A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger than You



[PDF / Epub] ☉ A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger than You By Paul David Tripp – E17streets4all.co.uk A Quest for More speaks to those who are beginning their spiritual journeys as well as those who can reflect on full lives spent in service to God A Quest for More speaks to those For More: MOBI õ who are beginning their spiritual journeys as well as those who can reflect on full lives spent in service to God.A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger than You

Paul was born in Toledo, Ohio to For More: MOBI õ Bob and Fae Tripp on November , Paul spent all of his growing years in Toledo until his college years when his parents moved to Southern CaliforniaAt Columbia Bible College from , now Columbia International University Paul majored in Bible and Christian Education Although he had planned to be there for only two years and then to study journalism, Paulandfelt like there was so much of the theology of Scripture that he did not understand, so he decided A Quest PDF \ to go to seminary Paul met Luella Jackson at College and they married in In , Paul took his first pastoral position and has had a heart for the local church ever since After college, Paul completed his Master of Divinity degree at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary now known as Philadelphia Theological Seminary in Philadelphia It was during these days that Paul s commitment to ministry solidified After seminary, Paul was involved in planting a church in Scranton, Pennsylvania where he also founded Quest For More: eBook ´ a Christian School During the years in Scranton, Paul became involved in music, traveling with a band and writing worship songs In Scranton, Paul became interested in biblical counseling and decided to enroll in the DMin program in Biblical Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia Paul then became a faculty member of the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation CCEF and a lecturer in biblical counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia Paul has also served as Visiting Professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KentuckyIn , Paul joined the faculty of Redeemer Seminary daughter school of Westminster in Dallas, Texas as Professor of Pastoral Life and Care Beginning in June, , Paul became the President of Paul Tripp Ministries, a non profit organization, whose mission statement is Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life In addition to his current role as President of Paul Tripp Ministries, on January , , Paul also became part of the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA where he preached every Sunday evening and lead the Ministry to Center City through March, when he resigned due to the expanding time commitments needed at Paul Tripp MinistriesPaul, Luella, and their four children moved to Philadelphia in and have lived there ever since Paul is a prolific author and has written twelve books on Christian living which are sold internationally Luella manages a large commercial art gallery in the city and Paul is very dedicated to painting as an avocation Paul s driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ really does speak with practical hope into all the things they will face in this broken world Paul is a pastor with a pastor s heart, a gifted speaker, his journey taking him all over the world, an author of numerous books on practical Christian living, and a man who is hopelessly in love with Luella.

A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger than You
  • Paperback
  • 210 pages
  • A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger than You
  • Paul David Tripp
  • English
  • 11 October 2017
  • 0978556747

10 thoughts on “A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger than You

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    Somewhere in the world at the moment you read this, a little boy, waving a stick, has just destroyed myriads of imaginary enemies, and having clambered up to the top of a pile of dirt stands stretching out his arms in victory, proclaiming himself to be The King of the World Mountain climbers face dizzying heights and sports fans cheer for their teams for the same reason According to Paul David Tripp, in his book A Quest For More, There is woven inside each of us a desire for somethingSomewhere in the world at the moment you read this, a little boy, waving a stick, has just destroyed myriads of imaginary enemies, and having clambered up to the top of a pile of dirt stands stretching out his arms in victory, proclaiming himself to be The King of the World Mountain climbers face dizzying heights and sports fans cheer for their teams for the same reason According to Paul David Tripp, in his book A Quest For More, There is woven inside each of us a desire for somethinga craving to be part of something bigger, greater, andprofound than our relatively meaningless day by day existence Tripp labels that something transcendence We are hardwired for glory it is something that God built into us when He created us to be unique and higher than anything else in the garden of Eden God put these desires in us for a purpose to seek His transcendent glory As Tripp states, If your purpose isn t tied to God s glory, you havedenied your humanity The problem in our lives is that sin is deceptive Like a used car salesman, Satan constantly tricks us into believing that less is , just as he did Eve in the garden He offered to Adam and Eve an independent glory, deceiving them into believing that the true transcendence is autonomy We must combat this thinking by realizing the far reaching effects of sin in our lives, but also accepting the far reaching application of God s grace Grace does not bring just personal benefits to us It reshapes our lives and extends the boundaries of our interests Redemption s agenda is not to make our little kingdom s successful but to welcome us to a much bigger, much better kingdom Tripp refers to Matthew 6 to warn of two threats to a proper focus on the big kingdom These are earth bound treasures and anxiety bound needs Pursuing little kingdom living is characterized by these emphases, and it will always shrink your life to the size of daily wants and worries It takes constant warfare to keep from falling into these traps, especially because of the deceptiveness of our own hearts Too often we mask the kingdom of self in the costume of the kingdom of God, and we deceive ourselves into thinking that we are seeking first the kingdom of God In spite of all of these challenges, Trip encourages us, Wait, there is a Warrior He points us to the cross, through which Christ won victory over the little kingdom, paid the debt for selfish desires, and purchased power for us to obey Turning to Colossians 1 3 23 and 1 Corinthians 1 18 2 5, we are reminded that Christ and the cross are central to the kingdom of God And Christ calls on us to emulate His death by denying ourselves, taking up our cross, and following Him Tripp comments, The little kingdom offers us life, but brings you death the big kingdom requires your death, but gives you life The following chapters 11 17 call Christians to having this lifestyle shaping heart attitude It affects all areas of life, but Tripp focuses on several key areas In chapter 11, Groaning, he reminds us that a kingdom focused life will carry with it a certain degree of dissatisfaction with the status quo Thankfulness is good, but there is danger in being too easily satisfied Chapter 12 Jazz compares the Christian life to improvised music following two principles form and freedom The form or musical key and time signature, is compared to God s word the guidelines for kingdom life However there is freedom built into kingdom living as well According to Tripp, The Bible simply doesn t address every situation or relationship in which you may find yourself This is perhaps poorly stated God does give us a degree of freedom in pursuing His kingdom, and though the Bible does not give specific instructions for every situation in life, it does address every aspect of life in principle form Next, Tripp discusses forgiveness in Chapter 13 He connects our struggle with forgiveness with our kingdom struggle Seeking or giving forgiveness is impossible without looking past our self kingdom to the cross of Christ through whom we are forgiven Similarly, Tripp discusses anger in Chapter 16 We should never be angry in protection of our kingdom only God s Chapter 14, Loneliness, compares our emotional life in the kingdom of God to waiting for the love of one s life to return His love for us and our responsive love for Him fuels our pursuit of the kingdom While we wait for our relationship to be perfected, it is easy for our fickle hearts to wander Our problem is not that we fail to be satisfied Our problem is that we are too quickly satisfied If you are not lonely for Jesus, the central affection of your life, what other lovers have stolen your affection Chapter 15 discusses sacrifice All of us make sacrifices every day, and what we sacrifice for is revealing Tripp says, Behind every personal sacrifice is a quest for some kind of treasure Christ calls on us to give up everything every treasure but Him must be abandoned Finally, Tripp gives us hope for the journey ahead Everyone is hopeful to some degree, but many people have a soon to be disappointed hope because they have attached their hope to something that will fail them Everything earthly will disappoint in some way, but hope in God s kingdom will never fail you That positive, hopeful approach is perhaps one of the things I most appreciated about A Quest For More Using many excellent illustrations and analogies, and showing the heart of a biblical counselor, Tripp gently leads our wandering hearts back home Yet he doesn t promise earthly bliss, but realistically describes loneliness and groaning as our hearts are fixed on things above Christians today desperately need to grasp the truth that this book has unpackaged for us The struggle facing the church today, as in every age, is worldliness, which is in essence living with an earth bound mindset If we could but get a glimpse of the glory above our lives would radically change Paul David Tripp has attempted to exalt Christ s kingdom so that we can see that glimpse of glory May God open our eyes

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    I ve given out about five copies of this book to friends, which I think demonstrates how much I like it Tripp uses the image of God s big Kingdom and our own personal little kingdoms in order to help us see how easily and often we put our own little kingdom selfish desires ahead of God s Tripp is extremely insightful in the illustrations he gives and really gets to the core issues of the battles for our hearts In doing so, I believe that Tripp helps us to see areas in our lives where I ve given out about five copies of this book to friends, which I think demonstrates how much I like it Tripp uses the image of God s big Kingdom and our own personal little kingdoms in order to help us see how easily and often we put our own little kingdom selfish desires ahead of God s Tripp is extremely insightful in the illustrations he gives and really gets to the core issues of the battles for our hearts In doing so, I believe that Tripp helps us to see areas in our lives where we may have replaced God s creation for God himself with the things we desire and worship in place of God I feel that by helping us to see what has replaced God in our lives, we can thenclearly see how we should and might enact change in these areas, so that we then give God the rightful place where He should reign in our hearts as Lord.I found the final chapter of this book to be particularly helpful where he describes how a Christ follower can live in the world with very deliberate intention to make gospel opportunities happen instead of passively hoping that opportunities will fall into one s lap

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    Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need Matthew 6 33 There is a constant battle that wages within the heart of man between a pursuit of the flesh and the glorifying of God This war is constant and impacts all of us arguably in many different ways Moreover, we may be thinking we are seeking the kingdom of God when in reality we are actually posturing ourselves for reasons that are not that godly if we were honest with ourselves Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need Matthew 6 33 There is a constant battle that wages within the heart of man between a pursuit of the flesh and the glorifying of God This war is constant and impacts all of us arguably in many different ways Moreover, we may be thinking we are seeking the kingdom of God when in reality we are actually posturing ourselves for reasons that are not that godly if we were honest with ourselves Dr Paul Tripp, in his latest book, A Quest for More, discusses just what seeking after the kingdom of God looks like in the life of the believer and what the idea of kingdom means from a biblical point of view.Tripp begins his book by noting This book is about having a life that counts for something It is about living to make a difference Now keep in mind this book is nothing like the latest Joel Osteen style approach to daily living and success where the focus is on the self rather than the Creator Having a life that counts for something according to Tripp is less an element of personal achievement andabout a strict and distinct focus on glorifying God and furthering His kingdom Tripp rightly declares You were created to be part of something big This statement is right in line with the Westminster Catechism question that asks What is the chief end of man , basically asking the question of why man was created The response to that question is Man s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever A Quest for More is dedicated to exploring just how the creation should spend their time glorifying the Creator and enjoying Himfully.Since our purpose for being created is to bring God glory, just what does that look like and what keeps us from having that desire to glorify God This element of the discussion is where Tripp provides extremely practical and useful attention and where this book really shines Ultimately, our desire to focus on self rather than God stems from way back to the exact same thing Adam and Eve fell prey to, namely the desire to be God rather than to glorify God So, our sinful nature continually rears its ugly head with the temptation to consider self before seeking first the kingdom of God What then is the solution Tripp aptly notes True humanity is always connected to glory, and true glory can only be found in the One who is glory, the Lord Seeking the kingdom of God requires taking self out of the picture and placing God in the middle of all that we do, think, say, feel, or desire.Tripp rightly notes the huge impact sin has on all of creation Given the reality that sin has impacted all aspects of life, it is thus necessary to look beyond our personal circle of concerns to see the larger picture of redemption that God has outlined in His word As believes, we are part of that plan of redemption Tripp comments You have been chosen to transcend the furthest reach of your own definition of glory to be part of a greater glory, the glory of God and His work of making all things new What an exciting thing to be a part of Far too often, our little kingdoms become all encompassing and all consuming This becomes quite tricky when we may feel as if we are doing that which contributes to the advancement of the kingdom Tripp declares and rightfully so, It is quite possible for you to be convinced that you are living for the transcendent glories of the kingdom of God when you are, in fact, living for yourself This is quite a statement to consider We have to be aware of when our activities or approach to life is actually an outward costume kingdom as Tripp puts it, rather than a life devoted not to self, but to God Clear evidence of a life focused on the kingdom is the life focused on the things of God will bear much fruit Tripp states To the degree that Jesus is not the treasure I seek, I will not be progressively taking on His likeness This statement is in keeping with Jesus statement that our treasure is where our heart is, thus if we treasure the things of God, we will dedicate our lives to whatever it takes to further the things of God.One final element of Tripp s book I found very helpful was his focus on noting the importance of a Christ centered life Transitioning from outlining what keeps us from a desire to pursue the kingdom of God over and against the kingdom of self, Tripp engages the necessity of being Christ centered Building on the idea of transcendent kingdom living, he avers Big kingdom living means living with Christ at the center of everything I think, desire, say, and do Additionally, he aptly states Living for Christ is the only way you will ever be liberated from your bondage to the overwhelming tendency to shrink the size of your life to the size of your life A focus on self will only serve to draw down your focus to your immediate concerns often taking your eyes off the One who you were created to glorify and Who can meet all your needs A focus on Christ, will center your life on things above where they are supposed to be resulting in kingdom focused living Farthan the latest version of a purpose driven life style approach to living, Paul Tripp provides the reader with a Christ centered, kingdom focused approach to daily living Those mired in the depths of self or those who may believe they are pursuing the things of God but in reality are seeking the kingdom of self, will find this book to be a giant wake up call Those who want to find out what kingdom living is all about will find Tripp s work to be a salient and practical biblical approach to ensuring Christ is at the center of everything they think, desire, say, and do Heeding the principles found in this book will assist the reader in doing the very thing they were created for, that of glorifying God.I received this book for free from New Growth Press for this review I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

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    There sto life than just insert what s most important to you right now That s the gist of the book We as people all live for something Paul makes the point repeatedly that oft that something is far less satisfying and far less purposeful in comparison to the true reason for our existence As Paul progresses through the book he explains through different perspectives just how in every single way living for the kingdom of God overshadows the pitiable pursuits that we have engaged oursel There sto life than just insert what s most important to you right now That s the gist of the book We as people all live for something Paul makes the point repeatedly that oft that something is far less satisfying and far less purposeful in comparison to the true reason for our existence As Paul progresses through the book he explains through different perspectives just how in every single way living for the kingdom of God overshadows the pitiable pursuits that we have engaged ourselves in He writes with his usual passion for the gospel and the kingdom of God as one who understands the necessity of it, and walks the way himself This book is important for we find ourselves distracted with worldly pursuits time and again This is a good book to go back to time and again to be reminded of the awe and wonder and the all satisfying privilege of being part of the kingdom of God

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    There s some good information in this book, but getting through Tripp s almost trite attempts to be cute and clever made it difficult for me to read The same information can surely be found in sources withdepth.I especially grew weary of his phrase, shrinking the size of our lives to the size of our lives, which was repeated far too many times By the end of the book, I understood what he meant, but it still simply doesn t make sense There must be a better way to say that.In addition, There s some good information in this book, but getting through Tripp s almost trite attempts to be cute and clever made it difficult for me to read The same information can surely be found in sources withdepth.I especially grew weary of his phrase, shrinking the size of our lives to the size of our lives, which was repeated far too many times By the end of the book, I understood what he meant, but it still simply doesn t make sense There must be a better way to say that.In addition, his real life examples aren t believable In other words, they come across as preacher stories All that being said, there is value to the concept of living for the larger kingdom of God, as opposed to our own little kingdoms

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    Each of us, because of our sin nature, is in pursuit of establishing our own personal kingdom with Myself as King or Queen Instead, God calls us to pursue His kingdom Pursuing our own kingdom results in selfishness, fighting, broken relationships, disappointment, frustration, etc Pursuing God s kingdom opens our eyes to what will some day be and to how we can be involved in seeking his kingdom, in letting him be the King of our lives.This book is good and I found it helpful in many ways But Each of us, because of our sin nature, is in pursuit of establishing our own personal kingdom with Myself as King or Queen Instead, God calls us to pursue His kingdom Pursuing our own kingdom results in selfishness, fighting, broken relationships, disappointment, frustration, etc Pursuing God s kingdom opens our eyes to what will some day be and to how we can be involved in seeking his kingdom, in letting him be the King of our lives.This book is good and I found it helpful in many ways But it also got quite repetitive

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    Paul David Tripp is one of my favorite authors I didn t want this book to end Each chapter in this book made a deep impact on my being I can say that this book literally changed how I approach life My faith has grown deeper and stronger I am very thankful that I was able to get a copy of A QUEST FOR MORE I would highly recommend Paul Tripp s way of writing and teaching is clear, easy to apply to your life, and isn t afraid to cut deep I love it

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    I adore Paul Tripp in person, and I ve attended three of his weekend long conferences However, his writing style is a bit dry for me I struggled to keep reading this book, even though I loved the concepts It s hard for me to take theological writing and make it practical.

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    A good book that points out actually our life is like two kingdoms battling against each other You re either in this kingdom or in that kingdom.And I was reminded to live for something BIGGER than my own kingdom Blessed

  10. says:

    Really good perspective on the glory war and how all of us are living for our own glory and need to re orient our perspective.

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