Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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June 23, 2013                                                                                    


Be the One

Break the Silence

1 Kings 19:19b


Synopsis: It happens to the best of us and all the rest of us.  You know what I mean.  It happens when events in life seem to shut us up in a solitary place filled with silence.  Now silence is a good thing at times, but none of us like to be a prisoner to it.  That kind of silence is often so dark that it can make us long for death.  That’s where Elijah found himself (1 Kings 19).  Following the great triumph over the priests of Baal on Mount Carmel Elijah found himself running for his life, pursued by Jezebel.

      Challenge: Be the ONE to Break the Silence.  As in Elijah’s case, God often sends “messengers” to feed and nurture those who are struggling.  You can do that.  If you are the Elijah listen, feed on the Word from the Lord and move on to where you need to be.  Listen, as God spoke to Elijah, god will speak to you through the Word who became flesh, through the word of the biblical message, or even directly.  Listen for the voice of the Lord and remember  you are not alone.


Scripture Text (NLT): 1 Kings 19:1-19


Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 19:1-4

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June 16, 2013                                                               Father’s Day


An Extra Hand

1 Kings 19:19-21


Synopsis: What Father has not needed an extra hand along the way?  I certainly have.  Sometimes that extra hand came from my own Father.  Other times it was from family and friends.  At the most important times of being a Father my greatest help has come from my Heavenly Father.  PLUS ONE for me has come from many sources.  PLUS ONE has made it possible for me to be a father.  I really don’t see how anyone could be a good father without an extra hand.

      In what ways were you mentored by your father or someone who filled the role of a father in your life?  Has anyone ever called you “Daddy’s little helper”?  I have benefited a great deal from many mentors in life.  Now I’m not suggesting that I was a good apprentice, but I have learned a few things that way.

      There are many stories in the Bible about people who have mentored others.  Elijah mentored Elisha and Paul mentored many including Timothy.  These characters are unique in many ways.  They were not biological fathers, but they were certainly mentors.  Fathers know their children and they should not neglect the needs at home nor should they limit the scope of their influence to those who are. 

      Here is the challenge: 1. Go be a mentor to someone who needs it.  2. Go be an apprentice to someone who can help you be a better person.


Scripture Text (NLT):  1 Kings 19:19-21; Acts 16:1-5


Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 19:19-21

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June 9, 2013                                Summer Mission Commissioning


You PLUS ONE Equals a Team

Be Part of the Equation

Isaiah 6:1-9a


Synopsis: You PLUS ONE equals a team when God is in it.  All believers are called to be a part of God’s Equation of redeeming the world.  God is counting on the “U” factor to make a difference.  It is the “unknown” in God’s equation.  Our efforts together will produce eternal results. 

      This summer salvation will be realized through our partnership with others as we share the word of life through word, gift and deed.  Deliverance for others will be realized as together we make the presence of Christ felt through our ministry.


Scripture Text (NLT):  Isaiah 6:1-9a; Matthew 28:16-20; Matthew 18:19-20

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June 2, 2013                                         Introduction of PLUS ONE


John 1:43-51


Synopsis: Do you know how many stories there are in Scripture where God works one on one with and through believers?  I sure don’t.  It seems like a lot.  Sometimes the work of the Lord is manifest in masses but there are more stories in our Bible about God’s Spirit working in and through individuals that in crowds.  Maybe that’s because more individuals wrote down their account of being singled out by God.  I want to look over some of these accounts and see if I can identify some of the essential elements of what I call PLUS ONE.

      I begin this series with a simple story found in John 1:43-51.  It is the story of Philip being singled out by Jesus and called to be a disciple.  The story continues when Philip reached out to Nathanael and invited him to “Come and see for yourself.”  In the simplest since Philip’s PLUS ONE was Nathanael.  He wasn’t trying to bring the masses to Jesus just one. 

      Philip went one on one to Nathanael, but he was not alone.  Jesus was already ahead of him.  Jesus was an essential element making up Philip’s PLUS ONE.

 Scripture Text (NLT): John 1:43-51; Matthew 18:20

 Scripture Reading: John 1:43-45

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