Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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Guest speaker Rick Loy talks about the abundant life that Jesus has in store for us and how the enemy wants to take it away.


John 10:10


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March 20, 2011                                                                   Second Sunday of Lent

First Day of Spring


Season of New Life

Matthew 28:1


Synopsis: Are you one of those people who get excited at the beginning of spring?  I am!  The darkness of winter is giving way to the brighter longer days of dawning.  As a result things all around us are springing to life. 

        Oh yes we still have a few “winters” yet to come.  Around here we name them.  There is the dogwood winter, blackberry winter, Indian winter and a few others yet to be named, but we know the days of winter are numbered.  The few remaining blasts of cold weather cannot stop the onward march of spring.  They may nip the blossoms and even kill the fruit of some early trees but winter’s grip on the earth has been lost to spring.

        This is the metaphor I want to incorporate into my sermon today.  A Season of New Life draws on this relationship of nature to illustrate the new life of believers in Christ Jesus.  To be sure, there will be blasts from the old life that will nip at the blossoms of new life in Christ, but they cannot stop the advance of the newness of life guaranteed by the presence of the Spirit of Christ that shines in and through the believer producing fruit of eternal life.  Thanks be unto God the Father for the dawning of this new day.


Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 28:1-7; John 3:1-8; Ephesians 4:17-32

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March 13, 2011                                                                         First Sunday of Lent


The Fast

A Time of Self Denial

Matthew 6:16-18


Synopsis:     We know that from a medical perspective a time of fasting has a role in determining what is going on in the body.  That is why doctors order a time of fasting prior to certain medical tests and procedures.  We may not like it, but we do it any way just to find out (hopefully) that everything is fine.

        A time of fasting is often prescribed or at least practiced by believers as a preparation for a mission that is to follow.  It is often defined as a forty day fast.  Moses and Jesus are two fine examples.

        So is fasting for a medical test the same as fasting in the Bible?  The answer is yes and no.  Is fasting required for believers in the contemporary world?  Jesus seems to assume that believers of any age will fast.  In Matthew 6:16-18 Jesus that there are times when a fast is appropriate.  He also points out that there right and wrong reasons to fast as sure as there are right and wrong ways to practice it.  Fasting as a part of prayer is a time of self denial.  It is usually for a certain period of time for the purpose of getting to know God better.  It is for the benefit of a believer’s relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  A time of fasting for believers may be just what their Heavenly Doctor ordered.      


Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 6:16-18; Psalm 35:11-16; Isaiah 58:1-9a,


Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:16-18

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March 6, 2011   World Day of Prayer

A Prayer Concert
Psalm 119:14

Synopsis: Today's sermon is spread throughout the service as I call
attention to five different dimension of prayer.  I will make several
references to E. Glenn Hinson's book The Reaffirmation of Prayer.  Members
of our High School Youth group will be leading the congregation in prayers
of praise, thanksgiving, transformation, intercession and surrender.  The
actual prayers used were written by Carson Newman College students enrolled
in Introduction to Ministry Class.
       The World Day of Prayer is an international ecumenical Christian
laywomen's initiative.  It is run under the motto "Informed Prayer and
Prayerful Action," and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the
first Friday in March.
       It started in1887 when Mary Ellen James called for prayer to address
the problems of women around her especially immigrants struggling to live in
slums of New York.
       Let us pay attention to the words of our prayers and make sure we
are using all dimensions of prayer and not just one or two.

Scripture Text (NLT):  Psalm 19:14

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