Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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September 18, 2016                                                                          

 

National Back to Church Sunday, September 18, 2016

Now’s the Time

 

Now’s The Time

1 Timothy 2:3-6

 

Synopsis: Today we are celebrating Michael Burleson and Marley’s safe return from four-week long mission trip to Benin.  They have some amazing stories to tell about the good things God is doing.  Of course, there is much more to be done.

      My sermon text today is from s1 Timothy 2:1-7, but before I get to that text I will be reading from Jeremiah 8:20-9:1.  It is just one of Jeremiah’s laments.  In this portion of Scripture, you will hear the echoes of the cries of the people which set the framework for his weeping.  I hope that Jeremiah’s lament will set the context for the reading of the text.

      Paul’s opening word to Timothy and for the church today is “pray for all people.”  It is a sincere pray believers are to offer to God.  It is a humble prayer that is “good and pleases God our Savior.”  We don’t have to convince God of people’s need to be saved.  We just need to catch up with the heart of God in the matter knowing that Jesus Christ has already paid the price of reconciliation.   

      Paul knew the role God had laid out for him to play in the ongoing work of reconciliation.  He felt no need to exaggerate that role.  What he had to do was act on it.  “Now’s the Time!” for believers to act on it too.  Now’s the time to weep and mourn for those in life who may be coming to the end of their summer and yet are not saved.  Now’s the time for all those who are not saved to respond to what God in Christ Jesus is telling them they need to do.  Now’s the Time!                                           

 

Text (NLT): Jeremiah 8:20-9:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Philippians 2:3-4 NLT

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 113:1-3

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September 4, 2016                                         Labor Day Weekend

Travel Mercy Ministry

Benin, West Africa

 

National Back to Church Sunday, September 18, 2016

Now’s the Time

 

Labor: Costs & Benefits

Luke 14:25-27

 

Synopsis: This is Labor Day weekend in the United States.  It is a national holiday established to celebrate the labor force in the country.  Labor Day has influenced the way I phrased the title of my sermon today.  You already have that mind set and that will fit well with the text for today (Luke 14:25-33).  Have you ever considered the cost and benefits ratio of your job if you still have a job?  I assure you that someone has and you should. 

      Now let’s transition to the spiritual side of like.  Have you ever considered the cost and benefits ratio of being a disciple of Jesus Christ?  I assure you, on the basis of the teaching of Scripture, God has and you should too.  I believe the benefits of discipleship will inspire believers to “labor on” as a disciple of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

      Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are called to be much more than simply members of a church.  They are called to be disciples and commissioned to make disciples of other believers. 

      Though believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have many choices as how to act out their faith in relationship with others they should consider themselves to be merely volunteers.  They are called to be disciples, commanded to act like one and commissioned to make disciples of other believers.

 

Text (NLT): Luke 14:25-33; Jeremiah 18:1-11; 29:11 Deuteronomy 30:15-20;

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:13-18

September 4, 2016                                         Labor Day Weekend

Travel Mercy Ministry

Benin, West Africa

 

National Back to Church Sunday, September 18, 2016

Now’s the Time

 

Labor: Costs & Benefits

Luke 14:25-27

 

Synopsis: This is Labor Day weekend in the United States.  It is a national holiday established to celebrate the labor force in the country.  Labor Day has influenced the way I phrased the title of my sermon today.  You already have that mind set and that will fit well with the text for today (Luke 14:25-33).  Have you ever considered the cost and benefits ratio of your job if you still have a job?  I assure you that someone has and you should. 

      Now let’s transition to the spiritual side of like.  Have you ever considered the cost and benefits ratio of being a disciple of Jesus Christ?  I assure you, on the basis of the teaching of Scripture, God has and you should too.  I believe the benefits of discipleship will inspire believers to “labor on” as a disciple of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

      Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are called to be much more than simply members of a church.  They are called to be disciples and commissioned to make disciples of other believers. 

      Though believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have many choices as how to act out their faith in relationship with others they should consider themselves to be merely volunteers.  They are called to be disciples, commanded to act like one and commissioned to make disciples of other believers.

 

Text (NLT): Luke 14:25-33; Jeremiah 18:1-11; 29:11 Deuteronomy 30:15-20;

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:13-18

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September 11, 2016                                                                          

Travel Mercy Ministries

Michael & Marley are scheduled to

Return to Atlanta at Noon today

 

National Back to Church Sunday, September 18, 2016

Now’s the Time

 

In Search of Lost Things

Luke 15:1-10

 

Synopsis: Today is the 15th Anniversary of the terrorist attack on US soil.  On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and 343 NYC firefighters and paramedics, 23 police officers, and 37 Port Authority officers.  Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived.  Almost 10,000 people were treated for injuries, many severe.

      Some say the country lost its sense of security on that day and have been searching for ways to get it back.  Politicians campaign promoting their platforms that are supposed to regain what was lost.  And yet we all know that we cannot go back in time. We have to go forward.  There were over 3,000 children or young adults who lost a parent in that attack.  More than a hundred were born after the attack. (Online resources & Knoxville News Sentinel 9/9/2016)

      My opening prayer comes from the prayer of David found in Psalm 51.  He was suffering from his personal lost and searching for the one he believed was still searching for him.  Jesus’ parable (Luke 15:1-10) is one of three stories He told illustrating God’s willingness to search for the lost.  Paul (1 Timothy 1:12-17) knew firsthand what it was like to be found by the searching Savior.  The people are no different (Exodus 32:7-14).  They could have been destroyed at different points in time because of Moses parting with God, the people were saved.  Let’s continue that partnership and join Christ in the search for the lost.

 

Text (NLT): Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Exodus 32:7-14

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 14:1-3

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