Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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May 26, 2013                                              Memorial Day Weekend


In Remembrance of Him

A LIFE Giving Memorial

Acts 27:33-38


Synopsis: Today’s service is all about remembrances.  We start with the Memorial Day Weekend remembrance of the price of freedom paid by those who died in the defense of the country and the passing of veterans who have served.  This year we lost the last of our World War II veterans.  This generation paid a high price in response to the call of their country.

      The next part of the service we acknowledge financial gifts given to the church in memory of loved ones who have passed in the past year.  We are reminded of the gift each of these have been to the church through their lives.

      Today, we are dedicating new pulpit furniture.  The cost of the furniture was funded by a memorial gift in memory of Margaret Purkey Wright.  She was a unique gift of joy to family, friends and the church.

      The greatest memorial we celebrate today is in memory of the gift of life in Jesus Christ.  The Remembrance (Lord’s Supper) calls us to remember that Jesus was broken for our healing, and gave His life so that we could have life.  The breaking of bread in Scripture often references the Remembrance.  I think that is what Paul was doing in Acts 27:33-38.  The boat was going down but everyone was to be saved by trusting in the provisions of God’s grace.  We celebrate the Remembrance today mindful of the promise of God’s grace in Jesus Christ (John 10:22-42).  Always Remember.


Scripture Text (NLT): Acts 27:33-38; John 10:22-42

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May 12, 2013                                                               Mother’s Day           


Mother’s Day

A Celebration of Life

Romans 16:13


Synopsis: Whether you are a mother or not you certainly have one and that is what I want to talk about.  There are a lot of things that happen to a person before he or she ever make their debut.  What happens in a mother’s womb is often used as a metaphor but we all know that a mother’s influence on their child doesn’t end with birth.

      Jeremiah’s mother’s womb was the place where he received the call of God to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1:4-5).  John the Baptist experienced the filling of the Spirit in his mother’s womb at the sound of Mary’s voice (Luke 1:41).  What happens to the baby in the mother’s womb is formative for the rest of life.

      The Apostle Paul (Romans 16:13) lists Rufus in his greeting and goes on to mention “his dear mother, who has been a mother to me.” I have read that passage many times and referenced Rufus from Mark 15:21.  Rufus was the son of Simon the one who was compelled to carry Jesus’ cross.  I think this is the first time that I remember this latter note catching my attention.  What a wonderful comment to say of Rufus’ mother. 

      Mother is a title we give to more than those who give us life.  The title extends from what we think of as the best examples of a mother.  Now, maybe no one actually has a mother that has it all.  But all of us today can acknowledge the blessing, like Paul, of being mothered my many in life.

      May the Lord continue to bless us all with those who care enough to take us in, fill us up and send us on our way.


Scripture Text (NLT):  Jeremiah 1:4-5; Luke 1:39-45; Romans 16:13


Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5

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May 5, 2013                                              Senior Day at Emmanuel



Hebrews 11:1-2


Synopsis: This is an exciting day for us at Emmanuel and for congregations all across the country.  It is graduation time.  Seniors in high schools, colleges and universities are getting ready to celebrate their achievement.  Okay, you hold the degree, now it’s time to show us what you know.  Education for all of you is certainly not over.  You have learned a lot, but there is much more to learn.  Life is like that.  Each day life will present you with lessons to learn, challenges to face and tests, oh yes, tests and tests and more tests.  People around you will not be interested in your GPA as much as they will your faithfulness.  Faithfulness, you see, is that all important characteristic of LIFE.  LIFE without faithfulness is just a LIE.

      Today I am transitioning from one sermon series into another.  I started on Easter Sunday reminding you that the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love of God lives because of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Today I start off reminding you that LIFE flows from the empty tomb and that your LIFE makes a difference in the lives of those around you.  It does!  And that is why it is so important for believers to be faithful.  Let me tell you something about LIFE.  LIFE without Faithfulness is just a LIE.

      Live: Life is not a stagnant term.  Life flows!  Eternal life flows from the empty tomb.  Life is what the resurrection is all about.  Believers are on a journey, make every moment count.

      In: Life is not abstract.  We all live within the context of our family, community, nation, and world.  Certainly, within the congregation we are connected as one in Christ Jesus.  Live connected!

      Faithful: This is a key ingredient of successful living.  Life without faithfulness to our purpose and faith is simply just a LIE.  Live true to who you are!

      Expectation: Life without expectation isn’t much of a life at all.  We all know that eternal life in this body and in this world is not possible.  Believers find their hope is the presence of God, not in this world.  Do not let your life be restricted to what you have experienced.  Live in the expectation of what God will reveal in you.


Scripture Text (NLT): Romans 8:9-11; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-10; John 1:50-51; Hebrews 11:39-40.


Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2

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