Past Sunday Messages
The Ascension—Acts 1: 9-11
April 22, 2024

Pastor Paul preaches about Jesus’ ascension into heaven, and how this is one more confirmation of God’s final promise—Christ will return to restore his kingdom on earth, and all sadness and sickness will be eradicated in his love.   9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid […]

The Great Commission—Matthew 28: 16-20
April 14, 2024

Pastor Paul teaches us that to serve the Lord our God, we must do as Jesus commands and spread his word everywhere we go, whether that be to our neighbor, to our community, or to the ends of the earth. No matter how big or small, each Christian should carry God’s word with them through […]

All Consuming Fire—Deuteronomy 4: 23-24
April 14, 2024

Luke Ferguson, the new Youth Director at Hopeland, preaches about God’s all-consuming fire. Luke explains that in Deuteronomy, Moses reminds the Israelites not to forget that God was the one to bring them out of slavery, that God was the one who brought them across the Red Sea, that God was the one to show […]

The Resurrection—John 20: 1-18
April 2, 2024

Happy Easter! Pastor Paul preaches of Jesus’ resurrection on this holy day! The Empty Tomb 20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other […]

Feeding 5,000—Matthew 14: 13-21
March 26, 2024

Pastor Paul preaches two scriptures today: Jesus feeding the five thousand and Jesus arriving in Jerusalem to a celebration and the waving of palms in his honor. He discusses the circumstances in which Jesus arrives—gentle, riding on a baby donkey, arriving in a huge city where people claim him to be a king, the son […]

God Weighs A Lot—Mark 9:2-29
March 19, 2024

Pastor Russ discusses Mark 9 in his last sermon. He explains that God’s presence is heavy, since we make an obligation to him when we devote our lives to being Christians, but Jesus makes him approachable to us. The Transfiguration 2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and led them up […]

The New Birth and Nicodemus—John 3: 1-8
March 10, 2024

Pastor Paul uses John’s recounting of Nicodemus to teach us that we cannot enter the kingdom of God without being born again through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. With this new birth, we can finally learn to accept and obey Jesus.   Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member […]

The Word Becomes Flesh—John 1:14-18
March 4, 2024

Pastor Paul preaches on the first chapter of John, explaining how he takes a different approach to his writing than the others in the Gospels. Rather than retelling the stories in the other Gospels, John starts from the very beginning of the Bible, using the same terminology as Genesis. Pastor Paul emphasizes that John is […]

John 1: 1-5—Bios vs Zōē Life
February 11, 2024

Mike Eppel takes over this morning, preaching on the first verses of John. He discusses the Greek words “βίος,” or “bios,” meaning organic life, and “ζωή/ζωός” or “zōē/zōos,” meaning spiritual life. John takes these concepts that the Greeks understand and puts them into the context of Christ. Humans can’t survive without bios, but nor can […]