Prophet Of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 3, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Now you have to ask the question, did the Jewish people become everything that was promised? Did they become as numerous as the sands of the sea or stars of heaven? No. You have to go back and say there is a division in the road. We’ll follow the division, but I say all this to show you something. Every prophet of God talks about it. Even Jeremiah, in Jeremiah 3, describes God’s people as two sisters, Judah and Israel. And He says, “I want a divorce from Israel because of her idolatrous behavior. I can’t stand her infidelity. I can’t stand her ways anymore. And Judah, this is a warning to you.” But He never divorced Judah. So you have this picture of two different groups woven throughout Scripture.

Now Jeremiah prophesies that the people will be carried away in captivity and they will be captive for seventy years. And the beautiful thing is everything begins to confirm itself as you begin to reach into the Bible. Every part of the Scripture is either one great conspiracy to mess with your mind, or it’s one great tapestry that God has laid out for anybody who has the eyes to see to say, “Wow, this is really amazing!” Isaiah prophesies and says that the deliverer of the people, the one who will deliver them out of the bondage of the seventy years captivity, would be Cyrus. Cyrus was not yet born when Isaiah penned this prophecy. You read in at least three different places in the Bible where it says that in the first year of the reign of king Cyrus, an edict was issued allowing God’s people to return to Jerusalem. There were six hundred and fifty thousand people who had been carried away into captivity in Babylon. Less than ten percent answered the call to come back to Jerusalem.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that before this edict is issued, Daniel is praying in Daniel 9. And he’s praying earnestly that God will honor His word and the time limit of seventy years.  Daniel had read what Jeremiah had written. While Daniel is praying, God says, “It will only be seventy years and I’m going to give you a word.” That is the background for this message.

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.

About the Gospel by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 15, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

Now what I love about this verse is we can just read through it very quickly, but in doing so, there are some little significant points. See, he says for example, “Neither when I up to Jerusalem which were apostles before me,” by the way, he’s still calling these people brethren. He’s trying to let them know if anything is on par with “anybody”, and he’s going to go on and mention Peter and James and John; he wants these to know if anybody’s on par with anybody he’s staying the course but he, Paul received it straight from Jesus. These others probably said, “Well I have something, too.” “And not like me. I didn’t go and get it from somebody else.” He’s making his case right here. I’d say verses 11 and 12 are kind of like his thesis, talking about the Gospel, the revelation and the understanding; this is not a man-invented thing going on here.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that now he then goes on to kind of catalog a time frame. You can line it up. My interest is not for the history, my interest is to show in lining it up Paul is trying to tell these people “what happened to me over here and then progressively until the point that I’m now speaking to you”. So he says here, “but I went into Arabia, returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter”. Everybody always says that was his first visit. I don’t really care if it was his first, his second or his third; for this discussion the very fact is that he went to see Peter first.

God’s way by Pastor Melissa Scott

October 20, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

My burnt offering I place here and I expect nothing in return. It brings me joy to say “This I put here.” And not like the Pharisee “Let me show what I’m putting here.’ Matthew 6 tells us clearly when you do your alms you do them quietly. Don’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing. The Bible is so clear, this is what’s paining me, I don’t understand why people are not just taking that and teaching the people. There is dignity, there is dignity in giving to God God’s way. God loves a hilarious giver and I’m going to prove that right now. If I haven’t proven it already, I’m going to make a capstone on this.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this word here: hilaron, I’ve said we get our English word ‘hilarious.’ Now you read in Romans – you don’t even need to turn there, I’ll just tell you – Romans 3:25 and Hebrews 9:5. Jot these down, look at them later. Those two places, and I’m going to write it in English for you so you can see. Hilaron, this word here and the word that we have read when we read Jesus was not only the propitiatory, He was the propitiation. The propitiatory, the propitiation, the place which we call the ‘mercy seat,’ He ‘mercy-seated’ Himself. This word here is an adjective. All right. The word for what Jesus did, where He did it and how He did it: hilasterion, I’m writing in English so all the folks can see, is also an adjective.

No complicated stuff today, it’s just simple stuff. Now this is the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, Danker and Bowers. This word hilaron and its derivatives: hilaros, hilara, hilaron, translating ‘to be full of cheer,’ ‘cheerful,’ ‘glad,’ ‘happy things’ – ha, ha, ha, right? The next word down hilaratos, hilaratos: ‘quality or state of cheerfulness.’ It’s the ‘state of being,’ gladness,’ ‘whole-heartedness,’ ‘graciousness,’ et cetera. You keep going down the etymological scale of things and you will come to hilasterion.

About God’s Word by Pastor Melissa Scott

October 12, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that if you’re listening for the first time on Internet, wherever you’re listening, please don’t send any money to this ministry unless you have been taught by this ministry, unless you have been taught in the Word of God. And that is the only reason for sending money to this ministry because you’ve been taught in the Word. You recognize what you have received and you are paying accordingly for it. I don’t want people sending change because they think we’re some mission somewhere. We’re in the middle of rebuilding and we’re stepping out in faith. But I want to make sure I have people knowing this is a Church that means business about God’s Word. And I’m not interested in having people who don’t understand what they’re supporting. I don’t want you to become a partner. We don’t have any partners. I’m not a partner of Jesus Christ, I’m His servant, so are you.

Now let me go back to some fundamentals because I know a lot of people are going to say “Are you saying the most important offering that you can do is a burnt offering?” No, the spirit of the burnt offering. The spirit that’s behind that that says…. I’m not telling you put everything you have in the pot. That’s what I’m going to get to in a minute, which is what the New Testament Church did. I’m telling you the spirit in which you give – it was Abraham offering Isaac. What do you think: God’s some sadist?

He wanted to know Abraham really was believing and faithing and trusting the LORD before the angel stayed his hand. “Now I know,” that’s what God wants from all of us. And that, when that is real, not coerced, not pretend, when that attitude of giving is real, I believe that’s when God starts to bless. And it’s not the blessing of “Oh, my business is prospering and everything’s coming up rosy and all the flowers are growing in the garden.” It’s a blessing that you can’t understand if it’s really happening to you. It’s one where you are beginning to realize your reason for being is not some function that rotates around society but your reason for being in whatever capacity you serve the Lord, you are His bought with a price.

Process of evolution by Pastor Melissa Scott

October 5, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

But I do believe, this is going to confuse everybody. I do believe there is a process of evolution that occurs in Christianity. That is ‘I was lost, and now I’m found’ and the minute ‘I’m found’ it doesn’t mean that I start becoming Christ-like. Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the process by which I’m conformed, Romans 8 says the process by which I’m conformed that canopy makes me a product of Jesus Christ’s evolution in me. What I will become when I’m completed. So if you want to ask me if I believe in the theory that Darwin or whomever supported and purported and put out there: No, absolutely not! But let me get to what I came to talk about. That’s not it. No one knows what I’m going to talk about today. Isn’t that wonderful?

Actually I did prepare a message. And it’s very hard for me to start this message because it seems like everywhere when you turn on your TV anybody who is talking about Christianity; they’re not talking about Christ. They’re only talking about $$.$$. Everywhere. I’ve made up my mind that I have to do this. And I have to do this because you’ve been taught about giving God’s way. But there’s a whole world out there that thinks that giving to God is reaching into your pocket grabbing down for some change and some lint and putting it in the pot as it passes by. Jesus, when He spoke, He many times, by means of the paradox. Okay you in order to go up you must go down, in order to be first you must be last, in order to get I must give. That becomes the Aristotelian formula for this society we live in. If this, then that. If I give, I will get. And if you are giving in that mode, if you are giving in the formula ‘if this, then that’ you are not giving God’s way. You aren’t even giving at all because you are calculating what your investment is and what your return will be. And when you are doing it God’s way it is unconditional, there’s no strings attached.

The age of emancipation by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 27, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Now comes the age of emancipation. A child is old enough that when Mommy or Daddy shuts the lights at nighttime ‘It’s time to go to bed Johnny.’ Remember the days – now this is really, even though I said what I just said, it’s going to kind of, a little bit date me a little bit. Because I used to think that flicking on the flashlight and reading a comic book was like taboo. Now lights are shut off – click – you. Now a days the lights go off, the kids click on the computer on the mouse and they’re off on some chat room, chat land somewhere. The age of emancipation. Deceit begins. Mom and Dad think the child is in bed. The child’s doing something else.

Oh come on. Don’t try that with me. I’m trying to make a point. I love the way people try to delineate and define. Like we’re being weighed in the balance. The only measuring rod that can be used by the way is the glory of God; His standard. You go back to the garden. Let me build on this analogy and I’m going to just abandon Boice because what I have to say at this point is probably more important than what he’s going to say. You can read his book anytime.

Pastor Melissa Scot tells us that back in the garden a measure of freedom is given. Before the fall they’re clothed in that Shekanyah glory. They were naked, but they were clothed in God’s glorious light. They were radiant, beautiful, however they were. That’s the clothing pre-fall. Then the clothing right after the fall, they make aprons of fig leaves. Listen to this. The fig leave were enough to cover what they wanted to cover but not enough to cover shame because when God came and said “Adam where art thou” he hid himself. Those leaves were not enough cover.

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