Past Sunday Messages
Grace and Truth – John 1:1-14
December 27, 2020

There’s a bizarre world that we live in when “truth” becomes a plural world. Pastor Russ discusses this at length. John 1 : 1-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without […]

Peering into the Manger – Christmas Eve – Luke 2:1-20
December 24, 2020

Luke 2 : 1 – 20 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And […]

I Saw The Light – Luke 1; John 8
December 13, 2020

Hopeland United Methodist Church Sunday Sermons · I Saw The Light Luke 1 : 57 – 64; 76 – 79 & John 8 : 12 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and […]

When He Came Down – Matthew 7:28-8:17
November 22, 2020

Jesus comes down from his teaching on the mountain and begins working on perhaps the most famous activity he is known for: healing. And who he heals (and doesn’t) gives us some interesting food-for-thought. Matthew 7 : 28 – 8 : 17 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his […]

Beware of False Prophets – Matthew 7:15-27
November 15, 2020

This week’s message finishes the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus’ choice to close with some words concerning false prophets is interesting enough on its own, but there are some details that we might miss if we go too quickly past this section. Matthew 7 : 15 – 27 “Watch out for false prophets. They come […]

Everyone Who Asks – Matthew 7:5-14
November 8, 2020

This passage of Matthew contains the very famous “Golden Rule.” What is often missed in this section is the expressed audience that Jesus is addressing: his disciples. Matthew 7 : 5 – 14 “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from […]

Judge Not, Lest – Matthew 7:1-5
November 1, 2020

This week’s message contains one of the most famous verses in the entire Bible – not because it teaches anything radically new, but because it may be among the most radically abused. Matthew 7 : 1 – 5 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, […]

Where Your Treasure Is – Matthew 6:16-24
October 18, 2020

This series of passages, immediately after the Lord’s Prayer, begin to diagnose some of the problems we encounter when we displace God and succumb to the temptation that the Lord’s Prayer talks about. Matthew 6 : 16 – 24 When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces […]

Our Father – Matthew 6:5-15
October 11, 2020

This week’s message is among the most famous in the daily and weekly lives of Christians for nearly 2,000 years. As we continue in our series in the Gospel of Matthew, we are looking at the Lord’s Prayer. Matthew 6 : 5 – 15 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for […]

Acts of Righteousness – Matthew 6:1-4
October 4, 2020

Matthew begins his sixth chapter with some teaching that is as straightforward as anything he ever writes.  There is very little needed to understand the thrust of this text, but there is quite a bit of depth if you consider the entire Sermon on the Mount from the beginning. Matthew 6 : 1 – 4 […]

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