Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

The Podcasts

The Purpose

Palm Sunday Reenactment

March 24, 2013


Music Director: Dr. Mark Hussung

Pianist: Sharon McGinley                  Organist: Gail Hickman

Sound Room: Dale Williams; Projection: Libby Miller; Lights: Wayne Hinkle


Emmanuel Ensemble, Director: Karen Smith

Flute: Sara Smallman; French Horn: Karen Smith;

Trumpet: Bob Ogle; Trombone: Jeff Smith; Tuba: Brian Smallman


Rhythm Section, Director: Jeff Smith

Bass: Jeff Smith; Keyboard: Sharon McGinley; Percussion: Bryan Patterson, David Humphrey


Emmanuel Kids

Children’s Church, Wee Worship, Music Makers and Musikgarten


Cast of Characters

(Presented as they appear)

Jesus                                                                                                                                    Michael Burleson

Nicodemus                                                                                                                               Scott Waisner

Disciples       Joe Cagle, Dusty Shamblin, Darryl Hendricks, Norman Eskridge, Fred Wilson, Dale Gentry

                           Greg Schloesser, James Larrance, James Hodge, Jason McCoy, Brad Jones, Bryan Miller  

Mary                                                                                                                                   Sharon McGinley

Martha                                                                                                                                     Susan Waisner

Women                                Joan Jones, Judith Muncy, Jeanne Miller Fox, Lisa Patterson, Karen Williams

Peter                                                                                                                                   Darrell Hendricks


      The title for our reenactment this year is The Purpose.  The program opens with a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus seated around a table.  The scene changes as they will are joined by a host of characters and children in celebration of the triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  Then Jesus is seated on the Seat of the Rabbi as at the entrance to the city.  He is entertained by children singing.  From the Seat of the Rabbi Jesus instructs his followers on prayer and the life of faith.  Allow your imagination to fill in the blanks as we share this most precious story together.  Join in the music and prayer.  Sing praises to God for the gift of His love.  Following the morning offering we will hear from some of the women who ministered to Jesus.  They will be setting the stage for the Lord Supper.  As they depart Peter come to the stage to remember and sing.  Jesus and the other Disciples will join him as the scene turns to The Remembrance when everyone will be invited to join in receiving the bread and cup.  The program ends with Jesus and the Disciples leaving for the Garden of Gethsemane.

      The five purposes From Rick Warren’s book What on Earth Am I Here For? form the structure of The Purpose.  The order has been changed to fit our presentation.  We start with “You Matter to God” and that’s why Jesus came.  Jesus made the way of deliverance available for all so that we could fulfill our purpose.  We are made for Worship, Discipleship, Ministry, Fellowship, and Evangelism.  It is in the expression of their purpose that believers find fulfillment in life.  

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March 17, 2013                             What On Earth Am I Here For?

                                                            A Purpose Driven Campaign



 You Were Shaped for Serving God

                                    Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)


Synopsis: Ever wonder why you are shaped the way you are?  Some of your physical shape is hereditary.  Blame that on your parents, but remember you wouldn't be here were it not for them.  Some of your physical shape is attributed to your habits.  What you take in and what you do makes a big impact on how you look.  The advice I get is do more and eat less.

      But how are you shaped in the Spirit.  Yes, you bear the image of the Father, but is that all there is to it?  What you take in has an impact on what you can do and how you look is determined by what you do.  You were made by God the Father to serve others in Christ Jesus by the power of the Spirit.  Don’t ever forget that you are part of the Father’s project.  Bring your all and trust the results to God.


Scripture Text (NLT):  Ephesians 2:10 (NIV); 1 Corinthians 3:4-9, CEV; Ephesians 2:8-10, NIV; Galatians 3:1-5, CEV


Memory Verse: Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

      We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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March 10, 2013                             What On Earth Am I Here For?

                                                            A Purpose Driven Campaign



 You Were Created to Become Like Christ

Romans 8:28 (NIV)


Synopsis: I had people tell me, “You look just like your dad.”  Personally, I think I look like my dad’s son, but I understand the resemblance.  I don’t work at it.  It’s just naturally a part of who I am.  Good or bad it is who I am. 

      When we are born into the family of God we take on the image of the Father.  The most perfect example of the Father in human form was seen in the Son, Jesus of Nazareth.  Believers have that image to look to in order to determine whose we are.

      Believers are human beings born again by the poser of the Father.  That second birth starts a war within us.  Victory is won every time our lives reflect the presence of Christ within us.   


Scripture Text (NLT):  John 10:22-38; Romans 8:28 (NIV), Acts 9:1-9, 7:57-60; 1 Peter 4:13; Ephesians 4:11-16


Memory Verse: Romans 8:28 (NIV)

In all things God works for the good of those who love him,

who have been called according to his purpose.

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March 3, 2013                               What On Earth Am I Here For?

                                                            A Purpose Driven Campaign



 You Were Formed for God’s Family

Ephesians 2:19b (TLB)


Synopsis: Have you ever felt like you were born into the wrong family.  I have heard more than one teen say that.  Well, part of that is because you were born into a flesh and blood family and yes there is more.  You need to be born again (John 3:3).  That’s what Jesus told Nicodemus.  He was shocked.  Now we know that Jesus wasn’t talking about flesh and blood rebirth, mom and dad initiated birth.  Jesus was talking about being birthed into God eternal family.  You must be born of the Spirit.  God the Father initiated Spirit birth brings you into the family of God often referred to as the church.

      There is a big identity shift in the New Testament.  Following the individual response there is an automatic membership in the family of God.  The family gathers together in groups to learn more about living in the family and for fellowship (Acts 2:42).  Fellowship is the key word for accountability and reliability within the congregation (Hebrews 10:23-25).  

      We are formed to be the family of God in this world (Ephesians 2:17-22).  Not a nation formed by man, but an eternal creation made by the power and grace of God.


Scripture Text (NLT):  John 3:3-9; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25; Ephesians 2:19 (CEV); 2:17-22


Memory Verse: Ephesians 2:19b (TLB)

      You are members of God’s very own family . . . and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.

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