Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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January 25, 2015

 

The Spark

Acts 9:3-6

 

Synopsis: All through high school I took Agriculture classes.  Why, because I wanted to be a farmer, not really.  They were fun but I did learn some important things like shop safety.  When we were being taught to weld we were required to wear a safety hood with a really dark lens or we were told to look away when the arc was struck.  Why, because the light from the spark could damage our eyes.  Well of course I had to try it and the result was that I saw that spot on my eye for most of the rest of the day. 

       I imagine that welding spark was dim compared to the spark of light Saul of Tarsus saw on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-2).  Others looked away, but not Saul and as a result, when the light was gone, Saul could not see anything in this world.  Now that was surely the Spark of the Lord. 

      Fortunately, Saul was not the only one to see the Spark of the presence of the Lord.  Others did in those days and still others do today.  The revelation of the presence of the Lord is particular to the individual.  Thomas, one of the Twelve, said he had to put his finger in the wounds in Jesus’ hands and feet and thrust his hand into Jesus’ side.  All of that changed when Thomas saw Jesus.  Jesus said, “Blessed are those who believe without seeing me (John 20:24-29).

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Acts 9:1-2, 7:57-60, 9:3-9; John 20:24-29

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January 11, 2014                                                                              

Power Surge: A Witnesses Speak

1 John 1:5-10

 

Synopsis: Ok, so the New Year is officially here and in full swing.  Are you one of those who mark the beginning of the New Year with a resolution?  How is that going?  Were you serious about changing your life or just energized by the start of a New Year?

      I have cleared out of my desk the stack of sermon notes collected from sermons preached during 2014.  Today I start a new stack.  It is a natural next step for me.  Yes, it is an annual thing for me not really a new year’s resolution.  I am not sure why I even keep my notes at all.  I seldom ever dig them out to study again; however, I am making an exception today.  Throughout 2014 my sermons have come from the inspiration of a simple phrase, “Hear Him!”  On the last Sunday in 2014 I read from Acts 1:4-11.  This passage records Jesus’ parting words to His Disciples right before He ascended.  Jesus told them to wait for a “power surge” and then they were to speak.  The message for us is the same. First we have to be plugged into Jesus, then the power of the Spirit will flow from the God the Father.  Now that’s a “power surge” that will make you speak.

      Our message is simple (1 John 1:5-11, NRSV).  We are to shine with the light of God.  Like John the Baptist, we are not the light.  We shine with the spark of the Spirit of God in us.  Our goal for this year is to illuminate the way for others.  So get plugged into Jesus and the spark of life will shine through you.

 

Scripture Text (NLT): 1 John 1:5-11, NRSV

 

Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:5-7

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January 11, 2014                                                                              

Power Surge: A Witnesses Speak

1 John 1:5-10

 

Synopsis: Ok, so the New Year is officially here and in full swing.  Are you one of those who mark the beginning of the New Year with a resolution?  How is that going?  Were you serious about changing your life or just energized by the start of a New Year?

      I have cleared out of my desk the stack of sermon notes collected from sermons preached during 2014.  Today I start a new stack.  It is a natural next step for me.  Yes, it is an annual thing for me not really a new year’s resolution.  I am not sure why I even keep my notes at all.  I seldom ever dig them out to study again; however, I am making an exception today.  Throughout 2014 my sermons have come from the inspiration of a simple phrase, “Hear Him!”  On the last Sunday in 2014 I read from Acts 1:4-11.  This passage records Jesus’ parting words to His Disciples right before He ascended.  Jesus told them to wait for a “power surge” and then they were to speak.  The message for us is the same. First we have to be plugged into Jesus, then the power of the Spirit will flow from the God the Father.  Now that’s a “power surge” that will make you speak.

      Our message is simple (1 John 1:5-11, NRSV).  We are to shine with the light of God.  Like John the Baptist, we are not the light.  We shine with the spark of the Spirit of God in us.  Our goal for this year is to illuminate the way for others.  So get plugged into Jesus and the spark of life will shine through you.

 

Scripture Text (NLT): 1 John 1:5-11, NRSV

 

Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:5-7

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Due to technical difficulties, this weeks episode is a repeat from the first Sunday of 2013.

 

 

January 6, 2013                                               First Sunday of 2013

 

Sermon Series: What On Earth Are We Doing?

 

 

 

Introduction to the “Great Mother Questions”

 

What On Earth Have You Done?  The Great Yesterday Question

 

 

 

Synopsis: What’s different about today?  It is not yesterday.  Life is different today.  Just a few hours ago today was known as tomorrow and in just a few more hours it will be yesterday.  This is where life is lived but before we go too quickly into today let’s take a moment to recognize some of the things that happened to get us where we are.  How are you feeling about yesterday, or last year?

 

      Robert Fulghum wrote a book titled What On Earth Have I Done:        Stories, Observations, and Affirmations.  It’s first chapter is the inspiration for this four part series on the great mother questions.  The first one being “What On Earth Have You Done?” 

 

      The question did not originate with mothers, in fact, according to Genesis 3:13 Eve (the mother of all living) was the first to hear it asked.  God did the asking.  God asked it again in Genesis 4:10.  This time it was Cain, the first born.  These two references certainly lend a lot of relevance to the question.

 

      Looking back, what you did and what was done to you become parts of your unique story.  There isn’t another you and there isn’t another story just like your story.  How do you feel about your story so far?  Maybe, a more important question is how do you think God feels about your story?

 

 

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Genesis 3:8-13; Genesis 4:8-12

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