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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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October 19, 2014 “A Most Unusual Day”

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Before I get started let me remind you that this Friday night is FXLive … a great family event with a life-changing message. We’ll have food trucks parked on our campus for you to enjoy with your family. But it’s also a great way to introduce your friends to our church. Stop by the CMC to pick up tickets for your family and your friends. Two weeks from today is Harvest Day, a very important day each year in the life of our church. In preparation, don’t just think about what you will give; ask God what you should give. If you think about what you should give you will ask, “What do I want to give or what can I afford to give?” But when you pray you ask God, “What do You want me to give?” So when you give what He shows you, you are stepping out on faith that God will meet your needs and the needs of our church.

Now open your Bibles to Acts 2. I’ve entitled this series “Unstoppable: Living in the Irrepressible Power of the Holy Spirit.” The book of Acts shows us where everything started for the church. We’re reading about our spiritual roots. It’s not just what God used to do; it’s what God still wants do through people who yield to the power of His Spirit. Read Acts 2:1-6. (more…)

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October 12, 2014 “A Pattern for Prayer”

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

ILLUSTRATION – Husbands and wives, what kind of relationship would you have if you were so busy all the time that you didn’t have time to just sit down to talk and listen to one another? What kind of relationship would you have if there was some offense between the two of you where you don’t even want to talk to each other? Dads and moms, what kind of relationship would you have with your kids if you hurried through the day of getting ready for work and school, rushing through an evening meal, consumed with homework, but you never had time to just listen to and talk to your kids … where you actually felt like you know what was going on in their little lives? Relationships are built on communication … talking, listening, and sharing your hearts with one another. And the same thing is true in our relationship with God. And prayer is the essential to building our relationship with God.

Open your Bibles to Acts 1:14. The first followers of Jesus were people of prayer. And we saw last week that that enabled them to position themselves to receive the power that Jesus promised to give by the Holy Spirit. They prayed alone and they prayed when they were together. Read Acts 1:14. (more…)

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October 5, 2015 “Our Unstoppable Mission”

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

VIDEO ILLUSTRATION – Last year for my birthday Nan gave me a gift that I finally got to enjoy a couple of weekends ago. I got to go out to Texas Motor Speedway and climb in a NASCAR race car with a 700hp engine under the hood and take that little car for a ride. Here’s a video of part of my ride. Now to be perfectly truthful, I wasn’t driving. A professional driver named Randy was actually at the wheel. I would have crashed in the first turn. No, I suited up, squeezed through the window on the passenger side, put on my helmet, buckled my safety harness and went on the ride of my life.

It must have felt that way for the first followers of Jesus. For three years they had been on the ride of their lives with Jesus, hearing Him teach, watching Him perform miracles, feeling His love. Then Jesus died and it appeared that the ride was over. But then Jesus surprised them on that first Easter morning when He rose again. And for forty days Jesus spent precious time with the disciples preparing them for a great assignment He had for them. (more…)

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September 28, 2014 “Our Unstoppable God”

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Open your Bibles to Acts 1. Before I begin I want to remind you that next Sunday is our One Day. Because our Sunday schedule has us worshipping in different venues, we need to all come together at times. Next Sunday we’ll share together in the Lord’s Supper and baptisms, and I will have a very important challenge to our church about our future.

I’m starting a new series from the book of Acts entitled, “Unstoppable … Living in the Irrepressible Power of God’s Spirit.”  I don’t know about you but I am faced with circumstances every day that remind me how weak I am and how much I need God’s power in my life.  Whether it’s living a life that glorifies God, or being a man of holiness, or being a godly husband, or being an effective witness, or wisely leading our church, without the power of God’s Spirit on my life, I fail miserably.  On the other hand, the more I know of God, the more I see what an awesomely powerful God He is.  He’s so powerful that He never fails to accomplish what He intends to do.  So the secret is to somehow get my weak life plugged into Him.

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September 14, 2014 “Believe and Live” Pt.2

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Before I get started today I want to share some sad news with you. This week we have received word that two of our staff members will be moving from our church. Our children’s minister, Scott Eudaley, and our contemporary worship leader, Jared Longoria, have both indicated that they will moving on to other opportunities of service. We’re saddened by this, but are grateful for their service to the Lord in our church and want to be a blessing to them as they go on their way. Next Sunday afternoon we will have a time to say goodbye to the Eudaleys and the Longorias from 5-6pm in the West Building. Pray.

Today I’m concluding the series of messages I’ve been preaching on the miracles of Jesus. There are seven of them that John specifically includes in his Gospel. He calls them “miraculous signs” because they point us to who Jesus was and what He came to do. In fact, at the end of his gospel record John said this:

John 20:31 – But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (more…)

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September 7, 2014 “Believe and Live” Pt.1

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

You’ll be hearing more about this later in the service but I want to encourage you to come back this evening at 5:30 to share in our Celebrate the Mission experience. We’ve had 165 of our members go out on short-term partnership missions so far this year. You have prayed for these teams, given generously to the Wings scholarship fund and we’d like for you to rejoice in the amazing things God did this summer through our teams. So please join us.

ILLUSTRATION – Yesterday Nan and I were at the hospital visiting with Matt and Bethany Lee. Doctors had discovered a benign tumor on the brain of their little baby Chara and this week the doctors performed a very serious procedure on little Chara’s brain. Matt and Bethany are strong in their faith but they still have questions. They know that somehow God is going to use this for His glory, but how? Chara won’t remember anything about this, but Matt and Bethany will certainly look back and see the faithfulness of God and give Him glory. Perhaps it will be as their family and friends trust God for Chara’s healing and give Him glory for that. Or perhaps the doctors and nurses will see the Lee’s confidence in God and somehow come to give Him glory. (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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