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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

The Undershepherd's Job Description
Sun, May 23, 2021
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 1 Peter 5:1–4 (ESV) When I was in seminary, we had chapel a couple times a week. There we would hear from professors, ministry leaders, and alumni. The books of choice to speak to seminary students were the pastoral epistles. That seems appropiate as Paul addresses young pastors. If there were favorite chapters that were taught, they were 2 Timothy 3-4. We were regularly charged to know and trust God's inherent Word and we were told to preach that Word boldly. All of that was helpful in forming us and our committments, but we heard these passages so often that a classmate and I made an agreement, that if for some weird reason we were called on to come back and speak, we would choose other places to preach. So what would I preach? This week I'm going to take you to that passage. It's one that I think has been overlooked to encourage pastors and elders. Why am I going there? Because as I step out of leadership for my sabbatical this summer, I want the leadership team and all of you to hear these important words. Will you take a few minutes to read through 1 Peter 5 to prepare your heart and mind.
Finding the Perfect Priest
Sun, May 16, 2021
For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:25–26 (ESV) Nothing lasts forever. To say it another way, nothing is constant in this world but change. These are truths that we know but don't like to admit to ourselves. Most of us are creatures of habit. We live in and even thrive in the routine. But when things change we can become unsettled and anxious. This is especially true when it comes to those who lead us. When a boss or politician or pastor changes, we wonder how our life will be affected. We might even long for the old way of doing things. We might miss the old person's methods or experience. This was, at one level, the fear of the recipients of Hebrews. They were familiar with the routine of sacrifice. They knew the traditions and methods. But they also knew about change. Priests served and then died. Another took his place. The new one might not have a heart for God. Some new priests even turned to alternative Gods. There was change. Enter Jesus. He shows up and changes things. He was outside of the prescribed law. However, as we saw last week, He was actually connected to a much older law and promise, and He eliminated one important thing - change. This week we will look at the rest of Hebrews 7. I want to encourage you take a few minutes to read through the chapter and consider the nature of Christ's intercession for you.
A Different Kind of Priest
Sun, May 09, 2021
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever. Hebrews 7:1–3 (ESV) I admit it. I'm a sucker for the 'new and improved'. You throw tech into something and I'm likely to give it a second look. Put a touchscreen on it and there is a good chance it's on my 'buy list'. There is just something about the shiny, glassy screen that draws me to it like a bug to a zapper. Newer doesn't always mean better though. Take for instance a toaster. You can now buy a techie toaster with a touchscreen for $300. (Yes, that's really a thing). What if instead you bought an indestructible toaster? It would not be flashy. In fact, it would be older tech, but bulletproof and would last for your whole life. Which would you get? Newer isn't always better. This week we look at the oldest priesthood in the Bible. We finally get the scoop on this guy Melchizedek. We will find out why he is so important and what he tells us about both the Old Testament and Christ. We will begin to see what kind of priest we really have! Take a few minutes to read Hebrews 7. If you have time, take a peak back at Genesis 14 to find the beginning of the story.
An Anchor for the Soul
Sun, May 02, 2021
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19–20 (ESV) I don't have sea legs. I seem to get seasick fairly easily. I've only gone deep sea fishing a few times, but the last time I did more feeding the fish than catching them. I guess I'll have to give up my dream of being the star of 'The Deadliest Catch'! The waves are a biblical metaphor for the nature of life. David in Psalms uses them as a picture of the unstable and dangerous ebbs of life. We seem to live in unsafe waters. The writer of the book of Hebrews has been warning us of our the danger to our souls while we navigate through. But now he says, there is an anchor. There is something that holds in the middle of the turbulence. There is something that keeps us from shifting. What is it? Who is it? Take a few minutes and read through the warning and comfort found in Hebrews 6 to prepare your heart and mind to worship with us on Sunday.
Grow UP
Sun, Apr 18, 2021
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:12–14 (ESV) The development of a child is amazing. Think about for the milestones in a the first year of a child's life. They come into the world knowing nothing and being able to do nothing. Over the course of time their abilities and skills multiply at an amazing rate. As a parent of an infant it can be an exhausting and hard process, but looking back, it seems like it all goes by so fast. When we don't see our kids developing mentally or physically we get concerned. When they lag behind we try and get them help for that deficiency. But what about our spiritual life? People come to Christ and then at times they seem to get stuck. They don't seem to mature. Their knowledge and their practice seems shallow. It reflects a minimum understanding of scripture. If they have crossed the line of faith, is it important to go further? This week in Hebrews we are confronted with another one of the writer's warnings. In simple terms he says, 'Grow up!' Take a few minutes to read through Hebrews 5-6 to listen to his warning.
Finding a True Mediator
Sun, Apr 11, 2021
For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. Hebrews 5:1–3 (ESV) As a pastor there are certain expectations that come with the job. In a public gathering, I'm usually the one asked to pray. Sometimes people will ask random Bible questions. Other times people ask me to 'put a good word in with the man upstairs.' There is a general feeling that if anyone is close God, it must be the pastor. So while the concept of a priest may seem like a distant concept, there still seems to be echoes of it in our cutlure. We have a sense we are separated from a holy God and we need help to restore our connection and relationship to Him, but who and how seems to be fuzzy. This week we head back to Hebrews 5. This text will give us a clearer picture not only of who and what a high priest did, but it will also help us see that a high priest now exists that is greater than Aaron or those that followed. This one is far superior to any modern priest or pastor. Take a few minutes to read through Hebrews 5. See if you discover this One who stands between God and men.
Death to Life
Sun, Apr 04, 2021
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:4–6 (ESV) Death has been an important topic this year. That is kind of odd. Death has happened since the Fall, but we do just about anything to prevent or ignore the dark reality of death. Our physical death is not our greatest problem. In fact, we already suffer from a condition that has a 100% mortality rate, spiritual death. But God. This Easter we will be examining this condition, but more importantly and amazingly we will see God's action to bring real life!
The Cross
Fri, Apr 02, 2021
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 (ESV) One of the central symbols of Christianity is a cross. We wear them, decorate with them, put them on clothing, and more. If you really think about that, it's odd. The cross is an instrument of death. It was the place where a humiliating execution happened. No person in the first century would display the cross the way we do. What changed? Tonight we consider Christ's words from the cross. These words display Christ's work and God's plan for redemption and in an amazing twist, using an instrument of death as a path to life. Plan to join us at 6pm either online or in person.
Greater than Moses
Sun, Mar 14, 2021
Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. Hebrews 3:1–2 (ESV) We have all had heroes. Early in your life your hero might have been your parents. As you grow up you, it might have been someone you wanted to be like - the brave fire fighter or the brilliant scientist or the skilled athlete. To the nation of Israel there was no greater hero in it's history than Moses. He was God's instrument to birth a nation through the Exodus. He was the conduit for God's Law to come to the people. He was the leader that took them to the edge of the Promised Land. But the history of Moses was not meant to paint him as the ultimate hero of the story. There was someone beyond Moses. This week we venture into Hebrews 3. It sets this and other stories in the Old Testament into the greater narrative of redemption. And it helps us to more clearly consider how we might fit in this grand story that is still being written. Will you take a few minutes before Sunday to read through Hebrews 3. And allow the ideas and truths there is sink into your heart and mind.
Jesus Our Brother
Sun, Mar 07, 2021
For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, Hebrews 2:11 (ESV) Last week we looked at Christ as the sovereign king of the universe. Hebrews 2 reminded us that He accomplished what Adam failed to do and in doing that he fulfilled the role as God's King over the world. In this moment we struggle to see it. Things are not as they should be, but they are also not as they will be. Christ will return to reign. We also saw that Christ was the author of salvation. We struggle with thinking of Christ as the sovereign king because he was ignored and martyred in his first advent, but even this suffering falls under his sovereignty because he used it to author salvation for us. All of this talk of kings may feel distant. None of us have lived in a palace. We rule nothing and we take no audiences with royalty. It seems very unfamiliar, but the writer tells us something else amazing about Christ. He is our brother. I want to encourage you to read through Hebrews 2 this week as we prepare for worship together. We will see a different and more personal connection to Christ and we will share communion together.
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