Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

The Podcasts

Chariots of Fire February 22, 2009 Chariots of Fire 2 Kings 2:1-12 Sermon Synopsis: Chariots of Fire highlights God’s presence among the saints. The sermon starts and ends with an African-American Negro spiritual first recorded in 1909, Swing Low Sweet Chariot. Like the song, this sermon is inspired by the “chariots of fire” that separated Elijah and Elisha and the whirlwind that took Elijah to heaven. Elisha never lost sight of those chariots of fire. He knew they were always there watching over him. This story provides insights into what was happening on the Mount of Transfiguration when Elijah and Moses came to meet with Jesus. Peter, James and John said Jesus glowed bright with the glory of God. The fire had not lost its power. The chariots had not come to separate Jesus from his disciples not even death could do that. There was no whirlwind that day, but there would be. Jesus didn’t take off that day because he knew we needed him to finish the course laid out for him. Paul talked about the need of others keeping him in the fight. How much more important was it for Jesus to stay. Though others cannot see him, he is with us still. The day is coming when he will once again come in the power and glory of God to take the redeemed to be with him forever. Are you ready to climb on board? Scripture References from NIV: 2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Kings 6:12-17; Mark 9:2-9; Philippians 1:23-26; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6. 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
Direct download: EBC_Podcast_February_22_2009.mp3
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Are You Willing? February 15, 2009 Are You Willing? 2 Kings 5:1-14 Sermon Synopsis: Has any one ever approached you with the question, “Would you like to try something new?” If so, what were your first thoughts? Were you suspicious or adventurous? Sometimes our response depends on how much we trust the one making the offer or on how desperate we are at the time. Leprosy Bible times was feared as much then as AIDS is today. Naaman had it. He was a mighty general but had no power over the disease. Was he desperate enough to trust word of a captive slave girl, a prophet he never saw, a method he had never tried? Was he willing? Yes, and he was healed. There were people with leprosy in Jesus’ day who were just as desperate as Naaman. Mark 1:40-45 tells about one asking Jesus if he were willing to heal him. The man found that Jesus was willing. Jesus is still willing to heal men and women, boys and girls of the most dreaded disease that plagues humanity, sin. The consequences of this disease lead to death, eternal separation from the blessings of God. The question is “Are you willing to be healed?” God has a plan to heal all who are willing to come to Jesus. Scripture References in NIV: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Mark 1:40-45; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. 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
Direct download: EBC_Podcast_February_15_2009.mp3
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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
Direct download: EBC_Podcast_February_8_2009.mp3
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The Fire Still Burns February 1, 2008 Souper Bowl Sunday The Fire Still Burns Mark 1:21-28; Deuteronomy18:15-20 Sermon Synopsis: Cold winter weather brings out a threat of house fires and dramatically increases the since of loose associated with a fire. Why would we then go without smoke detectors and fire alarms since they are so readily available? Every time a house fire is reported our since of urgency mounts as does the demand for us to do something! The fear of fire caused the people of Israel to distance themselves from God. The fire that guided them was no natural fire and that made them even more fearful of it. They feared the fire and the voice of God that spoke through the fire. John the Baptist introduced Jesus as the one who baptizes with fire. That may explain why some are afraid to approach him. Fire not only heats our homes it has the potential of destroying them. The fire of Jesus purifies and empowers believers in the face and adversity and frees them of the fear of a judgment of fire. The job of the church is to keep the fires of the Gospel burning bright. The fire of Jesus still purifies and empowers believers for life. Let’s keep the fires burning. Scripture References from NIV: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (people afraid of the fire); Matthew 3:11 (baptism of fire); Mark 1:21-28 (Jesus in Capernaum). 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
Direct download: EBC_Podcast_February_1_2009.mp3
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