Michael Dean: Your One … How

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Michael Dean: Your One … How (Luke 5:1-11)

Michael Dean, who retired in 2019 as lead teaching pastor of Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, began his sermon by telling his congregation something he said at least 1,800 times over his 28-year ministry, “Open your Bibles.” This would be his last series of sermons to Travis Avenue before his retirement.

He wanted to finish his ministry calling his congregation to set its main thing as Jesus’ main thing—making disciples. Jesus’ mission is to seek and to save the lost, and Jesus will accomplish his mission. “The big question is are we going to be in on what he is up to,” Dean said.

In the series, Dean focused on “Who,” “Why” and “How.” Who among the people you know needs to know Christ? Every soul is valued by God, who wants all people to “come to a knowledge of the truth;” this is the “why.”

Addressing “how,” Dean outlines five qualities of those who are engaged in Jesus’ mission.

This sermon was delivered on Sept. 22, 2019, during the morning worship services at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth. It was the third in a series titled “Your One,” which is part of the “Who’s Your One” evangelism and missions campaign of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.


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