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John Mayes

Contributor since: Oct 12, 2005
Denomination: Pentecostal

About John Mayes

Education: Graduated from High School in 1979 from Cleburne, High School in Cleburne, Tx. Graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.A. in Human Communications in 1983. Completed 27 hours toward an M.A. in Biblical and Related Studies from ACU.

Comment to those looking at my sermons: Can you summerize what I am trying to say with one simple, short sentence? Normally, that sentence can be found in each sermon. I like each sermon to have a main story, either from the Bible or a modern-day story. There should also be only one main point, with supporting points.

Family: My wife, Sharon and I are blessed with four very active children: Rachel, Jonathan, Sarah, Rebekah. Rachel is an Education major at Southwestern Assembly of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. Jonathan, 17, loves music, drama, and is about to get his private pilot’s license. Sarah, 15, is our comedian and wants to be a worship leader. Rebekah, 13, wants to be a doctor.

Best advice given to me about preaching: Most sermons are too broad and cover too many points to be remembered by the audience. We must be able to summerize each sermon in one short, simple sentence. In each sermon, we must challenge the church to DO something...a conduct response! And since Jesus told stories, we must become a story-teller. If the church remembers your stories, they will remember your sermons and the points you were trying to make.

Hobbies: chess, playes trumpet, teaches youth how to preach, loves fine arts: drama, human video, children’s lessons and puppets.

Something funny that happened while preaching: Once as a guest speaker in a small congregation, a man on the back row tried to get my attention while I was preaching. He mad motioned with his arms like he wanted to put a rope around my neck and hang me. First, I tried to ignor him, but his motions became more intense. Finally, I stopped speaking and gave him a very confused look. He then said, "Would you please reach inside the pulpit and pull out the rope with that microphone and hang it around your neck so that I can hear what you are saying?"

What I want on my tombstone: I’ll be back ! !