I started reading You Can Change by Tim Chester of The Crowded House. It is different from most books about transformation and personal growth because Chester roots everything in the dual truths of the Christian’s new identities and the power of the gospel.
This video is Tim’s introduction and explanation of the book.
Here is what a couple others are saying about You Can Change:
A book about Christian growth that is neither quietistic nor moralistic is rare. A book that is truly practical is even rarer. Tim Chester’s new volume falls into both categories and therefore fills a gap. ~ Tim Keller
There are few books that are shockingly honest, carefully theological, and gloriously hopeful all at the same time. Tim Chester’s book, You Can Change, is all of these and more. He skilfully uses the deepest insights of the theology of the Word as a lens to help you understand yourself and the way of change, and, in so doing, helps you to experience practically what you thought you already knew. The carefully crafted personal ‘reflection’ and ‘change project’ sections are worth the price of the book by themselves. It is wonderful to be reminded that you and I are not stuck, and it’s comforting to be guided by someone who knows well the road from where we are to where we need to be. ~ Paul Tripp
Jesus said: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10.16)
When the Lord calls us to himself he also sends us out. It is a package deal. No exceptions. We are expected to engage our culture.
It is part of our purpose. God had told our forefather Abraham: “I will bless you and make you a blessing. I will bless all nations through you and your descendants.” The apostle Paul tells us that if we are in Christ then we are heirs of Abraham. (Galatians 3.29) God intends to bless the world, and call a people to himself, through us. And to do that we must go. We go out into a world filled with ravenous wolves, and engage that world – wolves and otherwise.
But how shall we go?
In an insightful post titled Six Rules of Cultural Engagement Joe Thorn offers some helpful counsel.
First Thorn clarifies the parameters of biblical cultural engagement:
- Reject what is evil
- Receive what is good
- Redeem what is broken/lost
Then Thorn provides a six point practical prescription:
- Be Present
- Practive Discernment
- Develop Your Theology
- Find Courage
- Speak Clearly
These are good rules. They are: Proactive, Shrewd, Sensitive, and Wise. By embracing and employing them we will be well armed for engagement with whoever we encounter around the neighborhood – whether finding friend or foe.
To read Thorn’s entire post click: Rules