Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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January 31, 2016

Living On Purpose

Jeremiah 1:5

 

Synopsis: Would you describe your life as “Living on Purpose” or just by accident?  It is sometimes described as living proactively verses living reactively.  And no, I am not drawing by message from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Lifealthough there are a lot of similarities.  I am really looking at two different passages with striking similarities.  The first is Jeremiah who was destined to be the prophet of God even before he was born (Jeremiah 1:4-10).  The other is Jesus (Luke 4:14-30) who was also destined to be prophet, among other things, before he was born.  The message they proclaimed was not well received by those who were in charge.  Jeremiah was thrown into a pit and Jesus, after he read from Isaiah in the Synagogue in Nazareth was taken out to be thrown off a cleft.  I think it is safe to say that both of these characters were living on purpose.

      First of all, let me make it clear that neither of these two characters were accidents.  They were part of God’s plan and so are you.  They were voices of God speaking the will of God to the people of God.

      Before their birth and until their death both Jeremiah and Jesus lived their purpose before anyone around them realized it.  I think the main reason other never realized it was because they didn’t want to hear it.  Although Jeremiah and Jesus tried to tell others their purpose their message was not limited to words.  Their actions revealed their purpose. 

      I am using the word “living” as an action verb thus present tense.  In the past tense it becomes an adjective that others use to define the purpose of our lives.  In other words, people use their observation of our “living” to define our purpose just as much as, maybe even more, than they use our words.  The purpose of our living is never defined by our words alone.  If our “living” does not project our purpose, then our words will not either.  So I ask you, “Are you “living on purpose” or just by accident?”  How does your living define your purpose? 

     

Text (NLT): Jeremiah 1:4-10; Luke 4:21-30

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 71:1-6

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January 24, 2016

                          Listening to God Through the Bible

                                           Nehemiah 8:8

 

Synopsis: I often hear people say they are “listening for God to tell them something.”  What I want to ask is are you listening to what God already said.  Listening to God Through the Bible should be a first step toward listening to God.  The Bible is where we not only learn what others have heard but we also learn to recognize the voice of God.  When believers recognize the voice of God they will be less likely to be deceived by imitations.  God has spoken directly to believers in times past and God continues to speak, sometimes giving specific instructions.  Believers need to learn to recognize the voice of God and respond.

      God has spoken to His people in times past and some of that word is still available to us today in the pages of our Bibles.  God continues to speak to His people today.  The Bible serves all believers helping them to recognize the voice of God and to be able to compare the message they hear with what others have heard in the past.  I hope you will listen to the reading of the Bible so that you may hear what the Lord is saying to you and become better able to distinguish God’s voice and God’s will as you journey through life.

 

Text (NRSV): Psalm 19:7-14, NIV; Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Luke 4:14-21

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 19:1-4a

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January 17, 2016

                                       Let’s Have a Party

                                             John 2:1-11

 

Synopsis: Who says believers cannot be the life of the party?  I guess that depends on what kind of party you are thinking about.  Jesus and some of His disciples were invited to a wedding celebration and the host ran out of wine (joy).  In the Fourth Gospel John tells the story of Jesus turning the water of purification into wine.  Lots of wine!  Best stuff ever!  Why?  I can think of several reason.  The most important to me is that Jesus was illustrating what the Great Banquet in heaven would be like.  Jesus is and will forever be the life of that party.  Jesus turns the water of our cleansing into the joy of everlasting life.

      Believers should never forget that God, our Heavenly Father, has a party planned for us (Isaiah 62:1-5).        This is the one party you really don’t want to miss.  There should be no question in your mind that there will be a great party and that you are invited Revelation 21:1-8, 22:1-2).  The only possible question is Are you going? (Luke 15:1-7)

 

Text (NLT): John 2:1-11; Isaiah 62:1-5; Revelation 21:1-8, 22:1-2, NRSV; Luke 15:1-7, NIV

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 36:5-10

 
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January 10, 2016

                                           Turning Pages

                                            Acts 8:14-17

 

Synopsis: We are all familiar with turning pages of a book or newspaper even if it happens to be a digital version.  I want you to look with me at a couple of Scripture passages where the Holy Spirit turned the pages for believers.  First let’s look at Acts 8:14-17.  The ones who were considered to be “not my people” were transformed into “my people” (Hosea 1).  When it happened the “insiders” of the faith were shocked at how the Samaritans received the Holy Spirit. That made them one in faith.

      The Holy Spirit turned the pages of faith forward at the baptism of Jesus.  John said it was going to happen.  He saw the beginning of it but knew there was much more to come (Luke 3:15-22).

      This is the time of the year when we turn the pages on our calendar and march forward into a new year.  Calendars are not the only thing that needs turning.  Is it time for you to allow the Holy Spirit to turn the page in your life?  You probably already know what needs to happen, but that doesn’t mean you know how to make it happen.  The Holy Spirit knows.  Maybe it involves turning the page on a relationship, or finding new meaning for your life, or ... well … you know.  God knows too.

 

Text (NLT): Acts 8:14-17; Hosea 1; Luke 3:15-22

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 29:1-2

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Guest Speaker Robert Young

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