Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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May 7, 2017                                                                    Senior Day


It’s a Gracious Thing

1 Peter 2:19-25


Synopsis: “Grace” is a simple word, but it’s meaning is not easily explained.  It is a word that is better illustrated than analyzed.  It takes a lot of stories to bring grace to life. 

      In secular Greek, grace is simply “what delights,” but Peter uses it in the context of suffering, even suffering wrongfully, without cause.  “Because Christ suffered for you.”  I have a little plaque in my office that reads “Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve.”

      Peter’s primary audience in the first century were servants and slaves.  There were as many as 60,000,000 slaves throughout the Roman Empire at that time.  They fulfilled many roles in day to day life, but they were always considered property.  Peter was calling them to look beyond their life circumstances to realize their heavenly position in Christ Jesus.

      Remember: very few people ever look up the meaning of grace.  The only grace some people will ever know is what they see illustrated in you.  Believers of every age and station of life are charged with finding their own way of expressing grace in every situation.


Text: 1 Peter 2:19-25, ESV

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April 30, 2017                                                                                   


Echoes of Praise

1 Peter 1:17-23


Synopsis: I open my message today with Psalm116:1-4.  The bottom line for the reading is “Please, Lord, save me!” and then begins the Echoes of Praise.  Praise is what we offer back to God in response to all that the Lord has done for us. 

      What kind of praise is acceptable to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?  It must be genuine, sincere, heartfelt expressions of gratitude expressed through “word, gift, and deed” individually and collectively.  That is why true praise of God is offered through worship, service, gifts and fellowship.  That is the only way the church will ever be identified as the body of Christ.

So let the praise begin and let it continue to echo through expressions of your life.  That is the criteria by which God will judge the genuineness of your faith.


Text (NLT): Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23


Scripture Reading: Psalm 116:12-14

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