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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

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

Direct download: ebc_podcast_6_17_12.mp3
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