Author Archives: Pastor Matt

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.

“Merciful Father”

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for man.” -Mark 10:45 Reflecting on this verse in light of Christmas, John Piper wrote: Paul put it like this … Continue reading

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Help with Prayer

This past Sunday we started the section on prayer in our study of the Sermon on the Mount. Over the years, I have been encouraged by various people to pray the Bible, a practice that has been employed by Christians … Continue reading

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“All This and Jesus Too”

Over the years I have heard the story of an old Puritan recounted. The man sat down to a very small meal of a simple piece of bread (or potato) and water. He then voiced his prayer; “all this and … Continue reading

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Take Up Your Cross

Michael Lawrence offers a few quick examples of what it might look like for a believer to “deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Jesus)” (Matt. 16:24). He wrote: That means Jesus might make a difference in … Continue reading

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“Rolling-Stone Christians”

In a sermon preached on October 24, 1869, Charles Spurgeon said: Now I know there are some who say, “Well, I hope I have given myself to the Lord, but I do not intend to give myself to any church, … Continue reading

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Christian Growth 101

In his book, What is a Healthy Church Member?, Thabiti Anyabwile wrote: This is the first and most important ministry of every Christian in the local church. Being present, being known, and being active are the only ways to make … Continue reading

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Did The Reformers Think Their Doctrine Was New?

In the previous post, I offered a quick survey of historical church figures leading up to the Reformation. The purpose was to show that the doctrines emphasized by the Reformers were not completely new, but that the Reformation was, in … Continue reading

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What about before Luther?

Several nights ago, a group of us from the church were having a conversation about the Reformation. One of the Ladies participating asked about the time before Luther and the other Reformers. Were there any in the church leading up … Continue reading

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Reformation Conversation

Here is a helpful panel discussion from the 2016 Together for the Gospel conference. The discussion is entitled “Courage from the Reformation,” and is a great introduction to a variety of Reformation figures. (The participants left to right are: Albert Mohler, John Piper, … Continue reading

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That They May Know

Brett McCracken on the beauty of unity within the church: A unified church is one of the strongest evidences of the truth of the gospel. This is especially true in a world as fragmented and divisive as ours, where countercultural … Continue reading

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