Given the neediness of the church, the cultural pressures we face, and the general social upheaval of our times, how we preach has never been more important.
This must humble us. In many parts of the world, believers have shed their blood for the cause of Christ or suffer for their faith in ways we never will.
Prayers for people we don't even know around the world to be brought to Christ engages us in the great purpose of the Christian life.
FTC.co asks Jeff Dodge, Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa, "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?"
It was our iniquities and transgressions that He suffered for, shedding light on the fact that it was not His own sins that He was carrying.
We believe in and confess that his death has absorbed the Father’s just wrath and washed our sin away.
The standard of beauty is God—the interplay of his own unity, diversity, and harmony.
What kind of books should pastors read that they normally don’t?
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks about about how a church should respond when a pastor, under normal circumstances, resigns from his ministry.
Sacrifice is the first act of true love for the church because this is how Christ loved the church.
As evangelicals, we would be better served to look at the child and embrace our insignificance rather than clamor for the significance, power, and fame that comes from another kingdom.
The body of Christ should be a refuge for the wounded.
Why don't more churches take discipleship seriously?
Being more and more aware of my own depravity simply leads me more and more to the cross.
Three thoughts on leading gospel-enriched change in any local church.
Theological study, communion with God, and godly living comprehend one another.
I forever abandoned the idea of using the Bible to preach what I wanted. I had to actually preach the Bible.
In my experience of counseling pastors, the single greatest cause of pastoral burnout is not taking a full day off every week.
Why should pastors care about writing?
Real ministry doesn’t start with a title, a salary, or a blog. Real ministry begins the moment a man is born again
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Noah Oldham about pastors pursuing physical fitness.
The humility of Christ calls us to let His loaned power rest in our hands, but never to close our fists around it.
FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, "What traits should a pastor have who is leading church revitalization?"
What does discipleship driven by the gospel look like?
We think that we are standing up for the truth, but maybe we are just meeting someone’s sin with more sin of our own.
Has social media changed the way we think?
Every woman has something dynamic to bring to a local body.
Ron Prach, who served for over 45 years in the same church, reflects on the things learned in a long-term pastorate.
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses some ways the seeker service approach to church gatherings may be "upside down."
How do you respond when someone you know has sinned against you, or maybe people you love?
If a pastor doesn’t feel like the sermon he delivers is that important, why on earth would his congregation feel different?
Pray to bravely and boldly expose the lies in your own church body and step confidently into the truth.
What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?
Every day, entrepreneurial Christians are planting parachurch seeds producing ministries that populate the West.
If Jesus truly is the best thing in this world, we are free to be nobodies.
You could completely bomb this change challenge that’s before you. I mean fall-on-your-face fail. And God’s love for you will not change.
If everything is exciting, nothing is.
We need no other mediator between God and Man; Jesus is enough.
I want to tell you what God sees when he looks at you, why I love you, and how I hope to encourage you in the midst of our cynical culture.
This call is not merely a nudge toward a more polished homiletical delivery; rather it comes with the weighty knowledge that the message of a crucified and risen Christ alone saves.
Sometimes for all of our learnedness, experience, and ministry strategizing— we forget that the battle is Jesus’ to win.
The supremacy of Christ over all things is what makes preaching him valuable, whether it is to 30 or 3,000.
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, New Jersey, about growing up a pastor's kid, raising up leaders in the church, and the challenges and opportunities of doing ministry in New York City metro.
We’re not called to model perfection for our churches, our sole responsibility is to shine the spotlight on the only One who ever was perfect.
The funeral is not your Sunday morning exposition. It is a unique situation in which you have been given a special assignment.
What difficult thing in your life taught you the most?
Jesus Christ is the hope of all nations and from the nations he will gather his people.
There are few things more dangerous to a church than a pastor who is extraordinarily endowed on the gifting side and extraordinarily deficient on the character side.
There are great opportunities for thought and care for the little things in how your sanctuary is set up.
We must be willing to be sent if that is God’s will for us, and if not, to give our lives to sending those whom God has called to go.