Resources by Jared C. Wilson

Jared C. Wilson is the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Seminary, managing editor of For The Church, Director of the Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church, and author of numerous books, including Gospel Wakefulness, The Pastor’s Justification, The Prodigal Church, The Imperfect Disciple, and Supernatural Power for Everyday People. A frequent preacher and speaker at churches and conferences, you can visit him online at jaredcwilson.com or follow him on Twitter.

Feb 12, 2018

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.

Sep 25, 2018

The Church Majestic

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Church Majestic" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference.

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!

Oct 15, 2018

The Chocolate-ness of Chocolate and The Coffee-ness of Coffee

How the Gospel Frees Us to Rub Our Noses in the Quiddity of Things

If I don’t believe the gospel, I will miss out on the joy of the it-ness of things.

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, 2018

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.

Nov 7, 2016

The 5 C's of Preaching by Jared C. Wilson

This short checklist reflects the irreduceable complexity of true Christian preaching.

Jun 11, 2018

Supernatural Power for Those Who Don't Fit In by Jared C. Wilson

Christians want to be channels of the Holy Spirit at work in the world. We can’t do that, however, if we’re constantly worried about having others meet our needs.

Sep 24, 2018

Supernatural Comfort When the Days are Dark by Jared C. Wilson

When we suffer, we tend to ask lots of "why" questions. Here's the one thing we can know in our hurts.

Dec 13, 2015

Sunday Mornings As The Definition of Insanity by Jared C. Wilson

So you keep going. Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. What’s the definition of insanity again?

Aug 29, 2016

Success is Dangerous by Jared C. Wilson

You don't need "more" to be satisfied in God.

Jan 11, 2016

Stay Messy, My Friends by Jared C. Wilson

Open yourself to hard questions, challenges, conflicts in opinions, loving rebukes, and constructive criticism. People who only tell you what you want to hear are not your friends and are doing you harm.

Jun 18, 2014

Sometimes Leaders Need to be Carried by Jared C. Wilson

440px-VictoryOLordBut Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.—Exodus 17:12

Yesterday I sat with Natalie and read to her from 2 Corinthians (at her request)…

Nov 26, 2018

Sleep with Your Boots On by Jared C. Wilson

We must wear this armor constantly. We should never take it off.

Aug 24, 2015

Seek Souls, Not Stats by Jared C. Wilson

Pastoral ministry is about souls, not stats. If your number of souls grows, fantastic. To God be the glory. Let’s just remember that we are responsible mainly for the care of the souls, not the accumulation of them.

Jun 19, 2014

Saved to the Uttermost by Jared C. Wilson

(35) Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (36) But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. (37) All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (38) For I have come down…

May 21, 2014

Sanctifying Success is the Lord's by Jared C. Wilson

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.—1 Thessalonians 5:23

Not a single one of us is a perfect repenter. And not a single one of us ever will be. I do believe we cooperate in the work of our sanctification, working out what God…

Oct 5, 2015

Safeguarding Against Abuse In the Church by Jared C. Wilson

It seems that every week brings more stories of abuse occurring on church premises. We are hearing about this more and more, and there should be no doubt that the problem is actually more prevalent than what we see reported. And quite often in retrospect these cases reveal not simply mistakes made but systemic dysfunctions in a church community and a church's discipleship culture.

Mar 30, 2015

Repentance Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow by Jared C. Wilson

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you."
- Luke 17:20-21

In Jesus' day, the Jewish world was fractured into factions, each of which sought to…

Jun 10, 2014

Remembering the God Who Remembers You by Jared C. Wilson

noah-620x420But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.—Genesis 8:1

The chapter and verse numbers in the Scriptures are not inspired, of course, but there is something about Genesis 8:1—specifically in the phrase "But God remembered Noah"—which is a nice correlation to Romans 8:1…

May 7, 2015

Remembering is the First Change by Jared C. Wilson

When you are stuck, deep, despondent, or in despair, think back to what God has delivered you from in difficult times past.

Apr 17, 2017

Redeemed to Perpetuate the Name by Jared C. Wilson

Do you know the name of the kinsman redeemer who was first in line to marry Ruth? Exactly.

Feb 5, 2018

Recovering the Cure of Souls by Jared C. Wilson

Godly pastoral care is the overflow of love, an act of nurture, and an act of self-giving.

Nov 5, 2018

Preaching a Church Toward Mission by Jared C. Wilson

If you want to change the movement of your church, you have to change the message.

May 6, 2015

Praying for Money and Stuff by Jared C. Wilson

Turning prayers for material provision inside out.

May 15, 2017

Prayer Isn't Magic by Jared C. Wilson

The way some people talk about prayer owes more to New Age spirituality and witchcraft than biblical Christianity.

Mar 31, 2014

Please God, Send Us No Small Disturbance by Jared C. Wilson

About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way.—Acts 19:23

That is what we long for, deep down. That the Spirit of God would move afresh in our day with wonderful, healing disruptive force—that he would upend our self-regard and self-sovereignty, that he would come into our temples where we trade the currency of excuses for our sins and present such tidiness in our self-righteousness…

Feb 15, 2016

Play Hard by Jared C. Wilson

In our play we create and imagine and therefore tap into the very creative heart of God.

Sep 7, 2015

Perversion of Justice (in Another Sense) by Jared C. Wilson

It was not justice for the state to sanction same-sex marriage. It is in fact injustice, because it sanctions as "righteous" what God has called unrighteous.

Mar 21, 2016

Pastor, Mind Your RBM or Risk Burnout by Jared C. Wilson

So how can a pastor work to protect himself from crashing and burning? Incorporate the necessary ministry rhythm of RBM.

Feb 13, 2017

Pastor, Keep A Close Watch On Your Life and Illustrations by Jared C. Wilson

You shouldn't trust your illustration to do what only God's word can.

Dec 30, 2014

Our Sanctuary is No Afterthought by Jared C. Wilson

A glorious throne set on high from the beginning
is the place of our sanctuary.
—Jeremiah 15:12

As overwhelming as our trials can be, as enveloping as the darkness appears, as deep as the floodwaters grow, we can find solace of heart in knowing our souls are safe in a place bigger, broader, deeper than any distress. Our place of safety is no refugee tent thrown together…

Dec 3, 2018

On Stuff and Stinginess by Jared C. Wilson

“I hope that everyone gets to rich and famous and have everything they ever wanted so they could see it isn’t the answer.” 

Aug 31, 2015

Only As Deep As Your Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

They can only go as deep as the gospel we give them.

Jun 11, 2014

On Leadership and Revival by Jared C. Wilson

It is not a miracle, or dependent on a miracle, in any sense. It is a purely philosophical result of the right use of the constituted means—-as much so as any other effect produced by the application of means. There may be a miracle among its antecedent causes, or there may not. The apostles employed miracles, simply as a means by which they arrested attention to their message, and…

Nov 13, 2017

On Getting Un-Dragoned by the Light of Christ by Jared C. Wilson

Walking in the light may sting a little, but it is far preferable to life in the dark. And on top of that, it is the only way to healing.

Apr 23, 2015

Nourishing the Pastor's Heart by Jared C. Wilson

Managing editor Jared Wilson expresses our vision for FTC's ministry to pastors.

May 29, 2014

Never Forget the Gospel is Power by Jared C. Wilson

"It happens over and over again that the gospel 'comes alive' in a way that the evangelist had never dreamed of, and has effects which he never anticipated. The gospel is addressed to the human person as a human person in all the uncountable varieties of predicaments in which human beings find themselves.

The gospel has a sovereignty of its own and is never an instrument in…

Apr 16, 2018

My Left Knee

A Heartwarming Story of Creeping Death

My left knee sends out a regular signal in Morse code that death is creeping up on me.

Oct 12, 2015

Milestones in Ministry (Seminary Can't Prepare You For) by Jared C. Wilson

There are many experiences that seminary can tell you about but can't prepare you for.

Aug 5, 2014

Might As Well Call Jesus the "Daughter of God" by Jared C. Wilson

This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.—John 5:18

Okay, so the biggest problem with the quasi-evangelicals justifying their referring to God as "Mother" is not necessarily their feminist ideology or their misapplying actual biblical metaphors (like Matthew 23:37, for…

Mar 6, 2017

Men Wanted: Come and Die by Jared C. Wilson

Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.