Resources by Jared C. Wilson

Jared C. Wilson is Author in Residence at Midwestern Seminary, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Spurgeon College, Director of the Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church, host of the For The Church Podcast, 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.

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."

Sep 17, 2019

Jared Wilson on Advice for New Writers by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Spurgeon College and Author in Residence at MBTS, "What advice would you give to new writers?"

Nov 26, 2019

Jared C. Wilson on Transitioning from an Attractional to a Gospel-Centered Ministry Model by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Author-in-Residence at Spurgeon College/MBTS, "What is the first step for a church in moving from the attractional paradigm to a gospel-centered model of ministry?"

Aug 8, 2019

Jared C. Wilson on Advice for New Pastors Who Want to Quit by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Spurgeon College and Writer-in-Residence at Midwestern Seminary, what advice he would give a new pastor who already wants to quit.

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…

May 6, 2015

I Have Identified the Problem, and It Is You by Jared C. Wilson

On the spirit of charity in the work of receiving criticism and dishing it out.

Jul 7, 2015

How Your Preaching Might Increase Sin in Your Church by Jared C. Wilson

I fear we vastly underestimate the spiritual damage inflicted on our churches by "How To" sermons without an explicit gospel connection.

Apr 29, 2019

How to Fall in Ministry

And What to Do if You Do

Four steps to making a trainwreck of your life. And how to get back on track.

Jan 6

How to Fall . . . Again

How to Turn Your Comeback into Another Collapse

There is a subtle kind of pride that has the appearance of celebrating grace. But its aim is self-oriented. 

Jul 9, 2018

How to Affair-Proof Your Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

We may not be able to keep our pastor from falling, but we can invest in his personal, marital, and ministerial health in such a way that the temptations are lessened.

Jul 31, 2014

How Salvation is Ultimately About God by Jared C. Wilson

Salvation is for us, of course—God doesn't need it—but it's not mainly about us. It is mainly about God. How so?

Turning to the deep well of Ephesians 2, we read:

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—- by grace you…

Mar 19, 2018

How Not to Read the Parables by Jared C. Wilson

The parables Jesus tells in the four Gospels are peculiar kinds of stories that too many readers read very wrongly.

Oct 23, 2017

How Great the Light That Casts the Shadow

A Gospel Reflection on Jude's Doxology

Were it not for God, we would be falling from grace every waking second.

Sep 14, 2015

How Grace is Like Grace (and How Grace Isn't) by Jared C. Wilson

One of the most vivid illustrations and daily reminders of God's grace in my life is my daughter Grace.

Apr 4, 2016

How Do You Know When You Are Ready to Shepherd? by Jared C. Wilson

We need pastors who have had the swagger gospeled out of them.

Aug 20, 2015

Holy vs. Holier Than Thou by Jared C. Wilson

How do we become holy without becoming 'holier than thou'?

Jun 16, 2015

His Eye Is On The Sasquatch by Jared C. Wilson

I'll tell you why I hope Bigfoot exists -- and why, in a way, I hope he is never discovered . . .

Aug 14, 2017

Hijacked by the Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

I have been laid hold of. I've been apprehended. I was writing my own life story, and it was a tragedy despite my own best efforts. But my life story got hijacked by the good news.

Sep 9, 2019

He Must Increase; Our Churches Must Decrease

Thoughts on The Desire for Revival

There is one thing that the churches experiencing historic revival have in common: they seemed overrun with the sense of the glory of God.

Nov 30, 2015

He Must Increase; Our Churches Must Decrease by Jared C. Wilson

A gospel-centered church is okay with its own decreasing -- in reputation, in acclaim, in legacy, even in (gasp!) numbers, but especially in self-regard -- so long as it serves the increasing of the sense of the glory of God.

Aug 13, 2018

He Has Done All Things Well by Jared C. Wilson

The healing of the deaf and the mute is just the beginning.

Jul 23, 2018

Groanings Too Deep for Words by Jared C. Wilson

I’m not talking about having a bad day. I’m talking more about having a bad life.

May 1, 2017

Grace and The Non-Instagrammable Church by Jared C. Wilson

The church with the snot-nosed kids and the cantankerous old folks and the arrogant hipsters and the out-of-touch Baby Boomers and the overweight “praise team” and the pastor with his short-sleeved button-up shirt tucked into his high-waisted Dockers? Well, that’s the kind of place where grace can really show off.

Jun 17, 2014

Good News for the Weakest Ministers by Jared C. Wilson

Like the apostle Paul, it is every minister's business to glory in his infirmities. The world says, "Pshaw! upon your oratory; it is rough, and rude, and eccentric." Yet, 'tis even so, but we are content, for God blesses it. Then so much the better that it has infirmities in it; for now shall it be plainly seen that it is not of man or by man, but the…

Sep 21, 2015

God Wants the Liabilities by Jared C. Wilson

God looks at the available selection, sees that I have no evident talent or ability and that in fact I give all indications of being a liability to the team, not an asset, and says, "I'll take him."

Aug 21, 2017

Getting Bored With the Right Things by Jared C. Wilson

Jesus is sweating blood while the disciples are sawing logs.

Dec 2, 2019

George Whitefield's Grave

A Meditation on the Labor of Ministry

The first thing you see may be the breaker box. Or boxes of church maintenance supplies. I’m always struck by the snow shovel leaning against the wall.

Sep 25, 2014

Gentleness is Not an Option by Jared C. Wilson

"[G]entleness is essential to Christian living. It is not an add-on. It is… one of the few indisputable evidences of the Holy Spirit alive and well within someone. Gentleness is not just for some Christians, those wired in a certain way. It cannot merely be an inherent character trait, a result of personality or genetic predisposition, because it is listed as part of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians…

Jul 4, 2016

Freedom From the Tyranny of Hyper-Spirituality by Jared C. Wilson

The tyranny of hyper-spirituality our church culture had foisted on us set us up for disappointment because it held up religious experiences as the means of God’s grace, rather than the finished work of the cross.

Apr 24, 2015

For The Renaissance by Jared C. Wilson

Managing editor Jared Wilson explains the vision of For The Church as a place to help contribute to the burgeoning "writing culture" developing in the gospel-centered movement.