Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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November 15, 2015                                  Base Budget Ballot Vote

 

A Helping Hand

Jude 1:20-23

 

Synopsis: Believers are on the march to heaven following in the path Jesus has marked out for them, therefore believers are to help others they encounter find the way and help other believers on the way.  This is what Jesus did and commands us to do as we follow Him.

      Jude gives us a brief outline for action in regards to how believers are to assist other believers.  His first word is that we are to “build each other up”, and then he says we are to “show mercy”.  Paul picks up on this theme in Galatians.  He says we are to “restore that person gently”.  In Colossians Paul writes “Once you were alienated from God”.  That is a strong reason to help others find the way.  An even stronger reason is found in Jesus.  It is what Jesus did and what we must do if we are committed to following Him home.

 

Text (NLT): Hebrews 12:1-2, NRSV; Jude 1:17-25; Galatians 6:1-10, NIV; Colossians 1:21-23, NLT;

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 46:1-3

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November 1, 2015

On the March

Hebrews 11:13-16

 

Synopsis: Today, November 1st in many traditions of the Christian Church is All Saints Day.  This year it fell on a Sunday (Orthodox churches always celebrate the Sunday of All Saints).  It is a day set aside to remember heroes of the faith.  “Halloween” actually means “All Hallows’ Eve.”  Thus, it is the evening before “All Saints Day.” 

The Christian life is often described by the use of metaphors.  Christians are identified as “pilgrims” on a “journey.”  Where does that journey lead?  Hebrews 11 has a list of “saints” found in the Old Testament.  All of them failed to achieve all they hoped for in life.  It also assures us that the end of their faith journey was not in this world.  God has prepared something far better that what this world can contain.  That is why the “saints” of Christianity are “on the march.

 

Text (NLT): Hebrews 11:1-2, NLT, NRSV, CEV; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, NRSV; 2 Corinthians 11:13-16, Hebrews 11:13-16, NRSV

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November 11, 2015

Can You See Jesus?

John 14:6

 

Synopsis: Last week the focus of my sermon was “On the March.”  This week I want to call our attention to the one leading the march (John 14:6).  Early believers were identified as “people of the Way” (Acts 9:1-2).  Of course that was a reference to the way of Jesus.

      I have a few questions for you daily walk.  1. Can you see Jesus?  2. Are you looking for Jesus?  3. Are you looking in the right direction?

      A line can be constructed between any two points of reference.  Three points nail down the line.  That is important to remember because if, for example, you are on a hike and have only one point of reference other that your current location then there is no telling where you will wind up.  Believers can always count on Jesus moving to line you up from where every you are to bring you safely to His Heavenly Father.  In other words, Jesus is the reference point that establishes the way home no matter what caused you to stray off course.

 

Text (NLT): John 14:1-7;

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 16:7-11

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