Three tactical steps to do battle against this pernicious sin.
Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Church's Message" delivered at the 2017 For The Church Micro-Conference at Ames, Iowa.
Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Church Majestic" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference.
In the end, the Incarnation is not for analysis but for worship.
What we see in the wonder of the God-Man is a miraculous extension, not reduction!
If I don’t believe the gospel, I will miss out on the joy of the it-ness of things.
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!
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.
Every word of Scripture from Genesis 1:1's "In" to Revelation 22:21's "Amen" is le mot juste.
One fear we must put aside in our quest for greater gospel-centrality is that it will not preach week to week.
The ferment of the gospel needs the wineskin of the church.
When we find Christ supremely valuable and fulfilling, the desire to cut our neighbor down disappears.
This short checklist reflects the irreduceable complexity of true Christian preaching.
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.
When we suffer, we tend to ask lots of "why" questions. Here's the one thing we can know in our hurts.
So you keep going. Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. What’s the definition of insanity again?
You don't need "more" to be satisfied in God.
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.
But 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)…
We must wear this armor constantly. We should never take it off.
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.
(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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
When you are stuck, deep, despondent, or in despair, think back to what God has delivered you from in difficult times past.
Do you know the name of the kinsman redeemer who was first in line to marry Ruth? Exactly.
Godly pastoral care is the overflow of love, an act of nurture, and an act of self-giving.
If you want to change the movement of your church, you have to change the message.
Turning prayers for material provision inside out.
The way some people talk about prayer owes more to New Age spirituality and witchcraft than biblical Christianity.
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…
In our play we create and imagine and therefore tap into the very creative heart of God.
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.
So how can a pastor work to protect himself from crashing and burning? Incorporate the necessary ministry rhythm of RBM.
You shouldn't trust your illustration to do what only God's word can.
If everything is exciting, nothing is.
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…
“I hope that everyone gets to rich and famous and have everything they ever wanted so they could see it isn’t the answer.”
They can only go as deep as the gospel we give them.
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…
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.
Managing editor Jared Wilson expresses our vision for FTC's ministry to pastors.
"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…
My left knee sends out a regular signal in Morse code that death is creeping up on me.
There are many experiences that seminary can tell you about but can't prepare you for.
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…
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.