Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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August 24, 2014                                                                                


It’s Time!

Luke 10:3-4


Synopsis: We all seem to be at our best when we “procrastinate.”  We, and I put myself in the crowd, “defer” well.  Procrastination takes deliberate actions.  One has to know something must be done and then defer action until another day.  One of the problems with putting things off is that when it is time for those things to be done we don’t have time to get the task finished.

      Maybe, at least part of the problem with taking action or getting started is that we just get so busy with other things, and there are a lot of other things, that we never get “around to it.”  I actually have a lot of “round toits,” don’t you? 

      In a few weeks Emmanuel will host AmazinGrace 5K.  Maybe you are already getting in shape to participate.  Maybe not!  When it is time for the race to begin, runners will be called to the starting line and they will hear the warning “Get ready!  Get set!” before the firing of the starting gun and GO!”  The runners know that it is not until the shot is fired that the race actually begins.  They have time to do whatever they choose, but when the starting shot is fired, the race starts, whether you do or not.  What happens if you miss the signal to start?  Does the race wait on you?  No?  “It’s Time!” 

      Jesus sent out 72 of His disciples and gave them the power of the Spirit within Himself and gave them the same command that He had from the Father, Go!  Like runners in a race they set out to fulfill their commission and returned later full of excitement because they won the victory.  They needed more help, were told to pray for more help, but they were not to wait for it.

      Matthew’s Gospel closes with that final word from Jesus to His Disciples.  And Jesus said “Go!”


Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 10:3-4; Zechariah 4:8-10a; Matthew 28:18-20


Scripture Reading: Luke 10:1-4

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August 17, 2014                                                                                


You Can Do It!

Luke 10:19-20


Synopsis: God is confident “You Can Do It!” because God knows the power of the Spirit within you comes from Him.  Jesus is confident “You Can Do It!” because Jesus knows the power of the Spirit within you.  The power of the Spirit energies all who trust in the might of God the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

      In the stories of our Old Testament the Spirit power of God dwelt on only a few (like Zerubbalel, Moses and the 70 he chose plus 2 more God included).  In the New Testament the Spirit of God’s might and power came on all who believe.  The power and might of the church does not exist in its denominational structure, nor by the might of its buildings and institutions, nor the number of its membership or size of its offerings, nor from any program it institutes.  The power of the church is found in the presence of the Spirit of God flowing through all who believe.

      You, yes you who sit in the pews and fill the many roles of service in the life of the congregation.  Yes you who are chosen of God for service to the kingdom of Heaven.  You can do what God has called and gifted you to do, not because of who you are, but because of the Spirit of God flowing through you.  You Can Do It! 

It’s Time To Get Started!  What Are You Waiting On?


Scripture Text (NLT): Zechariah 4:1-14; Luke 10:1-20; Numbers 11; Hebrews 3:1-3; 1 Peter 2:9


Scripture Reading: Zechariah 4:6-7

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Guest Speaker Don Mitchell.

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August 3, 2014                                                                                  


I Will

Matthew 8:1-4


Synopsis: What do you think is the hardest part of any prayer?  Could it be, “Not my will, but your will be done”?  What does it take to come to the point in your relationship with God that you can trust the Father’s will whatever it may be?  Jesus did!

      My sermon starts with a look at the story of the leper who came to Jesus for healing (Matthew 8:1-4).  “Lord” the man said, “if you are will, you can heal me and make me clean.”  He was right to believe Jesus could heal him.  He was right to trust his fate to the will of God.  Jesus reached out and touched him and said, “I am willing.”  What wonderful joy must have filled his heart as he felt the touch of Jesus’ hand and heard those words from Jesus’ lips.  It is and should be a glorious moment for us whenever we hear from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

      Our struggle with the will of God comes when God’s will for life differs from what we desire.  The Apostle Paul knew that struggle all too well (2 Corinthians 12:1-10), but he was not the along in this struggle.  Jesus knew it too.  He had to in order to qualify as our intercessor (Hebrews 4:14-16).  Nowhere in Scripture is that struggle more apparent than when Jesus came to the end (Matthew 26:38-39).  His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane demonstrates the severity of His struggle.  Because He chose the will of God over His own will you and I have a Savior who is constantly interceding with the Father on our behalf.

      Now it’s your turn to trust His will for you.  Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer taught us to pray for God’s will to “be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, NRSV).  The way of eternal blessings if found in the will of God, not us.


Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 7:28-29, 8:1-4, 6:10 (NRSV); 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Hebrews 4:14-16; Matthew 26:38-39


Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

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July 27, 2014                                                                                     


Authority Figure

Matthew 8:5-13


Synopsis: Who are the “Authority Figures” in your life?  Context has a lot to do with identifying an “Authority Figure” and determining their sphere of influence or limits to their power. Most two year olds I have known have little to no concept of authority figures.  Parents think their words are authoritative, but toddlers seem to operate on the “catch me if you can” line of authority.  They require a more “hands on” approach to authority.   Lack of understanding leads to frustration on the part of the parents and can get toddlers into a lot of trouble.

      My message today comes from the story of a Roman authority figure who comes to Jesus as an authority figure (Matthew 8:5-13).  They don’t clash, instead their encounter can lead us to a better understanding of Jesus as the “Authority Figure” for the lives of all believers.  First, notice the context.  This story comes after the Sermon on the Mount where the writer notes “he taught with real authority.” (Matthew7:29)  Our story for today is a demonstration of how “real authority” works.  The Roman Centurion knew it, lived by it, recognized it in Jesus and had no problem making an authority figure in a life and death situation, “Just say the word…”

      Who is the “Authority Figure” in your life?  I know you have several authority figures that come and go according to the context of the moment.  In other words, you have established boundaries for their authority.  I am not talking about those various authority figures.  I want to call your attention to the Authority Figure that knows no boundaries, who speaks life to you, and calls you to the fullness of life every day.  His name is Jesus!


Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 7:28-29; 8:5-13 (Luke 7:1-10); Romans 9:24-26


Scripture Reading: Romans 9:24-26

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