Archive for December, 2011

The Purpose by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 29th, 2011
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Pastor Scott continues her teaching on the Potter’s House (Jeremiah 18).

God has the right to save whom He wants. And we get stuck in this format somehow, “Well I want to submit to God, but can you not make it so difficult. God’s the boss, I know, but…”

Now listen carefully.  Let’s discuss the purpose presented in this lesson. I’m going to outline the purpose in one word: His. It’s His purpose.

“Well I know I’ve heard you say, Mrs. Scott, God wants to conform us to the image of His Son.” That’s true. And Ephesians 4 says, “Until we all come to the unity of the faith.” That’s true. To be conformed to His Son’s likeness, to bring out the Christ-likeness in me, absolutely. But there’s an element missing from the beginning.

To help us understand the purpose, go turn in your Bibles to Genesis 2. I covered this when I taught in Genesis.  Start at verse 7. We’re going to go backwards. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils.” And read at verse 6 when it says, “There went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” Well dust and water makes muck. Clay. And if you read the Hebrew, we looked at that word when it says, “the LORD God formed” as this Hebrew word here yawtsar “the one being potter, the one making.” Being translated as that takes you right back to Jeremiah 18. If you read it in the Hebrew, “the Hebrew says…”Get up, go you down to the house the one being potter” (ha yawtsar).

Pastor Melissa Scott

The Holy Spirit by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 21st, 2011
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Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching on the Holy Spirit.

Why does Paul say, if there’s no more demonic activity, “Put on the whole armor”? That’s why I love these people that say, “Well, if you’re predestined to a certain circumstance,” why do you need armor then? You know how it’s all going to work out. Just go about your business. Just keep going in the flow of things. I’m not trying to be ludicrous. I’m trying to make a point.

We so over-caricature the power of the devil. And I’d be the first to stand here and tell you had somebody talked to me fifteen years ago about the devil I’d be sitting where you are saying, “Okay. Right.”

If you are a faither, it should be axiomatic. You understand that there are spirit forces. And let me show you how crazy this is. Can you see the Holy Spirit? I cannot. I know what happens. The Holy Spirit takes hold and it’s doing something to me inside, like radioactive material. But I can’t see the Holy Spirit. So what makes you think there are no demon forces in the air about us? This is how crazy we are, “Well the devil doesn’t exist, but I believe in the Holy Spirit.” Help us. Lord, help us.

Pastor Melissa Scott

We are God’s Poem by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 15th, 2011
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Scripture must confirm itself. You cannot take this as a doctrine to confuse people. “Well we’re saved by grace through faith, not of works lest any man should boast, but now I’m going to tell you…” Do you think Paul was that confused?

“Now I’m going to tell you, you were created for this to go out and do good works.” Something very subtle is being said. Faith is the element. God starts with where we are.

The Bible is as crystal clear as can be: by grace, through faith. Now, verse 10, “we are His workmanship.”

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching:  It tells us that this possessive pronoun, “His” (in the Greek, autou).  This makes it genitive: His.

Oof course Paul wrote a letter. He didn’t write chapter and verse; the Greek always puts the first thing at the front. This is what our attention should be drawn to. “His” for” (Greek gar) “we are” (Greek esmen) we get our English word “poem” from this Greek word poiema. Now that’s not bad. That’s not bad to say, “We are His poem.” But considering God’s the greatest wordsmith that ever lived and in the beginning was the Word and the Word spoke.

Pastor Melissa Scott

By The Will Of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 6th, 2011
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Open your Bibles to Ephesians 2. Now I know some of you are probably still saying, “What does Deuteronomy 15:15 have to do with Ephesians?  I was a slave out in the world. I was a slave to the world, the flesh and the devil. Dead in trespasses and my sins. Now how could I make this big jump? The people born in that realm of Egypt, in slavery, they were born in bondage, they had nothing to compare it to.

I was born in Adam. I have nothing to compare it to. And you turn around and you say, “The Lord redeemed me.” The Lord redeemed you. It’s too easy – I elected not to start right here because it’s too easy to read this and say, “And you hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins” and say, “Well that only applies to some prostitute and some drug addict and some freak show down the street, but it sure doesn’t apply to me. I’ve been saved and sanctified for thirty years.”

Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching and tells us that we’re born in a condition. It is this mindset: we have a culture that has acclimated ourselves to what we want, what serves us, do for me. Me, me, me, me, me.

Why did Paul start with the usual, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God”? Why didn’t he just start by saying, “And you hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins”? That’s way better to just start out to just go POOF! Just tell somebody they’re a loser at the beginning. Paul knew. He wasn’t planning some systematic theology.

Pastor Melissa Scott

Every Power by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 1st, 2011
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Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that’s insanity.” it’s the power to make you turn around and say, “no, these are the forces that are trying to fight me from getting to my place; his purpose in me.” and if that’s not enough, “far above” – I’ve got to get my Greek Testament here, because King James is kind of phooey-hooey. “Far above” – here we go – “far above all arkase.” Arkase, what is at the front or the beginning. “far above exousias, authority” – what you have here is “principality and power.” “Far above all arkase, far above every power that is at the front, far above all exousias, all authority. Far above the dunameos;” that’s why I told you it’s not human power. It’s some other power and by the way that dunameos can be the same power that the devil uses and we’ll encounter that later. “And kuriatatos” – it sounds like this word here. It’s a derivative of it: kuriatatos lordship, the “lordship and every name being named not only in this age, but in the one to come.” By the way when we get to this and we start to; he piles on all of these “far above in the heavenlies.”

I’m going to abandon my translation here because I want more importantly to focus on one thing. If this power that not only raised Him up from the dead, but gave Him the power above every power and every name, which is named. “and hath put all things” the word “put,” the word in the Greek is hypotasso. Hypotasso, not hypostasis, hypotasso. It has a military connotation of rank. The highest rank possible. When it says, “and hath put all things under his feet” (and I’m not going to bother with the italics right now) gave Him the Chief Place, the Chief, Commander and chief of what?

Pastor Melissa Scott