Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast : Until Everyone Knows

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

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Until Everyone Knows February 8, 2009 Until Everyone Knows Mark 1:29-39 Sermon Synopsis: We begin with a statement about the importance of story in determining cultural and religious identity. Isaiah 40:21-24 supports this concept with a series of questions. “Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?” These question emphasize the role of people in a society (civil or religious) to tell their story and the role of the individual to understand or accept the story. A New Testament illustration is found in Mark 1:29-39. It is the story of Jesus raising Peter’s mother-in-law from her death bed. The news of the miracle spread to others in the area and many who were sick came to Jesus to be healed. I suppose that as the news spread throughout the community one could hear the lines of Isaiah, “Have you not heard?” Once everyone knew, Jesus moved on to tell others the good news. His goal was to share the story of redemption until everybody knew. In 1 Corinthians 9:29-39 Paul shared his since of urgency in telling the story. He said he was compelled but wanted to do it voluntarily instead of forced. Therefore, he made himself the slave of the gospel so that he could share the good news with all types of people. The burden is placed upon the people of faith to tell the stories of the faith. Those stories give us our identity. In order to tell the stories we must first learn the stories. That is a part of what church is all about. Then we must experience the truth of the stories in our own lives. Then we must demonstrate the truth of the stories in our relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and all the others we encounter. We must become tellers of the story in “Word, Gift and Deed.” Scripture References from NIV: Isaiah 40:21-24; Mark 1:29-39 (Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law); 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 (willing slave); Isaiah 40:21-24, 28-31. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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