Persecution part of the cross by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 25, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Persecution. That’s part and parcel of the cross. You don’t want to have persecution? Don’t preach the cross. That’s pretty simple. Now this is what I call the sifting of boys and men or women and children or however you want to say it. The ones that will stand up and say like Paul, “I am not ashamed of the good news of gospel.” I know that there are too many people that will look at this message and take the passage I’ve taken out Corinthians 1:18 through 23, where it says that this power to those that are in the process of being saved is the power of salvation, it’s the dynamite of God. But to those that are perishing, it’s foolishness; you’re wasting your time. To the Jews, a scandolon, a scandal, and to the Greeks, foolishness; still today, “What a scandal that a Savior might go to a cross to redeem the world.

Talk about scandal, using the very law and proclaiming it there. And this is the Savior you’re going to worship.” Yes. Persecution, part of the cross. Oh, this one everybody likes. Galatians 5:24, I’m going to do a, try and do a little bit of a culmination here. Sanctification would be what I would label that. At the cross, sanctification. What does it say? “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections,” or the desires “and lusts.” And put in proper context, this is why we studied this.

Do you remember this passage, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also,” “come under,” the word in the Greek, “under its dominion, under the dominion of the Spirit,” to where we come under it and come in line like an army marching, a marching band. So the concept of what comes before it, “They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts,” is a picture of sanctification, a life committed and submission to the Spirit that lets us, it’s day by day have, even if they’re small victories in Christ, because we’re not made perfect now.

We’re made perfect over there, but the walk to being made complete is a process. It’s on going. So this act at the cross of sanctification; salvation, righteousness, freedom from the law, faith at the cross; all of these at the cross; with the cross persecution, being crucified in Christ with the connection to sanctification, and the last one, Galatians 6:12 through 17, which is perhaps where I started studying and came to this as an ominous conclusion. “As many,” chapter 6, verse 12, “As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.”

Word of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 18, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Placarded it in plain view in amongst you, how could you jump ship? Literally they, because we translated it, they turn-coated; they preferred to listen to the easy gospel, the “something that I can accomplish with my works that makes me feel good about me.” It’s all, by the way folks, centered in pride because we know Christ hath fulfilled the law.

This is the problem.  It’s so hard even for the ones committed to studying the Word of God to realize, Christ hath fulfilled, and He became a curse the next one is going to say. He became a curse. The curse fell on Him that we would pass out from underneath the curse, to be free of the curse; which said curse, the law. And we answered the question the last time, why the law? But all of these are so important.

This particular one, 1 through 3, he says, “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Again, if were to itemize there, and I’ve kind of scratched them out for myself, this one gospel we’re referring to and it’s self-evident. We cannot preach only Christ crucified, because if be not risen, as I said, our faith is in vain.

So Christ crucified. He’s risen from the dead; placarded as a reality. This

I believe is the single most dangerous problem in the body of Christ today. It is called emotive Christianity. Now, I; listen, I have nothing wrong with emotions. Let those emotions flow. But Christianity must start as a factual basis. If your Christianity begins on an emotive basis and that’s all you have, you have nothing. As the Bible says, when the winds and the storm come you have nothing, it will be washed away.

All About Symbols by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 11, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

He had a dream. In his dream, he dreamt that he saw the crescent moon and stars reaching over to the far ends of the earth and stretching as far as they could. So he took it as a good omen, took it to his dynasty and the rest is history. It was never associated with death or dying and, in fact, if we want to take the Roman history, which is always a little torque the wrong way. They claim that claimed that sign when they defeated the Goths, which is way, way back there, because they won that victory in the first calendar, the first lunar cycle, which would have been the crescent moon.

Whatever, however you want to slice it, there’s no death attached to this sign. And of course, if we tackle the Buddhist realm you can’t even get to it from that corner. The Buddhist symbolism, the lotus flower; blooming and full bloom lotus flower, you always see Buddha, he’s either on the flower or he’s holding a flower. The flower is tied to the Padma, which in Sanskrit and the other languages that revolve around that faith; it means mental and spiritual purity attached to the wheel of life.

Now if you talked to the Buddhist in esoteric Buddhism, they will say this flower that came out of the mud that came through the water now opens up and only opens up when Buddha has touched and everything blossoms around this. And then the sun can bask down upon this glorious flower because the life of Buddha has touched this flower. It’s good to not be ignorant and to learn these symbols because when we get to the cross, I can’t find death in the lotus flower, I cannot find death in the crescent moon, I cannot find death in the Star of David or even if you want to go so far as to try and grasp at the Menorah, I find no symbols of death.

Only in this wicked instrument, the cross that we look at today. And I feel much of today’s society can’t even begin to understand Paul’s writing conceptually about the cross for this reason. Because in that time, in the timeframe where crucifixion was practiced even the Romans were scared and it was so reviled and so feared that Roman citizens could not be crucified, even if they’d committed the worst crimes; unless, of course, they committed treason and even then they might receive mercy.

Watch and Pray by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 4, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

It’s like a state of depression, your eyes have you ever had that happen to me to you? It’s a burden of emotional distress so much that you cannot stop your eyelids. They become like 20 pound weights. They just; they’re just gone. No matter what you do, they’re going to close. This is what happened, even though Jesus said, “Watch and pray.” “He left them, went again, and prayed a third time saying time, saying the same words.” Of course He comes back and says to the disciples, “Sleep now, and take your rest: behold the hour is at hand, the son of man is betrayed at the hands of sinners. And the one that’s going to betray is approaching nigh, is coming nigh.”

Now let me point out a few things. First of all these are things we need to not only hear and engraft, but we need to take note so as not just, “That’s last week’s message and I forgot about it.” I want you to remember these lessons because to me they become something of the equipping. Let’s first focus on this word “watch.” Of course Matthew records it and Mark records it, Luke doesn’t record it and let me talk a little bit about this word for “watch.” In fact I put the text right here.

So I’ve got the Greek for you of Matthew 26:41. This word, those that can read let’s write phonetically for you its greg- gregoreite or gregorite. And don’t ask if it comes from gregarious, because nobody seems to know. You know when I go and I check things out and one person says this and another person says that and if they’re all saying different things, I just say, I don’t want to know about it because you’re all probably going in the wrong direction anyway.

So having made that little free commentary here, there are different words for watching in the Bible. This particular word will reappear many times and let me just say it and I’ve put some footnotes here for me. This particular word carries with it gregoreite or gregorite, to be, to be watching is one thing, but specifically to be vigilant.

Now there’s another word for watching which means sleepless, Jesus did not use that word here. That’s what the irony is. He didn’t use the word here. There’s another word in the Greek for “watch,” which is to be sober, to be calm and collected or even to rouse one. There’s even another word in the Greek, which is where they say, “In the fourth watch,” you’ve read that in the King James a couple of times. And then there’s even another word for “watch,” a prison guard, those that watched at the tomb. Okay? This particular word: “be vigilant, be vigilant.” The relevance to that is huge because Jesus, we envision when Jesus spoke and we’re thinking about our English word “to watch” as in we’re looking or we’re paying attention, but He even says, “Be vigilant and pray.” Now let me touch briefly on this word, “pray.”