Resources by Jared C. Wilson

Jared C. Wilson is the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Seminary, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Spurgeon College, 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 DiscipleSupernatural Power for Everyday People, and The Gospel-Driven Church. A frequent preacher and speaker at churches and conferences, you can visit him online at jaredcwilson.com or follow him on Twitter.

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.

Feb 26, 2018

Maybe You Need to Wave the White Flag by Jared C. Wilson

If you have experienced the Spirit’s conviction, you have been primed to experience the Spirit’s power.

Jan 1, 2018

Making a Fresh Start with God

3 Shifts That Can Make All the Difference

Maybe we’re in the same boat when it comes to our spiritual lives. Maybe you've been wanting to start fresh with your relationship with God, but you keep putting it off for whatever reason. Might your apprehension have less to do with the right timing and more with the right approach?

Jul 28, 2014

Luther's Prayer Written on the Eve of the Diet of Worms by Jared C. Wilson

In The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul calls this "Luther's own private Gethsemane."

O God, Almighty God everlasting! how dreadful is the world! behold how its mouth opens to swallow me up, and how small is my faith in Thee!… Oh! the weakness of the flesh, and the power of Satan! If I am to depend upon any strength of this world - all is over……

Jun 26, 2017

Loving the People You Love to Hate by Jared C. Wilson

Here’s how you know if you hate something someone has done or if you actually hate that person.

Nov 12, 2014

Love When's by Jared C. Wilson

When is God love?

When you are in tribulation, Love will bring you back to himself (Deut. 4:30).

When you are surrounded by the enemy, Love will keep you from evil (Deut. 23:9).

When you are invited to honor, Love will keep you humble (Matt. 14:8).

When you are judged, Love will justify you (Rom. 3:4).

When you are slandered…

Feb 14, 2016

Love Like A Dam Break by Jared C. Wilson

The cross of Christ both proves and founds God's eagerness to forgive.

Apr 25, 2015

Love Covers Shame by Jared C. Wilson

We should note that in all the Bible's words about reproof and rebuke and discipline, the Bible never says to "confess one another's sins."

Apr 8

Love Actuarially by Jared C. Wilson

Christian, the Lord knows you are not an asset to the organization. 

Oct 9, 2017

Like When Dylan Went Electric

Why You Need Courage for the Attractional-to-Gospel Transition

How this Sunday at your church could be like the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

Sep 25, 2017

Like a Dream Come True by Jared C. Wilson

The most incredible thing you could ever see is just around the corner.

Oct 22, 2018

Life in the Spirit Isn't Just 'Doing' Differently, But 'Being' Different by Jared C. Wilson

“Do you think you could wash the dishes tonight?” she calls sweetly. “Um, sure,” he replies. “I’ll do it in the morning before I head out." Mom sighs.

Nov 12, 2018

Let Your Internet Yes Be Your Real-Life Yes

The Problem with Online Persona

We weren’t designed to be double-minded. We weren’t made to playact, to posture. So it’s impossible to keep The Persona from taking over.

Nov 28, 2016

Let Us Repent of Our Nonchalance by Jared C. Wilson

Let's advance the gospel of the kingdom out into the perimeter of our hearts and lives with affectionate meekness and humble submission.

Feb 20, 2017

Letter from a 'Concerned Church Member' by Jared C. Wilson

We really do want the best for you, which is why we felt like you needed to know these things. With a little more hard work and concentrated effort on your part, this can be a win-win for all of us.

Mar 26, 2018

Laziness is Idolatry by Jared C. Wilson

When people are lazy (or restless), they do have a sin problem, but the sin problem is just a symptom of the deeper worship problem.

Sep 4, 2017

Labor to Stop Laboring by Jared C. Wilson

It takes conscious and concerted effort to orient our stubborn selves around the gospel.

Apr 29, 2015

Kill Your Jesus Talisman by Jared C. Wilson

Jesus is no talisman. Crucify "Jesus as key to your personal achievement" and he will stay dead. But the real Jesus achieves a victory greater and far superior to any wish-dream of any man.

Jul 25, 2016

John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 by Jared C. Wilson

Christian pastors aren't meant to be chaplains of the American Dream.

Mar 7, 2016

Jesus, The Antidote to Blame Transference Syndrome by Jared C. Wilson

While Satan comes to accuse, Christ comes to accept.
Where the law announces death, Christ announces eternal life.
While we're all blame-shifting, Jesus is blessing-shifting.

Aug 7, 2017

Jesus Never Ends by Jared C. Wilson

He is the embodiment of love, and love never ends.

Jul 16, 2018

Jesus More Than Likes You by Jared C. Wilson

The idea that the holy God of the universe, the only one who has the absolute right to condemn us and dismiss us, declares his approval over us because of Jesus’ taking our sin and shame is so wonderful, so hope-giving, so steadying.

Sep 3, 2018

Jesus is the Smartest Man Who Ever Lived by Jared C. Wilson

Greedy, lustful, predatory businessmen gain our support because "that's just the way the world works." "You've got to pick your poison." "The world isn't black and white." "What other choice do we have than picking the lesser of two evils?" Well, for starters, there is the way of Jesus.

Mar 13, 2017

Jesus is a Straight Shooter by Jared C. Wilson

For our joy, Jesus always shoots us straight.

Feb 22, 2016

Jesus Did Not Say 'Teach the Sheep to Self-Feed' by Jared C. Wilson

If we simply want more people or better people, a set of programs and events might accomplish that. But if we want Christ-exalting, Christ-loving, Christ-following people, we have to get more personal and go deeper.

Dec 25, 2015

Jesus and The Image of Man by Jared C. Wilson

Here's one personal test I subject my own reading of the Gospels to (which actually works quite well when reading any Scripture): Is it freaking me out?

Oct 29, 2018

Jerks for Jesus

Why the Temple Cleansing (Etc.) Isn't Your Permission to Always Be Fighting

The Bible says at least as much -- if not more -- about speaking the truth in love, not tearing down, and letting our speech be gracious as it does "letting people have it."

Mar 31, 2015

I Wrote This Blog Post on Church Time by Jared C. Wilson

Here's an older post of mine written during my former pastorate. I hope you will find it helpful… jcw

So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.—1 Thessalonians 2:8

Well, I'm starting this post at 4:57 P.M. ET. I don't know…

May 9, 2016

Is Your Worship Service Upside Down? by Jared C. Wilson

If your church orients its weekend gathering around reaching seekers, it's quite possible you've adopted some working assumptions and programmatic arrangements that actually turn the biblical shape of evangelism and mission upside down.

Aug 8, 2016

Is Your Pastor Happy to See You? by Jared C. Wilson

How can we work toward our leaders’ joy and not their anxiety? It’s no advantage to us to be a nagging pain to our pastors.

Oct 24, 2016

Is Your Gospel an Urban Legend? by Jared C. Wilson

If you talk a big game about the gospel, but don't live like it's true, the people in your life will begin to suspect you don't actually believe it. Worse yet, they may begin to disbelieve it themselves.

Apr 29, 2015

In Tight With the Boss of Existence by Jared C. Wilson

If nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, what then?

May 14, 2015

In Praise of Fat Pastors by Jared C. Wilson

A toast toward the pastor embracing a Christward self-disregard and a godly un-self-conciousness.

Jul 5, 2015

I Need to Tell You About My Friend Anne by Jared C. Wilson

Just like our brother Jesus, Anne faced death with a natural amount of fear and a Spiritual amount of faith in the Father who loves her, cares for her, and secures her. Like Jesus, she had abandoned herself to the sovereign grace of God.

Oct 6, 2014

I Love the Church, and That's Why I Resigned by Jared C. Wilson

Yesterday morning I undertook the difficult task of resigning the pastorate of Middletown Springs Community Church. The last five years have been a tremendous joy to me and my family, and making that announcement was one of the most difficult things I've ever done.

I shared with my congregation that the sense of discontent I'd been feeling for more than a year had become gradually clearer and…