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

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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.

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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.

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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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