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.

Apr 24, 2015

For The Renaissance by Jared C. Wilson

Managing editor Jared Wilson explains the vision of For The Church as a place to help contribute to the burgeoning "writing culture" developing in the gospel-centered movement.

Jul 27, 2015

Fear and Trembling by Jared C. Wilson

As it pertains to having the living God draw near to us, fear and trembling assume it is truly God and the glorious Christ we have encountered and not some pitiful caricature.

Sep 26, 2016

Faith and Hope and Love Endure Forever by Jared C. Wilson

Our frail earthly faith and our tender heavenly hope will meet their match in the Love that strengthens them, and we will enjoy this Love forever.

Apr 19

Episode 003: Preventing Ministry Burnout

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 3: Preventing Ministry Burnout

"You might say your season of life does not allow for much rest, but you are setting yourself up for a disastrous next season."

Apr 19

Episode 002: Matt Boswell

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 2 with Matt Boswell

Matt is the pastor of ministries and worship and an elder at Providence Church. A native Texan, he grew up the son of a pastor. He has been leading worship and involved in church planting since 1995. His passion is to see our congregation engaged in gospel-centered ministry, and in this environment live out the great commission. He writes songs for congregational worship…

Apr 19

Episode 001: Matt Chandler

For The Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Episode 1: Matt Chandler

"If you can teach the Bible in a compelling way to 1st through 5th graders, you've got all the raw tools you need."

Sep 22, 2015

Dying for Glory: A Funeral Sermon for a Friend by Jared C. Wilson

 

Richard saw the sheer eternal value in getting Christ's everything for his nothing.

Feb 8, 2016

Dude, Prepare for Later Now by Jared C. Wilson

"Just give me the ball. I will run out of gas ten yards in, pull up with a muscle cramp, and collapse with two high ankle sprains."

Oct 17, 2016

Do Visitors To Your Church Really Feel Welcome?

Your 5-Step Visitor Hospitality Checklist

I hope you will work through this 5-step checklist with eyes open to the impression your church may be leaving visitors.

Dec 7, 2015

Don't Let Christmas Distract You From Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

There is a great danger this Christmas season of missing the point. And I'm not referring simply to idolatrous consumption and materialism. I'm talking about Christmas religiosity. It is very easy around this time to set up our Nativity scenes, host our Christmas pageants and cantatas, read the Christmas story with our families, attend church every time the door is open, and insist to ourselves and others that Jesus is…

Aug 20, 2014

Do Not Let Your Sense of Failure Blind You to the Glory of Gospel Freedom by Jared C. Wilson

Memoirs-of-an-Ordinary-Pastor"When I was a young man, I heard D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones comment that he would not go across the street to hear himself preach. Now that I am close to the age he was when I heard him, I am beginning to understand. It is rare for me to finish a sermon without feeling somewhere between slightly discouraged and moderately depressed that I have not preached with more unction, that…

May 30, 2016

Division Begins with The Departure from the Truth by Jared C. Wilson

It isn't those who believe the Bible when it says sin is sin that are being divisive; it is those who are introducing the idea that some sins aren't.

Aug 13, 2014

Depression and Common Grace by Jared C. Wilson

A few years ago I had a book published called Gospel Wakefulness. It is a very important book to me, as it came out of the second most important event of my life, second only to my conversion—the moment when the gospel became realer than real. And this happened out of a great personal disaster. I won't rehash my testimony here; many of my readers are familiar with it. But…

Feb 27

Dear 'Concerned Church Member' by Jared C. Wilson

It is Jesus who is available to you 24/7, and I'm not him.

Aug 27, 2015

Cultivating a Gracious Climate in Your Church by Jared C. Wilson

A message of grace may attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them.

May 5, 2015

Crucifying Defensiveness by Jared C. Wilson

Crucifying the defensive impulse is so difficult because it essentially means choosing to allow others to misunderstand you, misjudge you, and even malign you.

May 8, 2015

Contentment, the Stealth Prosperity Gospel, and Spiritual Greed by Jared C. Wilson

So the great irony of prosperity gospelism is that it actually cultivates its own need for itself. It is built on discontentment and greed and desire and accumulating (whether stuff or "spirituality"), and therefore it turns in on itself, self perpetuating, continuing to create the needs it promises to fill.

Jul 20, 2015

Confession as Idle, Lustful Babbling by Jared C. Wilson

5 errors that masquerade as biblical confession of sin.

Dec 6, 2015

Church Facilities: Holiness and Hospitality by Jared C. Wilson

Ultimately we want to honor God with the resources we've been given. These premises are God's before they are ours.

Jul 14, 2015

Christian Men Think Clearly Christianly by Jared C. Wilson

All men face similar sexual temptations, but the Christian man is to think actual thoughts—clear, articulate, intentional thoughts. The Christian man doesn't just feel things in his mind; he says things to his mind.

Jan 30

Christian Life Beyond the Quiet Time

Devotion as a Way of Life

Be filled with the Spirit? How can I be something the Spirit does?

Jun 28, 2015

Can I Tell You About My Friend Jesus? by Jared C. Wilson

Here is a series of tweets about my very best friend.

Jan 4, 2016

Called Into the All-Surpassing Awesomeness of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

We need all that Christ is, and in becoming his disciples, we actually receive all that Christ is!

Jun 13, 2016

But Do You Adore Jesus? by Jared C. Wilson

Has Jesus become our mascot, our projection? When you look at him, what do you see?

Aug 6, 2014

Building and Destroying, Transforming and Terrifying -- All with a Word by Jared C. Wilson

It shouldn't work. It makes no sense. It is not lofty wisdom and it is not a miraculous sign, as far as signs expected go. It's really just a message, an announcement. When you break it down—you know, information-wise—it's really simply an historical anecdote.

But it's really all we've got.

See, while some seek to persuade by barbarism or bribery, by marauding or manipulation, we've…

May 12, 2015

Beyond "Nice"

The Gospel as Middle and Better Way

The gospel explodes niceness.

Sep 5, 2016

Be Bold Enough to Follow The Truth As Far as It Takes You by Jared C. Wilson

Maybe Jesus is sifting out his churches that his Church might rise up.

Oct 26, 2015

Attractional Church: All Bait, No Switch by Jared C. Wilson

When we lose the centrality of the gospel, we lose the ability to think straight.

Jan 16

Are You a Confirmation Bias Christian? by Jared C. Wilson

How would you know if your Christian life has become hijacked by confirmation bias? Here are some possible diagnostic signs . . .

Apr 30, 2015

An Improvement-Proof Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

If you preach the gospel, you wield the most powerful word in the universe. It's not the gnosis of the apostles. It's the resurrecting word entrusted to us all.

Feb 29, 2016

An Astonishing Revelation from Another World by Jared C. Wilson

That we don’t open this divine revelation with eyes wide, mouths gaping, hearts leaping out of our chest is an astonishment of its own.

Mar 26, 2014

All of Christ for All of Life by Jared C. Wilson

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.—John 1:16

Not a bit of Christ is held back from those who trust him. He does not mete himself out according to measures of faith but according to the veracity of it. And for those with a weak faith, if it be true, he gives enough himself for all eternity. A weak faith may hinder us

Jun 3, 2015

All His Breakers and His Waves

On One Church's Suffering and Stubborn Faith

I would say that the chief thing I learned during my relatively short ministry time in Vermont was how to pastor a suffering church. But we learned that God is sweet and gracious and what it actually means for the death of his saints to be precious to him.

Nov 16, 2015

All Dogs Go To Heaven by Jared C. Wilson

When his dog was suffering a particularly noisome barking fit, Martin supposedly preached this gospel implication to him, exhorting the pooch this way: “Never mind, little Hans . . . Thou too, in the Resurrection, shalt have a little golden tail.”

Dec 16, 2014

A Hymn by Jared C. Wilson

The LORD our God is Lord of Hosts.
He holds all time within his hand.
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
From all eternity will stand.

From deepest deep, before the start
God has declared the sweetest end
He's loved and purposed in his heart
The brokenness of man to mend.

Brother Jesus his siblings saves
And conquers sin…

Oct 10, 2016

A Gospeled Church by Jared C. Wilson

You cannot grow in holiness and holier-than-thou-ness at the same time.

Apr 10

Advice on Hosting and/or Accepting Speaking Engagements by Jared C. Wilson

If you’re interested in hosting a conference or otherwise hosting a speaking engagement, or if your ministry platform is allowing you to begin pursuing God’s call into that option, I hope this advice will serve you well.

Jun 23, 2015

A Better Word by Jared C. Wilson

Let them come with their words, then. Let the devil come with his barrage of lies, even his truths-turned-lies.

Jul 18, 2016

8 Reasons to Preach Through Books of the Bible by Jared C. Wilson

Every preacher ought to endeavor to feed his flock this way. And here are eight reasons why . . .

Apr 24

8 Departure Dangers from Gospel-Centrality by Jared C. Wilson

There are lots of distractions from and temptations to discard a commitment to gospel-centeredness. Here are just eight . . .

Nov 24, 2016

7 Ways to Kill Thanksgiving in Your Heart by Jared C. Wilson

If you really want to kill thanksgiving, act like God owes you.

Jun 11, 2015

5 Ways to Keep Church Discipline from Seeming Weird by Jared C. Wilson

To mention the idea of a church disciplining its members strikes tenderhearted and naive Christians as weird, mean, and legalistic. So how do we work at keeping the biblical admonition to church discipline from seeming weird?

Jan 9

5 Things The Seeker Movement Got Right by Jared C. Wilson

In the spirit of charity, seeking to identify some good gifts the seeker church of yesteryear has given contemporary evangelicalism