Paul Tripp on Personal Ministry

I’m reading Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands and found a wonderful quote by the author, Paul Tripp. He was talking about how we as people tend to “dig in the mound of human ideas” to help solve our problems. We look for a 3 step process for everything. This is reflected in much evangelical preaching. Tripp goes on to say:

“We must not offer people a system of redemption, a set of insights and principles. We offer people a Redeemer. In his power, we find the hope and help we need to defeat the most powerful enemies. Hope rests in the grace of the Redeemer, the only real means of lasting change. This is what separates believers from our culture’s psychology. Because it has fundamentally turned its back on the Lord, the world can only offer people some kind of system. It reduces hope to a set of observations, a collection of insights, or steps in a process. We, on the other hand, meet people as they desperately dig and lovingly ask for their shovels. We gently turn them away from the mound, and joyfully turn them to the Man, Jesus Christ. This is the essence of personal ministry.

I’d love to get your thoughts. Why, in your view, is it so important to direct people to a person rather than a process?

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