Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast : Managing Gnats

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

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July 10, 2011


Managing Gnats

Financial Stewardship

Matthew 23:23-34


Gifted for a Purpose Sermon Series: This is the first of a series of sermons dealing with stewardship issues (July 10).  I begin with financial stewardship.  The title, “Managing Gnats” comes from the text in Matthew 23:23-24, NLT where Jesus says, “You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” 

        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: Stewardship is a big word that calls our attention to a lot of issues of life.  It should also call our attention to our purpose in life.  What is your life all about?  If someone else were to take a good look at your life would they give the same answer you give? 

        We are gifted with life for a purpose, but we often gobble up life as if there were no tomorrow and in the end miss that purpose (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).  We often divert our attention to the details of life as a distraction or disguise for the things that we really regard as important.

        Believers are called to recognize the important things in life and give them their due attention.  Today I want to call your attention to the business of managing gnats (Matthew 23:23-24).  If the issue is stewardship of life, then we cannot hide behind one little effort to do right and excuse the rest.  Neither can we wait until later.


Scripture Text (NLT):  Matthew 23:23-24; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

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