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This Sunday at Mayfair | November 26th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we heard the Bible’s last words on death.

Our study in Revelation is almost over as we turned to chapter 20 this week, but it's still going strong!

Death can seem like a pretty big mystery. Everyone will die eventually, but it isn’t really a subject that anyone wants to talk about. The three most common responses to death are probably fear, anger, or apathy, but maybe that’s because we don’t know very much about death. God wants to set a few things straight for us in the last book.

He reminds us that there are really two kinds of death: physical and spiritual. He reminds us that a spiritual death is really the only thing to be afraid of, and crucially, a spiritual death is optional.

Everyone has to die physically, but God made a way for us to choose whether or not we will die a spiritual death, and Revelation makes one thing clear: so much more than your physical body craves this temporary physical life, you should crave the eternal spiritual life given to those who persevere.

Why? Because there are good things waiting for those that die in the Lord. To them, physical death will have been a small thing compared with eternal glory with God. Do you think you’ll say the same?

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

This Sunday at Mayfair | November 5th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we heard the Bible’s last words on Satan.

Have you ever felt like Satan had you under his thumb? Guilt, addiction, pride—he uses those temptations and many more every day, especially on those who believe. Many times, if you’re a Christian, the pain Satan brings is twice as hard, because he’ll always tell you to compare yourself with all your other brothers and sisters.

Our study in Revelation has led us to chapters 12 and 13, where Satan comes on the scene as a terrible dragon.

Satan has been trying to divide and despair us from the beginning, but there’s something God wants us to know. In case you made it to the end of the Bible with any doubts, Revelation makes it very clear; Satan is the loser.

When the dragon tries to go for Jesus, he loses. When he tries to go against the martyrs, he loses. When he takes up battle with the angels, he loses. When he takes his anger out on the Church he loses. When all is said and done, Satan just loses.

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” (Revelation 12:11 NASB)

Do you need help overcoming Satan in your life?

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

This Sunday at Mayfair | October 22nd 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we heard the Bible’s last words on prayer.

Our study in Revelation continues—this week, in chapters eight and nine.

According to the Barna research group, an overwhelming majority of Americans say they pray, but how, why, and to whom we pray can vary drastically. There are some consistencies though. For example, most Americans have an individualistic perspective on prayer.

When we pray, sometimes (and maybe even most times), we either pray on autopilot or let our circumstances control how we pray. We pray in the way that seems best to us. But what does God want us to learn about prayer in His last book?

Read Revelation 8:1-5 and you’ll find a few things there. First, prayer is valuable and important. So if you’ve been struggling with doubts about prayer or find you’ve been taking it for granted, take a look at these verses. Another important point is that there’s something sacrificial about prayer. It’s an offering, a submission of our will to His. Whatever your fears or hopes, sacrifice them to God in prayer.

And like Revelation tells us, He will hear, and He will act.

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

PS: Trunk or Treat is October 29th. Bring your trunks, your costumes, your candy, and get ready to have a great time with the kids in the community!

This Sunday at Mayfair | October 15th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we heard God’s last words on evil.

Our study in Revelation continues as we make our way into chapter six and seven. John is led into the throne room of heaven and the opening of the seven-sealed scroll begins.

When the first four seals are opened, all kinds of terrible things happen, things many of us have sadly experienced: strife, war, hunger, poverty, disease, death. And when the fifth seal is opened, the voices of all the Christian martyrs call out wanting to know how long it will be until the evil people in the world are judged.

If you wanted to sum up everything that brings us doubt in this life, the first five seals wouldn’t be a bad choice. And after reading, it’s not surprising if you’d want to ask God why evil has to exist in the first place?

What answer does Revelation give? God isn’t trying to explain away evil, but He is in control, and He will judge the world one day. Most importantly, even though bad things happen to good people, God knows His people in the midst of it all.

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

PS: Mayfair Trunk or Treat is coming up soon, October 29th! Get involved and get ready for an awesome evening with the community!

This Sunday at Mayfair | September 17th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we started our new series on the “Famous Last Words” of the Bible.

There’s just something about last words that is extremely intriguing. It’s a chance to sum everything up, to leave a legacy, to remind us what’s really important.

To many people, even many Christians, the last words of the Bible are just. . .confusing.

But one of the things we gathered this morning was that the book of Revelation wasn’t meant to confuse, it was meant to be understood, and furthermore, to provide a blessing to those who understood it (Rev 1:3).

God’s message hasn’t changed into something we aren’t meant to understand, right at the end. If we listen, we will understand, and if we understand, how could our lives possibly remain unchanged?

These are the Bible’s famous last words, so if you’re curious what Jesus’s parting message was, join us next Sunday. We’ll be happy to have you!

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members—and of course, come and join us!

This Sunday at Mayfair | September 3rd 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we took joy in our fellowship.

It’s Labor Day weekend, and that means holiday plans and family get togethers, but Satan—never one to miss an opportunity—often tries to convince us that a holiday is a great time to take a break from assembling as the Church as well.

So, we spent time in Hebrews 10: 24-25 today. If we grew up with Christian parents, they’d often cite this verse to us if we ever complained about not wanting to go to church that day. “Don’t forsake the assembling of the saints.”

But there’s so much more than a simple command in this passage; there’s an amazing and uplifting “why.”

The writer of Hebrews has been building up to this part of the book for more than 9 chapters now, proving again and again how wonderful Christ is and how much He’s transformed our lives. What’s his next point? The Church is where the life-giving power of Jesus gets magnified from one person to another in exponential growth. We “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

A spur isn’t always the most comfortable experience, but knowing your brothers and sisters are fighting the same battles as you, with the same hope in the Lord as you…there’s nothing like it.

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

P.S. Remember to put together a bucket for our Houston relief effort, and spread the word about our special guest speaker, Scot McKnight, coming next weekend!

This Sunday at Mayfair | August 27th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we learned from the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.

One of the hallmarks of a great story is the way it treats stereotypes. Many stories employ stereotypes, but the greatest stories use them to teach us, and the parables of Jesus do just that.

In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus gives us a parable based on two stereotypes: a Pharisee and a tax collector. In our time, we’ve re-stereotyped Pharisees as hypocritical and elitist, but if we want to get the full effect of Jesus’s parable, we need to remember that the Pharisee’s were the “good guys.”

The people hearing the parable, started out thinking “I want to be like the Pharisee, not the tax collector.” But if we immediately stereotype the Pharisee and come away saying “I want to be like the tax collector, not the Pharisee,” we may have missed the point.

Too often, we come away from this parable praying in our hearts, “God, I thank you that I am not like this Pharisee.” We’re focused on stereotypes (i.e. ourselves) when we pray.

Instead, of focusing on ourselves, let’s focus on our God. And when you kneel before the Almighty, Holy God in prayer, focused on Him, you’ll find it easy to pray like the tax collector did.

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

This Sunday at Mayfair | June 11th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we praised the God of Justice.

We were excited to welcome Randy back to the pulpit this week as he returned from the last class in his doctorate program. Lord willing, we will be hearing a message from Dr. Randy Johns around this time next year!

With Randy back, we returned to our study of Malachi. We picked back up with 2:17-3:5.

The Israelites had made a habit of questioning whether or not God truly was a God of justice. It’s a good thing to ask God for wisdom to understand how He is just when we are going through a period of doubt, but that isn’t what the Israelites were doing.

They asked questions not to get answers, but to challenge God.

The answer to their questions is coming, God said, but when it does, the Israelites will have to give answers of their own about how they handled justice.

God expects His people to be a people of justice. Will we leave the world wondering, or will we show them that our God truly cares about the rights and wrong in this world?

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

This Sunday at Mayfair | May 28th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we heard the testimony of our Witness.

When was the last time you made an oath? These days, we don’t commonly find ourselves in situations that require oath-taking, but there are a few that come to mind.

Marriage, for instance, is one of the most famous oaths. The ceremony of a marriage may change with time and culture, but the principle has remained the same: a man and a woman, two people, two families, two histories become one through the bond of an oath.

Part of what makes this oath so special is that God is called to be a witness to it, and He takes that responsibility very seriously.

We learned from Malachi 2:10-16 today that Christianity’s not just about a personal relationship with God; it’s about all our relationships. The Israelite men couldn’t understand why God wouldn’t hear their worship, but God says it was simple: because of their unfaithfulness to their wives, a broken promise that the Lord had not forgotten.

These guys did everything “right” in the temple, but they became apathetic with the oaths they made before God.

How will you show God your fidelity this week?

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!