revelations

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?

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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?

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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?

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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 | October 1st 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we heard the Bible’s last word on the Church and dared to examine ourselves.

We’re forging ahead with our study of Revelation, and we made it to the messages to the seven churches of Asia Minor today (Revelation 2-3).

Jesus’s messages to the Asia Minor churches were first written down hundreds upon hundreds of years ago, but they pierced our hearts all the same today. The sharp sword coming from the mouth of Jesus is definitely something Revelation has right in its imagery.

The devil’s been sowing a lot of doubt in the world recently, and he’s given us plenty of reasons to fly under the radar, to keep our faith shut up inside.

But with every letter we read, in every rebuke and every praise, it was as if Jesus was daring us to dream bigger—to fall in love with Him all over again.

“Stop just going through the motions. Hang in there! Resist the temptation to compromise. Keep growing! Don’t be content with mediocrity! Take advantage of every evangelistic opportunity. Renew your sense of devotion.” That’s what He said to us today. His words ran deep, and it’s not something we can ignore.

We want to drive out any part of us that’s become lukewarm for Christ and His Kingdom. What about 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 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!