Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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July 17, 2011

 

Talent Search

Stewardship of Talents

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

 

Sermon Series: This is the second in a series of sermons dealing with stewardship.  I began with financial stewardship under the title of “Managing Gnats.”  Sometimes we think financial stewardship is the most important.  It isn’t.  Believers are “Gifted for a Purpose” financially and every other way.

      Today’s sermon “Talent Search” 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: Today’s sermon “Talent Search” 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.

      Believers are “Gifted for a Purpose,” and God has a purpose for every believer in the work of the church.  No excuses or exclusions are permitted among Kingdom workers.  Find a place to apply your talents and spiritual gifts and get started.  You are “Gifted for a Purpose in the Local Church.”

 

 

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  1 Corinthians 12:12-13

 

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

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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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July 3, 2011

 

Free to Be

Romans 6:15-18

 

Synopsis: We in the United States have a national holiday we celebrate on the 4th of July.  It is in honor of the Declaration of Independence signed by a bunch of very brave men back in 1776.  It was only 235 years ago. 

 

      We in the church have a believer’s holiday we celebrate every Sunday.  It is in honor of the declaration of independence signed in the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and sealed in His resurrection from the grave.  It was almost 2,000 years ago.  He made us “Free to Be” children of the Living God our Heavenly Father (Romans 6:15-18).

 

      We are not “Free to Be” anything we want to be, but free to be what God desires us to be.  Our Heavenly Father wants us to know the abundance of life possible. 

 

      We are citizens of the United States of America by birth or nationalization.  We are not citizens of the United States of America in order to be Christian nor are we Christians because we are citizens.  We Christians because of our faith in the resurrected Lord.  It is our obedience to our resurrected Lord that marks us as Christians.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Romans 6:15-18

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June 26, 2011

 

All Caught Up

Revelation 1:1-11

 

Synopsis: Have you ever been “All Caught Up” in something?  I hope so.  In fact I hope you’re all caught up in Christ Jesus, because it is the hope of the church that all believers will be caught up together with Him into glory.

        At Emmanuel we got all caught up in pandas last week.  Pandamania echoed up and down the halls and filled the sanctuary.  It was VBS and we had the largest number of kids in a long time.  We got caught up in thinking what it would be like to have this many kids every Sunday.  WOW!

        The Apostle John was on the isle of Patmos because he was all caught up in Jesus.  Then he got all caught up in the Spirit and was set free from earth’s prison to be captivated by God’s glory.  Now you are invited to get caught up in Jesus today so that you will be caught up together with Him in the end.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Revelation 1:1-11; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

 

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

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