Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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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.

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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.

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