A Beginning Bible Study Taught by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 11, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 

Pastor Melissa Scott describes your answer to the question “Is God fair?” I ask you not to just read words, but to digest them; they are life-giving words. You need the Word of God. That is my hope, that people will leave here saying, “I am going to study God’s Word.” “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”  And if you would, please circle that “all.”  “For all have sinned.” That appears again in Romans 3:23. That’s another one of my favorite verses because it tells me not just some but  all have sinned. We meet good people in the course of a day, a week, a life. We say, “That’s a good person.” But even that good person, as good as they are, they’re still a sinner just like you and me. We walk around, still wearing this Adam container, our thoughts are contaminated, our mind is – and the only way to fix that is, as Romans 12:2 declares, by the renewing of your mind. We do that with God’s Word!

I hear people talk about depression. People are depressed. That’s surprising and when you come to probe why, you’ll find something staggering. Depression can be a chemical imbalance but there’s always the spiritual side of depression because depression is darkness, and darkness means you have let yourself become detached from the source of light. That light being God’s Word, that light being your prayer life, that light being the connectivity you need with God. So when people talk about depression, the first thing I ask is, “How often do you read the Bible? How often do you pray? Are you talking faith?” Because I’ve heard a lot of people say, “Well, you know if you think good thoughts . . .” Thinking good thoughts is not enough.

Talking faith and claiming promises in God’s book is the way. The Bible declares all the promises in this book are mine and yours to claim (2 Corinthians 1:20). Claim them. It means when you’re depressed and you’re down, when you’re scared – God’s not the author of fear – but when you’re scared you just say, “What time I’m afraid, I will trust in the Lord” and continue until you get to the point where you say, “I am trusting in the Lord.” These are the little steps we take. That’s what we mean when we say faithing.

 When I first heard the message and the Word of God being spoken, it did not bring faith immediately. It brought a lot of questions and confusion like, “I’ve gotten this far in my life without this stuff.” That’s right, and look how messed up it is, right? So, you need God’s Word, right? That’s the theme of this message. You need God’s Word.

 

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