Archive for September, 2010

The Day of Atonement by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 29th, 2010

The Day of Atonement was not only a day for each person but nationally and it had to be repeated every single year. Christ died on the cross once, once and for all, for everything. He bought the whole deal. So when people talk about whether their sins will be covered or whether they’re okay, whether they’re not okay – I’m really not quite sure at this point where they may be.

What does I’ve got this book, Boice – my husband used to like to read Dr. Boice and I’m going to read something to you from Dr. Boice on the subject of ‘there is no difference.’ Strangely enough I was going to read from somebody that he quotes but he does such a good little synopsis of it that it’s just well worth it to read what he said. On this ‘there is no difference’ he says “for many years when I came to this verse I had the feeling that it was somehow in the wrong place. It was not that Romans 3:23 was untrue. Obviously it is. For that is what Romans 1:18 through 3:20 is all about.”

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that if you want to know how good God is. He at least let my husband get through those most important passages so any of you who had the luxury of hearing; you basically heard everything there is to know about the good, the bad and ugly. You heard in those passages – thanks be to God he taught on them. It opened my eyes to a lot of things.

“What bothered me in that verse is that it didn’t seem to belong there. I felt that the words ‘there is no difference for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ belong with an earlier section; you know the one in the earlier parts when it talks about all the bad things, because that belongs to other people not everybody.

Pastor Melissa Scott

The Lord’s Supper by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 21st, 2010

Now like I said usually we use languages to do an accurate translation of something. Today I put the languages up because my hopes is – and I hope that people, wherever people are in the world today, whether it’s your first time listening or you’ve listened and you’ve been a Christian, you’ve been here for thirty years. I hope we’ll all come back to this starting point. I’d put it in every language if I could take the time write down some other ones. Maybe people will look at this and in their own language they will see “all have sinned” – not some, not a few, not maybe but all. I’m not teaching in Romans.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that if you want teaching in Romans please Dolores Press has tapes. No one did a better job in teaching through the book of Romans, at least these chapters and passages we’re in and around than Dr. Scott. I’m not looking for that. I’m looking for something in the text that I’m going to depart with.

We gathered last Sunday night in the Chapel. I didn’t tell of you here. I’d actually forgotten. I was going to announce it and we were going to meet in the Chapel because I had planned to film a Communion. I just want to see hands. Listen carefully. How many are here who have not – that is a negative – you have never partaken in Communion or the Lord’s Supper? Show me your hands. Are there any people here? Don’t look at your neighbor.

Has everybody taken? It looks like everybody here has taken. That’s pretty good. But there are people who are just coming to the network. They’ve never had or taken Communion before. As far as they’re concerned the idea of taking Communion belongs to another denomination. It belongs to other people, primarily, usually the thought is it’s a Catholic doctrine or function or exercise, which it has become that in the church. And there’s a lot of people who are scared or reluctant to partake because A) they don’t understand. Now you’ve all been taught, so you all know this.

Pastor Melissa Scott

There is dignity in giving by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 15th, 2010

And you assign that seed and you say ‘This is my seed for Bobby Sue and Suzie whatever-her-name-is and that they might be prosperous. The only people that are prospering in that whole scenario are the people collecting the money on the other side. And I say that; they may be putting their money back into the ministry. None of my business. But what needs to happen in the church today, somebody needs to step out and teach the people. There is dignity in giving. Don’t be a beggar. We know we own a debt beyond what we can ever pay. The woman with the alabaster box if you want a type of how we ought to give when we give: she gave unconditionally she didn’t say ‘I’m going to put some of it on me and then I’ll put the rest on Jesus.’ She gave it all to Jesus. (Applause.)

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the church needs to be taught the dignity. And God bless my husband because he taught you and he also taught me that I don’t have to be reduced to some gimmickry. I don’t have to reduce myself to some level to say ‘if you’ll send me your money…’ Yes. I’ll be honest with you – if you’ll send me your money, but don’t send it to me because you feel bad. This is not a charity. Don’t send the money to me because you’re going to take a tax deduction. I will still hold the same policy. We will not give a tax deduction. You’re not going to double-dip into the pot. Sorry. (Applause.)

You may be – come on. Please. I want you to listen to me. Some of you are finding out I mean business. I already know the tide that I am bucking. It’s just easier – I said this last week. If I would just tell you that you’re so great… You know there’s a grain of truth in everything that’s being said. I’m talking about outside in the world. Yes, if you plant a seed you will get blessed, but it’s not going to be the blessing you think just because you put ten dollars here doesn’t mean you’re going to get a hundred back. The blessing comes because God loves the hilarious giver. Not because you’ve kind of decided ‘well if I give this much money here and then if I get that much money back…’ Do you know what I think that God hates more than liars He hates thieves: people who think that they can sit and take it in.

Pastor Melissa Scott

The Son of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 6th, 2010

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that only kings, only high people, high standing people, officials wore purple. You were a person of great authority and most likely a king or high-ranking official in the church if you wore purple. This purple was extracted from the plant called the madder or a shellfish called the murex. One little drop of that purple could dye and color a whole bunch. And I want you to think of that as we look through this letter because it’s going to lead us back to a parable. And some of you are already on the page. It’s going to lead us back to a parable of something. One little drop will contaminate everything.

Purple is what Thyatira’s famous for. This letter starts the same way all the other ones do. ‘To the church at Thyatira from…’ and I just want to read through it. Before we do anything else let’s just read through the letter so everybody’s at the same starting point.

“Unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; these things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet like fine brass. I know thy works, charity, service, faith, thy patience and works; and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.”

Remember this is Jesus talking. Some people that want to paint Jesus as the cushiony, fluffy, you know ‘I love you so much.’ He does but there’s another side to Him and that’s His all-power and wrath that He’s going to pour out on some of these people shortly. What does he say? I know this is terrible. Some people can’t believe this is Jesus talking.

Pastor Melissa Scott