These are my notes for Chapter 7:
1. What have I found helpful/ insightful in this chapter?
There were several reminders that Tripp makes that are very useful in dealing with Pastoral issues:
1. The church is full of people who are dealing at different stages of the disease of sin.
2. The church is not a theological classroom = it is a centre for conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness and sanctification.
3. The church is messy, but it’s God’s wonderful mess. It is the place where radical transformation occurs in the hearts and lives of people.
4. The foundation for people’s transformation is not theology but LOVE. Without love, our theology is a boat without oars. (Rom 8:31-39) We are recipients of Christ’s love and nothing can separate us from it.
5. The right clothes for the Job Col 3:12-17 if you are going to teach and admonish one another, you must first put on Christ.
2. How will what I have read apply to my preaching ministry of counselling?
In my ministry, I will reflect the thought of Tripp, when he referred to God’s relationship to us is loving and redemptive, and he wants our relationships to mirror these qualities.
The final half of the chapter, Tripp includes his method of how to impact someone with expressing love towards them, and I will apply the two themes in this chapter:
1. Enter person’s world: We focus so much on the problems in people’s lives we miss the person’s real problem.
2. Incarnate the love of Christ: Our lives testify to the power of his grace to transform hearts.
3. Next time we meet I would like to discuss… the question that Tripp includes on pg 119 “How often do you see people as obstacles to ministry rather than objects of it?”