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

Finding, joy, peace and hope in the Promises of God
Sun, Oct 06, 2019
For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. - Romans 15:8-9 Reading the Bible, especially the Old Testament, can be odd. The majority of the story is about the Jews and their struggle to follow God. As Gentiles sometimes we don't know how we connect to the story. Is God even interested in us? Or are we just some kind of afterthought? In Romans 15, we have been exploring how we should relate to one another when we have differing points of view on non-essential issues, but some of these issue might be tied to culture. Paul addresses the differences and connection between Jews and Gentiles. He gives us a clear way to understand how we, non-Jews, fit into God's purposes and plans. Take a few minutes to read through Romans 15 and see where we fit into God's plan. See if you can discover what knowing and trusting in this plan produces. Hint: Check out verse 13!
Pursuing Unity
Sun, Sep 29, 2019
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. - Romans 15:5-6 (ESV) We tend to have our list of really bad sins. We are careful to avoid those. Often we don't even want to talk about them, but if we do talk about them, we point them out in others and in our world to gawk at their failure. When God provides us a list of sins, he includes some we don't like to see. In His list of the deeds of the flesh (Gal 5:19-21) there are are normal 'bad' sins, but He also includes things like - strife, jealousy, dissension, and divisions. Almost half of the list is taken up with our relational and interactions with other people. It seems like our unity and living at peace with the people around us is a much bigger deal than we usually acknowledge. This week as we head into Romans 15, we will look at this issue of Unity. We have been thinking about the differences between us when it comes to debatable issues, but what holds us together? And why is that not only important but vital to the work of God both in us and through us?
Stumbling Into Loving Unity
Sun, Sep 22, 2019
Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. - Romans 14:13 (ESV) One of the persistent problems in church is self-righteousness. We easily recognize that in the New Testament. The Pharisees are the easily despised villains of the gospels. They go around spending time looking religious and looking down on those that don't, but they are driven by position, power, and pride. We would like to think we have nothing in common with them. In all honesty, the longer we are in church the easier it seems to look down on newbies. We measure holiness not by God's standard but our own achievements. The 'bad' sins are the ones we don't struggle with, at least openly. So when it comes to the grey areas or the places that people differ, this attitude often reveals itself. We are the the enlightened ones. We are the 'good Christians'. Paul calls us to think differently. One thing is to dominate our thinking and actions toward those around us. I want to encourage you to read through Romans 14 and see if you can discover that one thing.
Calibrating Your Conscience
Sun, Sep 08, 2019
The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. - Romans 14:22-23 (ESV) In the classic Disney movie, on his journey to become a real boy, Pinocchio is given a guide and friend Jiminy Cricket, who is to be his living conscience. This little creature is there throughout the move to advise, direct, and warn. At various times he is heeded and ignored. In the end, we are left with the classic phrase, 'Let your conscience be your guide.' But is that good advice? Should we be listening to our conscience? Will it every steer you wrong? What happens if we consistently ignore it? Or what happens if it constantly makes us feel guilty? This week I want to take a week to look at this concept though a Biblical lens. This is a critical question in exploring the idea of weak and strong faith and in dealing with debatable and non-essential issues as Paul does in Romans 14. Why not take a few minutes to read back through Romans 14 to remind yourself of the passage and think of some times where you struggled with your own conscience.
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.
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?
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