Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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April 28, 2013                                                                                    

 

The Story Continues

Love Lives

1 Corinthians 12:31b

 

Synopsis: The celebration of Easter every year reminds believers that the hope, peace, joy and love of God lives because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Believers have an opportunity to help other people experience life in Christ by living in faithful expectation.  The story literally continues to be told or illustrated in the lives in and through the lives of believers.

      God demonstrated His LOVE for all the world by sending His Son (John 3:16-17).  Though Jesus was rejected and crucified on the third day God’s love flowed unhindered from the empty tomb.  This love of God is as good as it gets in this life and has the power to bring believers to life on the verge of eternity. 

      Gary Chapman illustrates that Love Is A Verb in a little book by that title.  He illustrates this statement through stories of people who have discovered it in their own lives.  Love is not a possession to hold.  Love is the power of God to hold believers in the palm of His mighty hand.  The Story Continues.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  John 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 13:13, 12:31b, 13:1-13

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Gideon Report by Mr. Rick Fincher

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April 14, 2013                                                                                    

 

The Story Continues

Joy Lives

Psalm 66:1-4

 

Synopsis: We give thanks to God for the joys of life.  Every day has some, along with everything else.  This is the time of year that believers need to be reminded that the source of our eternal joy is found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Joy lives because of the resurrection.

            Psalms 66, 65, and 98 all give expression to the joyous praise of believers.  “Come and listen …and I will tell you what he did for me.” (Psalm 66:16, NLT)  Telling others what God has done for them is one way believers express the JOY of the Lord.  

Jubilate Sunday, third Sunday after Easter, marks a time for believers to celebrate the joy that flows eternally from the empty tomb.  1 Peter 1:8b says, “Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.”  The “inexpressible joy” of believers flows like a mighty river from the presence of the Lord. Ezekiel’s image of the river flowing from the Temple illustrates the source of our joy in the realization of our jubilee. 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Psalm 66:1-4, 16-20, 65:1-4, 8b, 12-13, 98:1-9; 1 Peter 1:8-9; Ezekiel 47:1-12

Scripture Reading: Psalm 100

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The Story Continues

Peace Lives

John 14:27-29

 

Synopsis: HOPE is the first word of the Advent season, and there is a reason for that.  For one reason, Hope is the basis for out PEACE.  The resurrection made Hope and Peace a living reality.  Christians are challenged to Help Other People Experience hope and peace by Living In Faithful Expectation (LIFE).

      In John 14 Jesus shared the HOPE of the resurrection with the disciples and assured them that the gift he was giving them would result in “peace of mind and heart.” (John 14:27) 

      How do you define PEACE?  More often than not a dictionary definition will describe peace in terms of the absence of things: freedom from war, civil commotion, anxiety, annoyance.  It is something to work for.  Jesus describes it in terms of a gift to be received guaranteed by the resurrection.  Peace lives because of the resurrection.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  John 14:27-29, 22-31

 

Scripture Reading: John 14:27-29

 

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March 31, 2013                                                                        Easter

 

The Story Continues

Hope Lives

Mark 16:1-8

 

Synopsis: Today I begin a short series presenting the words of the four Advent candles in the context of the resurrection.  HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE take on new meaning as the story of the resurrection continues. The things we anticipated in the Advent to Christmas come to life in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

      HOPE lives because of the resurrection.  Death is denied.  The past is just that, past.  Hope is frightening!  It is uncertain, challenging and we often question whether or not we are up to the task.  The death of Jesus Christ ended the power of the past as the resurrection opened the door to a future full of potential.  Jesus’ agonizing cry from the cross, “It is finished!” still echoed in the minds and hearts of His followers until Sunday.  On that day a new cry arose among believers.  “He lives!”  Because hope lives the story continues.

      Do you member the acrostic I used in my sermon on the first Sunday of Advent last December?  HOPE: Help Other People Experience Emmanuel.  Help Other People Experience the resurrected Jesus Christ.  Help Other People Experience HOPE. 

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Mark 16:1-8;

 

Scripture Reading: Mark 16:1-8

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