This week in chapel, Rev. Dr. Howard Earle preached on 2 Corinthians 5:15, which states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation. The old has gone, and the new is here.” Rev. Dr. Earle depicts the extreme makeovers of external transformation that is often shown in the media, but there is a genuine makeover that is initiated and started by God in Christ. This extreme makeover that occurs within disciples of Jesus happens when we fully relent and surrender to God. Our lives are to reflect Christ, and the Scripture says that “anyone” who is in Christ Jesus can be transformed by the renewing work of Christ. There is not one person who is more worthy of God’s love. He offers His love to everybody, and there is no discrimination.

Listen to the full sermon below.


Rev. Dr. Howard Earle is the senior pastor of the New Hope Baptist church here in Grand Rapids, Mich. While going to the University of Houston to receive his bachelor’s in civil engineering, he felt called to do ministry. Rev. Earle received his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his free time, he enjoys golf, reading, outdoor activities and spending quality time with his wife K’Sandra and his children Zachary, Dylan and Natalie.