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

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December 23, 2012                                 Advent Theme: REJOICE

 

Rejoice In Heaven’s Gift

Luke 2:8-12

 

Synopsis: The season of Advent calls believers everywhere to Rejoice In Heaven’s Gift.  On the Fourth Sunday of Advent our attention is focused on God’s gift of love as it or should I say He was delivered to a stable in Bethlehem.  The Long awaited Hope for the Messiah had come.  Now the Christians Hope is focused on His Second Coming.  The Peace of God was born into the world though the gift and that is why we rejoice.

      At this time of the year Luke 2:8-12 may be one of the most familiar Scripture passage in the Bible.  Next to it for me is John 3:16-17.  When these two passages get juxtaposed during the Advent Season I know the focus is on the story of Heaven’s Gift.  God doesn’t define love the way the world does and that is why I Rejoice. 

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 2:8-12; John 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7;

 

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:8-12

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December 2, 2012                                   Advent Theme: REJOICE

 

Rejoice In the Miracle of Christmas

Luke 1:76-79

First Sunday of Advent: HOPE

Help Other People Experience Emmanuel

 

Synopsis: This is the First Sunday of Advent and yes I can tell you how many shopping days are left before Christmas, but I would rather tell you there are three more Sundays of anticipation of Christ’s coming.  This Sunday we light the candle of HOPE.  Think about it this way, Help Other People Experience Emmanuel.  Then they too will Rejoice in the Miracle of Christmas.  Jesus is our reason for rejoicing.

      The hymn I am using in this series dates back as far as the 8th century.  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel started as a Gregorian Chant and has been used in the celebration of Advent down through the centuries.  Originally there were seven verses, one for each day of the week leading up to Christmas and each verse had its own identity for Jesus.  In the arrangement that we have: verse 1 – Emmanuel; verse 2 – Day-Spring; verse 3 – Wisdom from on high; verse 4 – Desire of nations.  Through the Four Sundays leading up to Christmas we move closer to His Coming.  Anticipate it! Wait for it! And Rejoice!

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 1:76-79

Direct download: ebc_podcast_12_2_12.mp3
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November 25, 2012                                  Advent Series: REJOICE

 

Rejoice: A Note in the Chorus of Worship

Philippians 4:4-5

 

Synopsis: Rejoice!  The biggest shopping day of 2012 is now history.  How did you do?  That is the big question for shoppers, merchants and probably credit card companies as they tally up their booty.  Black Friday may be a good indicator of the US economy, but I don’t know if it really tells us much about what kind of Christmas we are going to have. 

      With black Friday behind us I wonder “Is It Already Too Late?” to talk about Christmas.  Today is November 25thand I am sure you know that one month from today it will be Christmas Day.  Actually the First Sunday of Advent isn’t until next Sunday, and yet I think some people have already lost sight of the reason for rejoicing?

      What a difference the gift of Christmas makes when the focus of our rejoicing is in Jesus.  No it really isn’t too late to let Jesus be the source of our rejoicing.  Whatever else might be the source of rejoicing it will in time pass away, but Jesus lives forever.  The value of Jesus’ gift to us will grow more precious in time.  That is why believers continue to rejoice in the miracle of Christmas.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  1Chronicles 16; Psalm 118:24; Philippians 4:4-5; Luke 2:8-12

 

Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 16:8-11

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November 18, 2012                                           Miracles of Stewardship Series

 

Thanks Offerings Don’t Stop With a Word

The Remembrance

 

Synopsis: Our service today draws us to the Lord’s Table for a time of Remembrance.  We are a congregation drawn again and again to this special service to acknowledge our gratitude to God the Father for sending the Son, to Jesus who gave Himself for us and to the Holy Spirit who continues to move us forward in faith.

        There were ten lepers pleading with Jesus for healing.  All were healed, but only one returned to give thanks and he was a Samaritan.  Believers everywhere want to be counted with that one who represents all of us outcasts who have been healed and allowed to come to Jesus.  We bow at the Table of Remembrance, acknowledging our sins and giving thanks again and again for our salvation.  Our thanks offerings only start with a word because a word is never enough.

        As we gather at the Lord’s Table I invite you to listen carefully as Scott Waisner and Michael Burleson lead us inFor This We Give Thanks.  Their words will remind us of the many names we use to remember why we are so thankful.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 17:11-19; Isaiah 54:4-6

 

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 54:4-6

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_11_18_12.mp3
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November 11, 2012                                           Miracles of Stewardship Series

Veterans Recognition

 

Returning for Thanks

Luke 17:17-19

 

Synopsis: To me, some of the most haunting words in the Gospels come from Luke 17:17 where Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?”

        Gratitude is personal.  The crowd went on their way, but not this one.  They all received the miracle of healing, but he alone came back to give thanks to his healer. I am convinced that miracles do not make believers.  We all receive miracles in our lives.  Believers are the ones who return to give thanks to the one they believe “healed” them.

        The one returning leper wasn’t told to return to give thanks.  He didn’t have too.  I have to think he just want to.  What about you?  In your life, are you included in the nine or singled out with the one?

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 17:11-19

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_11_11_12.mp3
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November 4, 2012                            Miracles of Stewardship Series

 

Even the Blind Can See

Mark 10:46-52

 

Synopsis: In the Gospel of Mark Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem actually starts at Bethsaida (house of fishing) which is located on the northern end of the Sea of Galilee.  In chapter 8 Mark records some defining moments as Jesus deals with the demands of the Pharisees and the needs of his disciples and those in need around Him.

      Jesus refuses to give the Pharisees the miraculous signs they demanded.  Then Mark tells of a blind man that was brought to Jesus.  Jesus took him outside of the village and healed him in a two step process and told him not to return to the village.

      Two questions come from this text that I think is repeated all the way to Jerusalem.  Can you see?  Can you see clearly?  Jesus asked the disciples who people say He was.  Then he wanted to know who they say He is?

      The section ends with another story of healing a blind man.  This time He and the disciples were traveling through Jericho.  Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus wanting to see.  Jesus said, his faith has made him well and Bartimaeus followed Jesus on down the road to Jerusalem.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Matthew 11:4-6; Mark 8:11-13; 8:22-26; 8:34-38; 9:21-24; 10:45, 46-52;

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October 28, 2012                                                Miracles of Stewardship Series

 

Multiplication Factor

Mark 6:38a

 

Synopsis: Have you ever had anyone ask you, “What’s in your hands?”  That is usually when we talk about being caught “red handed.”  I did a little research on the origin, history and meaning of the phrase and I will share what I found.

        The feeding of the 5,000 is one of many other stories of miraculous events found in the Gospels, but this one stands alone in that it can be found in all four of the Gospels.  Today I am going to use the text found in Mark 6:35-44 particularly verse 38.  

        The miracle of stewardship is not determined by whether or not believers give.  The miracle is revealed in the ways God blesses and multiplies their gifts to meet the need.  The Gospel of John tells us that it was a boy’s lunch, enough for one that was multiplied to feed thousands.  What’s in your hands?  Enough, if you will offer it to the Lord!

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Mark 6:35-44 (Matthew 14:13-21; Luke 6:1-15; John 6:1-15); Mark 8:14-21 (Matthew 16:5-12); Mark 2:23-28 (Matthew 12:1-8, Luke 6:1-5); 1 Samuel 21:1-6; 1 Kings 17:7-24

 

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:35-44

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_10_28_12.mp3
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Guest Speaker Dr. Randall O'Brien.

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October 7, 2012                                                                 Series: Storytelling God

 

Jesus’ Story of the Sower

Luke 8:4-8

 

Synopsis: The sermon series “Storytelling God” started with a celebration of the Remembrance and is to end in the same way.  The Remembrance may very well be the churches most powerful vehicle for “Storytelling God” among believers and to those who have not yet surrendered to the call of Christ on their lives.

        Jesus’ story of the sower is a lesson about His mission on earth.  Yes there are four types of soil in this parable, but only one sower and only one type of seed.  Notice that the sower sows the seed on all types of soil.  The soil responds according to what type it is. 

        Today is World Communion Sunday and as we come to the Table of Remembrance we know other congregations are doing the same thing all around the world.  Christians everywhere share the message.  God the Father has provided the church with one type of seed.  It is the seed of faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ the Son.  All who receive Him will receive the power of everlasting life.  The church must be careful not to limit the seed but to spread it everywhere we go.

        As we come to the time of sharing the bread and the cup different ones will be involved in telling the story and encouraging whoever will to receive Jesus into their hearts and lives even as they receive the bread and cup of Remembrance.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 8:4-8, 9-10, 11-15; John 3:16-17, 20:21

 

Scripture Reading: Luke 8:11-15

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_10_7_12.mp3
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September 30, 2012                                     Series: Storytelling God

 

Jesus’ Story of the Inviting Father

Luke 14:15-24

 

Synopsis: One thing that the gospels make plain to us is that Jesus told stories.  He was not simply trying to entertain his audience, but rather chose the vehicle of story to convey his message.  In Matthew, Mark, and Luke his stories are identified as “parables.”  That word simply means comparisons.  In other words Jesus told earthly stories with heavenly meanings.

      Jesus’ story of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24) illustrates the fallacy some religious leaders think to be true.  It is a mistake to think that the invitation is in the hands of the guests.  The actions of the father in this story illustrate our Heavenly Father’s response to those who think religion is in their hands to do with as they please.  Our Heavenly Father desires to have a full house and has extended the invitation to “whoever” will whether or not they are listed among a previously invited group.

      It is not accident that there are three invitations extended in the story.  Three is one of those numbers that indicated completeness.  The invitations are extended to those who are expected to come, to those who might be persuaded to come and even to those that no one expects to come.  That sounds pretty complete to me. 

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 14:15-24

 

Scripture Reading: Luke 14:21-24

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September 23, 2012                                                         Series: Storytelling God

 

Jesus’ Story of the Searching Father

Luke 15:25-32

 

Synopsis: Today I want to take another look at the parables in Luke 15.  Last week my sermon looked at the waiting Father.  This week I will be looking at the Searching Father.  It might surprise you to know for whom the Father searched.  He didn’t go searching for the younger prodigal son.  Instead he just waited, but he went out to the older son.

        Luke 15 has three parables about lost things.  I believe all three parables are stories Jesus told about God.  No, God is not lost but the image of a shepherd searching for his lost sheep, a woman searching for her lost coin, and a father searching for his older son all contain clues to understanding God our Heavenly Father. 

        Luke sets the context for these parables in the first two verses.  There are two elements in the setting.  One element, sinners coming to Jesus and finding acceptance, is found in all three stories.  The other element, the religious crowd upset by the acceptance of sinners, is only found in the final story.  

        Jesus’ stories of lost things illustrate God’s search for His children even if they are not aware they are missing. There is a banquet/party prepared and waiting for all of God’s children to  attend.  In Jesus’ time as now many refuse to come.  Are you coming?  Are you still wallowing in the pig pen or just on your way there?  Are you still upset with those the Father has welcomed home?  That’s okay, don’t worry, there is still room for you too.  Are you coming?

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 15:3-32

 

Scripture Reading: Luke 15:1-2

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September 16, 2012                                                         Series: Storytelling God

 

Jesus’ Story of the Waiting Father

Luke 15:20-24

 

Synopsis: Many remember the 15th chapter of Luke because of the three parables of lost things.  I believe all three parables are stories Jesus told about God.  No, God is not lost but the image of a shepherd searching for his lost sheep, a woman searching for her lost coin, and a father waiting for his sons all contain clues to understanding God our Heavenly Father. 

        Luke sets the context for these parables in the first two verses.  There are two elements in the setting.  One element, sinners coming to Jesus and finding acceptance, is found in all three stories.  The other element, the religious crowd upset by the acceptance of sinners, is only found in the final story.  

        My sermon today features the Father who waits to welcome home the younger prodigal and old son.  There is a banquet/party waiting for all who will come.  Are you coming?

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 15:11-31

 

Scripture Reading: Luke 15:1-2

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September 9, 2012                                                           Series: Storytelling God

 

Jesus the Storyteller Tells of the Heavenly Father

Mark 14:35-36

 

Synopsis: How do you describe God?  When Jesus was asked about God he always started with relationship.  The ultimate relationship he conveyed to others was that of His Heavenly Father.  God the Father is the ultimate character in the stories Jesus told and in His life.

        Unfortunately, not everyone has a positive experience with their earthly father.  Those individuals start with more questions than other people do.  Questions like Larry Shoop raised in his book Does God Smile?  Is God friendly?  Is God ever please with His creation?  Jesus’ stories about God tell us the answer is yes.

        Of all of the adjectives that Jesus could and did used in tell others about God, none seemed to convey the special relationship that God our Heavenly Father conveys.  What do I say to those who do not have a positive image of Father?  I simply say, come to Jesus and let Him tell you what your Heavenly Father is like and you will be blessed.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  John 3:16-17; Matthew 5:14-16, 6:9, 7:9-11; Mark 14:35-36

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_9_9_12.mp3
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September 2, 2012                                                                  Labor Day Weekend

 

In Celebration of His Labor

Isaiah 53:11

 

Synopsis: My time with you today is has basically divided into two parts.  The first part will be an introduction to a sermon series that starts today.  The second part will be a devotional that is to call us to the Table of Remembrance in Celebration of His Labor.

        The series title is “Storytelling God.”  There are many times in the Gospels that Jesus was asked about God and his response almost always was given in a story.  Many of his parables serve as examples of Jesus “Storytelling God.”  Jesus is an example of our “Storytelling God.”  God sent his “one and only Son” to tell God’s people that he still loved them and wanted to include all people in a relationship that would last forever.  Jesus uses “Father” or “Abba” to set His stories in terms of relationship.

        This is Labor Day Weekend in the United States.  Many get to take Monday off in celebration of Labor.  Today I want to turn our attention to a Celebration of His Labor (Isaiah 53:1-12).  I hope today’s message will call your attention to the story of Christ’s suffering as God paints a word picture of His Love for you.  If you have never received Jesus Christ as you Savior and Lord, I pray you will do it now. 

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Isaiah 53:1-12

 

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:1-3

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_9_2_12.mp3
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August 26, 2012                                                       Commissioning/Ordination

                                                                                             Start of New Church Year               

 

Setting Aside for Ministry

Acts 13:1-3

 

Synopsis:     At Emmanuel we use terms like “Ministry Groups” and “Task Force.”  The reason is to stress service over meetings and working together over authority.

        My sermon today looks at other terms that we need to clarify.  Sometimes we use terms that have long lost their connection to practice.  We will start with Acts 13:1-3 for an introduction of concepts and move to a clarification of terms like “laying on Hands” and “Ordination.”

        The final part of today’s sermon deals with giving “Thanks” to those who have served throughout the church year and to  “Commissioning” those who are being “set aside” to serve in the church year that starts September 1.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Acts 13:1-3, 6:1-6

 

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_8_26_12.mp3
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August 19, 2012                                                                                                               

 

Courage for the Next Step

Matthew 14:28-33

 

Synopsis: What does a church do in celebration of its 110th anniversary after the Homecoming?  I believe it’s time to ask God for Courage for the Next Step.  Do you remember the story of Peter stepping out on faith (Matthew 14:22-33)?  I know he didn’t get very far, but he got farther than anyone else in the boat. 

        It is easy enough for churches, like people, to get so comfortable with the way things are that they will not step out on the faith that started them on the journey in the first place.  Courage, as you know, is the work of the Holy Spirit. 

        Believers always stand in need of a fresh realization of the power and presence of Christ Jesus in our lives.  Christ walking with us often beckons us to follow Him into unfamiliar places and maybe unfamiliar ways.  Believer must trust the power and presence of Christ to sustain them and if need be to rescue us.  We need a fresh experience of the grace of God in Christ Jesus that lifts us up and sets out course. 

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 14:22-33

 

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:28-31

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_8_19_12.mp3
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Homecoming at Emmanuel.  Guest speaker Dr. Steve Frye.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_8_12_12.mp3
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August 5, 2012                                                                                                                 

 

Structural Integrity

1 Corinthians 3:10-17

 

Synopsis:     Let me restate the obvious, the work of the church cannot be bourn on the shoulders of one or two of its members.  It cannot because the work is too great.  It cannot because it was never intended to.  While there is only one foundation, all believers are admonished to be builders. The product of their labors will be judged by God and man as well as whether or not they labor.

        Paul’s warning to believers is echoed throughout the New Testament (1 Corinthians 3:10-17).  “Be very careful” that you build on the foundation of Christ Jesus and that you build appropriately.  Be careful how, what, why, when, that and why you build.

        Yes, God is watching and so are your fellow believers who are encouraging your labors both in this world and in the presence of God.  There are also those living around you who watching to see if your labors are about you or Christ.  There is just too much at stake for any believer to not do their part.

 

Scripture Text (NLT): 1 Corinthians 3:10-17; Acts 6:1-7; Joshua 1:7; Isaiah 28:16; Hebrews 12:1

 

Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:24-27

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_5_5_12.mp3
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July 29, 2012                                                  High Youth Mission Team Report,

                                                                                   Summer Missions Celebration

 

It Didn’t Seem Like Much!

Luke 16:10-13

 

Synopsis: “It Didn’t Seem Like Much” features a recap of summer mission involvement at Emmanuel as a celebration of what God has done with that which we have given to Him.  Bill & Gloria Gaither’s song tells the story of how our “Little is much when God is in it!”

        “It Didn’t Seem Like Much” is also used as an excuse what our actions or lack of actions.  When we offer ourselves in the right spirit our little becomes great in the hands of our Lord.

        It didn’t seem like much when we offered ourselves in His service, but it make a huge difference in the lives of those we touched.  Joplin, AO Week, VBS, Costa Rica, High School Youth, PA Youth in accident.

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 16:10-13;

 

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_7_29_12.mp3
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Guest speaker Tim Holder.

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July 8, 2012 Organ Dedication

 

The Psalter and Harp

Psalm 150

 

Synopsis: We are dedicating a new organ at Emmanuel today.  It seems like it has been a long time coming and we are ready to praise the Lord.

        Psalm 150:6 “Let everything that breaths sing praises to the Lord!”  The whole Psalm has the verb praise in every line.  It also lists more instruments than are found in any other passage in the Bible.  These are instruments used in the sanctuary to aid the people in making “joyful noise.”

We continue that tradition today as we add another instrument of praise to our list.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Psalm 150; Colossians 3:16

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_7_8_12.mp3
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July 1, 2012

 

An Independent Voice

Matthew 3:1-12

 

Synopsis: John the Baptist is a good example of “An Independent Voice.”  He was not filled with the message of the status quo, rather his message was one centered on turning.  Turning was what you might call the entry point of the kingdom of God.  That is what people went out to hear.

        Jesus’ first messages carried John’s message forward.  He is our primary example of “An Independent Voice.”  He was not the mouth piece of any political group.  He had not social agenda apart from God’s. 

        What My Brother Needs from me is “An Independent Voice.”  A voice filled with the good news of Jesus Christ calling all people everywhere to come and follow Jesus.  Turning begins from where you are and leads into the kingdom of God.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Matthew 3:1-12

 

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_7_1_12.mp3
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June 24, 2012                                                                     My Brother Series 3 of 3

 

What Does My Brother Need?

John 3:16-17

 

Synopsis:     This is the third sermon in a series dealing with relationships.  “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” was the question raised by Cain in regards to Able whom he killed.  “Who Is My Neighbor?” was the question raised by a lawyer in response to the demand of the law to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:25-37)  Jesus’ reply opened up the issue of relationship.  Thus the title for sermon two was “Who Is My Brother?” The question for this sermon today is simply “What Does My Brother Need?” 

        If God the Father hold us accountable for the treatment of “my brother” (i. e. my fellow human being) then how am I to respond to what “my brother” needs?   The answer involves many things but it starts with “me” and extends to things “I” can do.  Until I offer myself to my brother, my things will not satisfy. 

        If you have the capacity to save the world and all who are in it, you should.  God did!  God did it through offering God’s self (John 3:16-17).  God in Christ Jesus gave Himself.  Jesus in turn gave Himself and offered an open invitation to whoever will come (Revelation 21:5-7; 22:17).  Let us not restrict His offer.

        “Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift, and Deed” is not just Emmanuel's motto.  It is the essence of our mission statement.  It’s who we are.  It’s what we do.  It is what “my brother” needs.

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 7:3-5; John 3:16-17; Revelation 21:5-7; 22:17.

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_6_24_12.mp3
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June 17, 2012                                                                     My Brother Series 2 of 3

 

Who is My Brother

Luke 10:25-37

 

Synopsis:     This is the second sermon in a series dealing with the question of relationships.  “Am I My Brother’s Keeper” was raised by Cain in regards to Able whom he killed.  Today my sermon deals with the question raised by a lawyer in response to the demand of the law to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:25-37) 

        This question of who is my brother is raised in several of Jesus’ parables.  The older brother in Luke 15:11-32 was acting like his brother was dead, but the Father insisted that he was alive. 

        There is a third parable most often identified with judgment (Matthew 25: 31-46).  It is told in reference to the separation of the sheep and the goats.  The distinction of the two groups is drawn from the way they treated Jesus’ brothers.

        I need to be sure you know that I am not using the term “Brother” as a term of gender.  I do not believe the text is trying to limit its lesson to gender specific relationships.  I believe Jesus is present a truth that transcends gender.  In other words I think the lesson of this text crosses the gender barrier, kinship barrier, socio-economic barriers to make a simple point.  Your brother is the person the Father places in your path who needs you or you need him.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 10:25-37; 15:11-32; Matthew 25: 31-46

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

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May 20, 2012                                                                                                                    

 

What’s This About Trespasses?

A Confession In the Context of the Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:12; Luke 11:4

 

Synopsis: “When you pray,” Jesus said, “… pray to your Father in private.” (Mt. 6:6, NLT)  In matters of private personal prayer, the public is not invited.  Topics of prayer come from matters of the heart and soul of believers.  Forgiveness is one of the issues believers have to address in the presence of their Heavenly Father.

        Each Sunday morning at Emmanuel, during our opening prayer, as an expression of our unity in the presence of Christ, we pray together the Lord’s Prayer.  It is, as found in Scripture, a corporate expression of prayer.  I have often told people that it doesn’t matter if they are using the same words together.  Week by week certain words take on special meaning to us individually. 

        Translators vary in the English words they use to translate the Greek.  There are even differences in the Greek.  That’s not a problem.  The fact is there are many ways to say what we need to say to our Heavenly Father in times of prayer. 

        This message deals particularly with issues of forgiveness and the words of the prayer.  “Forgive us our ____” is it debts, or trespasses, or wrongs, or sins?  “As we forgive our ____” well, you really need to be the one to fill in the blanks.  Maybe it would help if I closed the door for you.  I believe that when we stand “face to face” with our Heavenly Father forgiveness matters.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Matthew 6:6, 12; Luke 11:4; Mt. 7:12; Lk. 6:31.

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

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May 13, 2012                                                                                          Mother’s Day

 

Let’s Give Them a Hand

Genesis 3:20

 

Synopsis: Mothers are special people.  They are the ones we bond with before we even know there is anyone else in the world.  Eve, Adam called her because “she would be the mother of all living.”  All of us trace our beginnings back to our mother’s womb.

        Today we want to especially honor the mothers who are here with us not only for the life they made possible for us but also for the love and sacrifice they extended to us.  They have earned our “applauds,” our “assistance,” and our “assurance.”

        All moms are not all that they should be any more than all sons and daughters are all that they should be.  Maybe your mom is already gone.  Be encouraged, there are plenty of “moms” around who would love nothing more than to take you in as one of their own.  Maybe, you as a mom have already lost your child or children.  Be encouraged there are a lot of sons and daughters around needing your love.  Reach out and grab one.  Remember, moms don’t have to ask you to be your mom.  Blessings!

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Genesis 3:20

 

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

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May 6, 2012                                                                     Senior Day at Emmanuel

 

Where Are You Headed Now?

Luke 24:13-34

 

Synopsis:     Today is Senior Day at Emmanuel and my message is intended to address the challenge of the senior experience.  Seniors stand for just a moment on the threshold of what will be.  It is a time to celebrate and commemorate the moment, but life does not stand still.

        I want to read Luke 24:13-34.  This is the story of the experience of two of Jesus’ followers on the road to Emmaus after Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.  Their experience of the Resurrected Lord challenged their understanding of what had happened and changed their direction in life. 

        Calling all seniors: are you ready for the challenge?  Where are you headed … now?

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 24:13-34

 

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:25-27

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

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April 29, 2012                                                                                                                    

 

Celebrating Our Faith Story

Psalm 100

 

Synopsis: If you’ve not come to the place in your life where you can celebrate your life story in worship, then I would suggest you are not where you should be.  Your spiritual life should bring you into the presence of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and not lead you away from the Lord.

        Amazing Grace is John Newton’s story presented as a celebration of his faith story.  It is open and honest not unlike any true faith story.  Let’s be honest, we don’t always get it right.  His song resonates in our soul and becomes a true expression of those who sing it still.

        William J. Bausch in Storytelling: Imagination and Faith (a book on the study of parables) has a chapter on “Spirituality and Story.”  In it he defines six connections between story and “sanctity.”

        The Psalms are full of examples of David’s story bringing him into the presence of God in worship.  They include praise and thanksgiving but also confession and repentance.  David’s prayers spring from the depths of his hungering, often hurting, frightened soul.  It was David’s story that brought him into the presence of the Lord God in worship.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Psalms 100, 1 Chronicles 16:1-36; Psalm 51:7-11, 54:1-2, 55:1-2, 62:11-12, 65:1-4

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:7-11

 

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

 

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April 22, 2012                                                                                                                    

 

Believe

John 20:24-29

 

Synopsis: I think Thomas has a bad reputation he doesn’t deserve.  I am referring to Jesus’ disciple also known as the Twin but who is often denigrated by the word “doubting.”  Let’s just start with the primary text of John 20:24-29.

        When I examined the various references in the New Testament and in  church history I have no doubts that Thomas was sold on Jesus.  Read John 11:16 and see if you think Thomas had any doubts about following Jesus.  Thomas had to see the resurrected Jesus in order to be qualified as an “eye witness.” 

        Faith started Thomas on a journey with Jesus that touched far more than his natural senses.  Now, Thomas’ story beckons people to believe in the Resurrected Lord.  And Jesus invites people in faith to take his nail scarred hand for a journey in the Spirit where believers experience things far beyond the limits of natural senses.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  John 20:24-29; 11:16; Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13; John 21:2, 14:1-7

 

Scripture Reading: John 20:26-27

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

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April 8, 2012                                                                                                          Easter

 

Resurrected Lord

Acts 4:1-4

 

Synopsis: Happy Easter!  Jesus is the Resurrected Lord.  There is none other like Him.  The resurrection of the dead begins with Him and is possible only through Him.  What does it mean?  For many, it means nothing, but to believers it means everything.

        Mark 16:1-8 tells of the women’s discovery.  Other Gospels reveal additional details, but none had the answer to the meaning of the empty tomb.  Only later would it be revealed to them that Jesus was and is The Resurrected Lord.  In 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 the Apostle Paul affirmed it as the bedrock of the Christian faith.

        There are some interesting insights that come to the reading the book of Hebrews in the New Testament in the context of Easter.  For example, there is a clear difference when you compare the Resurrected Lord to angels.  Jesus is not just a messenger, He is the message.  When compared to Moses Jesus is not just a servant, He is the son.  When compared to the heroes of faith as listed in Hebrews 11 it is apparent that the Resurrected Lord is not just a hero of the faith, He is the faith. Jesus is the Resurrected Lord, the “something better” that God had planned.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Mark 16:1-8; Acts 4:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Hebrews 2:9-10, 14-15, 16-18; 3:1; 4:14-16; 5:6-10; 7:18-19, 23-28; 8:1-2; 9:11-12, 27-18; 10:19-25; 11:39-40

 

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 5:8-9

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

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March 11, 2012                                                                       Third Sunday of Lent

 

The Celebration of Discipline - Repentance

Luke 3:8

 

Synopsis:     As we move toward Easter it is very important that believers use this time to reflection on the story of Christ’s self-sacrifice and examine our lives accordingly.  Repentance is in order whenever believers finds their actions and attitudes are leading them in the wrong direction.  That is indicated when we find ourselves living for the moment instead of moving toward the resurrection.

        Repentance was the message of John the Baptist (Luke 3:7-14), the fore runner of Christ and was often heard throughout the Old Testament.  The first words of Jesus’ sermons were the same.  On the day of Pentecost, repentance was the starting point of Peter’s sermon to the curious crowd.

        Paul made it a point to call believers to actions consistent with living as “citizens of heaven” (Philippians 1:27-30).  He admonished the believers in Corinth “not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.” (2 Corinthians 6:1-13)  For believers to live their lives in oneness with the Father calls us to live in unison with one another.

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 3:7-14; Philippians 1:27-30; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13

 

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

 

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March 4, 2012                                                                      Second Sunday of Lent

 

The Celebration of Discipline

Self-Examination

Philippians 2:5

 

Synopsis:     Paul said “if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God…” (1 Corinthians 11:27-32).  That sounds like a good incentive for self-examination.  In the same way self-discipline sounds a lot better than God’s discipline.  Both will lead to a better you which is what God has in mind. 

        God examines our motives and our heart and so should we (Proverbs 16:2; 21:2).  God is the one who sets the standard and Jesus is the one who demonstrated how.  Even He disciplined His life according to the Father’s standards (Philippians 2:1-18). 

        Believers are in good company when they examine their motives for actions against the standard of the Father’s love.

Scripture Text (NLT): 1 Corinthians 11:27-32; Proverbs 16:2; 21:2; Philippians 2:1-18

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

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February 26, 2012                                                                    First Sunday of Lent

 

A Celebration of Discipline

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

 

Synopsis:     This is the first Sunday of “Lent.”  That may not mean much to you if you are not familiar with the church calendar.  I want to spend our time together talking about the tradition and making suggestion for observing Lent as a Celebration of Discipline.

        Using 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 as my text I want to make a few suggestions for you to consider: 1. Setting a Goal, 2. Developing a Plan, 3. Making a Commitment, 4. Accountability Group.  Some questions that you need to ask: Doing this will make me a better …?  Doing this will be a blessing to …?

        Remember, we are moving toward Easter.  Use these next forty days as a time of reflection, self examination, repentance and renewal.  May the mark of Christ’s presence in your life stand out to those around you.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  1 Corinthians 9:24-27;

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

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February 5, 2012                                                                               

 

Mistaken Identity

Exodus 32:1-6

 

Synopsis: God told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” now go tell the people (Exodus 3:14-17).  Later the people responded, “You are who WE SAY you are” (Exodus 32:1-6).  That attitude always leads to a Mistaken Identity.  The god who is the product or invention of people winds up being nothing other than “Dead Weight” (1 Corinthians 8:4-6).  I AM gives life to believers (John 3:3-8).  It doesn’t work the other way around.

      It is easy to be distracted by human desires and human intervention.  Israel asked for a king (1 Samuel 12:20-22) so they could exalt one person to the place of God.  The people got a king and all of the weights that go along with having one. 

      The bottom line for interaction with I AM is humility (James 4:7-10).  God exalts believers.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Exodus 3:14-17; 32:1-6; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; John 3:3-8; 1 Samuel 12:20-22; James 4:7-10

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Sermon Series for 2012                                              Names of God

January 29, 2012                                                         God the Spirit           

 

God the Spirit

John 4:21-24

 

Synopsis: When we talk about God the Son we say Jesus is the Son of God.  It works the same way when we talk about God the Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is literally the Breath of God. 

      Jesus invited believers into a relationship with God as their Heavenly Father.  He also taught believers that “God is Spirit.” (John 4:21-24)  And we learn that the Spirit is life.

      The term “Spirit” has a wonderful lesson to teach us in and of itself.  Unfortunately, English doesn’t have the same inferences as does the Hebrew and Greek.  The term can be translated “breath,” “wind,” and “spirit.”  

      There are many spirits.  Many powers that lay claim to the divine, but are not.  The God the Spirit is always at war with the evil in our world and in our lives.  Who is winning the battle in your life? 

 

Scripture Text (NLT): John 4:21-24; Revelation 1:4-5; 4:4-6; 5:5-7; Ephesians 4:1-6; 1 John 4:1-3; James 1:16-18; Galatians 5:16-26

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Sermon Series for 2012                                              Names of God

January 22, 2012                                                           God the Son           

 

God the Son

Revelation 1:17-18

 

Synopsis: What if the God of all creation, the “I AM” of the Bible wants to have a relationship with you?  How would that work?  Well, I believe the Bible teaches that the “I AM” wants to have a relationship with the created and “Jesus” is the answer to how that works.

      Jesus is the name of the incarnate God the Son or as the title is found in the Gospels “the Son of God.”  Jesus introduces us to a relationship with the “I AM” in two distinctive ways: natural, earthly or human, and divine or supernatural.  The names used of the incarnate can easily be divided into these two categories as they are applied to God the Son.

            We have a lot to learn of the Divine from the names of God in the Bible.  They reflect the relationship that others have had with the divine.  They also teach us how that relationship works.  The bottom line is that you have no God if you have no relationship with God.  Jesus, the incarnate I AM, blazed a trail whereby we can have a relationship with God that will never end.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 1:31-33; Revelation 1:17-18; Matthew 1:22-23, Revelation 3:14, 1:8.

 

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Guest speaker Norman Eskridge.

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Sermon Series for 2012                                              Names of God

January 1, 2012                                                       New Year’s Day           

 

A New Year’s Address

Genesis 1:1

 

Synopsis: My sermon for today really has three parts.  It is partly a Commemoration of the Year just past, then it is a Challenge for the year ahead, and finally it is to be a partial introduction of a sermon series dealing with the names people of faith use to address God or to talk about their relationship with God. 

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Genesis 1:1

 

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December 25, 2011                                                                             Christmas Day

 

Journey to the Stable

The Birth Place of the King

Luke 2:16-20

 

Synopsis: “We found it!” the shepherds said.  Their journey ended at a stable in Bethlehem where they found a baby lying in a manage.  The shepherds found the Good Shepherd, “Christ the Lord,” the Angel said. Emmanuel!  The animals found their Creator.  Earth’s Savior, Deliverer, Redeemer was born in a stable.

Many of you found gifts under a tree, but have you discovered the gift of God’s love left for you in the stable of Bethlehem?  In “house of bread” Bethlehem God gave you the bread of life.  From the “living waters” in Nazareth flows the live giving water of heaven.  Jesus!

Some describe the gift in terms of Hope: they found Jesus as the source of their expectations.  Some describe the gift in terms of Love: they found Jesus as the expression of God’s grace and acceptance.  Others found Joy: because they found Jesus to be the spring of eternal happiness.  Still others describe the gift in terms of Peace: Jesus is the one in whom believers release their pains, sorrows, fears, and longings in receiving the Savior Whose words calm the troubled seas of life.  God the Father’s gift to you is personal all wrapped up in the Son delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                God’s gift to you is given according to your need.  When the shepherds left the stable they were still shepherds.  The animals were still sheep and goats, chickens and doves, donkeys and camels. 

Have you found the stable where Hope, Love, Joy and Peace of God was born? 

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 2:16-20

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