[In his book, “Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands,” Tripp concludes his talk on the themes of God’s greatness, grace and glory with these words].
The central work of God’s Kingdom is change. God accomplishes this work as the Holy Spirit empowers people to bring his Word to others.
We bring more than solutions, strategies, principles and commands. We bring the greatest story ever told, the story of the Redeemer. Our goal is to help one another live with a “God’s story” mentality.
Our mission is to teach, admonish and encourage one another to rest in his sovereignty, rather than establishing our own; to rely on his grace, rather than performing on our own; and to submit to his glory rather than seeking our own.
This is the work of the Kingdom of God: people in the hands of the Redeemer, daily functioning as his tools of lasting change in the lives of those around them.
[We do this by living what we say we believe; by offering the sacrifice of praise for each event; by sharing with others about our quiet times and interactions with God; by praying for those around us; by sharing the gospel with as many as possible.
Actually it’s pretty simple. It means us fitting into God’s story with Him at the center, living in the light of His sovereignty (He has a plan), His grace (He is always ready to forgive) and His glory (we live to give Him glory and honor through obedience). This is the basic change in orientation we need; if we make this change in our lives, then we can help others to the same. Let’s get with it!]