Melissa Scott Wescott Christian Center

August 29, 2011

The Promises of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

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When it comes to the promises of God, some want to reach into the promises of God like reaching in for a tissue out of a box. The Bible says “All the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen,” in Christ, II Corinthians 1:20.

Some people go to the promises and there’s an element missing. This is why the world out there is preaching to reach in and grab for a promise, they are reaching for a promise without Christ. For you who have been taught in the Word, you know ‘Christ is formed in your heart by faith.’ How do you get ‘in Christ’? By hearing the Word of God. It’s always the circle that comes back to the same place, but how do you know if you’re not taught?

So I come back to the beginning, I assume that most people know the starting point of our Faith is Christ—preach Christ. Okay, Christ walked the earth, made these claims about Himself, said He would raise on the third day and He did. So guess what? I’m more interested in what He said and what He did, and that He made good on them.

Now I go back to the promises, what He said and what He’s going to do. And why the promises of God? The promises of God are given to us, for us to ask intelligently for God’s will. Like a Last Will and Testament, God sat down, to be ludicrous, and He wrote these promises out as His Will, “I’ll leave this to my children. Aside from Jesus Christ, which is the first thing I gift to you, the rest of these things I write down as a Will” that, for example, “As thy day, so shall thy strength be.”

August 23, 2011

Forgiveness of by Pastor Melissa Scott

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And so the same words, we have here “in Him to us the redemption in the blood of Him.” This aspirate at the end makes it “of Him,” or “His blood.” “Forgiveness of,” and the same word, not “sins” — “transgressions.” Now it seems like we should all know the word for “sin.” We should all know that word. Right? Hamartia, that is the word we look at to quell and quiet the world that simply refuses to believe that it is a picture of everybody. It’s a picture of fallen Adam. We all fall short. In fact, if you look up this word, the key definition is “to fall short, to miss the mark.” There isn’t one person on the face of the earth who does not stand under this word hamartia. But Paul’s not using that here.

If you read through, he says, “In whom we have,” apolutrosin, “redemption through the blood of Him.” And where do we have “sins”? Do you see anywhere where it says hamartia? No, because the word Paul used is a strange word: paraptomaton. Wait a minute. You know what’s coming, don’t you?

And so the same words, we have here “in Him to us the redemption in the blood of Him.” This aspirate at the end makes it “of Him,” or “His blood.” “Forgiveness of,” and the same word, not “sins” — “transgressions.” Now it seems like we should all know the word for “sin.” We should all know that word. Right? Hamartia, that is the word we look at to quell and quiet the world that simply refuses to believe that it is a picture of everybody. It’s a picture of fallen Adam. We all fall short. In fact, if you look up this word, the key definition is “to fall short, to miss the mark.” There isn’t one person on the face of the earth who does not stand under this word hamartia. But Paul’s not using that here.

If you read through, he says, “In whom we have,” apolutrosin, “redemption through the blood of Him.” And where do we have “sins”? Do you see anywhere where it says hamartia? No, because the word Paul used is a strange word: paraptomaton. Wait a minute. You know what’s coming, don’t you? I want you to remember these words. They are words that should be ingrained in our brains. In English, parap, and the end looks like “tomato,” tomaton. Okay, this word is not hamartia; it is equal in value, but being used here as the word trespass.

August 17, 2011

God’s existence by Pastor Melissa Scott

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But He chose for Himself. He didn’t choose out for something else; He chose for Himself. He knew. And this has become the doctrine also for these people who have decided that everything’s wind-up. No, not everything’s wind-up, and that picture in the Garden proves the point that we are definitely walking vessels with minds of our own; we can do whatever we want. In fact, in the study of ontology, we have one of the more famous people who made their mark. Heidegger made his mark in association with Hitler, then turned around and said, “Boy, it was just a bad social experiment that went wrong.” But he did make some valuable and important contributions to the field of philosophy. I don’t want to say he was an existentialist, but he was, and his thing was being there, and why there is something rather than nothing, coming back to being there.

He did a whole study on that. Well, if you take that mindset and try to apply it to “He chose out for Himself,” you’d have to be there to be chosen, right? The whole mindset of proving God’s existence: does God exist? Does He exist for Himself, or does He exist for me? Say no more. If you live out in today’s society, God exists for me to do my will. That’s the society, the world viewpoint. “Having foreordained us….” If you have these notes in your Bible, if not make them, “Having foreordained us unto the adoption of children….” I stop there again.

August 11, 2011

God is the Creator by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Q. There’s been a lot of distortion on giving. You have taught for thirty years how people should give. If you could briefly, in a few words, say what giving should mean, what would you say?

A. We are creatures and we have needs. God is the Creator and He has no needs. The first thing I’d say is what a shame it is that people in the churches raise money as though God needs the money. “The earth is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof.” (Psalm 24:1) God doesn’t need our money. Jesus told his disciples not to take a scrip, which was a begging bag that heathen priests carried to beg money for their Gods. God doesn’t want us to be beggars for Him. God is the provider. Now, C.S. Lewis said it brilliantly. He says God as Creator has no needs. We as creatures have needs. God was kind enough to humble Himself to meet one of our greatest needs, the need to be needed. God could do His work with angels. He doesn’t need us. But God bowed Himself in humility and let us partner with Him, and lets us give as an expression of our value for Him, His Word, and the opportunity to serve Him. Now, we need to understand the distinction between the tithes and offerings.

The tithe is the Lord’s. That gets to the guts of honesty in relationship to God. That gets to the guts of whether or not we recognize we are bought with a price and we are not our own. That gets to the guts of the Lord’s ownership of everything, and the rest of the world are squatters on His territory. We as Christians recognize His ownership and we are honest in our dealings with God as He is faithful in His dealings with us. We give because we recognize we are the Lord’s and the earth is the Lord’s. We believe that He has promised, without any qualification, to bless those who honor Him with their tithes and offerings. Offerings go beyond the tithe and are a voluntary expression of value. Galatians 6 says, “Let him who is taught in the word share (koinonea in the Greek) share with the one who taught him in all good things.” That’s not spiritual prayers, that’s THINGS—boats, houses, land, money, jewels. God doesn’t need any of these things, but He wants us to express our understanding of the value of who He is and what He has done for us.

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