• Michael Mays

    Contributing sermons since Jun 8, 2021
About Michael
  • Education: B.Mus., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (vocal performance) M.C.Mus., Southwester Baptist Theological Seminary (Church Music / voice)
  • Experience: 1996-1997 - New South Daisy Baptist Church (Soddy-Daisy, TN)--music minister 2001-2002 - Edgmont Park Baptist Church (Mesquite, TX)--music minister 2003-2004 - Henderson Street Baptist Church (Cleburne, TX)--music minister 2004-2007 - Sycamore Baptist Church (Sprinfield, MO)--music minister 2009-2012 - First Baptist Church (Dayton, TN)--music minister 2013-2015 - First Baptist Church (Waverly, TN)--music minister 2015-Present - Mays Music Ministries (Chickamauga, TN)--lead singer, director
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: My training is in singing; I approach every scripture from the standpoint of, "How would I convey the truths of God's Word in a concert?" This is not meant to limit the Word of God, but to enhance and focus the concerts I give so that, whatever I sing, it's always couched in as rich and accurate a biblical context as I can give it. Nothing surpasses the Bible, but people will swallow it faster if you sing it at them.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: My favorite is a joke, and I've used it a couple of times in sermons: A man dies and goes to heaven. Upon arrival, Saint Peter asks him his denomination. "I don't know," the man says, "got any recommendations?" Peter nods and takes the man on a tour. They pass a large, regal structure with full organ and vibrant choral sounds. "This is where most Presbyterians worship," he said. Then they pass a small, ramshackle little chapel that just hops with loud, twangy piano strains, hootin' and hollerin', a little tongues. "Here's where the Pentecostals get together," Peter tells him. They pass a Catholic cathedral radiating glorious Gregorian chant, traditional-looking structures with coffee-shop style bands singing lots of Charles Wesley, AME-Zion worshipers in old-looking, stately structures with lots of loud organ sounds and plenty of "Amens" and "Preach!". Along the way, they pass a large, nondescript building with a hint of something going on, but it's generally pretty quiet. Peter indicates to the man to pass silently. After they're clear of the building, the man asks, "Why did have to stay quiet when we passed that building?" "Oh, that's where the Baptists worship," Peter replies. "We have to be quiet around them because they think they're the only ones here." (I am qualified to tell that joke, because I'm a Baptist.) :-p
  • Family: Married to Joy since 1997 Children: Jacob (18), Natalie (16), Elena (15), Caroline (11), Jonathan (9), Chloe (5)
  • What my parents think of my sermons: Not sure my parents have ever heard me preach...
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Surprisingly, she approves and supports my habit!
  • Books that have had an impact: "The Knowledge of the Holy" (A.W. Tozer) "The Shadow of the Almighty" (Jim Elliot) "Trusting God, Even When Life Hurts" (Jerry Bridges)
  • Hobbies: Songwriting, orchestration, sermon-writing
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Time is running out--Jesus is coming back! Stop treating His Word like a self-help guide or a band-aid for your guilt and act like you actually believe it's true!
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I have small children. Something funny happens pretty much every time I preach!
  • What I want on my tombstone: Pointed people to Jesus
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Newest Sermons

  • God's Sovereignty: Is He Really In Control?

    Contributed on Jul 3, 2021

    What does it mean when we say “God is in control?” 
Are we aware of the implications, or is it just a platitude? 
And when it comes to the most important question of salvation, do we think God truly is sovereign, or is He held hostage by our choices?

    Romans 8:28–39 (ESV) 28And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many more

  • Freedom From Spiritual Bondage

    Contributed on Jul 3, 2021

    No one is more qualified to help another person than the one who has already experienced the same trial

    I. Introduction In their book "The Sacred Romance" (Thomas Nelson), John Eldredge and Brent Curtis write: "A 19th-century Scottish discus thrower lived in the days before professional trainers and developed his skills alone in the highlands of his native village, making his own more

  • Jesus' Instructions To All Disciples

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2021

    Jesus didn't leave us a command and a commission without the means, methods, motivation, and power to accomplish it.

    Intro Young William Wilberforce was discouraged one night in the early 1790s after another defeat in his 10 year battle against the slave trade in England. Tired and frustrated, he opened his Bible and began to leaf through it. A small piece of paper fell out and fluttered to the floor. It was more

  • So We've Had A Revival... Now What?

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2021

    It's one thing to get on an emotion "high" after revival, but what are we supposed to do after we sleep it off?

    1. Introduction a. We had a wonderful revival last week – Bro. Joe Wright delivered to us the message God gave Him specifically for this congregation, for this community, and for this time b. But, as after almost any revival, God’s people tend to lose the “spark” revival brought--because, more

  • Strategy Of Temptation: Undermine God's Authority

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2021

    From the very beginning, Satan has been a master at distracting us from pursuing the One whose image we bear.

    Strategy of Temptation: Undermine God’s Authority (2 Timothy 3:1–17; 4:1–4) Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” - Genesis 3:1 The deaf community is one of the largest unreached groups. Fewer than 1 percent of deaf people call themselves Christians. Because the deaf more