The Christians by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 30, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

How could Jesus say this? Because If you follow the page of history all of the way through, at the very beginning it’s hard to believe it but go back to Saul, what was Saul? He was a Jewish man of Roman citizenship who went and what did he do? He persecuted the Christians, not hard to believe. Then he gets converted, Damascus road experience. Now he’s Paul of Tarsus proclaimer of the good news but until then and then after what you have is a change in history.

So first from the day of Pentecost here’s Christianity just spreading out and people are getting converted left and right until the Apostolic age when things start to wane down. It says you’ve lost your first love, starts to wane down. You’ve abandoned where you used to be. Now in the church martyrdom, something’s gone on here. Those people that profess to be something are not. Those people that stepped out and said whatever it was they were proclaiming, they couldn’t be because what happened was the force of the Jewish people took up so strongly against the Christians, This is history, this is not out of my mouth or my mind.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this is history. Hard to believe that so many hundred years later we’d have a complete reversal.  Anybody who denies that the holocaust occurred I’ve been to the concentration camps.  I’ve seen what is left of what stands.  When I was in Israel in fact in a kibbutz, I saw people that had tattoos on their arms, holocaust survivors.  Don’t tell me it didn’t happen.  Don’t tell me slavery didn’t happen.  It happened.  History records it, disgraceful as it is.   It happened.

This too happened. A lot of people want to deny things and say well that was back then. You don’t have to carry the burden because you didn’t do it.  But don’t forget what happened. That makes it part of not happening again.

The Resurrection by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 26, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that verse 8 starts with the very same address as Ephesus. The only addition is the word kia. “And unto the angel,” and unto the angel of the church unto the messenger, pastor, “the church at Smyrna write: These things saith the first and last, which was dead, and is alive.” We have a lot to do in the text I hope I will make it through.

“These things saith the first and the last,” again in the English sometimes we can miss the meat of what’s being said. Like we know Alpha and Omega is the first and last letters of the Greek but here in the Greek when it says “first and last” the word ‘last’ being used as eschatos from where we get our words for ethological or the end times in theological terms. So it’s a little bit more than just the ‘last’, “which was dead,” really literally ‘who became dead.’ We know we talked about this in a previous verse. He took on the likeness of flesh. He also took on death for us. It was not His nature, neither one was His nature. “And is alive.”

And here’s a little original twist of things. There’s no, strangely enough there are no words in here like anastasis, ‘resurrection.’ But this is the closest we come to when He says “was and is alive.” Really what He’s saying was “I became dead and here I am alive,” in the aorist. In other words, this is a message within a message to the church at Smyrna. Listen carefully because we just read through and He says He knows their suffering, He knows their trouble. There’s a message within a message. “Listen to me,” Jesus saying, “I became dead and now I am alive.” Short of saying “I’m the Resurrection, look to me church at Smyrna for comfort. You’re going to make it through your suffering, don’t worry about it. Trust in me, in Jesus and I’m going to see you through.” There’s a message within a message.

The fuller knowledge of the Son of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 19, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

In fact, I’m going to turn there right now. I’ve just abandoned my message, I’m just going to turn to Ephesians right now. Let’s just go with the flow. Ephesians, I believe it’s the 4th chapter. I’m in Galatians Ephesians, voila! You want to know what Paul’s definition of ‘work’ when he says “And he gave some, apostles; and prophets; and evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” for what reason? So that we can be millionaires for Jesus! Does that say that? “For the edifying of the body of Christ,” so we can all be super blessed, super califragilistic, happy people with no problems. It doesn’t say that! “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the fuller knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” period! No buts attached, period! That’s all it says! That’s the work of the ministry in a nutshell. And He says “I know your works.”

He’s not condemning their works, because if you look back in time you’ll see that that’s what Paul did. Those were the works he established, not the works of going out and doing things to be seen of people like Pharisees. Works are dead! And I said last week there’s a paradoxical reality, if you want to put it that way. Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that it’s inevitable. If you have the mind of Christ, and the Spirit is in you, you can do no other not because Sister so and so or Brother so and so told you. You’ll be compelled in your spirit to do it, and not to be seen of men! And if that’s, if that’s going to be your calling, God will put that on your heart. And if He speaks to you, come tell me about it; I want to know what He said. Okay. “I know your works.” Your toil, and there’s a difference between the two. This one I’m encompassing in the ministry, not outside of it. Otherwise, Jesus would have condemned it.

He condemned something else. He says “I know your works, I know your toil, I know what you worked at, the toil, the labor at a cost. It cost you something,” and I’m going to quote somebody else quoting somebody else: “If you’re going to do something for God, it’s going to cost you something” your toil, your endurance.

The Bible by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 12, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

And the whole city was filled with confusion: having caught the men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.” Now, I’m doing cut and paste today. Some of you who’ve been around, you’ve already over the years you’ve dabbled in looking and seeing. Some of you have traveled to those places. Many of you haven’t. It’s important for you to put, not just flesh and blood but put history in the Bible; history and the Bible don’t always coincide per se but in this wise they do.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the Bible, Bible archeology. I have this wonderful book, it’s got some maps. Come on up here please, as clear as you can get; if you have to walk in a little bit and take a little bit better angle for the folks to see. That’s the theatre that they went into; that’s what’s left of it. Can you see that? Got this, this 25,000 seat theatre; that’s no small pickins right there. Just to give you an idea, this, all these seats, 10 times at least to go into there.

It’s pretty big. That’s good enough. It’s important that we mesh some of these things together, that you visualize if you haven’t already some of you on your own you have, but it’s important for me to know that we’re on the same page. If this theatre could be filled with people that worshiped a pagan god, or gods or goddesses, man what a job Paul had! Now listen to what happens.

“When Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. And a certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre. Some therefore cried one thing, some another: for the assembly” please circle that word, ‘assembly;’ I’m going to come back to that at a later time “for the assembly was confused; and the” majority part they had no idea why “they had all come together. And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward.

And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defense unto the people. But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Artemis of the Ephesians.”

The mystery of the Seven Stars by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 5, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that verse 20: “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The stars, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” Now, wonderful! That’s a mystery that was just revealed to us. We didn’t have to do any thinking; He just told us. That’s pretty good. Where the confusion comes in is people want to use symbols, prophecy, and interpretation.

When He says the seven stars now everything that I’ve said over the last couple of weeks confirmed in this one statement the pastors of the church are the messengers, the angel messengers, and the stars. A star is to give illumination. Unfortunately, we have and we live in a world where the pastors must be the stars, and I say that as a two fold, double edged commentary. I don’t want you to look at me. I don’t want you to get hung up on whether I’m a man, a woman, or something else. I don’t want you to get hung up on how I look or how I dress or how I act or how I talk.

As long as I’m preaching Christ to you out of that Book, focus your eyes on the message. These seven stars were to illuminate a very dark world in the age of the Ephesians, certainly all of these churches, but now I’m going to focus in on Ephesus very dark, paganistic, rejected. If you want to look at a world that is so hung up on itself, these seven pastors of these seven churches which represent all the universal church, and we have a problem. Many people in today’s world forget the pastor, the star, is the illuminator to bring the light of the Gospel to a darkened world and not to self deify and self ballonify, to make a word up.

Listen carefully, because you’re going to find out a lot about me as weeks progress you do your works, and I’m saying that as a generic word. You do them the way you do giving. If you’re going to do something, you do it for Christ’s sake and you don’t do it because brother and sister so and so are going to think you’re a saint. You don’t do it because all, like a Pharisee, all will see how good and great I am. You do it for Christ’s sake.