Sermons

Andy Wulff

Andy Wulff
Role: Lead Pastor

I’m a pastor’s kid that survived moving from the Midwest to So Cal between Jr. High and High School. I made a profession of faith at age 5 but grew tremendously when several men invested in my life during my high school years. It was then I sensed God moving me toward ministry. In 1993, I married my high school sweetheart, Melissa. And since then God has given us 5 kids.

In 2005 God brought us to Huntsville. As transplants to the south, we quickly fell in love with the area and now call it home. In my spare time, which isn’t much with 5 kids, I enjoy woodworking and watching football.

You can contact me @ 256-830-5544 x11 or follow me on Facebook or Twitter

Latest sermons by this teacher

Real Unity
Sun, Aug 25, 2019
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. - Romans 14:1–3 (ESV) For what was supposed to be a group founded on love and should be characterized by unity, we seem to be highly skilled at dividing. We seem to do it over a lot of things. We group together with other Christians that think like we do, school like we do, vote like we do, do culture like we do, eat and drink like we do. And on and on and on goes the list. Honestly, sometimes I look around at the greater church and think God has to be in this somewhere because only He could possibly hold this thing together, and only He could make it even close to fulfilling its mission. How do we think about and live in these differences? Should we just get into our self-perpetuating groups? Or do we just become people with fluid convictions that don't really stand for anything? Is there a core we can't lose? The next few weeks we are going to look at Romans 14-15. The Roman church was far from monolithic. They were made up of Jews, former idol worshipers, slaves, and more. They thought differently about their faith and what it meant to live it out. Paul wanted them to wrestle with the application and implications of the gospel he had presented. As we do this I want to challenge you to think about your own assumptions of living out the Christian life. I want to you to consider what will bind Hope Church together. Take a few minutes and read through Romans 14-15 to prepare your heart and mind for Sunday.
The Gospel Applied
Sun, Aug 18, 2019
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:1–2 (ESV) Last week we spent time on the ground floor of the 'Gospel Museum' checking out the beauty and truths of the beginning of Romans. We looked at 5 important words - Guilty, Representation, Justification, Faith, and Assurance. These words helped us explore the truth that God has 'justly justified the unjust'. What amazing grace! These truths are not just ethereal, theological distant realities, but these are truths with effect on our relationship to God, each other, and the world. As Paul transitions from the bottom floor of the gospel to the top floor we being to see those implications. Join us this Sunday as we review some of those implications. This review will prep us as we head back into Romans 14 soon. Maybe along the way you have lost the big picture, or maybe you weren't here at the start and don't know where we have been. This week is for all of us to review, catch up, and get up to speed before we launch in chapter 14.
The Gospel Explained
Sun, Aug 11, 2019
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” - Romans 1:16–17 (ESV) The old saying asks, "How do you eat a whole elephant?" The answer: "one bite at a time." It's a weird saying. Why not a cake or watermelon. After all who eats elephants? The point is that understanding or taking in large, complex ideas can seem overwhelming, but taking a piece at a time can help you understand and integrate the whole. That's what we have been doing with the book of Romans. We have been taking it apart chapter by chapter for well over a year and a half, but we are nearing the end. We have just three more chapters to go. Maybe along the way you have lost the big picture, or maybe you weren't here at the start and don't know where we have been. This week is for all of us to review, catch up, and get up to speed before we launch in chapter 14. Here is a brief introduction from the ESV study bible that I want to encourage you to check out.
Worldview
Sun, Aug 04, 2019
Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: - Proverbs 8:1–3 (ESV) Along the way this summer we have heard from various voices. It's been great to hear God use different leaders in our church to open up God's word, but there is one voice, one call that hopefully has dominated. Solomon continues to point his son toward that one voice. In many ways he was begging his son to not only listen, but to marry her instead of indulge his lesser passions. This week we conclude Walk with the Wise series by listening to the voice of lady wisdom one final time. Her call is to us not only because of her ancient origins but her promises. I'd encourage you to read through Proverbs 8 to prepare your heart and mind for this coming Sunday. We will have the opportunity to be drawn to Christ and his work through communion.
The Proper Bounds of Sexuality
Sun, Jul 28, 2019
My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend, to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words. - Proverbs 7:1–5 (ESV) Did your parents ever have 'the talk' with you? You know the one about the 'birds and bees'. (How did that become the phrase for it anyway?) Do you remember it? Was it awkward? Have you had 'the talk' with your kids? How did it go? It's an odd and uncomfortable but necessary moment in parenting. Knowing how and what to to say is important. Leaving it to chance invites others to provide wrong or even dangerous information. In Proverbs 5-7, King Solomon has 'the talk' with his son, but this isn't just a discussion of biology. This is one that involves what it means to live in this area under the Fear of Lord. He is not afraid to talk about it, and he explains both the dangers and joys. Thousands of years later, the importance of talking about it remains relevant. This week we are going to open up this text. As I noted last week, we are going to look at our sexuality. I plan to speak candidly, but not crudely about the subject. I want parents to be aware so they can make the decision for their family about what is heard. I'd encourage you to read through Proverbs 5-7 as we consider this topic.
Consequence of Ignoring Wisdom
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: - Proverbs 1:20–21 (ESV) There is no absence of voices in our world. If you want to fix a car or an appliance, you can call a repairman. If you want to tackle the job yourself, check Youtube for a tutorial. If you want to figure out what to invest in, call a financial advisor, or you can read a book, listen to a podcast, and even consult a 'robo-advisor'. Want to improve your people skills? Take an online course or go to meet-ups or try an app. There is no end to the voices for just about anything. The problem is what voices will ultimately not only help you, but tell you the truth? A company's self-interest, a profit motive, or a self-advancing perspective all taint people's advice and perspectives. How will we cut through the noise? In the midst of the crowded, loud marketplace one voice is calling. She is beckoning those that will listen. She is calling to those who want knowledge and understanding. She is Lady Wisdom. This week we continue to look at Proverbs 1, and we will see this feminine sage speak for the first time. The price to hear is admitting your own ignorance. That price is to high for some. How about you?
Path to Wisdom
Sun, Jun 02, 2019
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. - Proverbs 1:7 (ESV) It seems like there are smart people and 'smart people'. We live in a town with a BUNCH of very well-educated people. They know answers to things that I didn't even know were questions. They have some many letters behind their name that it looks like an alphabet soup. There are also 'smart people' that have what we often call 'street smarts'. They understand how the world works. They know people and what motivates and moves them. They know how to make a deal and they know how to just get stuff done. My question is...are either of these kinds of smart people wise? Proverbs describes something called wisdom that involves knowledge. It involves the ability to relate to people. Is this just some mash-up of the intellect and social skills? This week we begin our Walk with the Wise in Proverbs 1-9. We begin by seeing seeing what wisdom is for and where it comes from. I want to encourage you to take some time and read through Proverbs 1 to prepare your heart and mind. Looking forward to worshiping with you.
Characters on the Journey
Sun, May 26, 2019
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. - Proverbs 13:20 (ESV) I feel smarter when I hang out with smart people. Many times, I may have no idea what they are talking about, but it just feels like my IQ goes up a point or two when they are around. Along the way I do pickup a thing or two which helps me learn and grow. Ever had that experience? This summer we are going to hang out, not with smart people, but with wise people. (There is a difference between intelligence and wisdom.) Scripture tells us that if we listen to the wise voices around us we will grow in our wisdom. This Sunday we start our summer series 'Walk with the Wise' looking at the first nine chapter of Proverbs. This week I'll be introducing to a few of the people we will be walking with this summer. I want to encourage you to take some time to read through Proverbs 9. The invitations in this chapter are the perfect introduction to a few of these folks.
Wake Up and Fight
Sun, May 19, 2019
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. - Romans 13:11–12 (ESV) What are you anticipating? What are you looking forward to? This time of year it might be graduation or vacation. That kind of anticipation can give us energy to continue and push through current difficulties. It can build excitement to what is ahead. This perspective is not unknown to scripture. In our passage Paul tells us some good news, salvation is coming. It will happen. Things will get better, eventually. We are moving from a dark night to day. Are you ready? Take a few minutes to read through the last half of Romans 13 to prep your heart and mind. Also, please take a few minutes to read through the rest of the email for a bunch of updates. There are some specific needs and volunteer opportunities over the summer.
The Debt of Love
Sun, May 12, 2019
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. - Romans 13:8 (ESV) According to Experian, the average American has $6,354 in credit card debt. The average interest rate is around 17%. So the average minimum monthly payment is around $127. This means it will take you over 7.5 years to pay off that balance if you incur no other debt, and over that timespan you will pay over $5200 in interest on that balance. That's a little overwhelming! That's how debt can be - overwhelming. It's no wonder that Paul uses it here as an illustration. This week is not primarily about money. It's just a side-note. It is about a debt that we owe one another and how that debt has been paid in the gospel. Now we have the freedom to be generous people not just with our money, but ultimately with love. Take some time to read through Romans 13 starting at vs. 8. We will be considering together the overwhelming debt that was paid by Christ as we look at the scriptures and as we celebrate communion together. Plan to join us!
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