Archive for August, 2010

The kingdom of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 31st, 2010

“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue the faith, continue in the faith, and that we must go through much tribulation to enter the kingdom of God.” Now, I don’t understand what’s complicated about that. That’s what the Bible says. It’s a part and parcel of what I said weeks before of pressing into the kingdom. That’s how you’re going to be pressed in and the more you push through your tribulation, get me away from this, get the troubles away from, get my circumstances away. Okay smart aleck, whack, more for you. There’s a little bit more because you grumbled in your circumstances instead of saying thank God for the fire, thank God for the situation that will bring out the best in me, produce my beginning of my Christ-likeness that I’m hoping daily to be conformed a little bit, little bit, little bit, little bit more each time. Whew! I made it through that one, there’s no more tribulation. Right? Wrong.

He says, I’m going to come back to this maybe, He says and the ptocheian, the poverty, the poverty and this is not translated, it’s a direct, but it’s not translated in the original ‘poverty.’ Let me talk about that.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this message is so totally backwards from everything else you’ll hear out in the world because it’s straight out of the Bible. I’m not adding or taking away to it. That’ll hit you in about 30 seconds, maybe. The poverty, “I know your tribulation and the poverty.” Not just any poverty. There’s another word in the Greek called penia. Looks like penia, that’s someone who just squeaks out a living, they just barely get by. This word here ptocheian, utter destitution, nothingness; you have absolutely nothing. How could the church of Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ Himself is speaking, say “I know your tribulation and your poverty,” how could this be His church?

Pastor Melissa Scott

One Nation, One God by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 25th, 2010

Okay. Let me, let me kind of give some background because the background today is very important. Smyrna, unlike Ephesus, if you want to make a comparison of the two places picture Ephesus being like New York City, all right. Smyrna would be the equivalent of Washington, D.C. and I say that because it sat the council, the largest Roman body to govern although it wasn’t under direct Roman rule.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that they were free from taxes; they still were under their empire. Now there’s a long history that goes back, I don’t want to bore you with it except to say that if you talk to and read all the documentation regarding Izmir, Izmirs, Smyrna you’ll find people say there was always, it always existed. It’s been there forever and ever. We have historical records of 1,000 B.C., 1,000 years before Christ. It was settled by the Ionians, it became one of the 12 in the Ionian league and of course everybody claims to have founded it but the three people that have a claim to fame of saying that they founded it, whatever that means, that three people could found the same place. The Pelops, Theseus and of course no invasion would be complete without Alexander the Great.

So you have this triplet of things happening. Single handedly Alexander the Great, and I have to say I’ve been doing an awful lot of reading about Alexander the Great, not only can you find traces of things that happened in modern history go backwards and I say that Alexander’s pursuit to one, under one nation. Here we have our bills say under, under one nation, under one God, whatever the bill says I don’t know what it says anymore, they’re about to change it I think but you never know in this country anymore. But I think Alexander’s vision was one nation under Alexander that was his vision.

Pastor Melissa Scott

Repentance by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 18th, 2010

We’ve already covered “repentance:” ‘change of mind.’ “But this thou hast, thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He which hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches,” plural; “to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Okay? Here’s the starting point. We can take this text and I can say to you that every single letter if you know, you’ve read the book every single letter is going to have more or less the same “to,” “from;” it’s going to have the same feel to it and there are certain repeatables that occur. We’re going to look at every letter, not today; we’re going to look at every letter by, I’m like a snail’s pace now. But the one thing that I think is very important this is why I set the stage with looking at Ephesus because when it says “If you don’t change your ways, if you don’t change your mind, I’m going to take your candlestick from you, I’m going to take your Church away from you.”

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that now, most people want to say “Well, don’t try and mesh this with what happened” but, inevitably, you look at the mid 250′s in the mid 2 , 2 , between 250 and 260 the Goths came in, destroyed the place. There was nothing left. When the Goths came in they just ransacked everything. And then there’s a wave of things that happens afterwards. The Goths come in, and then a little bit later you’ve got Constantine that comes in, in the mid 300′s, comes in, early 300′s; he tries to regain the ‘golden age’ of things over there, he builds a bathhouse. Arcadius comes in and he builds this beautiful, or tries to rebuild a beautiful street which is called Arcadian Way, that never regained its grandeur. It’s, and it’s, if you look at the fall of the Roman emperor, Empire, that’s all they, they spent the last period doing is trying to regain what was. And it’s ironic because that’s the message of the Church at Ephesus, trying to go back to what was.

You have, in 431, the great Church council is held there after that the history just gets smaller and smaller and smaller. Sixth, by the 6th century Emperor Justinian builds a Basilica there. Big deal! By 1090 the Celtics come in; they conquer the place. By the 14th century, nothing there! Pilfered, robbed, all the marble, all the gold, all, anything that was there, just pilfered for some other town, some other whatever. And I can just imagine, for 300 years plus before they began digging silt, frogs, and lizards. You know, you have this Demetrius in the Temple saying “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians.” I’m sure that the frogs probably croaked that tune! Just think about that! At least you know you serve a living King. You don’t have to worry about like I said Alexander the Great, when he died what happened to the kingdom? Gone! So, we’re going to look at, first I want to look at one word which seems to plague a lot of people because the book has so much symbolism in it.

Pastor Melissa Scott

The Holy One by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 12th, 2010

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this may or may not have anything to do, although from my vantage point it does. If you hear nothing else I say today, want to read you a little something very, very short. Sometimes the briefest things, the most straight to the point, can be the most profound from The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C.S. Lewis. Those of you who know I like to just mull through. Something very profound.

“It’s nice to still be under the care of Saint Mary Magdalene. The allegorical sense of her great action dawned on me the other day. The precious alabaster box which one must break over the Holy One’s is, the Holy One’s feet is one’s heart, easier said than done, and the contents will become perfume only when it’s broken. While they are safe inside, they’re more like sewage.” It’s very brief. I may need to reread that later I’m not quite sure you all heard what I said.

But there’s this tendency to, I guess, live under the realm that as long as you believe don’t get me wrong. I love the song Only Believe: “Only believe; all things are possible,” but we live in this realm where ‘Just believe,’ seldom do people actually venture into why we practice certain things. Why do people do what they do? And you’ll find that as we go you’re starting to see that I like all kinds of things you’re getting to know me a little bit more one of them is ecclesiology, the history of the Church, or Church history, because if you go back in time you will see how things became that weren’t there at the beginning.

Now, I’m going to take you to Acts 19 to start, it’s not where we’re going to stay but turn in your Bibles to Acts 19. The precursor to this is I really want you as we read through this Acts 19, I want you to take a different look. In fact, if I could ask you something it would be “Start reading your Bible with new eyes, because you can become so familiar with something it no longer has the impact that it first had the first time you read it.” We have been and we will be today in Revelation, but I wish to show something.

Pastor Melissa Scott

Jesus is our life by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 5th, 2010

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the feet will touch, judgment will come, and judgment. A lot of people say “Well, what type of a thought process is that?  Judgment starts at the House of God. We’ll see as we go through the Seven Churches a warning and judgment, a warning and judgment.

A warning and a reward, but will they listen? Just like the prophets, will they listen? Just like here, will they listen? “His voice as the sound of many waters.” And I like, in Daniel it says “the voice of a multitude.” “The voice of many waters.” We need water to live; Jesus is our life. So I like the way that poetry flows. “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth a sharp two edged sword.” The same words bring life to some and death to others. “His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” Literally, the Greek says “His face was as the sun shining in its own power, the sun being the center of the universe: a brilliant depiction of Christ, the center of our universe.

“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying, Fear not; I’m the first and the last.” Now remember, we have this picture of Him having the right hand with the stars in it, the hand of power and authority, having the seven stars. And now He has His hand on. John. Verse 18: “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and I have, and have the keys of hell and of death.” This is pivotal. I wrote this in Greek   it’s all Greek to me   ”and the living .” I put this dot here because it represents a comma. “And, and the living and I became.” I want to circle this for a minute because your translation is a little bit weird in your Bible.

When it reads, “I’m he that liveth and was dead, it’s a little subtle difference to say “And I became dead.” You remember in John 1:14 when it says, “The Word became flesh?” It’s the same thing. The Word became flesh; the Word that became flesh became dead. None of those were His nature. He put on another nature to kin Himself to us. He put on another nature when He paid the price for us.

Pastor Melissa Scott