Past Sunday Messages
Until Everything Is Accomplished – Matthew 5:17-20
September 6, 2020

This week’s message has Jesus telling us about the Law of Moses and his relation to it. It also contains the Law of Moses and our relation to it. These are some of the most shocking statements Jesus makes in the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew 5 : 17 – 5 : 20 Do not think […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Matthew 5:11-16
August 30, 2020

Hopeland United Methodist Church Sunday Sermons Salt and light are the topics of discussion this morning as Pastor Russ continues to take us through the next session of the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5 : 11 – 5 : 16 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds […]

He Began to Teach Them – Matthew 5:1-12
August 23, 2020

Jesus is finally going to begin to teach his Sermon on the Mount. But how does he start teaching? To what does he direct our attention? Matthew 5 : 1 – 5 : 12 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and […]

News About Him Spread – Matthew 4:12-25
August 16, 2020

This section is a segue between the first act of Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 1:1-4:11) and the second act, which is the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew is giving his readers details about what is coming up, now that Jesus has firmly established his credentials as the promised King. Matthew 4 : 12 – 4 : […]

Putting God To The Test – Matthew 4:1-4:11
August 9, 2020

Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness is quite a famous event in his life, nestled between his baptism by John the Baptist and the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 4 : 1 – 4 : 11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days […]

To Fulfill All Righteousness – Matthew 3:13-4:1
August 2, 2020

Jesus Christ has finally made an appearance in Matthew’s narrative as an adult, right after John the Baptist has called to account the Pharisees and Sadducees.  The first words that Matthew records Jesus saying to John the Baptist are going to be an indicator of what Matthew’s themes for the gospel are going to be […]


John the Baptist is a colorful character in the Scriptures. More importantly, though, we’ve now jumped ahead 30 years from the time of Herod to see how this Prophet is going to handle the authorities of the day. Matthew 3 : 1 – 12 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert […]

During the time of King Herod – Matthew 2:1-23
July 19, 2020

While the first chapter of Matthew is dedicated to the long-term fulfillment of God’s mission through Jesus Christ, and the full identity of who the Messiah is, the second chapter deals with the wider expression of God’s character to the gentile world that will have to deal with this king who has been born. Matthew […]

From the Holy Spirit – Matthew 1:18-25
July 12, 2020

When Matthew begins his Gospel, he starts with the genealogies and moves quickly into the birth of Jesus. And, without the nostalgia glasses on from December and all of the traditions we surround ourselves with (this message was delivered in July), what kind of new questions can we see Matthew answering in these very familiar […]

The Primer for Matthew – Matthew 1:1-17
July 5, 2020

Hopeland United Methodist Church Sunday Sermons We’re beginning a new series that is examining, verse by verse, the Gospel of Matthew.  The opening of Matthew is almost always associated with the Christmas season, but is that right?  After all, the first words we see when beginning the New Testament are the words of all the […]