Resources by Adam McClendon

Adam McClendon, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is Director of the D.Min program at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and founder and director of New Line Ministries. He is also the author of Paul's Spirituality in Galatians and Square One.

Oct 28, 2016

Worthy of Honor by Adam McClendon

God is worthy and due our honor and glory.

Apr 21, 2016

Why We Do Membership Interviews by Adam McClendon

Here are three reasons to conduct membership interviews with everyone seeking to join your church.

Oct 14, 2016

Why Multigenerational Community Matters by Adam McClendon

Be humble and open to correction from those inside and outside your peer group.

Oct 31, 2017

Why Me, Cruel World? by Adam McClendon

How dare we question the faithfulness, the grace, the mercy, and the love of God because he has not orchestrated circumstances to attend to our every desire?

Mar 19, 2019

When Abstinence Is Wrong

The Silent Sin Subtly Sabotaging Marriages

A lack of physical intimacy in marriage boosts fleshly desires and opens us up to temptation in significant ways.​​ Here are some ways to guard against it.

Apr 6, 2018

Vanity of Vanities by Adam McClendon

If you live in pursuit of the things of this world in an attempt to satisfy the longing of your soul, then you will die empty.

Aug 13, 2015

The High Places by Adam McClendon

All of this makes me wonder:  If a king doing "what is right in the eyes of the Lord" could miss such blatant idolatry . . . couldn’t I? 

Jan 30, 2016

The Enemy Within by Adam McClendon

I don’t “have to” read my Bible every day, I need to.

May 26, 2016

Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality by Adam McClendon

Engaging our children in healthy, God-honoring conversations about sexuality is less about "keeping up with culture", and more about learning to set the pace.

Oct 5, 2015

Spiritual Amnesia by Adam McClendon

I come to church and remember how awesome God is, how wonderful my salvation is, and how glorious heaven is, and then, after leaving, I act like my world is falling apart at the first hint of difficulty. 

Aug 21, 2017

Showing and Growing: 10 Practical Steps for Community by Adam McClendon

If the average church member would seek to live out these principles, they would find deeper relationships and have a much richer sense of purpose.

Nov 30, 2017

Reflections on Restoration by Adam McClendon

When believers understand the depth of their sin and the unbelievable forgiveness they have experienced from God, it changes their approach to sin.

Sep 14, 2018

Reflections on Josiah's Life and Legacy by Adam McClendon

As I think of Josiah, I am challenged by his humility and sensitivity to God’s Word.

Nov 8, 2018

Reflecting on Love Incarnate by Adam McClendon

The uniquely begotten Son of God stepped out of the glory of heaven to bring the glory of the Father to us. Does his birth not demonstrate his love for us?

Apr 4, 2019

Rebuilding Together

Communal Truths to Anchor Shifting Emotions

God made us emotional beings, but we must anchor those feeling in the truth.​

Nov 28, 2015

Proven Savior by Adam McClendon

He frustratingly questioned, “If all this is Bible stuff is true, why won’t God just prove that he is real!? Why won’t God just prove he loves me!?”

Aug 22, 2015

Prepare for the After-Show by Adam McClendon

A desire exists to be famous and live for the applause of others despite reality showing us that the applause does not satisfy. Nor does the applause last.

Feb 28, 2018

Preach Like Paul by Adam McClendon

His identity was not connected with those to whom he was commissioned; rather, his identity was connected to the one who commissioned him.

May 12, 2015

Preaching When Distressed by Adam McClendon

Distractions of all forms hit pastors. These distractions are circumstances that burden the pastor’s heart to such an extent that it threatens their ability to properly prepare for preaching the Bible faithfully.

Aug 29, 2018

Praying Like Jesus by Adam McClendon

What if one of my primary concerns in every situation was my holiness instead of my comfort?  

Aug 11, 2016

Politics, Propaganda, and Practicing What We Preach by Adam McClendon

Throughout the Scriptures, believers are challenged to respond to society in a way reflective of the amazing love and grace we have received from God, while not allowing thoughts of self-preservation to dictate the ways in which we interact with our culture.

Aug 2, 2017

Plowing Through Addiction: The ABC's of Victory by Adam McClendon

These aren’t means carried out on our own strength or wisdom, but these are actions committed in surrender to the Lord in acknowledgment of the ordinary system that he has created within this world. 

Feb 8, 2018

Pastors and the Porn Problem by Adam McClendon

Confession isn’t solely so the confessor can feel better because someone else knows. No, it is confession for the sake of change and accountability.

Dec 28, 2016

Parenting for a Spiritual Legacy - Part 2 by Adam McClendon

These 4 recommendations will help you create a culture of discipleship in your home.

Dec 21, 2016

Parenting for a Spiritual Legacy - Part 1 by Adam McClendon

Your spiritual legacy and that which you impress within the life of your children will be influenced by these four areas

Jun 28, 2016

On Leadership and Maintaining Moral Authority by Adam McClendon

Moral integrity helps to gain respect and influence in our culture; however, when our moral authority is compromised it undercuts our influence and our ability to lead effectively.

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Adam McClendon

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Adam McClendon

What is the one thing you would say to the new pastor?

Series: One Thing

"What is the one thing you would say to the new pastor?"

Mar 30, 2018

Once Upon A Time by Adam McClendon

As my Father takes me down life’s uncertain roads, I pray he will help me to respond by trusting him.

Nov 20, 2018

Mythbusting "Santa God" by Adam McClendon

God’s preeminent concern is the glory of His name, not the comfort of our lives.

Aug 9, 2015

More Than Sovereign by Adam McClendon

Is God good?  As I reflected upon this question, I had a decision to make.  If the answer was “yes,” then that answer had to hold even if God allowed my child to die.

Nov 6, 2015

Ministering Through the Desert by Adam McClendon

I don’t recall struggling consistently with depression before I entered the ministry.

May 31, 2019

Man Up! by Adam McClendon

Men, God has given you the privilege of leadership.

Mar 16, 2017

Living to Honor, Not to Earn by Adam McClendon

My friends, let us be a church that savors, promotes, and clings to grace. 

Jan 26, 2017

Leading Meetings with Humility by Adam McClendon

As we acknowledge the need to lead humbly, what does godly, humble leadership look like in the day-to-day?

Apr 27, 2017

Jesus and the Broken-Hearted by Adam McClendon

Our response to Jesus will often be proportionate to our understanding of the egregiousness of our sin.

Jun 14, 2015

I'm Not Nervous (and That's Not Bad) by Adam McClendon

I regularly hear conference speakers claim that if someone isn’t nervous before they stand up to declare the words of God then something is wrong.  I'm not sure this is right.

Dec 24, 2018

Immanuel by Adam McClendon

We are in real danger of allowing the disappointments of life to discolor our understanding of God.

Jul 28, 2016

Illustrating the Truth by Adam McClendon

illustrations are often a critical part of preaching and can help crystalize truth. However, illustrations that are not developed or used well can actually distract or mislead from the truth and, in some cases, call your credibility into question.

May 5, 2015

I Bought a Nice Sofa - Then I Repented by Adam McClendon

Seeking to leverage ministry for comfort goes against the grain of the ministry picture in the New Testament.

Mar 1, 2017

How to Leave a Church by Adam McClendon

If you are a leader and you’ve led them thus far, lead them further by giving them some space to plan, pray, and get collected. 

Nov 14, 2015

Guiding Light by Adam McClendon

Peter introduces his letter to God’s chosen people with a glimpse of the front porch light.

Apr 18, 2018

God’s Shepherding Ability by Adam McClendon

While God’s will in particular circumstances may seem very unclear, God has already stated clearly in his word his desire to use us to glorify his name and spread his gospel to the nations.

Jul 21, 2016

God, Creation, and Homosexual Desire by Adam McClendon

For the believer committed to upholding the authority of God's Word, seemingly inherent desires never justify a choice to sin. The real issue at the heart of the matter is the answer to the question: “Which matters most to me, the way I feel or what God says?”

May 17, 2019

Gates of Glory by Adam McClendon

The best this world offers is incomplete. 

Jul 12, 2016

Found Hope by Adam McClendon

God never leaves his child behind.  He promises to recover them all and see them safely to their heavenly hope.

Jun 9, 2015

Fast Forward by Adam McClendon

The better the ending the less necessary the tension. When I know something will end well, I don’t have to fret as much in the middle.