Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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January 22, 2017                                                                              



1 Corinthians 1:18


Synopsis: The title of my sermon comes directly from 1 Corinthians 1:18. I believe Paul’s statement is a transitional statement, but more importantly, I believe it to be a theme for his call to unity among believers in Christ Jesus.

      One thing I have learned in life is that you don’t have to be a “fool” to do “foolish” things.  Sometimes very “smart” people get caught up in the “foolishness” trap.  It can happen to anybody and I will go as far as to say it happens to everybody.  So, how would you fill in the blank in this statement: “Foolish” is what we are when we ____.

      If you take a look at the cover of your bulletin you will notice the theme title of “A Call to Unity.”  And then if you turn to the order of worship and scroll down to my message title you will read “Foolish.”  One might think that it is “foolish” to call the church to “unity.”  Paul didn’t believe that and neither do I.  In fact, Paul’s message to the Corinthians is clear.  He believes that divisions in the church if “foolish.”  God has united you with Christ Jesus.  That’s the “wisdom” of God. 


Text (NLT): 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Psalm 14:1; Proverbs 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:19-31; 1 John 4:20-21; Galatians 3:26-28; Matthew 7:26.


Scripture Reading: Psalm 27:7-9

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Guest Speaker Dr. Robert Young

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January 8, 2017                                                                                


Taking Care of Business

Matthew 3:13-17


Synopsis: What does the phrase “Taking Care of Business” mean to you as you embark on your 2017 journey?  At the start of Jesus’ ministry he came to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  John protested but Jesus insisted on “taking care of business.”  When he came out of the water His Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit affirmed Him.  He had a mission to take care of and was careful to take care of the details related to that mission.

      Believers are not any different, at least that is what Peter said, “And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead.” (Acts 10:42)  Believers need to take care of business.  Believers need to follow up on their profession of faith and do what Jesus did and commanded us to do, be baptized.  It is not a matter of membership. It is a matter of obedience and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.  Believers are called to be disciples but rarely pause long enough to find out what that means.

      As we journey through the days of 2017 let us be sure we take care of business “Honor the Lord” in all we do.


Text (NLT): Matthew 3:13-17; Isaiah 42:1-9; Acts 10:34-43; Ephesians 5:1-2


Scripture Reading: Psalm 29:1-2

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January 1, 2017                                                     New Year’s Day



Ecclesiastes 3:1-13


Synopsis: Happy New Year!  YES!  2016 is in the books…well, almost.  Today we start a new week and a new calendar year.  We can look back and see what has happened, but we are not able to do that for what lies ahead.  The Preacher of Ecclesiastes (3:1-13) gives us a pretty good summary or brief overview of the potential headlines that will appear.  Does that thought frighten you? 

      Yes, there will be some very frightening things happen during the days of 2017.  One of those days might mark the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Praise the Lord, that is if you are ready for His appearing.  That will be a very frightening day if you are not ready.  Eternally so! 

      We just celebrated the birth of the prince of peace so let me leave you with a word of peace form Him (John 16:31-33).  His word is backed up but many witnesses throughout Scripture and you and I can add our own words of witness too.  Come what may the Lord is our shepherd (Psalm 23). So I am encouraged to look for God in everything (Psalm 8, NIV) and I encourage you to do the same.


Text (NLT): Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Matthew 25:31-33; John 16:31-33; Psalm 23:1-6; Psalm 8, NIV


Scripture Reading: Psalm 8

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