Archive for the ‘Sermon Manuscripts’ Category

August 31, 2014 “Why Suffering?”

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

INTRODUCTION

At the end of the service you’ll be hearing more details about a couple of new Wednesday night studies we’re offering. Dr. David Downey will teach a rich, verse-by-verse study in Ephesians. Karen Sanders, Chad Brantley and I will be leading a video driven series on Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas. This is one of the most biblical and practical approaches to parenting I’ve ever seen. There’s support with our Family Dinner and full age-graded programming for children on Wednesday nights. I encourage you take advantage of these opportunities for growth.

Open your Bibles to John 9. The most intense concentration of miraculous, supernatural activity in the history of the world came in the three years of Jesus’ public ministry. It marked the entrance of the Kingdom of God in the person of the Messiah Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John records seven of these miracles that are called “miraculous signs” because they point to who Jesus is and what He came to do. The miracle we’re looking at today takes up all of John 9, and rather than my reading the text this morning I want you to hear it from a scene from the movie “The Gospel of John,” that depicts John 9:1-12. (more…)

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August 24, 2014 “Jesus and Our Storms”

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Open your Bibles this morning to John 6:16. There are seven of Jesus’ miracles that John records in his Gospel account. John includes these miracles because he wants to drive home a point. They are called “miraculous signs” because they point to something … the power of Jesus which is unleashed when we believe. So we come to the fifth of these miracles here in John 6:16-21. Follow along as I read.

PHOTO – ILLUSTRATION – Some of you may remember from several years ago a movie entitled “The Perfect Storm.” It’s based on the true story of a massive storm that hit off the coast of New England. The storm was actually a convergence of at least two storms that created a powerful force of nature that did incredible damage and sank several fishing boats at sea. One of those boats was the Andrea Gail, a fishing boat with six men on board who all perished in the storm. It was a riveting story and since then the phrase “perfect storm” has become part of our vocabulary. A “perfect storm” is a situation that is made worse by a rare combination of different circumstances. It’s like getting a call that your child has broken their arm at school, and when you go out to get your car you have a flat tire. (more…)

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August 17, 2014 “When You’re In Over Your Head”

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Let’s open our Bibles to John 6:5. As you’re turning I want to encourage you to be part of our Leadership Summit this evening. If you serve in any capacity in our SMBS ministry this is vital equipping for you. We also have need for people who will volunteer to help teach our boys and girls in preschool and children’s SMBS. You can come this evening and find out more about how you can get involved. The details are in your worship guide today.

This summer we’re studying some of the miracles of Jesus and the one we’re looking at today may be the most familiar of all of Jesus’ miracles … the Feeding of the Five Thousand. It’s found in all four of the Gospels, so it’s a big deal. Read John 6:5-15. (more…)

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August 10, 2014 “Our Lord’s Heart for Hurting People”

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Take out your copy of the Scriptures. If you don’t have one we have them available as you walk in or in the pew rack. Read John 5:1-9. Pray.

ILLUSTRATION – In Bethesda, Maryland is one of the most important hospitals in the US … Bethesda Naval Hospital, otherwise known as Walter Reed Medical Center. It’s one of the most prominent hospitals in the US because when our nation’s presidents are in need of surgery they most often are admitted to Bethesda Naval Hospital. It is to this hospital that many of our military men and women who are wounded in combat are brought for treatment of the trauma of battle. And during those times of war the President of the US will often visit the wards in Bethesda where the soldiers are being treated. (more…)

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August 03, 2014 “Take Jesus at His Word”

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

INTRODUCTION

We don’t live very long before we realize that in life we constantly bump up against things that we cannot fix or change no matter how hard we try … an illness we can’t seem to get over … a son or daughter who has chosen a lifestyle that breaks our heart … a sin that keeps tripping us up over and over … a financial hole we can’t seem to get out of … you know what I mean. It is into this broken world that Jesus came, and He reveals Himself at the intersection of our weakness and His power. (more…)

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July 27, 2014 “When Life Runs Out”

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Two thousand years ago for the first time the God-Man Jesus Christ set His feet on Planet Earth. For the first 30 years Jesus led a rather hidden life with His earthly mother and father, Mary and Joseph. But then the day came when His public ministry as the Messiah began. First He was baptized by John the Baptist, then later Jesus chose at a plain, ordinary wedding to so something He had never done before … He performed a miracle. We read about it in John 2, so open your Bibles to that passage. Today I’m beginning a new series of messages where we will study seven miracles that Jesus performed during His earthly ministry and that were specifically recorded in John’s Gospel for a purpose. And in John 2 we read about the first of these miracles. Read John 2:1-11. (more…)

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June 15, 2014 “Where’s Your Happy Place?”

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Happy Father’s Day! Men, I’m grateful to the Lord that you are here today. If you are a husband or a dad, having your family in church with you is so important in living and leaving a legacy. And for the ladies, Father’s Day is also known as “National Elbow Your Husband in the Ribs During the Sermon Day.” Hopefully that won’t be the case today, but rather that the Holy Spirit might elbow all of us in the ribs today. And when He does that He often uses the Word of God. So let’s open our Bibles to Esther 5.

If you’re just joining us today, the book of Esther is about a period in history, 400-500 years before Christ was born, when Jews living in the ancient Persian Empire woke up one day to the news that a law had been passed that they would all be killed. A young Jewish woman named Esther has become the queen of Persia, married to King Xerxes or Ahasuerus. Her father is a man named Mordecai who realizes that Esther, being confined in the palace, doesn’t have a clue what is about to happen. So he alerts her to the situation and tells her that if she doesn’t persuade the king to stop this, the consequences will be grave. So Esther tells Mordecai to gather all his friends together and have them fast. Then she will muster the courage to go to speak to the king. The first eight verses of Esther 5 tell us how she plans her approach to the king. This is important because you don’t just pop in for a chat with the king. So here’s what she does: Read Esther 5:1-8.

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June 08, 2014 “Reject Passivity … Accept Responsibility”

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

ILLUSTRATION – I was thinking again this week about the life of Brooks Douglass who shared his story with us on Easter Sunday. If you were here you may remember that when Brooks was a teenager a horrific tragedy occurred in his family that would forever change everything for him. Two strangers entered their home, murdered Brooks’ father (who was a well-known pastor), his mother, and shot Brooks and his sister leaving them to die. After that awful event Brooks’ life took many twists and turns. He was a naturally gifted person and ended up becoming the youngest state senator in Oklahoma history. Yet all the outward success in his life masked the inward reality that he had never fully dealt with the murder of his parents. He was still filled with hatred for the men who had destroyed his family and his life. In his role as a senator he found himself one day visiting the prison where one of the killers was waiting on death row. After cutting through the red tape, Brooks was finally allowed to sit down face to face with the killer. He just wanted some answers. The man had apologized, but Brooks wasn’t sure he was sincere. After grilling the killer for two hours, Brooks got up, ready to walk out the door, when the killer once more said, “I’m truly sorry.” Brooks said that he felt the Lord saying to him, “You’re not finished here.” (more…)

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June 1, 2014 “Making a Lasting Impact”

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

INTRODUCTION

If you had a piece of paper in front of you I’m sure you would have no trouble writing the names of people you know have made a lasting impact on your life. The first person that comes to your mind may be a parent or a grandparent, a teacher or a coach, a boss or a mentor, a servant of God somewhere in the church you attended. But you know that your life is different today because their life intersected your life.

ILLUSTRATION – I think about John and Rene Harmon who were friends with my family when I was a boy. John was an Air Force master sergeant who worked on airplanes; Rene was a stay-at-home mom for their two children. They were strong believers and attended church each week. Often they invited my sister and me to spend the night with them on Saturday nights so we could go to church with them on Sunday morning. One summer they invited me to Vacation Bible School at their church. I went every day with them; it was the first time I remember hearing the Gospel and realizing that I needed a Savior. It was a few years later before I was saved, but they made a lasting impact upon my life. I wouldn’t be doing what I do today without people like that. I’m sure that you can think of people in your life who have made a lasting impact. (more…)

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May 25, 2015 “Standing Against the Darkness”

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

INTRODUCTION

Let’s open our Bibles again today to the book of Esther 3. As you’re turning I want to say how grateful I am for the men and women who have given their lives in service to our nation. Just two weeks ago the son of a family we have known for many years was killed in Afghanistan. Let’s pray for the families of those whose loved ones have paid the highest price for the freedoms we enjoy. Pray.

ILLUSTRATION – Several years ago when we lived in New Mexico we would often make trips to Carlsbad Caverns Nat’l Park. If you’ve been there you know that you walk down hundreds of feet below the surface winding through caves that have spectacular beauty. In those days there was a point where you entered one cave, and park rangers warned you that they were about to turn off the lights for just a few seconds to let you feel just how dark the caverns are so far removed from the light. When the lights went out the darkness was stifling … it’s hard to describe how it feels. It’s a relief when the lights come back on. (more…)

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    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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