Gospel Change: Interview with Tim Chester

Recently, Dane Ortlund interviewed Chester on his gospel-saturated book, You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions. Here’s a snippet of their exchange:

Tim, what’s the big idea of You Can Change?

I think what I’m trying to do is to show how change takes place through faith. I want to move people away from just focus on behaviour because if we focus on behaviour then our efforts to change will always tend toward legalism. Instead I want to focus on the heart because where our hearts lead, our emotions and behaviour will follow.

But I want to make these ideas practical for people. I guess the basic idea is this. Behind every sin is a lie. We believe that sin offers more than God. So the key to change is recognizing that God is bigger and better than anything sin offers. That’s not easy or straightforward. It’s a day by day challenge to look to God, to find hope and help and satisfaction in him.

In some ways I tried to write the antidote to self-help books in the form of a self-help book!

Read the remainder here.


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