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January 4, 2015 “Unstoppable Prayer”

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Welcome to 2015 here at Travis Avenue Baptist Church. It’s going to be a great year. At the end of our worship today you’ll hear more about the start-up of our Wednesday night programming for all ages, preschoolers through adults. We have a great new study in I Corinthians led by Dr. Mark Taylor who has just published a commentary on that book of the Bible. As I pray this morning I want to give thanks for God’s abundant provision and your great generosity. Our budget offering goal for December was just a little under $600,000. As of December 31 we had received over $640,000, and that total will actually grow as we received gifts by mail and through online giving. God is faithful; let’s give Him thanks.

ILLUSTRATION – Imagine this scenario. Our City Council passes an ordinance that preaching on certain controversial topics is considered hate speech. And because our church is unapologetically committed to the Word of God, I and some of our ministers are arrested. Criminal charges are filed, and a trial date is set. The authorities threaten that if we don’t comply the doors to our buildings will be chained shut so that we cannot meet. What would be our churches immediate response to that? Would we be scared into compliance worried that we might lose members or money? Would we hire an attorney? Would we mount a protest march in downtown Fort Worth? Would we appeal to the state and federal Supreme Court on the basis of the separation of church and state? What would we do? (more…)

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December 21, 2014 “ADVENTure” Worship” Pt.2

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

ILLUSTRATION – I was in a department store last week checking out at the register and I noticed the man helping me looked weary. Discouragement was written all over his face. I asked him if it had been a hard week and he said yes, but every week is hard in retail. He went on to tell me that he had lost his IT job in the crash of 2008. Now in his mid-50s he was in retail … the hardest job he ever had. It wasn’t what he envisioned he would be doing at this stage in his life. I thanked him and tried to encourage him as I left. As I walked away I thought about how many people are like that … discouraged, dreams dashed against the rocks of circumstances. I thought about the ray of light that Jesus brings into dark, hopeless lives like this man’s life. (more…)

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December 14, 2014 “ADVENTure Worship” Pt.1

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Open your Bibles to Luke 2:25. We’re on an ADVENTure during this season. Advent is the name given to the church’s celebration of the arrival or the coming of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Here in Luke 2 we’re introduced to two obscure believers who, when they witnessed the advent of Jesus, worshipped and treasured Him. Before I pick up reading let me set the stage. Jesus is just a few weeks old at this point. Mary and Joseph were righteous people who faithfully observed the Law of Moses which required that their first-born son be brought to the Temple to present to the Lord (similar to what we observed this morning in parent/child dedication). But as Mary, Joseph and Jesus were in the Temple, they ran into a very special man. (more…)

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December 07, 2014 “Mission ADVENTure”

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Open your Bibles to John 17. This season we’re focused on the Advent, and the ADVENTure continues here at Travis. Christmas Store was a tremendous touch in our community. Parents of seven hundred children were helped to provide gifts for their kids. Most importantly, 161 of the adults made professions of faith. Tonight the ADVENTure continues with the Nativity Symphony concert. It will be a great witness as we lift up Jesus. Then next Saturday and Sunday we need your help to put out door-hangers on 3000 homes in the neighborhoods to the north of our church inviting them to the Christmas Eve service. The details are in your worship folder. We also have these personal invitation cards for you to give out as you are in a restaurant or a store. Next week we’ll have door-hangers that you can take around your neighborhood. (more…)

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November 30, 2014 “ADVENTure for Sinners”

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Through the ages the church has celebrated something we call Advent. The word means “coming” or “arrival,” obviously referring to the coming of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, into this world to be our Savior. Advent is celebrated the four Sundays prior to Christmas, so today we are going to begin our Advent celebration. Advent is normally celebrated with the use of greenery (often in a wreath) which symbolizes eternal life. The lighting of candles on each Sunday during Advent along with one lit on Christmas Eve each represent a step in our understanding of what the coming of Christ really means. (more…)

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November 23, 2014 “The Unstoppable Purposes of God”

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Open your Bibles to Acts 3:11. As you’re turning I want to remind you that next Sunday evening will be the first of our Evenings of Prayer and Praise. I’m preaching this series from Acts entitled “Unstoppable … Living in the Irrepressible Power of the Holy Spirit.” The powerful things done by the Holy Spirit here in Acts, with thousands being saved and a loving fellowship being formed, happened because they devoted themselves to prayer. So we want to follow that same pattern.

Now, last week we saw a miracle performed by Peter and John when a crippled man was given power to walk through the name of Jesus. So there was the miracle and today we will see the message that followed the miracle. God sets off an explosion to attract attention to the message he wanted to deliver through Peter. To get started today, let’s read Acts 3:11-16. (more…)

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November 16, 2014 “In the Name of Jesus”

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Tonight we are sharing in a beautiful experience for any church, the setting apart of men to serve in the office of deacon. Please plan to come at 5:30 this evening in the Great Room for the Deacon Ordination and Commissioning Service. There will be a reception to follow. Also I’m looking forward to our first Evening of Prayer and Praise, two weeks from tonight, November 30, as we gather to cry out to the Lord in preparation for the great opportunity we have to share the Gospel with our city in the month of December.

Open your Bibles to Acts 3. In the first two chapters of Acts we see Jesus ascending to the right hand of the Father to reign there until He will come again. He promised to send His Holy Spirit to empower the church for the unstoppable quest of getting the Gospel to the nations. So on the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came upon the group of about 120 and the Spirit-filled body of Christ was formed. As a result of their witness and the preaching of Peter thousands of people are saved in one day. Acts 2 goes on to explain how the Holy Spirit formed them into a spiritual family that was growing in love for God, for His Word and for one another. And it is really a sweet thing. It would be so easy for them to just do what we often do … settle in and just enjoy the good life in the church. But they were living in the irrepressible power of the Holy Spirit. And so we read in… (more…)

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November 09, 2014 “Our Life Together”

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Before I get started I want to thank you for your kind expressions in the death of my mother yesterday. Just two weeks ago she was admitted to the hospital after a fall and her condition quickly deteriorated. In times like these I’m truly grateful for the hope we have in Jesus Christ and the sweet support from our family of faith. But on a happier note, I want to give thanks to God for His bountiful blessings on our church last week. Last Sunday was Harvest Day, and we were blessed with a harvest in more ways than one. Financially it was a great harvest. We didn’t have the complete report at the printing of the worship folder, but our total giving for last week was over $357,000 including gifts to budget, Harvest Day and other needs as you can see. But it didn’t stop there. At the end of the day the Lord had added to our church 22 new members (as you can see on the back of the worship folder). Let’s express our gratitude to God with a clap offering. (more…)

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November 2, 2104 “Baptism Questions”

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

I had two of my grandkids with me two weeks ago when I went to vote early. As they watched me go through the voting process (pressing the buttons) my granddaughter Caroline said, “That’s easy. How come I can’t vote?” I explained to her that it was a little harder than just pushing the buttons; you need to know what the candidates believe on important values that we have. The events down in Houston with pastors’ sermons being subpoenaed shows the importance of every election. Vote!

Let’s open our Bibles to Acts 2:37. Last week we talked about the first sermon after the Holy Spirit first came to form the first church. At the end of Peter’s powerful presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we see the life-changing results. Read Acts 2:37-41.

BAPTISM PHOTO – I want to tell you right from the start that my message today is about baptism. Baptism is mentioned twice in the verses we’ve just read. You cannot read the New Testament without seeing that baptism is extremely important for believers and for the church. If you haven’t been baptized, at the end of my message I am going to give you an opportunity to take a step of obedience in following Christ by indicating on a card that you want to be baptized soon. I know there are many questions people have about baptism and I hope to answer them as I explain the verses I’ve just read. (more…)

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October 26, 2014 “Our Unstoppable Message”

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

ILLUSTRATION – Anyone who has ever preached remembers their very first sermon. (And probably everyone who heard them preach their first message remembers it.) There’s a story about the great British preacher Charles Spurgeon who had a preachers’ college in London. They had a tradition where Spurgeon would walk up to a student, give them a text of Scripture and the student would be required to preach a message on the spur of the moment before Spurgeon and the staff of the college. On one such occasion a student was given the text about Zacchaeus, the tax collector Jesus encountered in Luke 19. The student stood before them and preached this message: “Zacchaeus was of little stature; so am I. Zacchaeus was up a tree; so am I. Zacchaeus came down; so will I.” And the student quickly took his seat.  (more…)

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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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