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The Pastor’s Justification (Free Excerpt)

“What Jared has written here is, for me, an instant classic.”Joe Thorn

Ministry can be brutal. Leaders face discouragement, frustration, and exhaustion—and they often face it alone. Helping fellow pastors refocus on the gospel, pastor Jared Wilson here offers practical insights, real-life anecdotes, and in-your-face truth related to the ups and downs of pastoral ministry. Honest yet hopeful, this creative fusion of biblical exposition and personal confession will help pastors weather the storms of ministry by rooting their identity in Christ.

Endorsements for The Pastor’s Justification

“Wilson is one of my favorite thinkers. Of the books he has written, this one is especially edifying to me. He knows the highs and lows of our calling. His conviction, passion, and wit pour out onto the page as he shepherds those of us who are shepherding the flock.”
MATT CHANDLER, Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; author, The Explicit Gospel

“Jared exercises his considerable pastoral compassion and skill to offer a fresh, much-needed word for burned-out pastors.”
DANIEL MONTGOMERY, Pastor, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville

“Jared is a welcomed guide for pastors who want off of the performance treadmill.”
DARRIN PATRICK, Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; author, Church Planter

“Pastor, you are not alone—your feelings of loneliness, fear, insecurity, and mediocrity are shared by all pastors, to one degree or another. Every congregation should want their pastor to read this book, and every pastor will want his congregation to do the same.”
BURK PARSONS, Pastor, St. Andrew’s Church; Editor, Tabletalk magazine

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Free Study Guide for Begg & Ferguson’s Name above All Names

Name Above All Names Study Guide CoverWe’re pleased to share with you this study guide companion to Name Above All Names by Alistair Begg and Sinclair Ferguson, put together by our friends at Truth for Life.

Containing seven sessions to help you study the Bible’s multi-faceted portrayal of Christ’s identity and ministry, this study guide can be used for small groups or personal reflection alongside Name Above All Names. Each session includes four parts:

  1. Getting Started – a quote from the book with an introductory question
  2. Key Scriptures – key Bible verses referenced in the chapter
  3. Going Deeper – questions to help you process the main ideas of the chapter
  4. Giving Praise – a poem, hymn, or verse that can be committed to memory and incorporated in worship.

The opening words of Name above All Names summarize the impetus behind this book and study guide which we commend to you:

Jesus Christ has been given the name above all names. The names
assigned to him begin in Genesis and end in Revelation. Taken together
they express the incomparable character of Jesus Christ our Savior and
Lord. Reflecting on them better prepares us to respond to the exhortations
of Scripture, to focus our gaze upon him, and to meditate on how great he is.

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Weekly Ebook Specials: For the Pastor

In his new book, The Pastor’s Justification, Jared Wilson points out a common struggle of pastors:

The pastoral fraternity is an interesting one. We are a motley bunch of fools. Different personalities and tribes, different methodologies and styles, not to mention denominations and traditions and, of course, theologies. But there is something both lay elders and career elders have in common, something I’ve seen in the thirty-year senior pastor of a southern megachurch as well as the bivocational shepherd of a little, rural New England parish, the laid-back fauxhawked church planter and the fancy mousse-haried charismatic, and in nearly every pastor in between: a profound sense of insecurity for which the only antidote is the gospel.

This week’s ebook specials were picked especially for the pastors and church leaders out there. Each of these books points to the security found in Christ with practical, gospel-centered wisdom from your co-laborers.

To learn more about each title, click on the covers below to find them at Crossway.org. You’ll also find the ebooks at their reduced prices on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshout, Christianbook.com, eChristian, ibooks (apple), Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 7/29/2013.*

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The Pastor's Justification

The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry

By Jared C. Wilson, Foreword by Mike Ayers

Neither a how-to manual nor an academic treatise on pastoral ministry, this book of biblical exposition, pastoral confession, and gospel exultation directs pastors to their only justification: the finished work of Christ.

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This Week’s Ebook Specials:

Dangerous Calling

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

By Paul David Tripp

$15.99 $3.99

Recognizing the widespread struggles facing pastors today, Tripp exposes and exhorts the cultures that train and support our church leaders so that they can lead well and our churches can be healthy.

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Faithmapping

Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey

By Daniel Montgomery, Mike Cosper

$12.99 $2.99

Helps Christians cultivate unity within the church by articulating a holistic view of the Christian life—the whole gospel for the whole church to the whole world.

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Gospel-Centered Discipleship

Gospel-Centered Discipleship

By Jonathan K. Dodson, Foreword by Matt Chandler

$9.99 $2.99

Experienced discipler and church leader, Jonathan Dodson, redresses defective forms of discipleship and offers a practical model for creating a reproducible, gospel-centered alternative.

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Sensing Jesus

Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being

By Zack Eswine

$15.99 $2.99

Presenting sound pastoral theology couched in autobiographical musings and emotive prose, this book offers a fresh and biblically faithful approach to the care of souls, including your own.

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Preaching Christ in All of Scripture

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture

By Edmund P. Clowney

$14.99 $2.99

Clowney lays the theoretical foundation for preaching Christ in the whole Bible and offers up practical tips for preparing such a sermon. Book also contains many of the author’s own sermons as examples to draw from.

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Am I Called?

Am I Called?: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry

 By Dave Harvey, Foreword by Matt Chandler

$9.99 $1.99

Sharing from his wealth of personal experience and illustrating from history, Harvey explores biblical principles and revealing questions to help prospective pastors discern their calling.

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Coming Up Next Week: Books by Tim Chester

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July 23, 2013 | Posted in: Leadership,Preaching and Teaching,Weekly Ebook Specials | Author: Ted Cockle @ 8:15 am | 0 Comments »

Bonhoeffer’s 7 Ministries of the Church

Adapted from Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life: From the Cross, for the World by Stephen J. Nichols.

“Lord, what would you have me to do?”

If Bonhoeffer were to meet a person with such questions he would say:

Do something. Serve somebody. That is ministry. That is God’s will.

Certainly there is legitimacy to taking stock and being strategic and asking soul-searching questions. There’s also a place for waiting on God, for times of withdrawal and personal meditation. But sometimes we overthink it, and sometimes we overindulge the self.

In Bonhoeffer’s thinking, every child of God is a minister; all Christians are called to ministry. Bonhoeffer sees our task of ministry in seven particular ministries in the church (listed in Life Together). All of us can do at least one of them well, many can do a few of them well, and even a few gifted individuals in the church can do them all well.

In other words, we can all do something. We are all called to ministry.

For Bonhoeffer, ministry is not about power and authority, but service. The word itself, diakonia, means service, a word held in high esteem by Bonhoeffer. His list of ministries, then, reflects this fundamental starting point of what ministry is about.

  1. The ministry of holding one’s tongue

    Bonhoeffer pegs silence as a self-discipline worthy of highest virtue. “Where the discipline of the tongue is practiced right from the beginning, each individual will make a matchless discovery. He will be able to cease from constantly scrutinizing the other person, judging him, condemning him, putting him in a particular place where he can gain ascendency over him.”

  2. The ministry of meekness

    “He who would learn to serve must first to learn to think little of himself.”

  3. The ministry of listening

    Listening—attentive, sympathetic listening—comes far too hard for us. Comparatively, talking comes far too easy. It’s the reason James the brother of Jesus had to warn us to be “quick to hear” and “slow to speak” (James 1:19) and not the other way around. As Bonhoeffer points out, “He who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God too.”

  4. The ministry of helpfulness

    Bonhoeffer challenges us here to “be interrupted by God,” to put our plans on hold and to help those who come across our path and need help.

  5. The ministry of bearing

    Not only are we called to help, but we are also called to bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2). Bonhoeffer speaks of it as our duty; in fact, he says, “It is the fellowship of the cross to bear the burden of the other. If one does not experience it, the fellowship he belongs to is not Christian. If any member refuses to bear that burden he denies the law of Christ.”

  6. The ministry of proclaiming

    Once these first five ministries and their respective obligations are in place, then Bonhoeffer turns to the “platform” ministries. Bonhoeffer stresses the need for authentic Christian living before the action of proclamation. To put this colloquially, one needs to “walk the walk.”

  7. The ministry of authority

    The exercise of pastoral authority—the second of the “platform” ministries. Bonhoeffer makes the case that without the first five ministries, the platform ministries, just like the preaching in the opening scene of his novel, become little more than the bellowing of hot air.

For a more in-depth look at these ministries and other reflections on Bonhoeffer’s understanding of the Christian life, learn more, download an excerpt, or buy now.

 

June 27, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Church and Ministry,Discipleship,History and Biography,Spiritual Growth | Author: Ted Cockle @ 9:38 am | (2) Comments »

Weekly Ebook Special: Books on Preaching

Loving, teaching, and rightly dividing the Word of God is every pastor’s privilege and responsibility. If a pastor understands what the Bible says about God, man, and the curse, about Christ and his substitutionary atonement, and about the call to repentance and sacrifice, he’ll develop and preach a sound theology. And sound theology is, in the words of J. Ligon Duncan, “essential to faithful pastoral ministry.”

This week’s ebook specials feature a selection of titles which encourage, teach, and model the preaching of God’s Word.

To learn more about each discounted ebook, click on the covers below to find them at Crossway.org. You’ll also find them at their reduced prices on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshout, Christianbook.com, eChristian, ibooks (apple), Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 7/1/2013.*

This Week’s Ebook Specials:

Preaching for God's Glory

Preaching for God’s Glory

By Alistair Begg

$5.99 $1.99

A veteran pastor discusses the current state of Bible-based preaching, its distinctions, its importance to the church, and how it is used for the ongoing vitality of the body of Christ. Newly repackaged.

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture

By Edmund P. Clowney

$14.99 $6.99

Clowney lays the theoretical foundation for preaching Christ in the whole Bible and offers up practical tips for preparing such a sermon. Book also contains many of the author’s own sermons as examples to draw from.

Proclaiming a Cross-centered Theology

Proclaiming a Cross-centered Theology

By Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan III, R. Albert Mohler Jr., C. J. Mahaney

$16.99 $6.99

The four authors, joined by Piper, Sproul, MacArthur, and Anyabwile, powerfully elaborate on the essence of pastoral ministry and the necessity of proclaiming a fully biblical theology.

Inductive Preaching

Inductive Preaching: Helping People Listen

By Ralph L. Lewis, Gregg Lewis

$17.99 $6.99

This book gives workable ideas that will help preachers capture and maintain the interest of their listeners without sacrificing the spiritual content of their message.

Heralds of the King

Heralds of the King: Christ-Centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney

Edited by Dennis E. Johnson

$12.99 $6.99

Eleven preachers with different gifts, backgrounds, and personal emphases show how they proclaim Christ from all the Scripture in a variety of contexts, in the tradition of the late Edmund P. Clowney.

Contributors:

  • Timothy J. Keller
  • Joseph “Skip” Ryan
  • Iain M. Duguid
  • Charles D. Drew
  • William Edgar
  • Dennis E. Johnson
  • Arturo G. Azurdia III
  • Julius J. Kim
  • Joseph V. Novenson
  • Harvie M. Conn, Brian Vos

Coming Up Next Week: American Theologians

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June 25, 2013 | Posted in: Books,Church and Ministry,Digital,Digital Resource Discounts,Preaching and Teaching,Publishing | Author: Ted Cockle @ 2:18 pm | 0 Comments »