Resources by Jared Sparks

Jared Sparks is Pastor of Christ Church Carbondale (Illinois). He is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee with a degree in student ministry. Jared is married to Jordan, and they have a son, Ransom.

Apr 5

The Unlikely Saint by Jared Sparks

One enters into eternal peace and joy. The other? “Depart from me. I never knew you.”

May 13, 2016

The Lonely Pastor by Jared Sparks

Multiple pastors have confessed to me that they have few or no real friends. This is unacceptable. There is a better way.

Nov 7, 2015

The Biblical Celebrity Preacher by Jared Sparks

I bet he was okay having his name decrease so that Christ's name could increase.

Jun 10, 2016

Planting Through Shepherding by Jared Sparks

Escape the hoopla and step into the long view of planting by planting through shepherding.

Aug 9, 2016

Pastor, Don't Forget Jesus by Jared Sparks

For a people prone to forget, Paul's words to Timothy are a stirring call to rememberance. The reminder that Christ is at the center of all of life and ministry is a drink of cool water to parched and thirsty souls.

Dec 30, 2015

Open Doors and Adversaries by Jared Sparks

My wife and I are coming off a season of ministry when we had no clue what God was up to in our lives. We were in a very unhealthy situation and it seemed as if we had no way out or way forward.

Feb 27, 2016

Keeping Justification and Adoption Together by Jared Sparks

Holding justification and adoption together is supremely important.

Oct 26, 2016

Jesus' Comforts Are Not 'One Size Fits All' by Jared Sparks

We would do well to learn how to grieve with people. 

Dec 8, 2015

How 'It's Not a Religion, It's a Relationship' Is A Religion by Jared Sparks

If I feel like my relationship with Jesus is bad right now I can look to Jesus and remember it's all about Him.

May 23

God's Multi-Faceted Sovereignty by Jared Sparks

When we embrace the multi-faceted reality of the sovereignty of God, we are equipped to help others in their time of need.

Oct 2, 2015

Encouragements for Pastors by Jared Sparks

When we understand the Gospel, we are secure with being who God calls us to be. Our identity is never going to be found in the shadows or footsteps of other preachers.

Nov 19, 2015

Denial, Acceptance, and Radical Grace by Jared Sparks

Do we have confidence in our savior Jesus? Are we secure in the fact that Jesus will have us?

Jul 15, 2016

Demonically Good Theology by Jared Sparks

It is true. You can say the right thing in the wrong way.

Jan 23, 2016

Bragging About Accepting Jesus is Weird by Jared Sparks

Why then is it so easy for us to do this with the gift of salvation?

Nov 18, 2016

Are You Married to the Law of Christ? by Jared Sparks

The faithful husband, namely Jesus, was judged in my place for my sin.