Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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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

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

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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

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

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