Live the Sermon on the Mount; Matt. 7:21

Randy Harris - "Big Day 2014"

8/24/14

Description:"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." (Matt. 7:21)Randy Harris, author and professor at Abiblene Christian University, encourages us to not just read and study the Sermon on the Mount but live it!

Son of Man: Both King & Suffering Servant; Daniel 7:13-14, Isaiah 53

Randy Harris - "Big Day 2014"

8/24/14

Description:Randy Harris of Abilene Christian University looks at why Jesus' audience, and even closest followers, did not understand His teachings about His kindom. How could the "Son of Man," as was prophesied in Daniel 7:13-14, whom "all peoples, nations, and languages should serve," whose "dominion is an everlasting dominion...and his kingdom one that shall never be destroyed' be the "suffering servant" to die on a cruel cross in Isaiah 53? His followers could not understand that the King of Kings would come to reign the world by sacrificial love, not with violence.

Be a Hero of Faith

Phil Waldron, Founder of Mission Upreach

12/15/13

Description:Hebrews 11:13-16: 13 "These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city."In Hebrews 11, we read a list of heroes of the faith who have persevered so much that the Holy Spirit says the world was not worthy of them. The encouragement from Hebrews 11 is: Take stock of who you are, where you are going, and of what your life consists. These heroes of faith were commended by God because they did not live here on this earth as if this were all that there is. What is it that those who are left behind say about you after you are gone? Will they talk about how dedicated you were to your business, hobbies, or race for success? Heroes of faith, those who bask in the approval of God, live in the anticipation of living with Him in Heaven. They do not lose hope; they do not lose focus. What are you living for? What do you long for more than anything else in your life?

Luke's Writings as My Script

Dr. Earl Lavender

8/28/13

Description:Luke wrote the letter to his friend Theophilus to convince him of the true story of Christ. In so doing, he wants you to understand in his writings the amazing invitation to be a part of the story, the script, of God. Jesus is our saviour and want to rescue us from the broken stories of the world and transplant us into the story of God if we choose to understand and follow Jesus as the Christ.

Times of Refreshing: Acts 3

Dr. Earl Lavender

8/25/13

Description:We see times of refreshing in the world today. God creates all of His nature to regenerate itself to bring forth life through difficult times. This a powerful message for a world that is going through difficult times that desperately needs time of refreshing. That God will take your life as broken as it might me and will transform it and weave it into His tapestry of redemption and will, in turn, change you into a person that will help change those around you in ways that no one else can.

Finding My Place in God's Story

Dr. Earl Lavender

8/14/13

Description:As we study through The Story this year, we encounter a host of “heroes in the faith”: Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, and Esther. But do you find yourself asking, “How does my story fit into God’s Story?” God calls us to play an essential role: to announce His Kingdom rule here on earth. God’s redemptive work in human history culminates in the death and resurrection of Jesus, but He is at work even today to bring about new creation to anyone who is in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).Mayfair is excited to host Dr. Earl Lavender from Lipscomb University for another Wednesday evening series in August. Join us as Earl draws us deeper into the story of God’s ongoing work of reconciling all things to Himself.As we study through The Story this year, we encounter a host of “heroes in the faith”: Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, and Esther. But do you find yourself asking, “How does my story fit into God’s Story?” God calls us to play an essential role: to announce His Kingdom rule here on earth. God’s redemptive work in human history culminates in the death and resurrection of Jesus, but He is at work even today to bring about new creation to anyone who is in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).Mayfair is excited to host Dr. Earl Lavender from Lipscomb University for another Wednesday evening series in August. Join us as Earl draws us deeper into the story of God’s ongoing work of reconciling all things to Himself.As we study through The Story this year, we encounter a host of “heroes in the faith”: Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, and Esther. But do you find yourself asking, “How does my story fit into God’s Story?” God calls us to play an essential role: to announce His Kingdom rule here on earth. God’s redemptive work in human history culminates in the death and resurrection of Jesus, but He is at work even today to bring about new creation to anyone who is in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).Mayfair is excited to host Dr. Earl Lavender from Lipscomb University for another Wednesday evening series in AAs we study through The Story this year, we encounter a host of “heroes in the faith”: Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, and Esther. But do you find yourself asking, “How does my story fit into God’s Story?” God calls us to play an essential role: to announce His Kingdom rule here on earth. God’s redemptive work in human history culminates in the death and resurrection of Jesus, but He is at work even today to bring about new creation to anyone who is in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).Mayfair is excited to host Dr. Earl Lavender from Lipscomb University for another Wednesday evening series in August. Join us as Earl draws us deeper into the story of God’s ongoing work of reconciling all things to Himself.As we study through The Story this year, we encounter a host of “heroes in the faith”: Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, and Esther. But do you find yourself asking, “How does my story fit into God’s Story?” God calls us to play an essential role: to announce His Kingdom rule here on earth. God’s redemptive work in human history culminates in the death and resurrection of Jesus, but He is at work even today to bring about new creation to anyone who is in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).Mayfair is excited to host Dr. Earl Lavender from Lipscomb University for another Wednesday evening series in August. Join us as Earl draws us deeper into the story of God’s ongoing work of reconciling all th

A Kingdom Torn In Two: 1 Kings 11-15

Philip Bradley

6/2/13

Description:This week, we return to our study of The Story and we come to a heartbreaking chapter: following the reign of Solomon, the kingdom of Israel is torn in two. Because of Solomon's idolatrous practices, God promises to tear the kingdom from the hand of Solomon's son (1 Kings 11:12). Once again, we see the power of sin to bring separation. But even in this dark chapter, God maintains His covenant promise to His people: "Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen," (1 Kings 11:13). Philip Bradley from the Guntersville Church of Christ will be our guest speaker and he will walk us through this sad period in Israel's history. Focusing on 1 Kings 11-15, Philip will discuss this period of extreme rebellion that precipitated the division of the Kingdom. Rather than experiencing the unity God intended for His people to enjoy, Israel is forced to endure the bitterness of division and estrangement.

Rise Above the Temptest

Brandon Moore

5/15/13

Description:Over the past few weeks, we've acknowledged the variety of storms we experience in life: doubt, depression, separation, fear, economic hardship, and grief. We've looked to Scripture: from Jonah's harrowing self-inflicted storm to the cries of the disciples as Jesus sleeps during the "seismos". Now we turn our attention to a different text as we prayerfully seek to rise above the storms that often engulf us. 2 Kings 6 is a powerful story of Elisha, his servant, and two armies: the army of Syria and the heavenly host of the Lord. Join us as Brandon Moore, one of our most beloved Bible class teachers, opens up this powerful word for us and teaches us how we, like Elisha's servant, can have our perspective elevated when life's storms begin to swirl around us.

A Whale of a Tale

Scott Sager

5/8/13

Description:It's one of the most bizarre tales in all of scripture: the story of Jonah. This Old Testament prophet was given a unique command: to preach against the people of Nineveh and their sin. But Jonah foolishly ignores the word of the Lord; instead, he boards a ship bound for Tarshish, thinking he can outrun God. Out on the open water, Jonah encounters a storm of his own choosing -- a "mighty tempest" sent from God to capture his attention. Three indescribable days later, Jonah is a firm believer in the power and intervention of Almighty God once again. Over the past several weeks, we've talked about a variety of "storms": economic hardship; job loss; doubt; depression; separation. But what about the storms of our own creation? Have you ever experienced a "self-inflicted" storm? Could it be that, as in the case of Jonah, God uses that dark night to win us back kicking and screaming? Scott Sager is Vice President for Church Services at Lipscomb University. Scott served as the pulpit minister for the Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas for 15 years prior to his move to Nashville. Scott is passionate about the Kingdom of God, the Lord's church, and we're honored to have him speak for us.

Unlocking the Treasure of Abundant Living (John 14)

Earl Lavender

8/22/12

Description:Jesus came to dwell among us so that we might learn from Him the life for which we were created. This is the abundant life He promises. In this lesson, we reach a critical teaching point in John's gospel. Jesus knows this is the last concrete teaching opportunity with His disciples.He wants desperately to give them a teaching that will transform them into the kind of people God crated them to be. So He gives them a visual lesson they will never forget -- and it involves, of all things, their feet.

You Are What You Eat

Earl Lavender

8/15/12

Description:Dr. Earl Lavender, Lipscomb Univeristy Director of Missional Studies, focuses attention on the high calling of God to those who commit to His rule in their lives. Through the life-changing power of communion, we receive God's gifts of living water and bread of life to become living water and bread of life to the world. But we cannot feed the world what we do not yet have in our own lives. It's an intriguing discussion, an essential part of the christian walk.The quest for life -- real, authentic life -- must end at the feet of Jesus (John 5:39).

You Can't Get There From Here

Earl Lavender

8/8/12

Description:In Jesus, we find the promise of eternal life. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." These words have been a source of comfort and hope for believers for two thousand years. The promise of a life beyond this sphere of pain and sorrow is God's gift of encouragment and peace to us in the midst of uncertain times.

The Logos Life

Earl Lavender

8/1/12

Description:Salt and Light. A city set on a hill. A pleasing aroma before the Father. The scriptures use a variety of images to remind us of the call to everyday, ordinary faithfulness -- and the power of God that is revealed in these simple acts. Do you believe that you can be a missionary in your cubicle, on your street, in your home? Jesus believes this, and He commissions us for this vital work in His name.Lipscomb University's Director of Missional Studies, Dr. Earl Lavender, challenges us in the "Live the Live" series. We'll explore John's description of Jesus as the "Logos" -- life "as good as it gets." Earl invites us to intentionally and purposefully pursue the life for which God created us -- life that bears witness to the glory of God. This exceptional life is not found in extraordinary events and spectacular manifestations of power, but in the ordinary circumstances of our lives.

Integrity: The Road Less Traveled

Ray Jones

7/25/12

Description:There is no question that the matter of integrity is a crossroad in the Christian's travels. When the road curves and we must make a choice, what will we do? It's easy to do good on Sundays, but what about the other six days?There is a signpost on the road you are traveling. What does it say? Danger? Stop? Proceed with caution? You're behind the wheel, so what will you do? Often it's a matter of integrity.Abraham Lincoln said it well. "Is your religion centered around doing good? In your busyness, do you guard your name so that you are known as a person who does the right thing?

God's Will, God's Guardrail

Bret Walters

7/18/12

Description:So we're traveling along on the straight highway, enjoying the view, and suddenly we top a hill. Unexpectedly, the road turns and curves in a direction we don't anticipate. With a small shoulder, we don't have much room to compensate, so we quickly readjust our direction and follow the guardrail. Our direction changes, disaster avoided.How do you respond to the will of God, when your will and His are different? Are you open to God's timing and guidance, or do you insist on being in the driver's seat 24/7?Join us as Brett Walters, preaching minister at Homewood Church in Birmingham, delivers his message of relying on God's will. Does God have a plan in my life that is different from my agenda? How will I know? How will I respond?

What Moves You?

Allen Burris

6/27/12

Description:There are all kinds of guardrails in our lives. Some we construct for ourselves, some are constructed by others. Some are hard, some soft, some thick, and some thin. "What Moves You" leads us to consider an unusual guardrail made by God Himself - s simple sigh. We rarely think about it, but the reflex of a sigh is a daily part of our lives, and tells alot about our hearts. What touches you? What moves you to a point of response? What happens when a heart is so hardened that there is no reaction? A sigh can be the measurement of where we are in regard to danger and in regard to our relationship with God. Without a heart that can be moved, going over the guardrail is easy...Allen Burris, minister at the Mitchell Church of Christ in Mitchell, Indiana, brings an experienced voice to our discussion on caring for hurting people.

Blessed Are the Merciful

Alan Mann

6/21/12

Description:We're beginning to understand more fully the danger zones that exist on the soft shoulders of life's journey. Few people intentionally go over the edge - it usually happens slowly, with a gradual desensitization to the caution of scripture. When it finally happens, how do we, as God's people, respond to personal crisis of people we care about? How did Jesus intervene in the lives of those He touched? What does He expect from us as His conduit to the hurting?Madison Circuit Court Judge Alan Mann deals with people every day who have indescribable pain and conflict in their lives. Many have made poor decisions and not heeded the warning signs, and have plunged over the edge. They may require discipline and correction, and accountability. It can be an overwhelming task.Judge Mann has a unique perspective worth hearing. As one of Huntsville's seven judges, Alan is also a faithful follower of Christ, and is faced daily with balancing judicial discernment, compassion, and mercy. He lives in a challenging world, and speaks to this issue with clarity and insight for any Christian who chooses to help the hurting.

When Doubt Crashes In

Philip Bradley

6/6/12

Description:Gary often says, "It's okay to doubt your doubts." Sometimes we can become seasick with the back and forth of doubting. It can render us useless for God. If Satan can convince us that there are no absolutes in our lives, and we can rely on nothing, not even the Creator, He has won a key victory. So how do we stop the madness of fear and doubt?Join us as Philip Bradley, the pulpit minister for the Guntersville Church of Christ, discusses what the Word has to say on this powerful topic.

Purer in Heart

Lane Widick, minister at Granny White Church of Christ, Nashville, TN

5/23/12

Description:When it comes to the guardrails that protect our daily living, God's Word makes it very clear: stay away. Don't even get close. Not just avoid evil, but run from the very appearance. In today's world, that's a tall order - but thankfully, God said He would provide the way of escape."No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. Our faithful God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." (I Cor. 10:13)In other words, look for the guardrails.Granny White Church of Christ

When the Unbreakable Bond Breaks

Joe Beam

5/16/12

Description:Most of the time it's easy to see the danger of going over the guardrails of life. But what about the ones you don't see coming? No one begins their married life with the intention of infidelity, yet it happens to christian couples every day. There is spiritual warfare going on, and the enemy knows just how to wound us. No one knows our heart better than the Father, and our weaknesses like the Evil One.Joe Beam is founder and president of Marriage Helper, one of the largest marriage organizations in America. More than 100,000 people have enrolled in courses, workshops, and seminars Joe developed. He is a prolific autoor of several best sellers on family dynamics and spiritual growth, and has appeared on numerous programs including NBC's Today Show, Good Morning America, Montel, The Dave Ramsey Show, and Focus On the Family. He speaks from the voice of experience on a subject we rarely talk about, and desperately need.The pain of unfaithfulness and divorce has never been greater, and the church is no exception. Joe's reseach on marriage and the trap of unfaithfulness is a message every christian should hear, before it's too late.

Forgiving When You Can't Forget

Big Jon Shoulders

5/2/12

Description:Most of the time it's easy to see the danger of going over the guardrails of life. But what about the ones you don't see coming? So many things can happen in the most unexpected ways. Suddenly, in the snap of a finger, our lives are changed forever. We're left with the memories of disaster, and choices of how we handle the situation. Big Jon Shoulders, a veteran youth minister and President of Friendship Christian School in Lebanon, TN, speaks to teenagers and adults across the nation with experience and conviction. His message on forgiveness is one you will never forget.