New Hope Fellowship of SWMI Podcast

New Hope Fellowship of SWMI Podcast
By New Hope Fellowship of SWMI Podcast
About this podcast
New Hope Fellowship of Southwest Michigan is a non-denominational, evangelical church committed to loving Jesus Christ and taking his commands seriously. This podcast contains our sermons from our Lead Pastor Tim Gunderson, Associate Pastor Kyle Douglass, and other speakers who teach God's word on Sunday mornings. If you'd like more information about NHF, visit our website at

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Jan. 14, 2018
Romans 2:25-29 God’s covenant with Israel revolved around the law that they had been given and their circumcision.  They were set apart as God’s people by the law and His covenant.  After Christ came to the earth however the dynamic between God and the world changed.  As Paul reminded us in Philippians 3:3-9, the confidence that he could put in “the flesh”, on his adherence to the law, he counted as loss for Christ’s sake.  Paul claimed new hope in Christ through faith.  God isn’t looking for our religiosity, self-righteousness or legalism, He is looking for our heart, for us to become a new creation in Christ through faith.  The right action will flow out of that change of heart so that only He can take credit and receive praise.  
Jan. 7, 2018
Ephesians 5:15-20 Redeem the time that you have in life.  Make the most of the time that is given to you.  It really does matter what you do with this time for it is a precious gift.  Will you be overcome by evil and wrapped up in yourself or will we seek to discern God’s will in your life?  As we offer ourselves to God we will be better able to discern His will.  Give thanks and have gratitude to God. I challenge you to be wise and to be transformed into God’s image.  Redeem the time.  Walk with Jesus and live in His power.  
Dec. 31, 2017
Matthew 8:23-27 What is the next step that God has for us?  Trials and difficulties come, but why are we afraid, why are our eyes not on Jesus?  Without faith it is impossible to please God.  We are saved by grace, “through faith” and we need to be prepared for what God has ahead for us.  Jesus came and died on the cross so that we may live, not just exist but really live.  I exhort you to trust God completely!
Dec. 24, 2017
John 3:16-17 The mystery of Christmas is so profound that it can feel daunting to adequately describe it.  It goes beyond just words.  The great mysteries of Christmas include: 1.) God loves us  2.) Jesus (God) took on human flesh. God demonstrated his agape love for us by sending His son to suffer and die in order that we may be saved.  In order for the holiness of God to be satisfied a perfect sacrifice was required.  Jesus was fully God but also fully man (a great mystery) as God incarnate, He humbled himself, He made himself nothing and became obedient to death.  Our lives as we pattern them after Jesus, are meant to be “incarnate” as well.  “As the father sent me, I am sending you”.  We are called to inhabit our lives with Christ’s faith, hope and love.
Dec. 17, 2017
Luke 2:8-14 In the days of Jesus the Jewish people waited with great expectation for the coming of the messiah and the Joy he would bring.  Today our own culture builds their idea of great anticipation around presents, parties and stories of Santa Claus, but these these priorities and dreams certainly do not result in the great joy which we are seeking.  Great joy apart from God will always fall short of the mark.  True joy is built on the promises of God and His ultimate fulfillment of our deepest needs.
Dec. 10, 2017
Isaiah 9:6 In the world today we see such a lack of peace and such an excess of conflict.  This lack of peace can come in forms that are both external and internal and can sometimes overwhelm us. Jesus mission was to restore us in relationship with God, to achieve our peace and restoration with Him.  Jesus also instructed us in living at peace with each other, on how to be peacemakers.  Ultimately by God’s grace we are also able to live with peace within us as well.  Many things in our lives are beyond our control and require us to let go of the reigns and give them over to God.  Our peace therefore is directly dependent on our relationship with God and on how much we trust His love for us, His good intention toward us, and His ultimate plan for us. Do you value your peace enough to let go of your fears and anxiety?  Have you chosen yet to cast your cares on God? Romans 5:1, Romans 12:18, Hebrews 12:14, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:6-7  
Dec. 3, 2017
Romans 8:18-25 Paul begins his discussion of hope by looking at the future, reminding us that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory of what God will do for us and through us.  We long for the day when the effects of sin are no longer active in our world.  We wait eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters and the redemption of our bodies.  We have the “first fruits” of the spirit, we have a glimpse of what God has promised, but we will have it in fullness when Christ returns.  Living in hope is a different way of living which takes God’s strength.  All other hopes aside from God will only disappoint us.  God sent His son that we might have hope and a future. Matthew 6:19-21, Colossians 3:1, Romans 8:28
Nov. 19, 2017
Romans 2:11-24 Imagine you are standing before a local judge pleading your case as a result of a parking ticket and the judge finds you “not guilty”.  Imagine your relief and what you might tell yourself as you walk to your car. “Yes!  I’m so glad that judge was reasonable in my case, after all I’m one of the decent folks around here, one of the good people.  I deserved a pardon.”  But if instead we are standing before God on the day of judgement we had better realize that our self-defense is useless and if we are given what we ourselves deserve we will be in for a long and certain punishment.  The world is a mess and God is not happy about it.  Evil will be put to an end on His judgement day and the godlessness and unrighteousness of this world will be washed away. ‘The law’ will not save us; knowledge of the truth, following the rules and outward conformance is not sufficient to satisfy His wrath.  Measured by God’s standard our own ‘goodness’ is woefully insufficient.  God requires a changed heart, humility before His throne, and confession and honesty about our disobedience.  The good news is that our ‘ticket has been paid’ and Jesus sacrifice has satisfied God’s wrath.  This salvation is not bought cheaply or through deceit but is available to all who will believe, truly repent and then follow Christ.
Nov. 12, 2017
Romans 2:1-11 At whatever point we as sinful humans pass judgement on others we condemn ourselves.  We may think of ourselves as “good people” but we are also guilty.  We have no excuse; even if we don’t break the law we are guilty in our hearts (Matthew 5:21-22), we have lust in our hearts (Matthew 5:27-28), and we have no right to judge (Matthew 7:1-5). We must be good stewards of our lives by avoiding hypocrisy and by being grateful for God’s undeserved kindness towards us.  Then in light of God’s kindness we must repent.  As we are washed and transformed over time we will be made useful for God’s purposes (2 Timothy 2:20-21).    
Nov. 5, 2017
Romans 1:18-32 In these verses there is an exchange, a response from God, and a consequence.  The exchange is that of the truth of God for a lie, for an idol, and God let’s us walk away.  God has allowed our freewill and the fruit of our disobedience to occur.  In our disobedience we start to crave things we shouldn’t and our passions become perverted.  Apart from God we are totally corrupt, we want the wrong things, and we go about our goals in the wrong ways.  This is the way that satan works, he creates confusion, he mars the truth of God through his lies if he can convince humanity of them.  The consequence of our sin, the just result of our acceptance of the lies of satan is death.  Our lives are not worth more than God’s holiness and glory.  He is the eternal God and we are His creation and we need to realize what that means. Grace is there and payment has been made but God’s free gift is contingent on being willing to give up our sin, to leave it behind and follow.  We cannot hold onto the world’s definition of “good” and expect God to accommodate.  God is truth and He has set the standard of right and wrong.