Levels of Faith by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 31, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Some make the mistake of trying to define Faith by Hebrews 11:1. You read Hebrews 11:1, what does it say? “Faith is,” what? “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” but it does not define Faith. And, paradoxically, if you’re going to grab a promise, Faith transubstantiates the promise.

I’m going to use an analogy of something and then I’m going to get to my message. Jesus said ‘Except ye become like children,’ you’ll read the passage in Mark 10:15. Then you read Paul in Ephesians 4:14 saying ‘Be no more like children, tossed with the doctrine to and fro.’ They’re not contradicting each other. Jesus says ‘Except you be like children,’ ‘hear the voice of your Father, listen and obey.’ Paul is saying ‘once you come to know that voice, quit running around for some other doctrine.’ That is like a child looking for different toys to play with. Once you know where you’re going, quit looking for something else. Listen to the voice of the Sayer, grab hold of it, that’s that! That’s what Ephesians 4:14 is saying.

Now I came up with an analogy because I see people wrestle with this all the time. We are like children on a playground. You climb up the monkey bars and you go across and you go back down. You watch kids play on the playground—there are some kids that will get up on those monkey bars and they really are like monkeys. They just swing right across, they skip a couple of the rungs, right? They’re to the other side and zip they’re down.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that other kids will climb up there and they have to grasp rung by rung right across—grasp each one of them with a tight grip. Then you’ve got kids, and I could tell you I was one of them, that couldn’t make it half way across and had to fall down in the middle. We think there are levels of Faith. It is true, you can have levels of Faith, but Faith fixed in the right place begins to grow like a seed planted in good soil that takes root.

Through His Blood by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 25, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Now, trespasses in the Old Testament was like the Arabic. I looked it up: “sins we didn’t realize we were doing,” what they call “sins of innocence.” Okay, I think it meant “sins of ignorance,” but it says “of innocence.” The word being used is “to show,” and it’s a special kind of word: “to fall alongside or fall by the wayside.” It’s not just something that one can catalogue and say, “I eat too much,” or, “I do this,” and then therefore those are the sins. What he’s talking about here, what we are through his blood, the forgiveness. What is it? What are we being forgiven?

Well, this makes the umbrella. But this tells us these are our slippings and our fallings in life. This is what we are going through daily as a day-to-day thing, our condition as a whole, Romans 3:23. If you picture the word hamartia like a canopy, it covers everything. It sits on the top over here. That’s hamartia, and everything under the canopy becomes this word paraptomaton. It is the slipping. It’s not something we identify and say, “Well, my trespasses are thus and so.” It’s the slipping and the falling that we do in our pilgrimage.

In Christ Jesus by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 16, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off 

Can you be a Christian and not be in Christ? No. It doesn’t work that way, and it sounds very fundamental to you because you’ve been taught. But if you are not in Christ, if Christ is not in you, you’re not a Christian. You may be believing. There may be other religions that have good founders and good prophets, but there’s only one Person on the stage of history in all the eons of time who said He’d do what He was going to do. He was going to come, He was going to lay down His life, and He would raise up. He did just that for you and for me, made good on it.

There’s only one that made that promise and did it and actually, by many infallible proofs, appeared, so that’s the One I’m choosing, “in whom.” It’s not, by the way, a choice – He chose me – but in my human mind, “In whom, in Christ Jesus.” Let me do the Spanish first. I like the Spanish because it doesn’t mess around. En el cual tenemos, “we have,” la redención por su sangre, “by His blood,” la remisión de los pecados, según las riquezas de su gracia. I like it. I really like it more than all the Latin languages because it is very simplistic. It gets to the point. It does even more so than the English because we have the tendency with the King James English Anglicized deliverance of the words. The Spanish just gets right to the point, and I want to look at the Greek for a minute. “In whom we have….” You know why I like the Greek. This is the only real verb in the whole sentence.

God loves the hilarious giver by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 8, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Q. You’ve said God loves the hilarious giver, and we don’t give to get, but considering most people don’t understand about giving, what should people keep in their minds and their hearts when they give?

A. Well, I will say this, in Luke 14 Jesus said no man can come after Him except he forsake all, and He lists all the things to be forsaken: the family, houses, land. But He also states the paradoxical truth that no man has forsaken all but what he receives many times that, not only in the life to come but here also. Now, the paradox is that the forsaking is without the motive to get. But when you cross that hurdle and you give to God because of your love and value and worthship expression to Him, it triggers a response from Him. I often teach the difference between the Greek words phileo, which is mutual love, and agapao, which God calls forth, which is an uncalculated giving of yourself to the other because of the intrinsic value or worth of the object. Everybody likes phileo; we’d like to love and then be guaranteed that we get loved back the same way. But when people are doing for me “to get,” it makes me look out for me. If I’m drowning and somebody risks their life to pull me from the water, I’m not going to have to talk myself into liking them on the bank. That’s the power of agapao. It’s a paradox and complicated, but when God sees us giving without calculation, He will give us more than we can give to Him. That’s the paradoxical truth. God loves the hilarious giver because the hilarious giver is giving out of happiness. It is the way you are when you first fall in love with someone, or you have that bright-eyed baby that brought new life in your home. You don’t have to be whipped into giving, you have great joy in giving to the object of your love. God, who sees the heart, sees that expression of love and worship and uncalculating effort and He loves that true, hilarious giver. But paradoxically, He also is going to hilariously give back.

The one unqualified promise regarding tithing in Malachi is: “Prove me now herewith, and see if you honor me with your tithes and offerings, that I don’t give you a blessing that you can’t contain.” (cf. Malachi 3:10) Now, it may not be the blessing that WE define, but it’s the blessing that the God of all goodness will provide to us. You are never going to know until you try, and you aren’t going to know until you keep doing it no matter what.