Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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August 28, 2011


Language of Grace

A Lesson in Vocabulary

1 Peter 3:13-17


Synopsis: Sometimes believers speak in an “unknown tongue.”  They don’t mean to.  They may be using English or Spanish or … whatever, but people who speak that language do not necessary understand what the believer is trying to communicate.  The language of grace may be better felt than told, but believers still have to try to “give a defense” of their faith to those who have never experienced it (1 Peter 3:13-17; Acts 24:10)

      Today, I want us to work on our vocabulary.  I don’t want us to change it unnecessarily, just take a moment and try to explain some of the vocabulary used in the language of grace.


Scripture Text (NLT): 1 Peter 3:13-17: Acts 24:10


Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-17

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August 21, 2011


Language of Grace

1 Corinthians 5:9-11


Synopsis: Language sometimes forms a barrier to communication even when people seem to be using the same words.  That is certainly the case when believers try to communicate the Gospel to those who have never experienced it. 

        Paul called believers to a high standard of relationship that was not to be confused with standard of relationship with unbelievers (1 Corinthians 5:9-11).  In making that distinction he admonished believers to reach out to unbelievers even though they did not live by those higher standards as a means of winning them to faith.

        This brings up a good question.  How does a believer communicate the Gospel to an unbeliever when he or she does not know the language of grace.  Believers use the language of grace all the time.  Other believers understand them perfectly, because they have a common experience.  We fill our worship with songs of praise that have words which communicate on multiple levels. 

        Sometimes believers are mocked because of the choice of words that they use to communicate the meaning of grace.  Those outside of faith often don’t appreciate their sincere attempt to communicate with words their experience of grace.


Scripture Text (NLT):  1 Corinthians 5:9-11

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Homecoming at Emmanuel!  Special Guest Speaker Rick Rogers.

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GUest Speaker Norman Eskridge.

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July 24, 2011


Closet Time

Stewardship of Personal Devotion

Matthew 6:5-6


Sermon Series: This is the third in a series of sermons dealing with stewardship.  All believers are “Gifted for a Purpose.”  The first sermon dealt 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.

      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: “Closet Time” picks up on a phrase Jesus used to describe personal devotion.  Enter your closet, close the door and spend time with the Father comes from the KJV translation in Matthew 6:5-6.  Two words are examined closely: closet and devotion.  Personal Devotion is not about changing God.  It is about changing the person praying.

      One of Jesus’ parables examines this challenge even more openly.   In Luke 18:9-14 a Pharisee and Tax Collector go up on the roof to pray.  Only one closed the door to outside influence and went home justified before God.

      There are a lot of noises in our world that can distract us from devoting time to God.  When a believer devotes time to God it doesn’t meant the problems cease.  It just means the believer refuses to be devoted to the problems.  People choose who or what they are devoted to or the “who and what” of life will control them.

      How much time each day do you devote to the eternal?



Scripture Text (NLT):  Matthew 6:5-6; Luke 18:9-14

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