Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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