Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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November 17, 2013                                                                           


Peter Stories Series

When Determination Isn’t Enough

Luke 22:54-62


Synopsis: Today’s Sermon takes it focus from the story of Peter’s denial of Christ.  It is a sad story that begins with his declaration of his determination to follow Christ and extends to his denial (Luke 22:31-24, 54-62.  The story raises the question, What do you do “When Determination Isn’t Enough”?  Do you cry like Peter?  Well, yes and maybe a lot more often than Peter did. 

It is Jesus’ word to Peter that gives us the answer that God wants us to follow.  I heard Him saying, go ahead and cry, even kick yourself, but don’t stop there or keep on doing it.  What you need to do is “repented and turned to me again,” then get up and “strengthen your brothers.”  That after all is why we have Peter’s story.  It is not to belittle Peter.  It is to strengthen all of us.

Our stories have a way of strengthening other believers when they hear and realize the power of God’s grace.  Grace after all is God’s Radically Amazing Care & Expression of LOVE! 


Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 22:54-62; Psalm 51; Luke 22:31-34; Romans 3:23-26; Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Peter 1:18-19


Scripture Reading: Luke 22:31-34

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What are you going to do now?

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November 3, 2013                                                                             


Peter Stories Series

What Are You Talking About?

Mark 8:27-33


Synopsis: This is my second sermon in a series on what I call the Peter Stories.  In Mark 8:27-33 is the telling of Peter’s great confession that Jesus was the Messiah.  In Matthew 16:13-23, NLT there is a more expanded confession, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  In Luke 9:18-22, NLT Peter’s response is “You are the Messiah sent from God!”

In all three of these references Peter’s confession is followed by Jesus’ declaration concerning what lay ahead for him including his death.  Matthew and Mark tell of Peter taking Jesus aside and rebuking Him and then being rebuked by Jesus.  Matthew and Mark juxtapose (sets side by side) Peter’s confession and commendation with that of Peter’s rebuke of Jesus and then by Jesus.  Mark seems to do present these two events within a single telling thus bringing the question full circle back to where it started.  I paraphrase the question to ask, “What are you talking about?”  Mark expands it in Jesus’ words and prompts a deeply troubling question, “Do you have in mind the concerns of God, or merely human concerns?”

It is very easy for us to be side tracked into very human concerns at the expense of Godly concerns.  We see the bits and pieces of our experiences as if they were the whole picture (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).  They are not!  They are simply pieces of the collage of life only God can see the whole.  Trust Him to paint a portrait of Grace in your life.

Peter Stories help me focus on the grace of God not just for Peter, but for all of us.  Through this story I can more clearly understand GRACE as God’s Radically Amazing Care & Expression of LOVE!  Can you?  What are you talking about with your family, friends, associates, neighbors, and the stranger you meet on your way? 


Scripture Text (NLT): Mark 8:27-33; Matthew 16:13-23; Luke 9:18-22; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Mark 8:33; Ecclesiastes 3:1-15.


Scripture Reading: Mark 8:27-33

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