February 10, 2013 “Bold Praying”

ILLUSTRATION – Jesus told stories not just to tell stories, but there are teachers and preachers today that do.  Someone on Facebook posted a picture of their pastor entering the service on a zip line.  And what was the point he was trying to make.  YOLO … You only live once.  Jesus never told stories just to tell them.  In sermon preparation there’s a stage in which we begin to think, “How can I illustrate this?”  At that point we have a sermon in search of a story.  There are other times when we preachers will hear or see a story and we will say, “That’s a story in search of a sermon.”  In other words, it really doesn’t fit; it’s just a great story.

The word “parable” means “to set alongside.”  And Jesus would set these stories alongside a specific truth He wanted to communicate to His followers or to others who were listening to Him.  And in this series of messages we’re looking at some of the life stories of Jesus recorded by Luke in his Gospel account.  Open your Bibles to Luke 11.  As you’re turning I want to remind you that on Sunday evenings our A2C groups meet.  This is a small group experience designed to build on what happens on Sunday mornings, and to develop Christ-centered relationships.  See your SMBS leaders for more information.

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  • Bio & Introduction

    Dr. Michael Dean has been the senior pastor at Travis Avenue Baptist Church since 1991, having also served churches elsewhere in Texas and New Mexico. He and his wife Nan are blessed with two married children and three grandchildren. With a keen sense of calling to shepherd the flock of God entrusted to his care, Michael longs to see people become passionate followers of Jesus Christ. His hobbies include long-distance running, golf and hunting.

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