Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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January 28, 2018 Bullfrog Religion 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 Synopsis: Paul was continuing down a list of questions from the believers in Corinth when the subject of food sacrificed to idols came up. It was a thorny question for the believers there who, like all of us, were made up of believers at different levels of maturity. Paul’s answer went way beyond the question to strike at the need of the church in Corinth and everywhere else. Throughout the letter to the Corinthians Paul emphasized the need for unity in the church, true knowledge and true love. Some in the church were “puffed up” about what they thought they knew and were not concerned about the affect it was having on other believers. We have a common phrase (idiom) that I have found in a lot of different uses in a lot of different sections of our society. I am sure you have heard it and suspect you have even used it. The phrase is “puffed-up like a bull frog” and it came to my mind when I was reading verse 1, thus my title Bullfrog Religion. Simply put a religious bullfrog is someone who is all puffed up with making their own noises and therefore lean toward the put down of those around them instead of building others up in love. Which do you think is more like Christ? Surely, the work of the church is not about making noises. In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul wrote more extensively about love and closed with naming the things that remain “faith, hope and love.” Of course, “love” is the one that remains but I hope you noticed “knowledge” didn’t even make the list. Text (NIV): 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

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January 21, 2018 In God Alone Psalm 62:5 Synopsis: Our world is continually “passing away.” New things are becoming old. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 7:31 “For this world as we know it will soon pass away.” Consistency, norm, standards, etc. always seem to be conditional and therefore unstable at best. Faith, on the other hand, invites us to place our hope on the God Who is faithful. With that in mind, let us listen afresh to the call of the psalmist (Psalm 62:5-12): 5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. 8 O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. 10b And if your wealth increases, don’t make it the center of your life. There are a lot of things I could talk to you about today. Important things like: Your finances, Church finances, Your physical, mental, spiritual health. Serious things like: Your relationships with others at home, at work, with your neighbors. There is one thing that is critical in bringing order to all your questions about finances, health concerns, and relationships in your life and that one thing is God. The place we need to begin is worship. Today, I just want to help you worship. Text (NLT): 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Psalm 62:5-12 Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

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January 14, 2018 We Have Work To Do Psalm 139:16 Synopsis: The title of my sermon today is not framed as a question, but rather as a statement. We (that is all of us) have (present tense) work (toil) to do (because of whose we are) and we have only a few days (limited time) to get it done. First of all, let’s consider the fact that God knows all there is to know about us even to the point of the number of our days. As believers, we should consider that a good thing. The numbering of days has already begun for 2018. Thirteen days are already in the books and we will be at the half way mark for day fourteen by the end of this service. I guess the big looming question is what do you have to show for it? Are you still in the running on your New Year’s Resolution? Did you learn anything from the numbering of your days in 2017 that is being translated into these days? Text (NIV): Psalm 139:13-18; Revelation 4:8; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, MSG

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January 7, 2018 An Epiphany Realized Matthew 3:13-17 Synopsis: People don’t always experience an epiphany on January 6th even though it is identified as such on the calendar. The date represents when the gentiles of the world, represented in the Magi, experienced the manifestation of God in the baby Jesus. There have been and continue to be many manifestations but we often fail to experience and “epiphany” because we have not been reconciled to God and man. John the Baptist is a prime example of someone who was not concerned with what other people thought of him. However, John had to reconcile his understanding of baptism when Jesus presented Himself on the banks of Jordan. To be honest, we all have a lot of work to do in order to realize an epiphany. To be honest, God has already done the hard word of reconciliation (Colossians 1:19-22, NLT) now it is up to us. First, we need to “Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength” mercy and grace, for salvation is of God not of us. The next thing is we need to be reconciled to God and man (Matthew 5:23-24, NLT). Then, we may have an opportunity to experience the epiphany. Text (NIV): Psalm 29:1-2; Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 10:34-43; Colossians 1:19-22, NLT; Matthew 5:23-24, NLT Scripture Reading: Psalm 29:1-2

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