Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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June 22, 2014                                                                                    


I Want To Be The Boss!

Mark 10:41-45


Synopsis: Have you ever heard a kid say, “You’re not the boss of me!”?  It probably came as a statement of defiance.  What they really wanted to express is what we all want, “I Want To Be The Boss!” 

      The issue is control and most of us want to be in control from a very early age, infancy.  We make verbal demands on others even before we know we are making verbal demands.  We cry instinctively before we ever learn to speak a single word.  We laugh instinctively just because something pleases us and we may not even know what it is that pleases us.

      James and John wanted to have “seats” of authority in Jesus’ kingdom.  The other disciples did too.  When the other disciples became very upset when they heard James and John had spoken of it to Jesus.  That situation provided Jesus with a teachable moment.  First with James and John who didn’t really know what they were asking for and then with the whole crew because they were misunderstanding the nature of the Way of Jesus (Mark 10:35-45).  Jesus said it is to be the nature of all believers that they serve one another.

      Words are important because they convey meaning and define function.  Sometimes words get used so often that they become names or titles.  Acts 11:26lists three other examples of how that happened in the history of Christianity.  The three words ware church (call out assembly), disciples or believers (followers of the Way of Jesus), and Christians (acting like Christ).  The Greek word translated serve or servant in the Mark passage is “deacon.”  In other places it is not translated at all and that may be why we miss the fact that all in the church are deacons by design.


Scripture Text (NLT): Psalms 19:14; Mark 10:35-45; Acts 11:26


Scripture Reading: Mark 10:35-40

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July 13, 2014                                                                                     


Bartimaeus’ Moment With the Lord

Mark 10:46-52


Synopsis: Psalm 66:16 starts off “Come and listen,” but it is not always easy to get the attention of someone to the degree that they are willing to actually listen.  If that is true of us, and I believe it is, how much more difficult is it for us to “Come and listen” to God.  That is why sometimes the Spirit must find it easier to get our attention when we are asleep than when we are awake.  Let me tell you about a dream I had that has launched me into this message for today.  My dream was about getting attention of those in the church for a revival service.

      My text for today comes from Mark 10:46-52.  It is the story of a blind man’s cry for help.  He lived in Jericho which is where Jesus was as he began His ascent to Jerusalem for His last Passover with His disciples.  Bartimaeus cried out and won a moment with Jesus that brought sign to his eyes.  We all need to learn some of the simple lessons from this story and put them into action for our own healing.


Scripture Text (NLT): Psalm 66:16-20; Mark 10:46-52


Scripture Reading: Psalm 66:16-20

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