Resources from 2018

January

Jan 19

Ordinary Things by Luke Holmes

Ordinary things in the hands of an extraordinary God become the miraculous means by which He brings about His kingdom.

Jan 19

How to Be Both a Grace-Filled and Discerning Church Member by Lara d’Entremont

Teach people to be students of God’s Word, not students of your opinion.

Jan 19

Keith Getty on Mistakes Worship Leaders Make by Staff

What are some common mistakes worship leaders make?

Jan 18

4 Reasons for Pastors to Guard Their Hearts by Jason K. Allen

One can be a godly man without being a pastor, but one cannot be a faithful pastor without being a godly man.

Jan 18

The Lousy Preacher Was You by Matt Sliger

Preacher, be thankful: Jesus doesn’t love you to the degree you gain the nod of the masses.

Jan 18

That is Not the Way You Learned Christ by Kole Farney

You are not who you were and, therefore, you don’t belong where you used to. You are different, so walk that way.

Jan 17

The Pride of Holiness by Chad Williams

We are not running to Christ-likeness, we are running to Christ. 

Jan 17

Chick-fil-A in Samaria by Tyler Jordan

Following Jesus will often lead us directly toward what we do not understand.

Jan 17

Heaven’s Mariner Brings Us Home by Erik Raymond

The only way God could speak a word of welcoming mercy to sinners like me and you is to speak a word of judgment to Christ in our place.

Jan 16

7 Ways Teens Can Contribute When the Church Meets by Steve Burchett

Teenage believers, you can contribute right away in significant and helpful ways when the church gathers.

Jan 16

Doorkeepers to the Kingdom by Jeff Higgins

We will experience Jesus for all eternity. Praise God! But even if we only experienced him for a day, we would be fully satisfied.

Jan 16

H.B. Charles Jr. on the Importance of Preaching in the Local Church by H.B. Charles, Jr.

FTC.co asks H.B. Charles Jr., Lead Pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, "How important is preaching to a local church?"

Jan 15

3 Things Heaven Changes by Jared C. Wilson

However great the trouble I’ve been through in the past, I know God will compensate me much more greatly in the future, which gives me tremendous joy in the present.

Jan 15

The Joy of the Old Testament by Patrick Meador

By reading what God has done, we gain insights into the character of God.

Jan 15

Links For The Church (1/15) by Staff

This week's links include resources on leaving your church, diversity and God's kingdom, repentant pastors, discipling children, and waiting. 

Jan 14

Salvation for the Sinking by Charles Spurgeon

Our extremities are the Lord's opportunities.

Jan 12

Sanctification and God’s Rambunctious Children by Margaret Bronson

We are, like my children, desperately needy and utterly dependent upon God, not only to meet our needs but to sustain our faith and grow us into spiritual adulthood. 

Jan 12

4 Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints by Tim Counts

As pastors, we need to remind our elderly members that they’re not only loved by their Good Shepherd and Savior—they’re also loved and needed by his people.

Jan 12

Russell Moore on How to Engage Politics with a Kingdom Mindset by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How can a Christian do wise political engagement while maintaining faithfulness first to God’s kingdom?

Jan 11

Jesus Died a Hero? by Bryan Elliff

In his self-sacrifice, Jesus shows us the greatest expression of great love by laying down not only his life, but his reputation also.

Jan 11

A Giant Has Fallen Among Us: MBTS Remembers R.C. Sproul by Owen Strachan

This is the reality about all who are in Christ: from the mightiest to the weakest, all who love the holiness of God rise, redeemed and renewed, in heaven.

Jan 11

3 Spiritual Reasons to Do Something You're Not Good At by Michael Kelley

One active way we can remind ourselves of our comparative insignificance is to do something we’re probably going to be bad at.

Jan 10

Episode 022: Jason Allen

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared C. Wilson interviews Dr. Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, about his first five years in leadership at the school and the dramatic resurgence resulting.

Jan 10

Be Amazed This Sunday by Danny D'Acquisto

The church is not simply a man-made tool that we use to advance the cause of Christ; the church itself is central to the cause.

Jan 10

Beware of the Self-Elevating Gospel by Bethany Mathis

The more I dig into the Word, the more I see with glaring clarity that the Bible is like a collection of big neon signs pointing to the cross.

Jan 9

Clint Pressley on Key Components to Discipling Young Men by Clint Pressley

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC: "What are some key components to discipling young men?"

Jan 9

Staying Humble When Your Promotion Doesn't Come by Mike Leake

The truly humble person will take the low position and will not be shocked, dismayed, or depressed if he stays there.

Jan 9

Does My Teenager Really Need Youth Group? by Heath Miller

Student ministries can give students something the world cannot – a greater purpose for their soul, and guidance in how to live for that purpose.

Jan 8

Building and Destroying, Transforming and Terrifying - All with a Word by Jared C. Wilson

"Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war?" Yes. We do.

Jan 8

Apologies Ad Nauseam: Parents and Repentance by Abigail Dodds

Where we may run amok is forgetting that our confession and receiving of forgiveness should be effecting something significant in us. 

Jan 8

Links For The Church (1/8) by Staff

This week's links include biblical womanhood and Genesis, reading more books, truth and love, and well-behaved women. 

Jan 7

To Live is Christ by Charles Spurgeon

He professes to live for Christ; how can he live for another object without committing a spiritual adultery?

Jan 5

Knowing and Engaging the Mission of the Church by Casey Lewis

Making disciples involves much more. It involves us teaching others what it means and how to follow Jesus.

Jan 5

I Need You To Watch Over Me by Adam Kareus

The irony of growing on our faith is that we have to be childlike to mature. 

Jan 5

Don Whitney on What The Average Christian's Devotional Time Should Look Like by Staff

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, "What should the average Christian's devotional time look like?"

Jan 4

Covenant Security by Joshua Jenkins

To be in the covenant of grace is to be secure in the love of God; it is to be tied to Christ - unchanging, unfading, never failing.

Jan 4

Leaving Christianity

How an Old Man Helped Saved My Faith

I was the kid who always kept his nose clean, had his act together, and tried to do the right thing. Why wasn’t I prospering?

Jan 4

Of Jerks and Seminarians by Sam Parkison

It’s entirely possible to be absolutely unwavering on convictional truth matters and still give people the expectation to receive love and compassion from you.

Jan 3

Plant Partners, Not Competitors by Jonathon Woodyard

Historically, great things happen when churches link arms.

Jan 3

The Preacher’s Proclamation by Costi Hinn

When the pulpit isn’t held in high regard, sheep become malnourished by fast-food style preaching that contains little nutritional value. 

Jan 3

Big Data and the Holy Spirit by Luke Holmes

I have a God who cares about me, and who loves me enough to orchestrate everything so that my soul is fed the right thing for the day I need it.

Jan 2

In Defense of Youth Ministry by Joshua Rowland

Today’s youth thirst for discipleship, not gimmicks. In eternity past, God ordained the local church as the chosen vessel to quench that thirst.

Jan 2

Nathan Finn on Why Christians Should Consider Theological Education by Nathan Finn

FTC.co asks Nathan Finn, Dean of The School of Theology and Missions at Union University, "Why should Christians consider theological education?"

Jan 1

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?

Jan 1

Links For The Church (1/1) by Staff

This week's links include resources on infertility, how to be generous, leading when you aren't the leader, and the gift of cancer.