Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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July 9, 2017                                                                                       

 

Rebekah’s Charm

Genesis 24:67

 

Synopsis: Stories, we all love them and whether we realize it or not we find our identity in them.  There are all kinds of stories and some like one type more than other types.  The kind of stories a person enjoys says more about the person than the they realize. 

      There are some folks who like long stories like novels and biographies.  While others prefer the Reader’s Digestapproach of using short stories.

      Some stories are true stories and may even follow a historical narrative approach while other stories are pure fiction. There are stories that make us laugh and stories that make us cry.  Some have a way of getting under our skin and thus make us aware of things about ourselves that we may or may not like.

      My text for today comes from the last verse Genesis 24, but I want to call your attention to the whole chapter.  It’s a sad funny charming story really.  Simply put, it is the story of Abraham send his servant off to find a bride for his son Isaac and Rebekah was waiting at the end of his journey.  She said yes!  It’s a love story unlike most, but this lady was not like most.  It is, without a doubt, a faith story.  It’s a story of comfort and hope and a very simple statement of what marriage can and should mean.  It is a story of fulfilment. 

 

Text (NLT): Genesis 24

 

Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:28-30

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July 2, 2017                                                               Lord’s Supper

 

Let Freedom Ring!

Romans 6:14

 

Synopsis: Labeling the National Holiday of July 4th as Independence Day is somewhat misleading.  Yes, it marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain but that didn’t make it so.  The fledgling “would be nation” had to struggle through years of battles against better trained, better supplied and better equipped forces.  The colonies did not succeed independently but united.  In 1768, eight years before signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Dickinson wrote The Liberty Song in which he called for raising funds for the struggle.  His song included the phrase, “By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.”  Indeed, independence from Great Britain was achieved on the basis of interdependence.  The phrase “United we stand, Divided we fall” should continue to be heard above the booming of fireworks on the 4th of July.

      We have gathered to day as a declaration of unity.  We are one in Christ Jesus or we are nothing.  There are many forces in our world that try to enslave us, but none are more powerful than God’s grace.

      We come as one this morning to The Table of Remembrance to acknowledge once more the source of our unity, Jesus Christ.  We are one in Christ Jesus or we are nothing.

 

Text (NLT): Romans 6:12-14, 15-19, 20-23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

 

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June 4, 2017                                                         Pentecost Sunday

Appalachian Outreach Week, June 5-9

 

A Universal Language

John 7:37-39

 

Synopsis: There are many things in this world that divide us.  Language is one of them.  People and nationalities are identified by the language they speak.  Even within the same language there exists a wide variety of dialogues and accents.  People even change the meaning or use of words according to various regional understanding.  Today is Pentecost Sunday.  On this day, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the church as it was gathered in the Upper Room.  That event birthed the church and drew a large crowd of people from those who were in Jerusalem for the festival of Pentecost.  They were from various parts of the world and spoke different languages, but on that day the preachers spoke and the people heard the message in their own language.  Yes, that was a miraculous sign!  The presentation of the Gospel brought people together.  The love of God as illustrated in Christ Jesus is and will always be a “Universal Language.” 

      Jesus said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said,

rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:37b-38, NIV).  Today, we celebrate that initial outpouring and the river of living water that continues to flood the world through the lives of believers.  Paul identified that “Universal Language” as “agape.”  We translate it as “love,” or “charity” but it is demonstrated than translated.  The Holy Spirit poured out into the lives of believers become a mighty rushing river of living water made available to “anyone who is thirsty.”  All the thirsty recognize the love of God’s when it is spoken.

 

Text: John 7:37-39, NIV; Acts 2:1-12, CEV; 1 Corinthians 13:3-13, NIV

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 104:31-35

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May 21, 2017

 

In Defense of Grace

1 Peter 3:13-17

 

Synopsis: A couple of weeks ago my sermon was titled “It’s a Gracious Thing.”  Today I want to continue talking about grace drawing from what Peter might have called “In Defense of Grace.”   My opening question is “How can you defend what you cannot define?”  Certainly, our definition of grace has a direct impact on what we are willing to do in offering our “apologia” for our faith. 

      The way believers live their lives presents the loudest defense of grace possible.  Simply put, Jesus said “If you love me, obey my commandments.”  He also promised His disciples that He would send an “Advocate” to stand with them. The power and presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers is the difference maker. 

 

Text (NLT): Psalm 66:16-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21; Acts 17:22-31

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 66:16-20

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