Sermons

Transcripts of sermons from First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor from the past are available here on the website. Download the PDFs for easy reading on computers, tablets or phones.

MAY 2020

May 24, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
The Ascension of the Lord Jesus: Code Joy ~ Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-14

May 17, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
The New Third Way ~ Acts 17:22-34

May 10, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
A Lineage of Nurturing Faith ~ 2 Timothy 1:1-7

May 3, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Our Journey to Emmaus ~ Luke 24:13-35

APRIL 2020

April 26, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Our Vertical and Horizontal Relationships ~ 1 Peter 1:13 – 2:10

April 19, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Knowing the Final Score Before the Game is Over ~ 1 Peter 1:1-9

April 12. 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
A New Dawn of Fear and Joy, Worship and Doubt ~ Matthew 29:1-20

April 10, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Good Friday: The Suffering Servant ~ Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

April 5, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Palm Sunday: The Coronavirus and Jesus’ Crown of Thorns ~ Matthew 26:1-27. 66

MARCH 2020

March 22, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
The Sighted One ~ John 9:1-42

March 1, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Saying “NO” to Satan’s Shortcuts ~ Genesis 2:15-17, Matthew 4:1-11

March 15, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
High Noon on Social Convention ~ John 4:1-32

FEBRUARY 2020

February 23, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Transfiguration ~ 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-13

February 2, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Foolishness ~ Matthew 5:1-12, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

JANUARY 2020

January 26, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Namesake ~ Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 

January 19, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
UBUNTU ~ Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

January 12, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
A Difficult Baptism–A Delightful Baptism ~ Isaiah 62:1-9, Matthew 3:13-17

January 5, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Following the Light, Hearing the Word ~ Isaiah 60:10-16, Matthew 2:1-12

DECEMBER 2019

December 22, 2019 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Love in Different Languages ~ Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 1:18-25

December 15, 2019 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Rejoice with Joy and Singing ~ Isaiah 35:1-10

December 8, 2019 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
The Peaceable Kingdom ~ Isaiah 11:1-10

December 1, 2019 — Deacon George Barfield
God Is Up To Something ~ Isaiah 43:19

NOVEMBER 2019

November 24, 2019 — Deacon George Barfield
Thanks-Giving ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34

November 10, 2019 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
The Doctrine of Enough ~ Exodus 6:1-4a, 14-16

OCTOBER 2019

October 6, 2019 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
The Doctrine of ‘I’m Blessed’ ~ Matthew 5:1-12

October 13, 2019 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
The Doctrine of ‘Ministry is in the Interruptions’ ~ Luke 17:11-19_

October 20, 2019 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
The Doctrine of ‘Smashing Walls’ ~ Ephesians 2:11-21

October 27, 2019 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
The Doctrines of Singing the Blues and Sufficient Grace ~ Psalm 42:1-3, 2 Cor. 12:1-10

SEPTEMBER 2019

September 22, 2019 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
The Doctrine of Showing Up  ~ Luke 1:46-55

September 29, 2019 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
The Doctrine of the Ongoing ‘Yes!'” ~ Isaiah 40:28-31

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January 20, 2019 – Rev. Laurie Hartzell
The Drum Major and the Wilderness ~ Luke 4:1-13

NOVEMBER 2017

November 12, 2017  — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
A Gift to Be Shared ~Matthew 5:13-16

SEPTEMBER 2017

September 3, 2017  — Elder Daniel Van Beek
Burning Questions ~ Exodus 3:1-15

MAY 2017

May 7, 2017  — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
What Is Abundant Living? ~ John 10:1-11

APRIL 2017

April 30, 2017  — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Broken Hearts & Burning Hearts ~ Luke 24:13-32

April 23, 2017  — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
He Comes to Us! ~ John 20:19-31

April 16, 2017 (Easter Sunday) — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Easter Eyes ~ John 20:1-18

April 9, 2017 (Palm Sunday) — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Who Is This Jesus? ~ Matthew 21:1-11 & 26:14-24

April 2, 2017 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Getting Our Dance Back ~ Psalm 30

MARCH 2017

March 26, 2017 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Living with All Your Might ~ 2 Samuel 6:12-22

March 19, 2017 —Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Dancing in the Wilderness ~ Exodus 15:20-21

March 12, 2017 — Pastor Emeritus Rev. Doug Petersen
Building in Benton Harbor ~ Matthew 7:24-29

March 5, 2017 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Dancing Lessons ~ Matthew 11:28-30

FEBRUARY 2017 ~ BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February 26, 2017 — Pastor Paul Campbell of Overflow Church
Gettin’ to the Promised Land: Jubilee ~ Leviticus 25:8-24

February 19, 2017 — Deacon George Barfield of First Pres ~ Grand Haven
Gettin’ to the Promised Land: Jubilee ~ Leviticus 25:8-24

February 12, 2017 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Gettin’ to the Promised Land: Pack Our Bags ~ Matthew 6:26-34

February 5, 2017 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Gettin’ to the Promised Land: Salt & Light for Our Journey ~ Matthew 5:13-16

JANUARY 2017

January 29, 2017 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Undaunted Blessedness ~ Matthew 5:1-12

January 22, 2017 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Following and Fishing ~ Matthew 4:12-22

January 15, 2017 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
The Strength to Love ~ Isaiah 11:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:14-18

January 8, 2017 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Ordinary, Beloved and Anointed ~ Matthew 3: 11-17

January 1, 2017 — Elder Daniel Van Beek
I Don’t Wanna Be a Sheep ~ Matthew 25: 31-46

DECEMBER 2016

December 25, 2016 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
What Love Looks Like ~ Luke 2:1–14

December 24, 2016 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
The Gift that Keeps on Giving ~ John 1:1–14

December 18, 2016 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
God’s Choice  ~  Luke 1:26-38

December 11, 2016 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Waiting for Direction  ~  Exodus 13:17-22; 16:4