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

The Pastor s Justification Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry Ministry can be brutal As leaders we face discouragement frustration and exhaustion and many times we face it alone Helping us to refocus our gaze on the gospel pastor Jared Wilson offers here pra

  • Title: The Pastor's Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry
  • Author: Jared C. Wilson Mike Ayers
  • ISBN: 9781433536649
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ministry can be brutal As leaders, we face discouragement, frustration, and exhaustion and many times we face it alone Helping us to refocus our gaze on the gospel, pastor Jared Wilson offers here 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 expositMinistry can be brutal As leaders, we face discouragement, frustration, and exhaustion and many times we face it alone Helping us to refocus our gaze on the gospel, pastor Jared Wilson offers here 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.

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    1. This is my favorite book on the work of the pastor, and one of my favorite books of all time.I try to re-read it once a year along with the men who are training to be pastors at our Church. I was able to read it for the third time this year. The third time through I was struck with the same wonder and awe I was the first two times. Through his writings, Wilson has a way to push the gospel into corners of my soul I didn't know existed. He speaks to fears no one else is and address worries that I' [...]

    2. I read three books this year, all published by Crossway, on pastoral ministry: Dangerous Calling (Tripp), The Imperfect Pastor (Eswine), and now The Pastor's Justification, by Jared Wilson. All fairly similar. I only gave this book 3 stars, not because it's poorly written or conceived, but because it was last on my list. And because I felt there was no new ground covered here. I probably would have had the same reaction to Dangerous Calling had I read Wilson's book first. All three books are att [...]

    3. From the start to the finish this book is powerful. A reminder to the pastor of the biblical imperatives and promises God gives to pastors. It's a book that expertly rebukes and teaches men to rest in the power of God, and serve based in His sovereign power. I found it encouraging, challenging, and useful. I expect to revisit it for years to come, and I expect to call it a must-read for years to come. Buy this book for your pastors. They will appreciate it.

    4. I am not a pastor. I read this book for a reading challenge. However, I would recommend this book to other non-pastors. Why read a book about being a pastor if you aren't a pastor or seminarian? Two reasons. Much of this book is applicable to all Christians - I learned a lot for my own walk with Jesus. Also, you get a better idea of the kind of challenges your pastor faces and how to pray for him.

    5. A really helpful book for all pastors to read. Pointed application, great encouragement.How much of your sense of right standing before god actually comes from how well your ministry is going? It's a subtle pressure where we shift from leaning on Christ and glorying in him to leaning on our ministry and wanting glory in it. Brothers, this must not be.

    6. This is one of those books that hits you right in the gut in a good way. It was hard but refreshing to look at the role and reason to pastor God's flock. I highly recommend this book for anyone in ministry or desiring to be a pastor.

    7. This is a wonderful book on pastoral ministry throughout. But it's part 2 (the final 65 pages) that really is absolute gold. The subject matter (and manner) is so Christ-exalting, faith-inducing and hope-inspiring that I could camp out in one of these chapters every day on repeat and be continually the better for it.

    8. This book review was very special for me. I am in the middle of beginning the process of actually putting my call to ministry into action. I pursued a degree in Audio Production in college, only to pretty much abandon my drive for a studio job to get in the thick of pursuing pastoral ministry.Needless to say, when I had the opportunity to review this book via Crossway, I was very excited to get into the wisdom of Jared C. Wilson. If you aren’t familiar with Wilson’s style of writing and teac [...]

    9. Good Thought, Lacking ExecutionIt is my contention that Christian publishing is pretty miserable most of the time. I would say 7/10 books published by the major Christian publishers are either unnecessary or poorly written. This it's one of those books. Not great writing, often much of it is unnecessary. The idea is really important though.

    10. This was a wonderful read that treads old, but often forgotten ground of how ministry is about faithfulness flowing from grace and not success flowing from strategic-catalytic-entrepreneurial-visionary-leadership. Renewed my focus on the glory of God and my willingness to labor faithfully regardless of outward success.

    11. Life changing encouragementI'm thankful to my pastor recommending this book because it opened my eyes to how I'd slipped into service without joy. I'd grown discouraged in my efforts to become a pastor, and eventually gave up. Turns out the reason I got burned out, and likely failed in my ministries, was because I was serving to be recognized. Yes, I wanted others to come to Christ, and I wanted others to learn to be more like Christ, but I was blind to the connection between service for results [...]

    12. Excellent read for believers, especially those considering pastoral ministry!This book points the pastor to Christ in every aspect of his life and ministry. This was a very excellent and encouraging read! As a man called to pastoral ministry, there are many great reminders here.

    13. Moving book, Great book for pastors.Jared Wilson had me laughing at points, which is hard to do, and he quickened my heart beat at others as I considered this great gospel of Christ. Well written. Would recommend it for pastors, aspiring pastors or leaders in the church.

    14. "There are lots of things they might teach you in seminary but you don't actually learn until your nose deep in them." Jared Wilson could not have made a more truer statement, and his book "The Pastor's Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry" does a great job of expounding on that statement. I read Paul Tripp's book "Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry" a few months ago and thought that it would probably be the "go-to" book on b [...]

    15. Jared Wilson has rapidly become one of my favorite authors of powerful, gospel-filled, and helpful books for pastors (and others I'm sure). Wilson writes with an honesty and clarity that make his books easy-to-read while presenting just the right balance of challenge and encouragement. In The Pastor's Justification, Wilson speaks from his own pastoral experience to remind pastors that the gospel matters in great ways. The message of Jesus is not only the message that we preach to others. If we [...]

    16. This is one of the best books I've ever read, as well as one of the most important for my own life. There was something about it that caused me finally to take to heart truths that I have long held and taught from the pulpit but had sometimes had trouble taking to heart. When I had finished reading it, I suddenly was no longer enslaved to people's opinions of me. Painful incidents from childhood lost their sting. And I felt absolutely loved and accepted by God through faith in Jesus Christ. I li [...]

    17. An excellent book. I consider this one of three books in an informal trilogy of sorts—the If-You're-A-Burned-Out-Pastor-Who-Probably-Won't-Last-Another-Five-Years-Unless-Something-Radically-Changes-Then-This-Is-An-Emergency-So-Break-The-Glass-And-Grab-One-Of-These-Three-Books-And-Read-It-Immediately-And-Prayerfully Trilogy—which also includes Tripp's *Dangerous Calling* and Eswine's *Sensing Jesus* (the most underrated book in the trilogy, in my opinion, but also the least accessible in some [...]

    18. There is too much to highlight, but I regard his book as a modern pastor’s manual that speaks to the heart of younger ministers who think they have it all figured out (something I remind myself of constantly). Poking a little fun at the Christian publishing industry, Wilson remarks:Don’t you want to leverage your synergy and catalyze your visioneering? Don’t you want to know the seven highly effective and irrefutable laws of unlocking the mystery of who moved your cheese’s parachute? Are [...]

    19. A good book dealing with the struggles on pastoral ministry. This is a different book, in that it is directed to the broken pastor. The small time guy who is trying to keep his head above water.  Wilson doesn’t give the tips to have a successful ministry (in the world’s estimation of success) but points us to Christ and that he is our justification.I found the book particularly helpful and got much more out of part one, which deals with the pastor’s heart, than I did part two, which deals [...]

    20. I just love the masterful blend with which Wilson writes, combining classical discourse with modern wit. I'm never bored when I read one of Wilson's books, and this is no exception. In "The Pastor's Justification" he refuses to write any how-to-do-ministry lists or three-keys-to-success suggestions and instead focuses on how we focus on the Gospel. At times he punches you and immediately hugs you. It's challenging and endearing. It's not written from an ivory tower or a shadowed valley; the insi [...]

    21. Jared Wilson does a great job of comforting and encouraging the hurting and tired pastor to remain faithful to the work the Lord has laid before him.This book does not contain any secrets or special ways to sustain your ministry work, it is a sign post pointing to the only way any pastor (myself included) can remain faithful, driven and encouraged. At every turn Jared Wilson points us to the crucified and risen Christ for our sustenance and power in ministry.With bible in hand, I will return to [...]

    22. This is by far one of the best books I've ever read regarding Pastoral Ministry! Jared Wilson steps up to the plate in his book and knocks it out of the park. I read this book in 2.5 weeks and I couldn't put it down. Even after 15 years of doing ministry, this book was refreshing, convicting, encouraging and rewarding to me as a pastor. The information Jared Wilson gives in this book goes way beyond any college/seminary can ever teach. Truly a remarkable and well written book. Highly recommend f [...]

    23. Great read. The more I read about pastoral ministry the more I tremble in fear. Jared Wilson shows his reverence for the position of pastor in this book. He begins in a way that makes you want to run from the pulpit, then he begins showing you your justification in Christ Jesus and it makes you want to run to the pulpit. I recommend it for all who are serious about being a pastor or loving a pastor.

    24. This was a book that I would recommend to all pastors. Just like Paul Tripps Dangerous Calling, Jared Wilson takes the pastors heart to the places it needs to deal with. We need the gospel in our lives daily and our title "pastor" doesn't put us above grace. This is a book full of wisdom, conviction, challenge, and thought provoking chapters. If you carry the title pastor buy this book and if you know a pastor buy this book for them.

    25. Pastor's book of all pastor's books. If you are a pastor, you will find yourself standing and saying, "Yes! Yes! Yes! Somebody understands what I'm going through!" But the conviction that sets in from his understanding of what God expects from a pastor will sit you back down and immediately begin praying.

    26. Really great stuff in the book. Particularly at the beginning. I was frustrated by the end though as the further he went in the book the more it became a completely predictable neo-reformed exposition on all the problems with churches and pastors. This was followed by the even more predictable solution to all the problems, preaching more Calvinism."

    27. This was an excellent book for those looking for a view into pastoral ministry, whether a future pastor or curious lay persons within the church. One of my favorite sections was where the author wrote on the days some pastor's take off from work. He said he knows how some take Monday off. He says that going to work on Monday, as a pastor, is setting the tone for ministry. Great read!

    28. Split into two parts. The first picks apart 1 Peter 5, the second deals with the 5 Solas. Probably the best pastoral book I've read to date. Good reminders of how the pastor applies the Gospel to his life and ministry and what happens of he does (or doesn't).

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