Sermons

Kevin Mays

Kevin Mays
Role: Youth Pastor

I grew up in church in a small town called Hamilton, Alabama. I made a profession of faith at age five in the church I grew up in. At an early age, my father fostered in me a hunger for God's word. When I reached my teenage years, my youth pastor pushed me to dive deeper into my faith when I told him I was wrestling with the call of ministry. One summer at a youth camp, I submitted to the call of ministry at age fifteen. I joined the Army National Guard at age 17. After graduating high school, I attended Bevill State Community College to begin working on my degree. I met my wife Lauren while attending Bevill State and we now have two boys. I was called overseas to Kuwait to serve for a year, returned home, and moved to Huntsville to work while I finished my degree at Athens State University. We have lived in this area for six years, and it is now home to us. I enjoy watching my two boys play sports, and in my spare time I like to play my guitar and watch sports.

You can contact me @ 256-830-5544 or follow me on Facebook

Latest sermons by this teacher

Abound in the work of the Lord
Sun, Dec 30, 2018
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. - 1 Cor 15:58
Mission Sunday
Sun, Oct 28, 2018
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.” - Matthew 11:19 (ESV) It's instructive to me the people that Jesus counted as friends. They were a motley crew. Most of the religious people didn't want to be associated with them. They were from the bad parts of town and had major problems. But Jesus called them friends. In contrast, we often see 'those people' as folks who need our help. We 'do ministry' to them and for them but not often alongside them. If we aren't careful they are projects not friends. That's one reason why I'm excited about the way God has been weaving Hope together with the ministry of the Downtown Rescue Mission. In this tapestry of ministry the 'us & them' is disappearing as we are just the church. This week we are excited to have our friends share with us more about what God is doing at DRM. Some will come and lead worship. Some will share testimonies. And Kevin and Mickey will teach us about God's plan in the midst of it all. I hope you plan to be there and hear more.
Psalm 14
Sun, Jun 03, 2018
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. -- Psalm 14:1–2 (ESV) Fools are easy to point out and laugh at but harder to see, especially in the mirror. The Bible is brutally honest about the world around us and the struggle within us, but it also shows us the only refuge from them both. This week we are going to look at another Song of the Savior in Psalm 14. Kevin will be opening up this Psalm that looks at denial and rebellion. It points us to a sure, true, and strong refuge. Take a few minutes to read it through, and plan to join us at 10:30 on Sunday.
Fearless
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, - 2 Timothy 1:6–8 Fear is a crippling enemy. When we look around our world and we fear the threats that seem to be coming to our doorstep. We look inside and we fear our own inadequacies. We spin up scenarios of what might be and fear wells up again. With all of these threats, it seems the best option to take is to retreat. This week, Kevin Mays will be considering with us what it means to be a group of people ‘fearlessly on mission’. This involves us confronting what stands in our way and facing the consequences of what will come.
The Unforgiving Servant
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” -- Matthew 18:21(ESV) Scandalous. When we hear this word associated with church, we all cringe. Another story. Another fall. Another blight. But what if it wasn’t. What if scandalous didn’t refer to our sin but God’s grace? God’s grace is so big, so extravagant, so freely given that it has been referred to as scandalous. Often this scandal isn’t seen or felt when God’s grace is applied to us. (Because if we were really honest, we feel we deserve it). But when God’s grace is applied to someone else, especially those we think fail the most, we think of God’s grace as scandalous. This week, we look at a difficult and pointed parable called the Unforgiving Servant in Matthew 18. The ideas here apply to sinners and those in any relationship. So in other words, all of us. I’d encourage you to take a look at this parable before Sunday. Kevin will be opening up the word to us. Hope to see you there, and bring someone with you.
Pharisees and Sinners
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: Luke 18:9(ESV) Bell curves have generally been my friend. I did pretty well in school . But there were a few subjects that baffled me. Maybe it was me, maybe it was the teacher. One such subject was Physics. Our teacher, Mr. Rogers (seriously), had mantras that he would repeat, but explanation and application seemed to escape him. It was as if we would magically absorb the formulas and their applications merely by the multiplicity of the repetition. So when I received a 60ish score on an exam, I was in a bit of a shock. Until I learned he graded on a curve. And the top of the curve was 70! Grading on a curve is helpful - if you are on the top. But if you are on the bottom, it feels like an unscalable pit. How do you grade others? Do you give some a pass while looking down your nose at others? How do you grade yourself? Do you get a pass because you are aware of your thoughts, intentions, and actions? Jesus had something to say about how our righteous acts stack up to everyone else. This week, Kevin will be opening up the scripture to us in our series: Parables - Truth hidden in plain sight. I want to encourage you to read Matthew 18 to prepare for his teaching. And why not bring a friend with you. Also, make sure you are introducing yourself to the new friends God is bringing to Hope this season!
Shame
Sun, Jul 17, 2016
Duration:36 mins
You have made us the taunt of our neighbors, the derision and scorn of those around us. You have made us a byword among the nations, a laughingstock among the peoples. (Psalm 44:13-14 ESV) To recall our memories is to often times rehearse our regrets and shame. We see our failures with greater clarity than our successes. Sometimes we hear from others that in order to be truly free we need to abandon shame and move forward. But is that the best? Is there something between wallowing in our shame and forgetting about our mistakes and sin? Could there be something redemptive in shame? This week, Kevin will be opening up Psalm 44 and dealing with the emotion of Shame. I encourage you to take some time before Sunday to read through this Psalm.
Fear
Sun, Jun 19, 2016
Duration:54 mins
For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; (Psalm 22:16-17 ESV) The future. Getting sick. Violent people. Something happening to my children. Money. Loss of a friend or spouse. There are a million things to fear. When my mind begins to spin up on these fears, often we can’t pull it back. Our fears can overtake us. Overwhelming and paralyzing us. What do we do with fear? Is there any aspect of it that is good?
Role of Christ's Resurrection in our Sanctification and Future Glorification
Sun, May 01, 2016
Duration:47 mins
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. - (Colossians 3:1-2 ESV) Life seems to move so quickly. Once an event passes, it seems to also fade quickly from memory. My wife reminded me this week that Easter was a month ago. It would be easy to think that we gave the resurrection its deserved passing thought and that it can now be filed until next year. But for Christians, the resurrection is at least a weekly reality. We should gather each Sunday intentionally to point us back to the day that death died. This week I will be preaching out of town. But Kevin will be opening up the significance of the resurrection, not just to seminary professors and theologians, but to every believer. Take some time before Sunday to read through Colossians 3 which connects resurrection and its power to our everyday Christian walk. Plan to be there.
Role of Christ's Resurrection in our Justification
Sun, Apr 17, 2016
Duration:41 mins
Role of Christ's Resurrection in our Justification - Jesus would still be in the grave if there is more sin to be punished for - It is finished
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