Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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July 7, 2013                                                                                       


Taking Hold of the Promise

Elijah 2:11-14


Synopsis: My message today is part of our celebration of The Remembrance (Lord’s Supper) and carries the theme forward from last Sunday’s sermon comparing and contrasting Elijah’s ascension story to of Christ.  I hope to focus attention on the elements of the meal as a sign that we believers are “taking hold of the promise” as Elisha did when he picked up Elijah’s cloak (Elijah 2:11-14).

      Jesus used the challenge of the cross (Matthew 10:37-39) with His disciples.  It is not enough to say you believe or that you belong.  The power of faith comes in the cross of Christ.

      Paul used the analogy of a soldier’s armor (Ephesians 6:10-17) and called on believers to suit up for the battle of faith.  He was not talking about a flesh and blood warfare, but a spiritual battle. 

      Now hear the words of Jesus as He spoke His disciples on the night He was betrayed (Mark 14:22-25).  Is He not inviting them to be identified with Him and are we not invited to do the same every time we come to the Lord’s Table in of Remembrance of Him?


Scripture Text (NLT): Elijah 2:11-14; Matthew 10:37-39; Ephesians 6:10-17; Mark 14:22-25


Scripture Reading: Proverbs 30:1-4

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June 30, 2013                                                                                    


“Up Up and Away”

2 Kings 2:1-25 & Acts 1:1-11


Synopsis: When believers start talking about the ascension our minds are often drawn to the rapture or to thoughts of heaven and life beyond this world.  I enjoy contemplation on such things.  That is certainly not all that I think believers should take away from those stories.  In my message today I want to juxtapose to ascension stories and draw attention to some similarities that should challenge all believers as we move forward in life.

      The first of the ascension stories come from 2 Kings 2.  It is the story of Elijah’s ascent.  The second is that of Jesus’ ascension and is found in Acts 1:1-11.  Of course, there is a lot more to these stories than the passages mentioned.  These events served as “punctuation marks” in the development of the story of God’s work of redemption. 

      When I have compared and contrasted these stories there were some elements of each that stood out in my mind and caused be to focus my attention on the ones left behind.  “Up Up and Away” may make us think of Elijah and Jesus, but it should challenge us believers to be about the Father’s business.  There is work for us to do so “Up Up and Away.”


Scripture Text (NLT): 2 Kings 2:1-25; Acts 1:1-11


Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 2:9-10

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