• Randall Bates

    Contributing sermons since Aug 13, 2005
Randall's church

McMahan Calvary Baptist Church
Athens, Tennessee 37303

About Randall
  • Education: B.A. Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens, TN - MAAOM Tusculum College, Greeneville, TN - MAT, Lee University, Cleveland, TN - Ed.S., Tennessee Tech - Currently working on Ed.D., Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA.
  • Experience: McMahan Calvary Baptist Church, 1999 to present
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: use what you will, give all the glory to God, not to Randall Bates
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: One More Night With the Frogs
  • Family: Married to Melissa (who by the way is the most beautiful woman in the world). 4 children - Allysyn, 7 - Riley, 6 - Connor, 3 - Ashtyn - 2.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My mother is too kind, and my father always listens intently. I was truly humbled the first time I saw my mother taking notes while I was preaching.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: probably that they are too long.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Don’t do it unless you have to. It is a calling, not a choice of profession.
  • Books that have had an impact: The Spiritual Man, Watchman Nee - It’s Not About Me, Max Lucado - Releasing the Revival Flood, Greg Frizzel
  • Hobbies: Golf, Hunting, Reloading, Shooting
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Repent, repent, repent
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: New flowers on the stage - kicked them completely off the stage
  • What I want on my tombstone: Seeing His face now, he truly understands grace
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Newest Sermons

  • What A Day

    Contributed on Apr 20, 2008
    based on 1 rating

    There are two days in the future that I qualify as deserving the title "What a Day." More preaching notes than full text.

    WHAT A DAY REVELATION 20. 11 - 15, 21. 2 - 4 One of the beauties of having a long drive is that you have plenty of time to think. Plenty of time for God to speak to your heart without the normal distractions of daily life. As I was driving home from Lynchburg on Friday, God began to speak to more

  • Crumbs From The Table Of Grace

    Contributed on Feb 18, 2007
    based on 8 ratings

    A brief look at the gentile woman who tried to deceive Christ by dressing as a Jew in order to see her daughter healed. A lesson to all of us about grace. More preaching notes than full-text

    CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF GRACE MATTHEW 15. 21 - 28 This passage of scripture is one of the most profound, yet the most simplistic of all passages in scripture. It is the story of the life of a Christian saved by grace. It is an appropriate passage for us to understand our position in this more

  • Being Encountered By Amazing Grace

    Contributed on Jan 21, 2007
    based on 3 ratings

    Nicodemus, Saul, and Dr. Law - each are encountered by Grace. More preaching notes than full text.

    BEING ENCOUNTERED BY AMAZING GRACE JOHN 3. 1 - 4 Many years ago, John Newton penned the words, Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. Newton was not a theologian, not a preacher, Sunday school teacher, or choir director. Newton was a slave trader, a seaman, a rough more

  • A Provided Lamb

    Contributed on Jan 7, 2007
    based on 4 ratings

    Looks at the need of mankind for a sustitute found only in the Lamb of God

    A PROVIDED LAMB GENESIS 22.8 Many, many years ago, Abraham and Isaac took the journey from which this text comes. We have talked before about this journey, about Abraham’s faith, Isaac’s obedience, and the ram caught in the thicket. As I was thinking in my quiet time this week, the more

  • Reverence, Not Rigor-Mortis: A Call To Genuine Worship

    Contributed on Dec 17, 2006
    based on 1 rating

    Genuine worship comes from the heart, is spontaneous, new, congregational, joyful, and affects our daily life

    REVERENCE NOT RIGOR-MORTIS: A CALL TO GENUINE WORSHIP 2 CORINTHIANS 3.17, JOHN 4. 24, PSALM 149. 1 - 9 One of the most recurring things we hear about church is that it is boring. Many folks won’t come out & openly say it, but they don’t come because it is boring. This causes a great concern more