Archive for September, 2010

Forgiveness by Pastor Melissa Scott

Well you know what the Bible says? If you want to be forgiven you must forgive others. Do you know how hard that is? Is anybody going to argue with me to argue how hard that is to forgive somebody who’s done something real bad? Only God can do that type of forgiveness. Unconditional. He doesn’t say looking at me and I’m being ludicrous. He hasn’t spoken to me. But He doesn’t say ‘Melissa, I forgive you but.’ Do you see what I’m saying? But He doesn’t say ‘Melissa,I forgive you but.’ Do you I’m saying?

Now, I don’t want to say baby food because every single person that has wrestled with this problem has wrestled with something else. I want you to go with me. We’re going to cover it all. I want you to go with me.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that please turn your Bible to John 8. I taught on this about last year. And last year when I taught on it I didn’t teach on it the way I’m going to teach on it today. I have greater understanding about the way we are. All of us. Oh yeah, I’ve read the story about the woman taken in adultery a thousand times. Read it with me today. And I hope you read it with fresh eyes because I  have something very interesting to say. Chapter 8 verse 3 “And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman, taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they said unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us that such should be stoned; what sayest thou? This they said tempting him, that they might to accuse him. Jesus stooped down, and with his finger he wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

God sees no color by Pastor Melissa Scott

I would be remembering what he said, what he did – ‘Oh, remember that time.’ ‘Oh yeah that was a fun time that time.’ Or whatever happened in that picture. Okay? “Do this in remembrance of me.” Those elements act like a photo that you look at that helps you to remember the act of what He did. And the act of what He did – well He might have healed a lot of people and He might have said a lot of good things. But He said ‘I’m here now. You’re going to see Me. I’m going to do all these things. But the most important thing is I’m going to lay down my life and I’m going to raise up again on the third day.’

You’d be surprised how many people start on some other premise when they’re addressing the Communion. Some have degrees of sin like ‘I’m not as bad as this person. I didn’t rob a bank, therefore I’m not as bad as that person’ or ‘well I don’t do that.’ Hey. Go read the Bible.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the Pharisee and the publican ‘I thank my God I’m not like so-and-so.’ Guess what? You just did worse. You just did worse in the act of saying you’re not like that person. Spiritual pride and sin of saying you’re not like him when the fact of the matter is you all – we all are born into Adam. And “all have sinned.” It doesn’t say – it says there’s no difference. Do you know what that means? It means black. It means white. It means yellow. It means red. It means God sees no color. He doesn’t see any indication of more or less. There is no difference.

Now I’m going to say this because maybe there are some of you that are like me.

Christ in the Old Testament by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now Jesus turns around in Revelation. He’s already won the victory. He’s resurrected. Glorified. He’s talking to the over-comers “To him that overcometh I will give to him authority over the nations” which means “to him that overcometh the right to rule and rein. To him that overcometh he will shepherd them.” There’s been a change here. It went from the Father hypothetically speaking to the Son and the Son now talking to we who are co-heirs of the promise to us “to him that overcometh I’ll give to him authority over the nations. He will shepherd them with a rod of iron” – the same thing, just like the Son, coequal – “And he will shatter them” – the promise that was given to Christ in the Old Testament, Christ turns around and says ‘Now I paid the price and I’m the first-goer of the faith, I’m the first achiever and I’m turning around to you church of Thyatira and I’m saying to you if you’ll overcome, if you’ll overcome,” if you’ll read the last line of Psalm 2. Read the last line “Blessed are they that put their trust in him.” “If you’ll put your trust in Me, church of Thyatira, if you’ll put your trust in Me, church where ever you are in whatever age, if you’ll put your trust in Me you will be given, coequal, the same inheritance that I have been given, that the Father promised me. I will turn around and give it to you. If you put your trust in Me, church you will overcome. You will rule and reign with me.”

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the promise of life eternal with Christ Jesus and I can’t say anymore than that because to add anything more to this – the only one thing that I’d say as a footnote: there’s a reason it says like the ceramic the vessel of the Potter that He will break. When the church is gone, what will be left when the church is gone? Are those people who are like hardened clay they would not harken. Like Pharaoh their hearts were hardened.

They would not hear. Don’t tell me about the fact He’s going to come again and there may be some who are saved. That’s a sidebar. It’s a side issue. There are many who are going to be smashed to pieces in the end. Is that the Jesus Christ we serve? Well He’s come and how long has He been here? People take the text out of context and say ‘at the end, the last church, Christ is knocking at the door will you answer?’ He’s not knocking outside somebody’s nonbeliever door. He’s knocking on the church. He’s talking to the believers. Will you hear what He’s saying? “To him that overcometh you will be just as I was to the Father you will be with Me!”

And that’s my message.

Why Do You Believe? by Pastor Melissa Scott

You have a right to believe what you want. Know why you believe it and where your beliefs came from and then make you decision based on that.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that if we’re teaching the message of Jesus Christ, people will get saved and people will latch on, trust and believing in the Lord. But then let me tell you something. No threat of a bomb in this country, no natural disaster, nothing should shake you because you know in whose arms you’re going to be when you get there.

We’ve said it to our Jewish friends, if you’re going to be Jewish know what the scriptures saith. Know why you are a Jew, not because you were born into a family and Judaism without really understanding. If you’re going to believe, know why you believe and back it up with something, so that you have underneath everything something to stand on. I know what I stand on. I listened long enough. I’ve read enough to know what I’m standing on is solid.

The Gospel by Pastor Melissa Scott

Ten meaning an intensifier; ten making it so intense you’re going to have ten, you’re going to have intense days, ten being the number of intensity, of tribulation.  What does He say? “Be thou faithful unto death.” I put this here because it’s so beautiful. He gives an imperative ginou pistos, ‘be faithful.’ My command to you, you folks at Smyrna, my command to you, you people that are saying, professing I’m Christians and I am, “Be faithful, and I will give thee a crown of life.” If I had more time, one of those days where I don’t, this is your crown, stefanon.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that it’s interesting, that’s the crown of life, the word for crown, stefanon, it’s interesting when we read in the Gospel records about Jesus when they put Him on trial and they put a crown of thorns on His head, that crown the word in the Greek stefanon and the first Christian martyr after Jesus, Stephen, stefanon. “I will give you a crown of life.” For you laying down your life, this is your reward the last place that it reads, it’s like Jesus saying listen I am already, I’ve been there, I’ve done that you don’t have to worry about it. Look to me, I’m living proof you’re going to overcome, you’re going to come through. “To the person that has ear, let him hear what the Spirit’s saying.” If you can understand what Jesus is saying, if you can understand what I’m saying, the message has been trust in Him. Trust in Him. Keep trusting in Him. Trust in him, He’ll never leave; He’ll never forsake you. He’ll never misguide you. He’ll never lead you down a wrong path and I can’t say that for the rest of the people out in the world.

“And he that overcometh,” we covered that word, onikon, “to the victor shall not be hurt of the second death.” I want to tell you something this whole text, if that doesn’t give you the greatest hope like plugging in to a power cord where you’ve just been rejuvenated because Christ is giving us these instructions.  He says to those of you who are going to follow faithfully and stay the course of things and not veer your eyes from me, because He had not one word of rebuke to these people, they won’t be hurt of the second death.

Man, if I could believe that. Not me I do, you know if people really believed that we’ve have people stepping forward and saying “By God’s grace and by His power and by His Holy Spirit, I am here to help you push the Word of this wonderful Gospel out to the world and there’s nothing that will stop me. I’m going to be like that band at Smyrna not some Ephesian church, not some church that will come ebb and flow with whatever the religion de jour is. I’m going to stay with the stuff. You can’t pry my hands loose from the plow. I’m going to stay by the goods because I know the person that stays by the goods gets the stuff.”