Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

The Podcasts

What is Success?

Guest speaker Tom Huebner discusses success and 7 biblical principals to achieve it.


Direct download: EBC_Podcast_October_19_2008.mp3
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Golden Calf or Golden Opportunity?

October 12, 2008

Golden Calf or Golden Opportunity?

Exodus 32:1-14

Sermon Synopsis: We are often like the people of Israel as they stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai.  Moses was away on business (an extended meeting with God) when the people decided to make a significant investment.  They had a “golden opportunity” but ended up investing in a “golden calf.”  They committed their glory to “an image of a bull, which eats grass.”  Had Moses not “stood in the breach” before God, the people would have been destroyed.  An even worse fate would be our today had not Jesus stood in the breach for all of us.

      What do you commit your glory to?  It really does make a difference.  It not only makes a difference in the direction of your life.  Your decision makes a difference in where you spend eternity.  What kind of return do you expect on your investment of your life?

Scripture References: Psalm 106:19-23; Exodus 32:1-14; Philippians 4:1-9.

Direct download: EBC_Podcast_October_12_2008.mp3
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Our Common Provisions

October 5, 2008

World Communion Sunday

Our Common Provisions

Philippians 3:10-11

Sermon Synopsis: Today is World Communion Sunday.  Believers of various denominations set a side this Sunday to remember together the things we have in common.  What do we have in common with other people of the Christian faith?  Jesus!  The broken bleeding body of Christ Jesus is offered to any one who will come in faith as part of His body, the church.

      The provisions of the Lord’s Table are supplied by Jesus.  We take a piece of bread in remembrance of Jesus, broken for our healing.  We drink the cut in remembrance of Jesus’ life offered to establish the new covenant, a covenant of love.  The love of God for humanity is expressed in the gift of God’s one and only Son.  The love of humanity for God is expressed in our acceptance of the love God offers us in Christ Jesus.  Our love for God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit finds expression in our relationships with one another.  The love of God is expressive in its true nature.

      Religion is always held accountable by God for how well that love finds expression in what, why and how they do church.  Psalms 80:7-15; Isaiah 5:1-7; and Matt. 21:33-46, NIV share a vineyard theme.  In each God has created a fruitful vineyard but for one reason or another God is denied the fruit of that vineyard.  God executes judgment in each case but never stops trying.  Each new venture opens the door of opportunity for others to be a part of God’s grand venture. 

      In Philippians 3:4b-14 Paul lays out his religious claims to God’s vineyard and then declares those claims to be worthless.  What matters then?  Jesus!  Paul writes,

10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

      As we come to the Lord’s Table in concert with churches around the world, let us pause to consider the fruit of our lives that we bring to God.  Fruit of love a sacrifice of our daily lives offered freely, humbly, without restitution.

      Behold the provisions of the Lord’s Table.  Jesus’ brokenness and life offered to whoever will come.  So come!  Come you who are barren desolate creatures and be transformed into fruit vineyards of God’s grace.  Heaven belongs to all those who come to God in Christ Jesus and are transformed.

Direct download: EBC_Podcast_October_5_2008.mp3
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Personally Responsible

Personally Responsible

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:6-9


Sermon Synopsis: Using Ezekiel’s prophesy as a template this sermon deals with issues of personal accountability. 

      We live in a society that loves to blame someone else for our problems.  Psychology has been used to propagate the notion that our actions are the results of our parents or our environment.  The thief couldn’t help it.  The murderer was not in charge or fully accountable for his or her actions.  The list goes on and on and there seems to be no one who is held accountable for their actions.  In fact, there seems to be no one who is capable of holding any one accountable for their actions. 

      What ever excuses we offer God and others for the wrongs in our lives wrong is still wrong and “sin is still sin.”  Sin is “simply wrong” actions.  God views “sin as sin” no matter who does it.  God views “sin as sin” no matter who is impacted by it.  We all sin and we are all impacted by the sins of others, but that is not an excuse for it.  

      God’s solution for sin starts with “repentance.”  Maybe you have heard someone say, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”  Offering excuses to God for wrong actions just digs the hole a little deeper.  Repentance, on the other hand, opens us to God’s provisions for filling in the hole.  If you wait long enough and dig deep enough, that hole could become your grave.  Jesus is the only one to find an answer for the grave.

Scriptural References: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:6-9

Direct download: EBC_Podcast_September_28_2008.mp3
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