Sermons

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OCTOBER 2020
October 18, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
The New Testament’s First Words ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
October 11, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
A Psalm for All Seasons of Life ~ Psalm 23
October 11, 2020 — Rev. Laurie Hartzell
God’s Heart ~ Ezekiel 34:11-24
October 4, 2020 (both services) — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Worldwide Communion Sunday ~ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (morning service)
Communion of the Saints ~ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (afternoon service)
SEPTEMBER 2020
September 27, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
By Whose Authority? ~ Matthew 21:23-32
September 20, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
How Do We Welcome? ~ Romans 14:13-23
September 13, 2020 (both services) — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Christian Liberality ~ Romans 14:1-12 (morning service)
Witness to the Resurrection ~ Romans 14:7-9
September 6, 2020 (both services) — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Love in Action, Part 1 ~ Romans 13:8-14 (morning service)
Love in Action, Part 2 ~ Romans 13:8014 (afternoon service)
AUGUST 2020
August 30. 2020 (both services) — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Facing a Non-Christian World  ~ Romans 12:14-21 (morning service)
A Christian View of Government ~ Romans 13:1-7
August 23, 2020 (both services) — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Metamorphosis ~ Romans 12:1-13 (morning service)
Every Christian’s Called ~ Romans 12:1-13 (afternoon service)
August 16, 2020 (both services) — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
God’s Mercy Trumps Defeat ~ Romans 11:1-16, 25-36 (morning service)
God’s Gracious Husbandry ~ Romans 11:13-24 (afternoon service)
August 9, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Heart Hearing and Sent Ones’ Speaking ~ Romans 9:30-10:21
August 2, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Who Would You Be Willing to be Damned For? ~ Romans 9:1-6
JULY 2020
July 19, 2020 (both services) — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Ordination Question #7: Peace, Unity and Purity ~ 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 (morning service)
Remember Who You Are (afternoon service)
July 12, 2020 (both services) — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Ordination Questions #6 and #8: Energy, Intelligence, Imagination, and Love ~ 1 Corinthians 13 (morning serice)
Growing the Agape Character ~ 1 Corinthians 13 (afternoon service)
July 5, 2020 (both services) — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Ordination Question #5: Presbuteros ~ 1 Timothy 5:17-22 (morning service)                                                        The Yoke-Maker’s Apprentice ~ Matthew 11:25-30 (afternoon service)
JUNE 2020
June 21, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Ordination Questions #3 and #4: Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So ~ Philippians 2:5 – 11
June 14, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Ordination Question #2: The Word of God Written ~ John 1:1-6, 20:30-31 and 2 Timothy 3:14 – 17
June 7, 2020 — Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
Ordination Question #1: The Faith We Confess ~ Matthew 26:16-20, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
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