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.

Nov 6, 2017

The Revisionist History of the Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

Calling Peter a "rock" is like when we nickname a fat guy "Slim."

Jan 2, 2017

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards by Jared C. Wilson

I wonder how the resolutions of us donut-eaters might stack up to these from Jonathan Edwards.

Nov 20, 2017

The 'Religious People' Boogeyman by Jared C. Wilson

"I thank you God that I'm not like those religious people."

Jun 20, 2016

There is No Faith So Little That It Is Not Saving by Jared C. Wilson

It's not the strength of the faith that saves, but the strength of the Savior.

Apr 20, 2014

The Proper Response to Easter by Jared C. Wilson

"So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples." - Matthew 28:8

"And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid." - Mark 16:18

"But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen…

Feb 3, 2014

The Promise in Pastoral Weakness by Jared C. Wilson

For The Church managing editor Jared C. Wilson preaches on the inevitability of weakness in pastoral minstry and the necessity of the gospel for pastoral ministry at the 2014 Desiring God Pastors Conference pre-conference event.

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.

Sep 26, 2017

The Minister's Legacy

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Minister's Legacy" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

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…

Dec 25, 2017

The Government Upon His Baby-Fatted Shoulders by Jared C. Wilson

“The head of all rule and authority” had one of those wobbly baby heads.

Apr 2

The Gospel-Shaped Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

Until pastors discover and embrace their identity in Christ they will keep trying to find their identity in their position, their preaching, their persona, and their programs.

Apr 3, 2017

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.

Apr 30

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

Jesus is our moral example, of course, but the power for enduring, joyful obedience comes not from trying to be like him, but in first believing that he has become like us . . .

Jul 24, 2017

The Gospel is Like an Old Hymn by Jared C. Wilson

I very often treat the gospel like something I've moved on from, but every time I bring it back to mind, it transports me to a more beautiful, more powerful, more helpful place than any of these newfangled messages I flirt with every day ever could.

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.

Feb 12

The Danger of Gossip by Jared C. Wilson

Three tactical steps to do battle against this pernicious sin.

Nov 4, 2017

The Church's Message

The Mission and Majesty of the Church | FTC Ames

Series: 2017 For The Church Ames Micro-Conference

Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Church's Message" delivered at the 2017 For The Church Micro-Conference at Ames, Iowa.

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.

Dec 18, 2017

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.

Mar 5

The Beautiful Monotony of the Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

One fear we must put aside in our quest for greater gospel-centrality is that it will not preach week to week.

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.

Sep 18, 2017

The 9th Thing God Tells Us Not To Do

On Getting Our Tongues Straightened Out

When we find Christ supremely valuable and fulfilling, the desire to cut our neighbor down disappears.