Instruments

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands – Discussion Questions for Chapters 1-3

I just finished taking some leaders through Paul Tripp’s excellent book, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, in preparation for starting Redemption Groups (a biblical recovery and reconciliation ministry) in the Fall. I thought it might be helpful for me to publish these questions here for the benefit of others, as well as for future Redemption Group leaders we might train using this material.

(In addition to covering Chapters 1-3 for our first session, I also asked everyone to write out and be prepared to share their answer to the following question: What is “the gospel”, and what are its implications for Redemption Group ministry? In other words, if you were explaining the gospel to a friend what are the essential elements that are important in order for it to be the complete gospel. I explained that this is very important because the Redemption material and Tripp’s book are very gospel-centered, and we want to be clear from the beginning on what the gospel is, and what its implications are for life transformation.)

As you review Chapters 1-3 of Instruments, please consider the following questions:

  1. How do these truths (the truths presented in Chapters 1-3 of Instruments) shape your prayers about Redemption Group ministry?
  2. Think about a time in your life when you responded not to the facts of a situation but to your interpretation of the facts. Did you realize it at the time?
  3. Think about a time when the Lord used a person or the Word of God to reveal your spiritual blindness. What did you learn about your need for such help? If you were helped by a person, what did he or she do to make it a positive or negative experience?
  4. What keeps you from being approachable (being helped)? What things keep you from reaching out (helping others)? What needs to be changed to make you a better RG leader?
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