Meet our Pastor

Matthew Wigton has been the pastor of Rockport Baptist Church since 2009.  He holds a B.A. from Ohio State University and an M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  He’s married to Megan and they have three children, Alistair, Ainsley and Addison, and a beagle named Maggie.  Matt served as an elected member of the Rockport Housing Authority from 2013-2018. He’s also a Paul Harris Fellow and active member in the Rotary Club of Rockport. He has a passion for church revitalization in the local and historical churches of New England. You can find out more about Matt here:  Pastor’s Ordination Paper

 

Early Winter 2019/2020 Sermon Schedule

Date Scripture Sermon Messenger
Nov 10th John 19:1-27 Jesus Delivered Matt Wigton
Nov 17th John 19:28-42 The Rugged Cross Matt Wigton
Nov 24th Colossians 1:1-23 Whose in Charge? John French
Dec 1st John 20:11-29 Three Appearances Matt Wigton
Dec 8th John 21 The Famous Fish Fry Matt Wigton
Dec 15th Luke 2:8-21 The Shepherds Worship Jesus Matt Wigton
Dec 22nd Luke 2:22-36 Simeon Worships Jesus Matt Wigton
Dec 29th Matthew 2:1-12 Magi Worship Jesus Matt Wigton
Jan 5th TBD TBD John French
Jan 12th Jonah 1 Jonah Flees Matt Wigton
Jan 19th Jonah 2 Jonah Repents Matt Wigton
Jan 26th Jonah 3 Ninevah Repents Matt Wigton
Feb 2nd Jonah 4 Jonah Gets Mad Matt Wigton

 

Matt’s Suggested Reading List

 

Overall Must Reads
The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It by OS Guiness
Here I stand by Roland Banton
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Lesslie Newbigin
The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll
Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan
The Reason for God by Tim Keller
Confessions by Saint Augustine  

Christian Discipleship
Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren

Biography
To the Golden Shore by Courtney Addison
Here I stand by Roland Banton
John Adams by David McCullough

Culture
The Twilight of Atheism: the Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World by Alister Mcgrath
Believing in the Future: Toward a Missiology of Western Culture by David J Bosch
The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-Lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World by David Wells
The Road to Character by David Brooks

Philosophy
Warranted Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga
Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul by James Porter Moreland
Life’s Ultimate Questions by Ronald H. Nash

Sanctification
When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage by Dave Harvey
The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul D. Tripp

Theology
Knowing God by J. I. Parker
What is Faith? by J. Gresham Machen
How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil by D. A. Carson
Reformed Dogmatics by Herman Bavink

Worldview
Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview by Albert M Wolters
Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Study Guide Edition) by Nancy R. Pearcey
Rethinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live, and Speak in This World by J. Mark Bertrand

Science
The Science of God: An Introduction to Scientific Theology by Alistar E. McGrath
Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach by Vern Sheridan Poythress
The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy by Nancy Pearcey, Charles Thaxton, and Marvin Olasky
The Language of God by Francis Collins

Gospel
What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey
God is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself by John Piper
Salvation Belongs to Our God: Celebrating the Bible’s Central Story by Christopher J. H. Wright
God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts
The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller

General Apologetics
Faith and Reason by Dr. Ronald H. Nash
Faith Has Its Reasons: An Integrative Approach to Defending Christianity by Kenneth D. Boa
Unshakable Foundations: Contemporary Answers to Crucial Questions about the Christian Faith by Norman L. Geisler
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Historical Apologetics
Is the New Testament Reliable? by Paul Barnett
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig L. Blomberg
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony by Richard Bauckham
Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus by Mr. Michael J. Wilkins and J.P. Moreland
On the Reliability of the Old Testament by K. A. Kitchen
The Parabolic Teaching of Christ by A.B. Bruce, D.D.

Marriage and Family
Soulmates by David Horn
The Faithful Parent by Martha Peace and Stuart W. Scott
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family Paul David Tripp