Hello and welcome to my 1/3 of exaltChrist.com,
My name is Jeff Wright. I am 30 years old and the lucky husband of Christie Wright. She and I welcomed our first son in May of 09 and a daughter in April of 11. I was ordained April 21, 2002 at Gum Springs Baptist Church. I serve as the pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Cookeville, TN which is a gift of God’s grace to me. Currently I reside in White County, TN which is in the middle of the state.
To introduce myself doctrinally I would note that I affirm The New Hampshire Baptist Confession of 1833, The Baptist Faith & Message (2000), and the 5 Solas of the Reformation. In the interest of full disclosure I would also note that while I am in harmony with much of Calvinism I do not affirm Limited Atonement. I would be more than happy to discuss any of my doctrinal positions with any inquirers on any item of interest.
My ministry and service (and thus blogging as well) priorities are sourced from scripture, summarized in Colossians 1:28-29 and restated by myself in this statement: My aim in ministry is to proclaim the full counsel of God’s Word through clear preaching and teaching so that those without Christ might come to know him and those in Christ might come to completion in Him that the kingdom of God might advance, to the glory of God. Toward that end I believe in expository preaching and the right administration of the ordinances to be the marks of a church and the chief duties of a minister, in conjunction with the requirements found in the New Testament, particularly the Pastoral Epistles.
At an early point in my adult life zeal for ministry opportunities led me to delay my formal education in the interest of serving in the local church. I have since seen the error of my ways and now see the two as necessarily connected at all times. Because of this delay the greatest deal of my education has come through private inquiry of the great books of the faith. This remains true even upon completion of two theological degrees. I consider Desiring God (Piper), 9 Marks of a Healthy Church (Dever), Ashamed of the Gospel (MacArthur), The Reformed Pastor (Baxter), and Lectures to My Students (Spurgeon) to be the works – second to the Scriptures – which have most significantly affected my understanding of life, faith, and service. The men who I have been privileged to be mentored by are Pastor Steve Weaver of Farmdale Baptist Church in Franklin, KY and Pastor Brent Sims of Gateway Church in Brawley, CA.
I take the name of this blog from another book: What is the Mission of the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert. On page 139 of my copy the authors, speaking of the text we Christians call The Great Commission, write:
…the disciples were not simply to sit and enjoy the fact that all authority now belonged to King Jesus; they were to go and proclaim that fact to a dark world that had no idea of that reality. They were to ‘witness’ – not build, not establish, not usher in, not even build the kingdom – but to bear witness to it. They were to be subjects and heralds, not agents, of the kingdom.
As a disciple of Jesus and His disciples I see there a paradigm to live: to pursue joy by delighting in this Great King Jesus through serving Him and heralding the wonderful arrival of His kingdom.
Methodologically I believe in the baptism of believers upon profession of repentance and faith. I believe that those baptized in such a manner are to be discipled through the local church, strengthened by an active church discipline program, and encouraged to serve to the glory of God as citizens of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in all areas of society. I also understand a congregational form of church government, served by a plurality of elders, to be the polity model that best conforms to the Biblical data. In all these things I affirm the adage “Unity in the essentials, liberty in the non-essentials, and in all things charity”, as expounded upon by R.Albert Mohler in his article entitled A Call for Theological Triage and Christian Maturity which I would happily forward to anyone interested.
My interests lie in the areas of Theology, the Sporting World, Movies, along with a few other miscellaneous pursuits. Most of my posts on this blog will be somewhere in those areas.
If you would like to get in touch with me head over to the Contact Me page.
Thanks for dropping by. I look forward to conversing with you on this site.
Rev. Jeff Wright