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 11, 2015

The Preciousness of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

Our Christ's preciousness is more than deserving to be adorned with the drink offering of our very lives. And it is our willingness to adore him in and through our breaking open that shows we believe this.

May 27, 2015

The Pastor As Nursing Mother

Cultivating Gentleness in Ministry

This is not the image that most readily comes to mind when we think of pastoral ministry. Nobody flocks to pastor's conferences to learn about this. But it is incredibly important.

Oct 31, 2016

The Pastor and 'Sola Fide' by Jared C. Wilson

On this Reformation Day anniversary, here is a reflection on sola fide for the pastor and an encouragement to shepherd "by faith, and not by sight."

Dec 31, 2015

The One Resolution the Pastor Must Make

Or, How You Uncheapen Grace in Your Church

We don’t begin by the Spirit and continue by the flesh (Gal. 3:3). We are not followers of Christ-and-something-else-ianity.

May 19, 2015

The New Creation by Jared C. Wilson

In the beginning, God created my body and mind.
But my heart was without form and void . . .

Aug 6, 2015

The Mystery Unfolding, Grasping by Jared C. Wilson

This mystery is grasp-able because it itself comes near and grasps.

Apr 18, 2016

The Marriage Vows Exist for Sin by Jared C. Wilson

The truth is, you’ve never met a wronged spouse like Jesus.

Jul 30, 2014

The Life of Sons and Daughters by Jared C. Wilson

John_Stott"The Christian life is the life of sons and daughters; it is not the life of slaves. It is freedom, not bondage. Of course, we are slaves of God, of Christ, and of one another. We belong to God, to Christ, to one another, and we love to serve those to whom we belong. But this kind of service is freedom.

"What the Christian life is not, is…

Jul 17, 2015

The Joy of Discipleship by Jared C. Wilson

Discipleship to Christ is very difficult. But it is incomparably joyful.

Jun 5, 2015

The Importance of the Pastoral "I Don't Know" by Jared C. Wilson

One of the most valuable sentences in a pastor's arsenal is "I don't know."

Jun 5, 2014

The Heart of the True Father by Jared C. Wilson

There is this really magical thing that happens in homes all over the world. When you first have a child, you want your child to crawl. And then you want your kid to walk. My first child, Audrey, pulled herself to the coffee table. When she got to the coffee table, she began to bounce on her knees, and then she began to coast along. From there she started…

Apr 3

The Gospel's Compelling Uniqueness by Jared C. Wilson

The safe Jesus of modern evangelicalism is not offensive, but neither is He very compelling.

Apr 26, 2015

The Gospel of Genesis 13 by Jared C. Wilson

We need the Jesus who loves us in our Genesis 13 moments and our Genesis 12 moments.

May 29, 2014

The Gospel Kind of Christ-Centeredness by Jared C. Wilson

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance…
- 1 Corinthians 15:1-3

To be gospel-centered is to be Christ-centered. But as it pertains…

Apr 24, 2015

The Gospel for Ministry Quitters by Jared C. Wilson

In the pastoral ministry world, we sometimes get the impression from the Bright Minds Among Us that only losers quit. Well, maybe so. But Jesus came for losers.

Apr 23, 2015

The Gospel, Fathoms Deep by Jared C. Wilson

Two sweet words start the reversal of our will and fate.

Dec 24, 2015

The Fullness of God Dwells Embryonically by Jared C. Wilson

If God came as a vulnerable, needful, weak baby, we have no need to fear for our own vulnerability, needfulness, and weakness.

Dec 23, 2016

The Fullness of God Dwelled in a Womb by Jared C. Wilson

He emptied himself so that we would not see our own emptiness as a hopeless cause.

Mar 25, 2016

The Friday That is Good by Jared C. Wilson

Many things can and will make us happy.
There is no joy but in Jesus Christ.

Mar 27, 2014

The Fountain by Jared C. Wilson

"To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives or children or the company of earthly friends are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but the scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but the streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops; but God is…

May 11, 2015

The Father's Not Tsk-Tsk'ing by Jared C. Wilson

He's not sighing or sulking. He is more eager to forgive than we are to sin.

Jan 18, 2016

The False Heaven of a Successful Ministry by Jared C. Wilson

Too often we envision “successful ministry” and pour our energies and affections into seeing that vision become a reality.

Aug 17, 2015

The Face of Evil, and of Love by Jared C. Wilson

There is no sin so great that God's gospel is not greater still.

May 23, 2016

The Everythingness of Grace by Jared C. Wilson

The grace of God in Jesus Christ meets all of our needs and satisfies our deepest desires.

Dec 12, 2016

The Christmas Miracle of the Incarnate, Omnipresent Word by Jared C. Wilson

In the end, the Incarnation is not for analysis but for worship.

Dec 14, 2015

The Christmas Miracle of the Incarnate Omnipresent Word by Jared C. Wilson

What we see in the wonder of the God-Man is a miraculous extension, not reduction!

Aug 22, 2016

The Bird with a Leaf in Her Mouth by Jared C. Wilson

When we go through something difficult, that is typically when we begin to question whether God is actually good, whether he's actually remembered us, whether he even cares, if we're even saved!

Oct 19, 2015

The Bible is Not an Instruction Manual by Jared C. Wilson

If the emphasis of our preaching is on being more like Jesus and not on the good news of grace despite our not being able to be like Jesus, we end up actually achieving the opposite of our intent. We inadvertently become legalists, actually.

Apr 27, 2015

The Bible and "Le Mot Juste" by Jared C. Wilson

Every word of Scripture from Genesis 1:1's "In" to Revelation 22:21's "Amen" is le mot juste.

Jun 27, 2016

The Attitude and Latitude of Christ's Kingdom by Jared C. Wilson

The ferment of the gospel needs the wineskin of the church.

Nov 7, 2016

The 5 C's of Preaching by Jared C. Wilson

This short checklist reflects the irreduceable complexity of true Christian preaching.

Dec 13, 2015

Sunday Mornings As The Definition of Insanity by Jared C. Wilson

So you keep going. Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. What’s the definition of insanity again?

Aug 29, 2016

Success is Dangerous by Jared C. Wilson

You don't need "more" to be satisfied in God.

Jan 11, 2016

Stay Messy, My Friends by Jared C. Wilson

Open yourself to hard questions, challenges, conflicts in opinions, loving rebukes, and constructive criticism. People who only tell you what you want to hear are not your friends and are doing you harm.

Jun 18, 2014

Sometimes Leaders Need to be Carried by Jared C. Wilson

440px-VictoryOLordBut Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.—Exodus 17:12

Yesterday I sat with Natalie and read to her from 2 Corinthians (at her request)…

Aug 24, 2015

Seek Souls, Not Stats by Jared C. Wilson

Pastoral ministry is about souls, not stats. If your number of souls grows, fantastic. To God be the glory. Let’s just remember that we are responsible mainly for the care of the souls, not the accumulation of them.

Jun 19, 2014

Saved to the Uttermost by Jared C. Wilson

(35) Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (36) But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. (37) All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (38) For I have come down…

May 21, 2014

Sanctifying Success is the Lord's by Jared C. Wilson

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.—1 Thessalonians 5:23

Not a single one of us is a perfect repenter. And not a single one of us ever will be. I do believe we cooperate in the work of our sanctification, working out what God…

Oct 5, 2015

Safeguarding Against Abuse In the Church by Jared C. Wilson

It seems that every week brings more stories of abuse occurring on church premises. We are hearing about this more and more, and there should be no doubt that the problem is actually more prevalent than what we see reported. And quite often in retrospect these cases reveal not simply mistakes made but systemic dysfunctions in a church community and a church's discipleship culture.

Mar 30, 2015

Repentance Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow by Jared C. Wilson

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you."
- Luke 17:20-21

In Jesus' day, the Jewish world was fractured into factions, each of which sought to…

Jun 10, 2014

Remembering the God Who Remembers You by Jared C. Wilson

noah-620x420But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.—Genesis 8:1

The chapter and verse numbers in the Scriptures are not inspired, of course, but there is something about Genesis 8:1—specifically in the phrase "But God remembered Noah"—which is a nice correlation to Romans 8:1…

May 7, 2015

Remembering is the First Change by Jared C. Wilson

When you are stuck, deep, despondent, or in despair, think back to what God has delivered you from in difficult times past.

Apr 17

Redeemed to Perpetuate the Name by Jared C. Wilson

Do you know the name of the kinsman redeemer who was first in line to marry Ruth? Exactly.

May 6, 2015

Praying for Money and Stuff by Jared C. Wilson

Turning prayers for material provision inside out.

May 15

Prayer Isn't Magic by Jared C. Wilson

The way some people talk about prayer owes more to New Age spirituality and witchcraft than biblical Christianity.

Mar 31, 2014

Please God, Send Us No Small Disturbance by Jared C. Wilson

About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way.—Acts 19:23

That is what we long for, deep down. That the Spirit of God would move afresh in our day with wonderful, healing disruptive force—that he would upend our self-regard and self-sovereignty, that he would come into our temples where we trade the currency of excuses for our sins and present such tidiness in our self-righteousness…

Feb 15, 2016

Play Hard by Jared C. Wilson

In our play we create and imagine and therefore tap into the very creative heart of God.