"Preach the Gospel to Yourself Every Day" with the Classic Audio Collection!
Jack Miller, founder of Serge and the New Life Presbyterian network of churches, has often been quoted as saying "preach the gospel to yourself every day." He lived that truth every Sunday in the pulpit as he preached the gospel first to himself and then to his congregation. As you listen to his sermons, you too will be renewed by the simple and powerful gospel message.
These sermons were recorded in a real-life church — where babies cry, people laugh, and chairs squeak. Yet they were used by God to change hearts, save lives, and transform homes and communities. Now they are available again, for the first time as easy-to-download MP3 audio files. Browse nearly 300 of his gospel-centered sermons and seminars in this new collection, priced at just $2.49 per download, or learn more about Jack Miller’s profound influence on today’s Christian leaders here.
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C. John "Jack" Miller, MDiv, PhD, founded Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission) and the New Life Presbyterian network of churches with the help of his wife Rose Marie. A pastor, seminary professor, and author, Jack wrote Outgrowing the Ingrown Church, Come Back, Barbara, Powerful Evangelism for the Powerless, A Faith Worth Sharing, Repentance, and The Heart of the Servant Leader. He and Rose Marie were married for 46 years and together have 5 children, 24 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Jack went to be with the Lord in 1996.
Today, Rose Marie Miller is an author, Bible teacher, conference speaker, and full-time missionary in London with Serge. If you ask Rose Marie Miller why she became a writer, she’ll reply simply: "It was Jack’s idea!" But since writing her first discipleship book, From Fear to Freedom: Living as Sons and Daughters of God, Rose Marie has seen with her own eyes how God has blessed the truths she’s shared. So the second of her Christian books, Nothing Is Impossible with God, is a compilation of gospel-centered lectures, Bible studies, talks, and truths that the Spirit has already used to help many men and women.
Jack Miller's gospel-centered preaching and writing were profoundly influenced by the great reformers of the Christian faith: Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, and George Whitfield, among many others. Rose Marie Miller’s seminars and books have been deeply influenced by her husband, Jack Miller, as well as the writings of C. S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, Richard Lovelace, N. T. Wright, Alister McGrath, O. Hallesby, and the missionary biographies of people like Patricia St. John, Lilias Trotter, Florence Alshorn, and Isobel Kuhn.
Serge means "joining together rough edges to form a smooth seam." Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission) is a ministry that sees God weaving together the ragged parts of a fallen world with God’s goodness, making the tattered beautiful. This grace compels God’s people to go, to join their lives with the communities Serge serves around the world, as Christ makes all things new. This is grace at the fray. Serge’s work consists of sending and caring for missionaries, discipling people around the world, and developing resources—such as The Gospel-Centered Life and Sonship—for spiritual growth.
Serge started as an extension of the missions’ outreach of New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Jack Miller—the church’s founding pastor as well as an author and evangelist—brought local and regional church leaders together to serve in global ministry. After many informal missions trips to Ireland and Uganda, Serge was officially established in 1983. Today, Serge has more than 200 missionaries serving in sixteen countries.
It was while doing cross-cultural, team-oriented ministry that Serge discovered how challenging it is to be grounded in a biblical identity as sons and daughters of God—even in the midst of missional work. So Serge leaders began developing teaching materials to show how the realities of the Gospel apply to our lives, work, and relationships. Serge’s ongoing vision is to plant and equip churches that are empowered by grace for the world’s good and God’s glory.
Serge believes the motive and power for mission is the gospel of grace at work in the life of a believer, and this message is clear in each of their gospel-centered Christian books and small group resources for discipleship, missional ministry, and biblical counseling. Learn more about their work worldwide at Serge.org.
Kathy and I went to Gordon-Conwell Seminary together in the early '70s and there studied under Richard Lovelace, whose teaching on revival and renewal had profoundly moved us and changed us personally. But we didn’t know how to translate it into local church ministry until we came under the influence of Jack and Rose Marie Miller during our stay in Philadelphia and New Life Church from 1984 to 1989. Then we began to see how gospel renewal fleshed itself out in preaching, worship, evangelism, missions, and social justice. Lovelace taught the theory, but Jack showed us the practice, and this ignited a desire in me to start a church and ministry where I could do what I learned at New Life. There would never have been a Redeemer Church in New York City without the impact of Jack and Rose Marie on our lives and hearts.
Senior Pastor, Redeemer Church (New York, NY)
I have long admired the teachings of Jack Miller, a heroic and godly saint of our age from whom I have gained much in my walk with Christ. And now, Jack’s best insights from years of studying the Word of God are here in this one important collection. If you are looking for sermons that will frame your day in wisdom and godly guidance, this audio collection is for you.
Joni Eareckson Tada
Founder/CEO Joni and Friends International Disability Center
We are simple people. We can truly learn, believe, and do only one thing at a time. That’s why Jack Miller’s sermons prove to be so wise and helpful. They invite you to take in one good thing today. This one good thing, taken to heart, changes you. You become brighter, calmer, steadier. You become more grateful, more purposeful, more generous. It’s simply true.
Executive Director, CCEF; author
My encounter with Jack Miller came when Tremper Longman and I walked into a faculty and student gathering. We saw about fifteen students standing around Jack and we sidled up to the periphery to hear what was so compelling. After a few minutes I turned to Tremper and said, "I’m getting out of here." We walked over to get some punch and he asked, "What’s wrong?" As a barely believing young believer, I had no categories to factor what I heard, nor do I remember what he was saying, but I said to Tremper, "I don’t know why I am so spooked, but I think that man could get me to go to Africa." Jack spoke with a quiet, humble, burning-ember passion and the haunting, winsome fragrance of the gospel swirled around and through him. I have never lost the desire to carry the fragrance of gospel passion I imbibed from him.
Professor of Counseling, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology (Seattle, WA)
One time when I was in my first year at Westminster, Jack sought to explain to me his vision of the gospel’s transforming power and how that affected his thinking about ministry. I felt like either he or I was from Mars, as his gospel "accent" was so foreign to my high-D, in-control-all-the-time nature. I was, of course, the one out of contact with the biblical stream, and only years later did it begin to dawn on me that I was a lot worse than I thought and a lot more loved than I could imagine. It was Jack who taught me—no, showed me—the wonder of adoption through justification.
Joseph "Skip" Ryan
Chancellor and Professor of Practical Theology, Redeemer Seminary (Dallas, TX)
What could be better than having Jack Miller help us "preach the gospel to our own hearts" daily? This is a treasure of grace in daily devotionals that continually take us from self to Christ—our holiness, righteousness, and redemption.
Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church; president emeritus, Covenant Seminary; author, Christ-Centered Preaching and Holiness by Grace
Okay, I’ll own my bias up front. No one has had a greater impact on my life for the gospel than Jack Miller—no one. That being said, I am thrilled, stoked, fired-up, and many other appellations of joy about this audio collection. Those who never got to hear Jack preach will now get to savor the gospel-sanity, kingdom joy, and missional vision of the man who threw the curtains wide open on Jesus and his grace for so many of us.
Scotty Ward Smith
Founding Pastor of Christ Community Church; Teacher in Residence at West End Community Church; author of Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith
Jack Miller was a work of God’s Spirit, and the Spirit used him to change my life. When he preached, he had a way of catching you up in his contagious joy—a joy that flowed directly out of the grace of the gospel. Listen to these sermons and your life will change!
Speaker & President of HAVEN Today
I, of course, knew of Jack Miller before I knew Jack Miller. I knew he was a professor at Westminster Seminary, a scholar and greatly respected by so many. One of my favorite Jack Miller quotes is to the effect that all the Bible can be summed up in two sentences: 1) Cheer up, you're a lot worse than you think you are and 2) Cheer up, God's grace is a lot bigger than you think it is.
That sounds good until you take it seriously, and start preaching and teaching that sort of thing. I did; and to my surprise, it got me into a whole lot of trouble with a whole lot of people. In fact, I had been criticized so much that one night it got to the point that I actually feared I was hurting God’s people with what I was teaching. I believe that if you have been given a message from God and you’re the only one who received it, it probably didn’t come from him. At that time, I was young enough and silly enough to think that I was the only one. I knelt down in a dorm room at the conference where I was then teaching and told God that I wasn’t going to teach the message of God’s radical grace anymore unless he gave me some kind of sign.
The next morning after I finished teaching the morning session, a young man came up and said, "I just wanted you to know that I’ve appreciated what you’ve been teaching this week." I thought it was one of those "good sermon, pastor" comments, thanked him and turned away to talk to someone else. That’s when he pulled on my sleeve and said, "I do like what you’ve been teaching, but I’ve heard it before."
"Where?" I asked, turning back to him.
"Jack Miller has been teaching that for years." He didn’t understand the tears that welled up in my eyes at the direct answer to my prayer from the night before. Later, I called Jack, interrupting a Bible study in his home. He was gracious as always. "Dr. Miller," I said, "you don’t know me, but I wanted you to know that this Florida preacher is being faithful to the doctrines of grace because you’ve been faithful and I wanted to thank you."
I’m still thankful to Jack Miller and for the same reason. He was faithful—in spite of the angry criticism he received—until his Home going. I guess I can do the same until I get Home. Then I’ll tell him again what his faithfulness meant to me.
I remember leaving the sanctuary after a worship service at New Life. Dr. Miller could see the tears of conviction wed to comfort in my eyes after the service, and he stepped forward and put his hand on my shoulder and asked me, "Joe, when was the last time you did something just because you loved Jesus and were confident that he loved you?" He barely paused and then he asked, "Or perhaps I should say—when was the last time you restrained yourself from doing something just because you loved Jesus and you knew that he loved you?" The tears in the corners of my eyes grew in size and number, and he, too, began to weep. Jack then said, "Your pause says more than you care to admit."The tenderness with which he asked the questions, and the tears in his own eyes, and yet the searing and deep cut of the questions, were all united in a mercifully and gently and lovingly yet truthfully and boldly-pasted pastoring that I’ve never forgotten. He loved me deep and challenged me true . . .
I have to confess that there were times when I avoided the door of the church because I knew that Jack might challenge me again. Yet I never avoided him because I doubted his love. I have always been amazed and somewhat confused when people spoke of his gospel-centered preaching as being libertarian. I don’t know that any pastor ever pressed me to see my sin while simultaneously pressing me to see my Savior with greater wisdom and fruitfulness in my life.
Joseph V. Novenson
Senior Teaching Pastor, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church (Lookout Mountain, TN)