You may not like the way the bride of Christ looks. But be careful how you treat Christ’s bride.
What are some important components in training men for ministry?
Though freed from the penalty of sin by the blood of Christ, my struggle with and the remaining presence of even “canceled sin” was bigger and deeper than I knew.
I want to persevere in ministry purely at the mercy of the sovereign God who is with me.
God’s purpose is always for your worry to be transformed into worship.
What is the one thing you would do to change the Christian’s devotional life?
When I am closer to Jesus, I am closer to my wife. I mean truly closer to Jesus, in my heart, not just thinking I am closer because I am doing the right things.
Self-sufficient living brings disastrous results.
Though there are many things a particular church may not be able to do well, love is not one of them.
The ministry of preaching cannot be divorced from the ministry of soul care; in fact, preaching is actually an extension of soul care. There are a host of reasons why it is important for pastors who want to preach meaningfully to know their flocks as well as they can, but here are three of the most important.
What is the one thing a new Christian needs most from his church?
The Bible itself describes our lives as vapors that vanish quickly. We must recognize today that we are not promised tomorrow.
If the gospel is the one thing that makes us unique, then the gospel needs to be the one thing that shapes how we do everything.
While we’re always experiencing death to some extent in the present age, we’re also at the very same time experiencing resurrected life.
A leader who holds fast to the true source of life is utterly free to love others well.
What should pastors remember in counseling those dealing with porn use?
Do you recognize that an inability to enjoy children is not representative of a defect in the children, but of a defect in us?
Whether you are a beginner preacher or veteran one, cultivate a sense of dependence on Christ.
The way we lead them is vital to their success.
There are so many other spiritual dangers that face the one in the spotlight. These four, I'm convinced, are some of the reasons why James says not many people should be teachers.
What are some practical considerations for the pastor leading his church from an attractional mindset to a more gospel-centered ministry?
When you join a local church, you’re committing to helping other covenant members faithfully follow Jesus.
Though our flesh wars against it, the humility to recognize our need for God’s forgiveness and redemption is a gift.
Your marriage may always be a place of great trial, but you can change the way you react to it.
How can a church help make sure its theology leads to doxology?
For those seeking to turn around a declining church, the challenge of paying the bills is often daunting.
Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz kick off the new year of the FTC Podcast with another installment in the FTC Mailbag feature.
What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?
Being around the flock helps them see what our message looks like in real life.
How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?
Serving the church is not merely a job; it is an all-consuming responsibility that can threaten a family.
FTC.co asks Christine Hoover, pastor's wife and author of Searching for Spring and Messy Beautiful Friendship, "What does the average churchgoer not understand about their pastor?"
When are you most tempted to throw in the towel as a pastor?
Hurtful words are only good if they are selfless words, driven by love.
It’s the life-light of Jesus that helps us want what we need more than wanting what we want.
Trying to tailor-make your Christianity without the virgin birth is to tailor-make a different faith entirely.
I feel in my bones the common temptation to professionalize ministry, as if tools for effective ministry cannot be found in Narnia, only seminary.
FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director at 9Marks and an elder a Cheverly Baptist Church (Cheverly, MD): "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"
How important is it for preachers to pay attention to cultural trends and popular media?
The only kind of soil in which church discipline can properly grow is communal love.
We should pray that God will lead us by his Spirit to know when it’s best to be quiet, to pray, and to live a life that commends the gospel, and when it’s best to add more of our own words.
How political should a local church pastor get with his flock?
Interviewing can be a rough experience for most pastors, but it doesn’t have to be.
The ministries in which women participated are among the markers of genuine Christianity in a community and these ministries led to the growth of the early church.
Whether you are a pastor, a leader or just a growing follower of Christ, it is up to you to ensure that the young people in the church have the opportunity to be mentored.
What is the one thing pastors who write ought to remember?
Nothing is more cringe-worthy than a guest preacher who takes a pulpit only to make himself famous.
On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss a pioneering pastor from American church history who is woefully unknown.
It’s painful, but good shepherding often means that we say things that are challenging to our people.
My main exhortation to you is to fearlessly adopt a gospel fixation. Don’t worry about it seeming rote or redundant.