Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast : Closet Time: Stewardship of Personal Devotion

Sermons presented at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jefferson City TN by Dr. Sonny Strange

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July 24, 2011


Closet Time

Stewardship of Personal Devotion

Matthew 6:5-6


Sermon Series: This is the third in a series of sermons dealing with stewardship.  All believers are “Gifted for a Purpose.”  The first sermon dealt with financial stewardship under the title of “Managing Gnats.”  Sometimes we think financial stewardship is the most important.  It isn’t.  Believers are “Gifted for a Purpose” financially and every other way.

      The title of the second sermon in this series (July 17) is “Talent Search.”  It deals with the stewardship of personal talents and spiritual gifts as they relate to the work of the local church.  Each year local churches conduct a “Talent Search” of sorts as they seek to find people in the congregation who are willing and able to minister in various areas of church work.

      “Closet Time” is the third sermon in the series (July 24).  The sermon examines personal stewardship of time in the development of prayer life and personal devotion.

      The title of the final sermon in the series is “Environmental Impact” (August 7).  It deals with our stewardship of God’s creation.  Environmental issues are often absent in our discussion of stewardship issues, but believers certainly do not get a pass when it comes to the stewardship of natural resources.


Sermon Synopsis: “Closet Time” picks up on a phrase Jesus used to describe personal devotion.  Enter your closet, close the door and spend time with the Father comes from the KJV translation in Matthew 6:5-6.  Two words are examined closely: closet and devotion.  Personal Devotion is not about changing God.  It is about changing the person praying.

      One of Jesus’ parables examines this challenge even more openly.   In Luke 18:9-14 a Pharisee and Tax Collector go up on the roof to pray.  Only one closed the door to outside influence and went home justified before God.

      There are a lot of noises in our world that can distract us from devoting time to God.  When a believer devotes time to God it doesn’t meant the problems cease.  It just means the believer refuses to be devoted to the problems.  People choose who or what they are devoted to or the “who and what” of life will control them.

      How much time each day do you devote to the eternal?



Scripture Text (NLT):  Matthew 6:5-6; Luke 18:9-14

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