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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 12th 2017

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

Judgement isn’t a very popular topic these days. In our culture, judgement (especially ultimate judgement) is basically taboo. But let’s hit the reset button on judgement, forget what culture says about it, and hear what God says about it in Revelation.

Our Revelation study continued in chapters 15 and 16 this week; the seven bowls of God’s wrath were poured out on the beast and those who worship him. But why and how?

Well, God stands as the ultimate judge of the world. He made everything, including us, and though He gives us the choice to do as we please, if we choose to align against Him, He is going to respect that choice—even if we put ourselves on the wrong side of His wrath for injustice.

But even while the angels are pouring out the bowls of God’s wrath, the people are constantly being giving a chance to repent. Even in the Old Testament, God always gave a chance to repent.

Revelation shows us we can’t go putting off repentance forever though. Will we repent before it’s too late?

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 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 10th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we heard from our guest speaker, Dr. Scot McKnight, on topics from his book, A Fellowship of Differents.

We live in an individualistic, post-modern culture; in our culture, everything is up to the individual and everything is up for debate. Consequently, the very idea of the Church has come under heavy fire recently. For many young people or new Christians, “What’s the point of the Church?” and “Why should I go?” are very serious questions. We talked about the answers today.

Randy and Scot shared the stage—Randy asking Scot questions and Scot giving answers. There was much more said today than we can write here, so we’ll just look at one of the questions for now. (But if you want to know more leave a comment or drop by our building!)

So, what even is “the Church?”

The word “church” is all over the spectrum of meaning these days, but the Church is the expansion of God’s chosen people to include all who are in Christ, not just those who are born to Israel. It’s not a building or an institution; it’s a body of witnesses, a family.

Church is a very important word, but for a day-to-day descriptive word of who we are, Scot thinks Fellowship, a sharing of life, might be more accurate.

How we feel about the Church or gathering together as the Church begins with how we understand the Church. Are we a club? A status symbol? Or are we a family? A chosen people with an overflowing love for Christ and His mission?

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 | August 20th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, Jesus asked us one tough question.

As the summer comes to a close, our series on the parables of Jesus is nearing its end too, but it’s not over just yet.

This week we were in Luke 18:1-8, often referred to as the parable of the persistent widow or unrighteous judge. Though this parable is often referenced in lessons about the power of persistent prayer, there’s another layerhere that we dug into.

At the end of the parable, Jesus asks “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”  It’s a question directed at us.

Jesus’s point in this parable is that if an unrighteous judge will help a widow, even for selfish reasons, how much more will God be faithful to the people He calls His own.

If we’re wondering if God cares about us, His faithfulness has been proven time and again; the real question is, will He find any faith coming from us? Or will it be buried so deep beneath our jobs, hobbies, lusts, apathy, and pride that He wouldn’t find it—even if we told Him where to look?

To borrow from another parable, Jesus won't find our faith if we bury it underground. How will your faith be found 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!