Resources by Jared C. Wilson

Jared C. Wilson is the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Seminary, managing editor of For The Church, and author of more than ten books, including Gospel Wakefulness, The Pastor’s Justification, and The Prodigal Church. You can follow him on Twitter.

May 2, 2016

Your Sin Will Find You Out (But So Will His Righteousness) by Jared C. Wilson

I suppose this is essentially a modern fulfillment of the biblical principle “your sins will find you out . . ."

Apr 27, 2015

Your Money is No Good Here by Jared C. Wilson

The deal is all of Christ for all your nothing.

Aug 21, 2014

Young(ish), Settled, and Reformed by Jared C. Wilson

… for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God… —from Acts 5:38-39

It has been asked in a variety of ways from the outside and the inside since the so-called "young, restless, and Reformed" tribe hit the threshold of unignorable visibility: Can this movement be sustained? Is it just a fad? What are your concerns, fears, and…

Jul 3

Worshiping a Golden Calf on Sunday Morning is Deceptively Easy by Jared C. Wilson

The move is subtle. The switch from ordinary human achievement to blasphemy requires no explanation. It just flatout happens.

Aug 3, 2015

Why Knowing Your Flock is Critical to Meaningful Preaching by Jared C. Wilson

The ministry of preaching cannot be divorced from the ministry of soul care; in fact, preaching is actually an extension of soul care. There are a host of reasons why it is important for pastors who want to preach meaningfully to know their flocks as well as they can, but here are three of the most important.

Jul 21, 2015

Why I Wasn't Overjoyed When Our Town's Porno Shop Closed by Jared C. Wilson

Of course we should be glad when any purveyor of smut shuts down or suffers a setback. But we should not delude ourselves. The culture of porn is financially rich and dangerously addictive.

Jun 13

Why Discipleship Matters by Jared C. Wilson

Series: 2017 For The Church Conference at SBC - Phoenix

Jared C. Wilson, director of Content Strategy and managing editor of For The Church.

Jun 16, 2015

Why did you author “The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo”? by Jared C. Wilson

Series: 2015 For The Church Conference at SBC - Columbus

Jared Wilson, director of content strategy at Midwestern Seminary and Managing Editor of For The Church, shares why he authored “The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo” at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Jan 28

Why Christianity is Different by Jared C. Wilson

Series: 2017 Ready Conference

Jared C. Wilson preaches on the uniqueness of Christianity at the 2017 Ready Conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College.

May 1, 2015

Where is The Gospel in the Mutilation of the Concubine? by Jared C. Wilson

There is a gospel spring beneath the deathly depravity of Judges 19.

Jun 12

When You've Got a Bramble for a King by Jared C. Wilson

“Come, get under my shade,” the bramble calls. “I will take care of you.”

Mar 27

When You Feel Forgotten, Abandoned, and Unloved by Jared C. Wilson

This does not make pain painless, of course, but it doesn’t make it purposeless either.

May 20, 2014

When We Get Small and God Gets Big by Jared C. Wilson

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms… —Deuteronomy 33:27

Natalie was one of my deaconesses. I say "was" because she passed away in January. One of my first memories of Natalie was at a funeral, actually, one of the first of the many I have officiated in my five years in Middletown. I don't even remember who it was for—it was not…

Jun 2, 2014

When Our Sons Ask For Stones, Let's Give them Bread by Jared C. Wilson

In the religion news headlines this week is the story of a pastor who has decided the Bible condones homosexuality. His church, it seems, has determined to see how they might live in a tension between those who agree and disagree. Dr. Mohler has a reflective piece on the situation. It is likely not a coincidence that the pastor in question has a son who has recently come out…

Nov 11, 2015

When Our Children Ask for Stones, Let's Give Them Bread by Jared C. Wilson

We familyolaters take what most of us consider the most important thing in our lives and give it the weight of our worship in a way that is both dishonorable and unsustainable. And we end up living "Thus saith the family" rather than "Thus saith the Lord."

Jul 8, 2015

When God Lays Down His Bow by Jared C. Wilson

The rainbow symbolizes the gospel, for God has "laid down his bow." To turn it into a symbol of pride, then, is sadly and truly to test God into taking it up again, to invite his wrath.

Jun 2, 2014

Whenever God Does a Mighty Work, It Has Been By Some Very Insignifcant Instrument by Jared C. Wilson

What kind of "stuff" does God use for his extraordinary work?

I relished this bit from Charles Spurgeon's revival sermon, "The Story of God's Mighty Acts":

A friend who called to see me yesterday, tells me that the lowest and vilest men, the most depraved females in Belfast, have been visited with this extraordinary epilepsy, as the world calls it; but with this strange…

Nov 14, 2016

What We Need is a Reclamation of Biblical Supernaturality by Jared C. Wilson

Too often our creativity and intelligence don’t adorn the gospel, but obscure it.

Jul 23, 2015

What to Do With 'Some People Are Saying . . .' by Jared C. Wilson

The pastor should give no harbor to about-talk that avoids to-talk.

Aug 10, 2015

What to Do When Met with a Beggar by Jared C. Wilson

Is Jesus smart? Does Jesus know the way the world actually is? Can he be trusted in this moment to give us sound counsel?

Sep 12, 2016

What To Do (and What Not To Do) When Your Pastor Resigns by Jared C. Wilson

We sometimes expect pastors leaving under bad terms to leave a bad taste in the church’s mouth, but we don’t really think about what can go wrong when an otherwise good pastor leaves under otherwise good circumstances.

Nov 22, 2015

What They Need on Sundays by Jared C. Wilson

A word to my brother-pastors, who every week labor in preparing to teach the Bible in the weekend gathering while the dark cloud of the new cultural downgrade hangs over them:

Brothers, let's not go about our weekly sermon preparation and personal discipleship in sackcloth and ashes. Let's get into the vineyard of God's word, get some holy sweat worked up, whistling while we work, lifting our hearts…

Apr 4, 2014

What's Wrong With Producing a "Worship Experience"? by Jared C. Wilson

"The only thing of value the church has to offer is the gospel."

Apr 24, 2015

What's Wrong With Buying Your Way Onto the Bestseller List? by Jared C. Wilson

… or buying Twitter followers or gaming the analytics to inflate website stats, etc.

At least 5 things:

1. It's dishonest.

No, it's not illegal. But neither are lots of unethical, dishonest things. The asumption that people make when they see "Bestseller" labeled on a book or 600,000 followers on your Twitter page is that you came by those accomplishments the straightforward way: attracting…

Jan 23

What if You Aborted a Future Janitor?

Why We Should Reject Utilitarian Arguments Against Abortion

Christians should have nothing to do with utilitarian arguments against abortion.

Apr 3, 2014

What Evangelism Isn't by Jared C. Wilson

From Reaching the Lost: Evangelism, the Bible study guide from 9Marks.

Evangelism is not:

Personal testimony. Talking about what God has done in your life may encourage Christians and intrigue non-Christians. And there's certainly a place for this in evangelism. But simply sharing about what God has done in your life isn't necessarily evangelism. Evangelism is telling others about what Jesus Christ has done to…

Jan 16, 2016

What Do Pharisees Do? by Jared C. Wilson

Biblically speaking, what can we learn about pharisaical behavior?

Apr 22, 2015

What Does It Mean to be "For The Church?" by Jared C. Wilson

There are lots of websites that exist for the church. This is what it means for us to be For The Church . . .

Jun 24, 2014

What a Boundless, Fathomless Ocean! by Jared C. Wilson

Eternal love moved the heart of Jesus to relinquish… heaven for earth;
a diadem for a cross;
the robe of divine majesty for the garment of our nature;
by taking upon Himself the leprosy of our sin.
Oh, the infinite love of Christ!
What a boundless, fathomless ocean!

Ask the ransomed of the Lord, whose chains He has dissolved, whose dungeon He…

Aug 15, 2016

We Have Nothing to Offer the One Who Offers Us Everything by Jared C. Wilson

There is one great sign that you are loved more than you thought.

Sep 2, 2014

Walk With God For Joy by Jared C. Wilson

George-WhitefieldNo, Victoria Osteen is not exactly right when she says we ought to do good for ourselves instead of for God, but neither is she totally wrong. She's derailed and in the ditch, but the right track is in eyesight.

Osteen is not totally wrong, because walking with God is a—let the reader understand—happy thing. It's a different kind of happy, to be sure. But it's…

Nov 11, 2016

Walk in the Light by Jared C. Wilson

Whole relationships carry on in the dark sometimes, especially in churches, where everyone is in relationship with everybody's projected version of themselves, with facades.

Jul 13, 2015

Utterly Saved by Jared C. Wilson

Salvation by Christ's work is a gift of grace received through faith. This salvation is total (Romans 8:30) and we see its totality in John 6.

Sep 1, 2015

Truth and Shepherding

Session 5

Series: 2015 For The Church Conference

Jared Wilson leads session five at the For The Church Conference on the Truth and Shepherding.

Aug 2, 2015

Traditionalism is Winning by Jared C. Wilson

As changing views on gay marriage, among others, go to show, secularization marches on. Traditionalists may be on the losing end of historic real estate, at least for now, as well as booed out of the public square for their views on sex. Down the road, though, they still look to possess something else critical.

May 20, 2015

Too Big Not To Fail by Jared C. Wilson

We think bigness is the way. We think bigness solves lots of problems. We think bigness is safety. We think we can get too big to fail. But it's the other way around.

Jun 29, 2015

To All Who Despair: Jesus is Making All Things New by Jared C. Wilson

Someday, Jesus the Redeemer will return to redeem everything. Fully. Completely. Eternally.

Mar 20

Thoughts on Note-Taking During Sermons by Jared C. Wilson

If you are only taking notes during the sermon because you feel you must, because you treat the sermon like a lecture or "lesson," I would encourage you to reconsider.

Jun 30, 2014

Things Jesus Will Never Say to You by Jared C. Wilson

To those who trust in him for salvation, Jesus will never say:

"Go play somewhere; I'm busy."

"Fake it til you make it."

"I just don't think it's gonna work out between us."

"I knew you were a screw-up, but this one really surprised me."

"It's too late."

"I don't care."

"My assistant will get back…

Aug 16, 2015

The Three Generosities of a Local Church by Jared C. Wilson

A gospel-centered church will grow into a kingdom-mindedness that is a constant reminder that no local church owns anybody and that what is best for every local church is whatever is best for the expansion of the gospel and worship of Christ.

Jun 18, 2015

The Sweetness of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

I love my friend Jesus, because he's sweet in all the ways I deeply need and greatly want.

Jun 15, 2015

The Shape of Complementarian Husbanding by Jared C. Wilson

Complementarianism is not generally about authority/submission, as if they exist in a moral vacuum. It is about what biblical authority/submission look like. Any man who treats his wife in a neglectful or abusive way is no complementarian; he is a walking perversion of manhood in need of repentance.

May 13, 2015

The Sermon is a Worship Song of Its Own by Jared C. Wilson

The art of preaching the gospel falls not only within the category of Instruction but also Exultation.

Jan 2

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards by Jared C. Wilson

I wonder how the resolutions of us donut-eaters might stack up to these from Jonathan Edwards.

Jun 20, 2016

There is No Faith So Little That It Is Not Saving by Jared C. Wilson

It's not the strength of the faith that saves, but the strength of the Savior.

Apr 20, 2014

The Proper Response to Easter by Jared C. Wilson

"So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples." - Matthew 28:8

"And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid." - Mark 16:18

"But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen…