Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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Repeat from February 2014

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February 15, 2015                                               Challenge Sunday

 

Tearing Down the Wall

Ephesians 2:14-16

 

Synopsis: I begin my message today with a confession of our business and a challenge to release at least some of those concerns to give space and time for the Spirit to work the peace of God in us.  “For Christ himself has brought peace to us.” (Ephesians 2:14-16)   Paul illustrates how this was accomplished with images from the Temple.  The setting is worship but the Temple had a wall erected to separate the people.  Only Jewish males had access to the inner court.  Christ brought peace and unity to all people by tearing down the “wall of hostility that separated us.”

      There are three things I want you to take away from this text.  1. Jesus has already torn down the “wall of hostility” that others erected to keep you from God, 2. Not everybody knows that, 3. Now be sure you do not build it back with the cares of this world.

      God has a plan and a purpose for the church.  It is as we are united as one in Christ that God’s plan is revealed to us and to the those around us.  Join us in the Challenge to affirm our faith and to grown in it!  Be a part of the Distribution to get the word out to those who need to hear it!  Grow in the Spirit and help others do the same.

Living In Christ

Congregational Challenge and Response

  I challenge those of you who have faith in Jesus Christ to examine your experience as a means of enriching your spiritual life.  Therefore you are to pray for the movement of the Spirit in your life and in the lives of others around you.

 

It is right for us to examine our faith and pray for the movement of the Spirit of Christ in our lives, therefore:

 

WE WILL PRAY EARNESTLY FOR A MOVEMENT OF THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST.

 

I challenge you to set aside a time each day to read a portion of the Gospel of John and to hold yourself accountable by checking off your progress as a means of spiritual growth and accountability.

 

It is right that we should spend time daily reading the Scriptures and to hold ourselves accountable for spiritual growth, therefore:

 

WE WILL HOLD OURSELVES ACCOUNTABLE TO DAILY READINGS FROM THE GOSPEL OF JOHN.

 

I challenge you to study each week the assigned lesson from Living In Christ as preparation for worship.

 

It is right for us to prepare for worship, therefore:

 

WE WILL PREPARE FOR WORSHIP BY STUDYING THE LESSON FROM LIVING IN CHRIST.

 

I challenge you to take a copy of Living In Christ to someone who needs it; invite him or her to join you in the daily readings from John and in studying the lessons each week; and invite her or him to join you in worship.

 

It is right for us to reach out to others as a witness of Christ’s love and our concern for them, therefore:

 

WE WILL GIVE  LIVING IN CHRIST TO OTHERS WE KNOW WHO NEED TO KNOW THE PEACE OF CHRIST IN THEIR LIVES.  

Scripture Text (NLT): Ephesians 2:14-16, 3:10-11, 14-19

 

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February 8, 2015

Count Me In

Ephesians 4:1-6

 

Synopsis: Every part of the body has its own function and therefore every part is important to the whole.  Paul knew that (Ephesians 4:4-6).  It’s not rocket science.  The older I get the more I realize the whole body suffers when any part is absent or ceases to function.  In other words, the whole body gets sick when any part is sick. 

      All who come to faith in Christ Jesus are appointed a place in the body of Christ whether you are referring to the local congregation or the universal Church.  Every believer is gifted with particular functions, gifts, abilities for the benefit of the whole.  Sometimes believers just don’t know how to get plugged into the body.  Sometimes believers are not aware of their individual gifts.  Sometimes believers are not aware of how God will use them in making the body more complete.  I want to address some of these issues today and over the next few Sundays.  First, let’s talk about worship and learn some of the lessons of Ephesians.

      Worship is central to the body of Christ.  Worship of God the Father flows naturally by faith in Jesus the Christ the Son and  through the power and presence of the Spirit.  We do not worship alone. 

      Would you like to become a part of the body of Christ in this place?  The first step is to trust in the redemptive work of the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The second step begins our journey of obedience to His commands.  Another step in our journey involves becoming a part of the body of Christ.  Are you ready to step forward and be counted as part of the body?

      Know this, when you say “Count Me In” others in the body will be counting on you.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Ephesians 4:1-6; 1:3, 6, 23; 2:12-19

 

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:4-6

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February 1, 2015                                            Super Bowl of Caring

                                                             Luncheon following worship

 

Upper Level Management

Matthew 23:23-24

 

Synopsis: You have no doubt heard the expression of “making a mountain out of a mole hill.”  There are times that I think of that expression in discussions about the tithe.  My question is “What about the other 90%?”  Believers will be held accountable by God for how they manage the whole and not just a part of the resources under their control.

      Jesus condemned certain Pharisees for caring more about the tithe than “justice, mercy, and faith.”  He is quoted as telling some of them, “You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!” (Mt. 23:23-24, NLT)  Do you think Jesus was using hyperbole?  Sure He was, but he made His point.  Speaking of camels do you remember what Jesus told a certain wealthy young man who came to Him wanting to justify himself (Luke 18:18-25)?

      Tithing in the Old Testament is demonstrated in the lives of those who practiced: Abraham in returning from a great victory (Genesis 14:20), Jacob fleeing in fear of his brother who was planning to kill him, Moses in the provisions for the tribe of Levi, the voice of the prophets in the words of Nehemiah (10:37-38) and Malachi (3:8-10).

      The only other New Testament (apart from the Gospels) reference to tithing is found in Hebrews 7:7 and there the preacher was using Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek as proof of the superiority of Christ’s priesthood over that of the Levitical priesthood.

      Simply put, the New Testament treats believers as stewards or managers who will be judged by God on the basis of the whole rather than on just ten percent.  But don’t be confused, every little bit counts (Mt 10:42, James 1:22-27).

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 23:23-24; Luke 18:18-25; Genesis 14:20, 28:22; Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:21; Nehemiah10:37-38; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 10:40-42 (NIV); Luke 18:12 & 42; James 1:22-27  

 

Scripture Reading: James 1:22-27

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