What Makes a Christian Leader Effective?


Pastors aren’t perfect. They battle with temptation and sin just like the rest of us. But when they fall from grace, they make headlines—and sometimes they drag down whole congregations.

So what does it take to be successful in Christian leadership?

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Topics: Monthly Resources


Hymn: “There’s a Work for Jesus” by Elsie Duncan Yale


There’s a work for Jesus, ready at your hand,
’Tis a task the Master just for you has planned.
Haste to do His bidding, yield Him service true;
There’s a work for Jesus none but you can do.

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Topics: Hymns and Worship


The Sufficiency of Scripture in an Age of Uncertainty

We live at a time when truth has been devalued and tolerance has been enthroned. Everyone has their own opinions about how to reach “divine reality”—whether that be nirvana, paradise, or the denial of the divine altogether, which just leads us to the deification of the material or the self. Too often, when faced with such cultural pressures, all that our churches have to offer in response is a kind of how-to or self-help therapeutic program that lacks robust, distinctly Christian theology.

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Topics: Articles


Recommended Resources for Pastors


Truth For Life recommends the following assortment of books, series, and articles for pastors, church leaders, and others who teach the Bible. This carefully selected collection covers topics such as Christ-centered preaching, successfully leading a congregation, the dynamics of effective preaching, the importance of personal devotion to God, theological challenges, and family life.

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Topics: Ministry Updates, Monthly Resources


How Do We Approach the Bible? Four Lessons from Nehemiah

God’s Word is a focal point during most Christian worship services. But why do so many churches give such priority to the public reading and preaching of the Bible? And how should the church respond?

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Topics: Articles


Wallpaper: Walk Worthy

“I … urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
— Ephesians 4:1–3

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Topics: Weekly Wallpaper


When the Cross of Christ Takes Its Rightful Place

When Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, he reminded them, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). This statement establishes the centrality of the cross in preaching, over against the showiness and vanity that’s so often displayed in “lofty speech or wisdom” (v. 1).

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Topics: Articles


Two Vital Elements of Expository Preaching

William Still was a minister in Aberdeen, Scotland, who was known for his commitment to expository preaching. It’s been said that on one occasion, a visitor to Still’s church greeted him at the conclusion of the service and said to him, “But Mr. Still, you don’t preach.” Still asked what he meant, and the man answered, “Well, you just take a passage from the Bible and explain what it means.” Still replied, “Brother, that is preaching.”

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Hymn: “Count Your Blessings” by Johnson Oatman, Jr.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

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Topics: Hymns and Worship


Wallpaper: Wonder at His Purposes

“The providence of God is worked out in life in ways that cause us to wonder at His purposes.”
— Alistair Begg

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Topics: Weekly Wallpaper


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