Resources by Jared Bumpers

Jared Bumpers, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is the Minister of Students at Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri. He is also a Ph.D. student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Kimberly and has three kids: McCartnie, Rush, and Maverick.

Feb 16, 2016

You Can't Relocate Away from Sin by Jared Bumpers

One of the most frustrating aspects of counseling students is the response of many parents. As I try to dig down to the heart issues, many parents want to rush to "relocate" their kids. The parents often think the solution is relocation: a new school, a "ranch" for extended counseling, or an extended trip to stay with family.

May 2, 2015

Supporting Your Lead Pastor by Jared Bumpers

The shepherd leads the sheep, and the sheep follow the shepherd. It is a simple concept to understand, but it is a difficult concept to practice. Why? Because the sheep don’t always want to follow the shepherd!

Jul 11, 2015

Stop Saying Students Are the Future of the Church by Jared Bumpers

I get it. The goal is to acknowledge the value of students and the important role they play in the future of the church. Here’s the problem: it implies that students are not part of the church right now.

Sep 21, 2016

Slaying the Sin of Pride in the Pulpit by Jared Bumpers

Preachers, when you feel the subtle pull to draw attention to yourself, run to the cross and let yourself be humbled.

Sep 7, 2016

Respect Your Pastors by Jared Bumpers

Our exposure to great preachers and leaders inadvertently leads to us to fail to appreciate those in our own church who are over us and admonish us.

Dec 4, 2019

Preaching for a Verdict: A Book Review by Jared Bumpers

Series: Book Reviews

If you preach regularly, you should read this book.

May 20, 2015

Preaching Christ From Judges by Jared Bumpers

I was twelve or thirteen, and my dad, who is a pastor, gave me the opportunity to preach a five-minute sermon (what was he thinking?). I selected Judges 3:12-30 as my text and delivered a sermon on Ehud and Eglon that I had titled “When Lefty Stabbed Fatty."

Feb 5, 2016

Preaching as Spiritual Warfare by Jared Bumpers

As preachers proclaim the gospel, they are engaging the enemy. They are mounting an assault on Satan's kingdom.

Oct 19, 2016

Ministry Isn't an Individual Sport by Jared Bumpers

Ministry should be a team effort, not an individual endeavor.

Jan 3, 2017

Ministry Isn't an Individual Sport by Jared Bumpers

Is your ministry an individual sport or a team sport?

Nov 20, 2015

Jesus Is: A Greater Prophet Than Moses by Jared Bumpers

We must constantly look to Christ as He has revealed Himself in Scripture.

Nov 27, 2015

Jesus Is: A Greater Priest Than Melchizedek by Jared Bumpers

What are the implications of the priestly ministry of Jesus Christ?

Dec 4, 2015

Jesus Is: A Greater King Than David by Jared Bumpers

As Christians, we look forward to the perfection or consummation of Christ’s reign, when sin will be defeated and we will enjoy the presence of God forever.

Aug 11, 2015

Indicatives and Imperatives

Preaching Biblical Commands without Preaching Moralism

How do we preach the imperatives of Scripture without falling into moralistic preaching?

Aug 21, 2015

How To Preach Like Peter by Jared Bumpers

Preachers today should seek to emulate Peter by exalting Christ in their sermons.

Sep 4, 2015

7 Suggestions For Responding to Criticism by Jared Bumpers

According to James, our tongues are small but powerful firemakers and untamable beasts. They are capable of great danger, and we must pursue maturity and seek to avoid stumbling with our words.