, choices, and behaviors start living in a new way as Christ changes their hearts.
About the authors:
Timothy S. Lane, M.Div., D.Min., is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America since 1991 (PCA), and is the coauthor of the curriculums, Change and Your Relationships and How People Change, and author of the minibooks, PTSD, Conflict; Family Feuds; Forgiving Others; and Freedom from Guilt. Tim has 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry, counseling, teaching and executive leadership. Tim is also adjunct professor of practical theology at several seminaries including Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He speaks nationally and internationally, consults with churches and writes about the importance of pastoral care. You can read more from Tim at timlane.org or follow him in Twitter @timlane.
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 the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the best-selling author of numerous books on Christian living. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children.
"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
"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