Resources by Erik Raymond

Erik Raymond, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is the senior pastor at Redeemer Fellowship Church in Metro Boston. He and his wife Christie have six children. He blogs at Ordinary Pastor. You can follow him on Twitter.

Oct 12, 2017

Why Churches Should Have Meaningful Membership by Erik Raymond

Meaningful membership attends our gospel witness. Membership communicates the people and the message of the gospel to a watching world. 

Aug 18, 2017

When The Chariot of Guilt Rolls In To Town by Erik Raymond

It is deadly to wallow in guilt. It saps joy as it eclipses Christ.

Oct 27, 2016

When Sin Keeps You From Prayer by Erik Raymond

Recognizing the influence of sin compels us to keep praying - keeping short accounts with God while fighting through seasons of guilt.

Dec 3, 2019

What Should I Think About During the Lord’s Supper? by Erik Raymond

How should you take communion? I’m not talking about the form of being served, but what should be going on in our hearts and minds as we partake?

Sep 1, 2017

What Does It Mean To Be The Apple Of God's Eye? by Erik Raymond

We are children of God adopted and cherished in Jesus Christ. 

Jan 28

What Apostates Don't Say by Erik Raymond

The road to apostasy is paved with indifference to the glory of Christ. 

Feb 11, 2016

We Were Made to Marvel by Erik Raymond

We were created to have our hearts drawn after beauty through our senses.

Sep 15, 2016

We Hold Precious Words Close by Erik Raymond

The Christian has the perfect words of God - they are scented with heaven, preserved for us, and even addressed to us. Sadly many of us have gotten over it.

Mar 15, 2018

Trials, Our Blessed Chauffeurs by Erik Raymond

Trials can be surprising ministers, serving us by showing our insufficiency and escorting us to our all-sufficient God.

Jul 18, 2018

They Never Saw This Coming by Erik Raymond

Each and every person who names the name of Christ has, by necessity, come to a place when they have seen their sin.

Oct 19, 2018

The Wonderful Accessibility of the Word by Erik Raymond

Instead of hiding the most important truths on the highest intellectual shelves, God makes them accessible to spiritual toddlers.

Aug 17, 2015

The Priest Has A Billion Jacobs Engraved On His Breastplate by Erik Raymond

Not only did Jesus endure such injustice from sinners but he did it for sinners.

Mar 3, 2017

The Necessity of Prayer in Sermon Prep by Erik Raymond

We will be as prayerful as we are cognizant of our own weakness.

Mar 29, 2018

The Ice Returns Every Morning by Erik Raymond

Living in a fallen world means living in perpetual winter, at least in the morning. With each frosty morning, we must grab our tools and get to work.

Dec 14, 2014

The Dumbest Thing I Ever Said by Erik Raymond

What is the dumbest thing you have ever said? You probably don't want to repeat it. Since, I think it is edifying, I'll reset my moment. I was a new Christian and was talking to my wife one Sunday afternoon when I dropped this gem on her: “Christianity is so easy. I don't see what the big deal is.” But, I wasn't finished “I read my Bible, pray and talk…

Sep 16, 2015

The 60 Second Gospel by Erik Raymond

If you cannot explain the gospel in this period of time, then you probably don’t understand it.

May 22, 2018

Slay Sin by Savoring Christ by Erik Raymond

We are hopeless in our Christian lives if we have not the charter of Christ held fast against our hearts.

Nov 13, 2014

Simplified Evangelism by Erik Raymond

“It's not that complicated.” How many times have you said this to someone? How many times has someone said it to you? If we're honesttoo many to count (on both accounts). Our ability to overthink and over-complicate our tasks is like spam for our productivity. Consider how free you feel when a task is simplified, steps are outlined, and a plan is in place.

Let's remember that our…

Oct 14, 2015

Simple, Practical Ways to Improve Your Preaching by Erik Raymond

These are things you can do right away and they will bring immediate impact. As I look back on sermons that have seemed to have the most traction, they have most often been the ones when I have faithfully unfolded the passage, gotten out of the way, and let these 5 friends loose.

Jun 20, 2017

Running to the Pantry of Good Works by Erik Raymond

The tendency we have to rely on ourselves for our own justification is gospel-muting. It’s Jesus-eclipsing. It’s legalism.

Jun 21, 2018

Revisit God’s Promises by Erik Raymond

No matter what you are going through you have to know that you can keep going because God keeps his word.

Jan 1, 2016

Remember the Tragedies and the Triumphs of the Gospel by Erik Raymond

Paul is reminding Timothy not only of the reality of the situation on the ground but also of the importance of tending to his own soul.

May 1, 2015

Reclaiming the Heaven of Heaven by Erik Raymond

Join me as I try to think about heaven more often, even dwelling upon the reality of it, the ceaseless praise that is going on right now to the blessed Savior for his wrath drinking death upon the wood of Calvary.

Jun 29, 2015

Preachers Must Sweat Out The Text by Erik Raymond

Why do some guys walk to the pulpit and from first word to last seems to be clicking, dripping with passion, demonstrable brokenness, and a visible burden for their people to ‘get it’? While others are able to deliver a biblically faithful message but seem to lack that extra ‘something’ that makes a good sermon different?

May 10, 2017

Preachers: God Will Make the Dents by Erik Raymond

We are to make indentions, impressions, dents, whatever, upon the mind and heart by preaching the Word of God. 

Feb 2, 2018

Pastors: Play the Long Game and Keep Your Chins Up by Erik Raymond

Measuring the success of one’s service based primarily on what we can see is deceptive because most of the fruit in our ministry is in things that are unseen.

Apr 21, 2017

Our Minds Are Like Baking Stone by Erik Raymond

Throughout our days, we are to retain the flavor of who God is, what he has done, and what he has promised.

Mar 29, 2017

No Spin on Sin by Erik Raymond

The Holy Spirit progressively conforms Christians into the image of Christ. 

May 31, 2017

Learning Contentment Through Repetition by Erik Raymond

Often adversity is a tool of the Lord to remove the things that impede our contentment. 

Aug 1, 2017

Just Say No!

A Key To Learning Contentment

Most people say they'd be happy if they could just have more. But God often makes us content not by giving us more stuff or relationships, but by giving us more humility and trust.

Sep 6, 2018

I Want Christlike, Bible Reflexes by Erik Raymond

It’s tempting to try to salute the contemporary zeitgeist while also standing firm on the Bible, but this is difficult pose for the faithful Christian to hold for long.

Dec 14, 2017

Is There a Different Process of Church Discipline for Elders? by Erik Raymond

God does not command a blind loyalty that overlooks sin among the elders, but calls for an informed loyalty with eyes wide open to the persistent attacks levied against those in leadership.

Nov 19, 2019

I Pray God Turns the Church Upside Down by Erik Raymond

We cannot say we are clear on doctrine when we are so often unclear on the application.

Sep 28, 2016

If We Are So Burdened Then Why Aren't The Prayer Meetings Full? by Erik Raymond

Why it is so hard for Christians to talk to God but so easy for us to discuss our complaints with others? 

Nov 16, 2015

How You Know You're Susceptible to the Prosperity Gospel by Erik Raymond

Here are a few ways that you can tell that you are nibbling at the hook of the prosperity gospel, without, perhaps, even knowing it . . .

Oct 28, 2015

How To Marvel At Your Wife's Creativity by Erik Raymond

Over the last several years I have watched my wife prepare for birthday parties, holiday seasons, or other special events. She, like many women, gives considerable time and attention to the details. This is what women do. Men on the other hand, we think function. We reuse our forks, wipe our chin on our sleeves, and pass on the straws. We skim past the details without noticing.

Feb 25, 2016

How to Give Your Pastor Sermon Feedback (and How Not To) by Erik Raymond

We spend hours each week reading, meditating on, and praying through our text. We have a few days to become intimately acquainted with it. We strive to learn all of its nuances, textures, hues, and beauty. And then after we preach, we usually don't hear much from anybody about any of it.

Jul 14, 2016

How Exaggeration Can Undermine Your Joy in the Gospel by Erik Raymond

In our over exagerrated world, the good news tends to not be that amazing. We autocorrect this by letting a couple of pounds of air out of the tires of the gospel. Though we are prone to diminishing the spectacular, the fact remains, God shows grace to unworthy people.

Aug 31, 2015

How Do You Know If You're Discontent? by Erik Raymond

If we are grumbling then we can be sure that we are not content. We are essentially saying that God is getting it wrong.

Apr 10, 2018

How Do You Evaluate a Pastor? by Erik Raymond

The pastor doesn’t take a poll to see what people want to hear. He reads the Word and gives people what they need to hear.

Dec 1, 2017

Help for the Beat-Up Pastor by Erik Raymond

Serve with the knowledge not that your ministry is unseen but rather that it is closely monitored by heaven.

Oct 26, 2017

He Buried 200 Church Members by Erik Raymond

Pastors must believe and preach Jesus’s powerful death-defeating, wrath-guzzling triumph!

Jan 17, 2018

Heaven’s Mariner Brings Us Home by Erik Raymond

The only way God could speak a word of welcoming mercy to sinners like me and you is to speak a word of judgment to Christ in our place.

Mar 18, 2016

Having Trouble in Ministry? Just Face It. Literally. by Erik Raymond

Let us learn from Moses while we cling to and follow Christ our righteousness, knowing that it is his glory, not our own that we pursue and love. It is in this pursuit that we’ll find ourselves getting more face time on the ground rather than counting our wounds in the mirror.

Nov 19, 2014

Having Trouble in Ministry? Just Face It by Erik Raymond

It is a fact of life along with taxes, mismatched socks, traffic when you are in a hurry, that in this world we are going to have trouble.

In fact Jesus, who himself encountered more trouble in this world then all of us combined, said, “…in this world you will have tribulation…” (John 16.33). Furthermore, for believers who have been saved by divine grace, given a new nature…

Nov 3, 2017

Free to Love by Erik Raymond

The type of love we have in the gospel is total acceptance in light of full disclosure. 

Apr 26, 2015

Four Evangelism Myths by Erik Raymond

In order to combat this we need to speak truth to our hearts. We need to remind ourselves of the truth of Scripture. This is no less important in the area of evangelism. We need to debunk the myths that are too easily believed and cling instead to what God has said and done.

Apr 7, 2016

Fighting Lust With Lust

A Framework for Purity

How do we fight lust? We fight lust with lust.

Oct 12, 2016

Driving from Duty to Delight by Erik Raymond

When the duties are ordained means by God, they are blessings filled with the seeds of your delight.