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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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The Fullness of Him by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 22nd, 2011
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Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that last week we went through the three whats. And I don’t want to speak about last week’s message except to say you know he is praying a prayer for the saints. And if you read through this – let’s read through verse 19 to the end of the chapter, which is just a few verses. “and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to upward who believe, according to the working of his might power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised Him from the dead, and set Him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above principality, power, might, dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave Him to be the head” – there’s a lot of scratching, here a lot of scratched out things here – “and hath put all things under his feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.”

Now that is so interesting I find I have to force myself to figure out how to get through this quicker, because I see the Scott tendency creeping out to want to camp out somewhere. The Bible is so amazing. And I’m not saying this is like I want to dazzle you with my love for the word. I love the word. The Bible’s so amazing because every time you read it there’s something, there’s some little new facet that comes out. This time I began to look at something. The third what, when it says, “what is the exceeding greatness of his power to upward who believe.” Now I just covered real quick we are not believing.

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The Daniel’s Prophecy by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 7th, 2011
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Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that our calendar is different from the Jewish calendar that used thirty-day months and a 360-day year. And our calendar uses different valued months, a 365-day year, plus or minus leap year factor. So you can calculate the difference between the two dates by first multiplying the 476 years by the 360 days on the Jewish calendar, and then dividing it by the number of days in our calendar, using a factor something like 365.24219879. This will give you the total number of days on our current calendar. So there is a discrepancy depending on the calendar you are using: one comes out to 173,880 days. The other one comes out to 173,855 days. There is a difference of twenty-five days between our calendar and the Jewish calendar in terms of the time of the decree to the time of the cutting off of Messiah.

Some of you have books on this subject, and they are right when they say that the starting point of the Daniel’s prophecy was the decree was issued to Nehemiah on March 5th, 444 BC. The only problem is when you look at the dates that they place Jesus Christ crucifixion. I’m looking at the works of seven different scholars and they all have a different date. And not one of these scholars fixes the date at the 14th of Nissan on the Jewish calendar. In fact, there really is not a discrepancy. If you go back and recalculate, you’ll find something that is going to be very important for us, is when we come to talk about the set times of God, those twenty-five days, the twenty-five days are really there. Why is this important?  Even if twenty-five days were “missing,” think about what had to happen.

God was not rolling the dice saying, “Come on seven!” He wasn’t doing that. Why? Because it had to happen like this. Nehemiah had to be seen looking down-in-the-mouth by a heathen king.

Nehemiah was running the risk that the king would put him to death. In those days, you didn’t come into the king’s presence looking saddened and down. The king inquired, “Servant Nehemiah, what is your problem?” And Nehemiah tells him. And the heathen king issues the decree to rebuild the city, and everything starts to go forward. That’s why I said to you, “Do think it’s an unwinding ball? No, but God sets certain things in order including the timing. And you read these things and you go, “Wow! All of these events happened at God’s set times!” – the virgin birth, the public ministry of Jesus, His death by crucifixion and His Resurrection!

Pastor Melissa Scott

The Old Testament Feast Days by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 4th, 2011
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So the word picture in the book of Revelation concerning the sound of these trumpets is not accidental language; we will return to the meaning in context at the close this message. But those who do not understand God’s set times and His feast days will quickly read over that passage in Revelation and it will have absolutely no meaning; it’s just trumpets sounding. Those of you familiar with the meaning of the Old Testament feast days already know what the sound of the trumpets symbolizes. But I bring this to your attention say that the Bible is like the weaving of a whole tapestry: without bringing together all the elements, without an understanding of the Old Testament prophecies, you cannot understand the Book of Revelation.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that in the previous message, we began to talk about Daniel’s prophecy concerning “seventy weeks of years.” We are going to Daniel because I need to point out a key to understanding his prophecies. Without this, they will be very, very confusing. In Daniel 9:24, Daniel is told, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and thy holy city.” If we don’t understand what and who “thy people” are, we cannot understand this prophecy. Many teachers misunderstand this key point; but Dr. Scott and a very few others distinctly demonstrated who “thy people” are: “thy people” are Daniel’s people, the Jews. And “thy holy city” is Jerusalem.

But we need to clarify what we mean when we use the historic words “Jew” and “Jewish.” We will look at where these words came from to enable us to see who “thy people” are; and maybe all of “thy people” don’t fall under the category of all the people who we have now labeled nationally or religiously as the Jewish people. That has been the mistake of many who have interpreted prophecy. They say, “Well, all these prophecies are given to one place, and they are given to one people.”

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God’s Spirit by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 5th, 2011
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Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that  this is a promise we can take and make it our own. Wherever you are, if you’re looking at the circumstance remember Faith looks beyond the circumstance. Faith looks beyond reason and steps over everything. When you’re at the point that your ‘habitation,’ where you ‘live,’ starts to be this tabernacle not made with hands because God’s Spirit is already living in you, you can then say “This is where I live. I live in Christ.

He lives in me and underneath are His powerful everlasting arms. I’m safe.” Go to the New Testament passage that we know all too well, Matthew 14:27. “Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good ‘courage’…And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship” (if there’s one place you should underline in your Bible it’s this one), “he walked on the water…But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand,” His arm, “and caught him, and said, ‘why did you  double-think’?” I want you to connect the dots because sometimes you can grab a promise in the Old Testament and fail to see that God repeats Himself in many diverse ways through the Bible.

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The Living God by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 30th, 2011
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Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that there is a funny thing in that passage, if you read it closely, Paul says to Philemon ‘whatever he stole, it’s an IOU, I’ll make good on it.’ He also says ‘I don’t see how it could be an IOU,’ because if you look closely you’ll see Philemon was a convert of Paul. So in essence he’s saying ‘I don’t know how it could be an IOU because basically you’re indebted to me.’ By the way, Paul subsequently says to Philemon ‘He’s profitable for me now. Take him back and don’t take him back as a slave, take him back as though you are receiving me.’ We are very much like Onesimus this way.

We are slaves to the flesh, we are slaves to the world, but if we can run away and get to the place where we can really hear the Gospel being preached, God’s Word and not some gimmickry, there’s hope. I’m tired of hearing people talking about seed faith and about the prosperity doctrine. Do you remember the phrase “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”? How many remember that? Show me your hands. If we put that to God it would be “Ask not what you can do for God, but what God can do for you.” That’s the society we live in. Instead of being servants of the Living God, we want the Living God to be our servant.

We owe a debt to our Lord and Savior we can never repay, the good news of Jesus Christ. What more did the first Church need? What more do we need? Just preach the Gospel. Just Faith, and “Faith” as the song says “in the promises.” That’s what I wanted to come talk about today, Faith in the promises.

Pastor Melissa Scott