Melissa Scott Wescott Christian Center

September 6, 2011

God sees Faith by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Let me tell you the two things it says. When Peter says “If it’s you, Lord, bid me come,” He bids all of us to come to Him, and then when we start making the trip and things get a little rough, “Oh my God! Lord, save me.” “Okay, it’s okay” and they walk back, and I’m sure they both walked back on the water. He bids each one of us, and when we get out there we think it’s going to be a cakewalk and then suddenly it’s a lot tougher than we thought and instead of doing the things we know, we begin to revert back to leaning on the arm of the flesh and take our eyes off Jesus. Stay focused on Him!

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that ‘Underneath the everlasting strong arms,’ here you can be sure of one thing. He might have told you to come, and now you’re following and you can’t believe how hard thetrip is, but don’t worry. Underneath His everlasting arms, those strong arms, He’s there and He’s not going to let you fall. That’s part of our Faith. Faith says “You know what? I’m never going to know what it’s like until in the midst of it all, having done all, I stand on His promises.” God sees Faith like that and honors it. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus-that’s Faith.

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.

November 17, 2010

Ten Commandments by Pastor Melissa Scott

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By the way, the ones who made the attack were the Pharisees. It’s always those people coming and saying, “But, your disciples, what are they doing?” Jesus says, “They’re hungry.” And please let me have a little liberty. He didn’t say this, but in essence, “I’m the Lord of the rules.” He let them do it. So now if we’re going to talk about keeping the sabbath, Jesus broke that one right there. And He did it not just in one place; He did it in many places. And He healed a woman, same thing. We have that passage about healing a woman that occurs on the sabbath. That’s just one example. How about: Honor your mother and father? Jesus turns around and says, “Well, who are they?” I mean, think about it in context. You cannot look at and separate the Old from the New Testament and say, “Well I read and study the Ten Commandments as an example. And that is my fishing license,” without understanding that God put this beautiful tapestry in the Old Testament to then unfold it, so it would be there and Christ would be revealed; as we always say, the Law has been fulfilled in Christ. Truly He had to come and take that barrier away for us for a Law that we could never live up to anyway. He fulfilled it.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we can go through just taking the Ten Commandments, but that’s not the whole Law; that’s just the Ten Commandments. But there are the laws between man and man and the laws between God and man. And if you take them all into consideration, you understand Jesus fulfills both sides of the equation because He was all man and all God, both… in the God-man, fulfilling both.

We have for example adultery. What did He do when the woman was taken in adultery, in the very act? The Law says she should be stoned. What does He say to her? “Go and sin no more.” He literally broke the commandments. He was entitled to. That second set of tablets that were put in the Ark (representing Christ) which, in that type of Christ, could only be put in Him. Go back to the Old Testament; the tablets unbroken… really and literally were put inside that Ark, which was Christ: everything in it typifying Christ could only be contained within Christ. That’s what was carried away, gone. Where is the Ark? We can get into speculation but it’s gone. We don’t have it.

My point is there will be people who because of their ignorance in God’s Word will condemn you for your food, condemn you for your drink, condemn you for being in a church where they don’t have a better this or a better that, or they’ll just sit in judgment of you, whatever it is.

The beauty is that this book of Galatians, the more I study it, and the more I reread it, the more I see God had to use a man so well versed in the Law, understanding it so clearly. He could not have picked anybody else except for this man who understood perfectly well that only Jesus could be the complete fulfillment of all of this.

October 20, 2010

God is faithful by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Now having said that, turn with me in your Bible to I Corinthians 1:9 because I’m going to make my point about koinonia as a noun. I Corinthians 1:9. Your Bible reads “God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” That word ‘fellowship:’ koinonia. I really, because it’s so simple it might just get passed over and you might think it’s not a big deal because you understand what I said about giving God’s way.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this is just like an overview. I could probably have done at least twenty different messages on each subject. I don’t want to have to come to Church every week and talk about money. But maybe the chance that one or two might hear what they’re supposed to do with the right spirit. God loves a hilarious giver. God’s way, not your way and our way is never His way. This is just too easy. “God is faithful by whom ye were called unto the fellowship,” koinonia ‘joint-participation,’ ‘sharers’ “of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Now maybe for some of you, you just kind of ‘Okay. Well that’s great, I’m already a sharer.’ Now, recognize something. Not only did He pay the price and you have the benefits but now again if you have been – here it goes, it’s a Scottism – if you’ve been ‘koinoniaing.’ It also means by this token you’ve been ‘koinoniaed’ by God. I want you to think about that because it’s so easy to say “Well I give.” Now I give with a right heart and the paradox is I turn around because I give with the right heart this is what He does. “God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the koinonia,” the joint-participation, “the sharing of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” That’s one.

October 13, 2010

The fire that has not gone out by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the five offerings in the Book of Leviticus. You have the burnt offering; the meal, which is called the ‘meat’ in your King James, the grain, meat, meal, grain it’s the same thing; the peace offering; the sin offering; and the trespass offering, which I hope we’ll get to talk about. Those concepts are completely fulfilled, I just said the burnt offering: Jesus Christ 100%. And you yourselves and I can say for myself as well, when a person dedicates their life to Christ…. I’m tired of people saying, I’ve heard many people say “Well you should have altar calls in your Church.” The altar call should happen while you’re hearing the Word. There’s something that smites you inside where you say “My God I just heard something.” It happened to me while I listened to my husband preach not yet my husband. I heard him speak and it was like “My God that’s it! There can be no other than what he has just said.” That was the match that lit the fire that has not gone out. The altar call happens in your heart and it happens by hearing the Word.

Many people have taken this, “Okay this is pre-law.” What happens? What God instituted before the law was refined in the law. And there are certain things that in type we actually still do. There are people that will, in this congregation have been taught, who will say “I’m sending in a burnt offering. This is my burnt offering.

This is my joy offering.” There are people who have been taught in the Word who understand what that means. And I like when people say “I like to have joy. Well I want the joy of being a Christian without the cross.” Well go find it somewhere else. You ain’t going to find it here, it’s a tough trip.

October 7, 2010

The glory of God is Jesus Christ by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Now “remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” ‘Well I go to church once a year.’ ‘I go to church every single week but man it interferes with all my other stuff I want to do. I can never get anything done because I have to go to church every week.’ That’s part of keeping it holy. If these are the conditions and the standards by which you’re going to live by out there in TV land. If you’re going to keep the law, you better keep every last dot. And I guarantee you the law doesn’t end with the Ten Commandments. It extends to the Levitical code. It extents to everything that God said. So if you think the thought of doing something, you’ve just really put yourself in a pickle. What’s the measuring stick? Certainly not what brother and sister so-and-so think. And not even what you think. What do you have to measure it by? Your own failures? Your own successes? This is the measuring rod right here. The glory of God and the glorious standard begins and ends with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now I guarantee you if I were to make a comparison between me and Jesus. I’m like something out of quantum mechanics. I’m like a little neutrino or something in comparison to this cataclysmic whole universe that represents Jesus. I’m like pttew. Guess what? We all are. Well I like that string theory better because it has many dimensions. I could be many things simultaneously.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the glory of God is Jesus Christ. The glory of God is what I’m being conformed to every day. I’ve said this a thousand times, if I’ve not said it one time. It is the message I really want to talk about one of these days because it so changed me and impacted me: the Potter’s house. I’ve referred to it for many weeks now. I’ve talked about this idea. Somehow there are two sets of Christians. Look. Go back to the woman taken in adultery. There weren’t two sets of people: guilty and not guilty. Guilty as charged. But what about my neighbor? Let me look in a camera. What about my neighbor that hates me? You’ll not know if that’s real or not. It doesn’t matter. Well I’m a work in progress. Didn’t I say that? God’s got to show me the way. It’s easy to just do what we do in the flesh, but His standard. I can never measure up to. Man I want to but I can’t. So let me go back to where I started. This whole reason for communicating this. When you take of those elements. When the next time you take of those elements, don’t look at those elements and say ‘ho hum.’ Don’t look at those elements and say hocus-pocus. Don’t look at those elements and say ‘well if I could just be…’ I am! I’m made worthy by the blood of the Lamb, unworthy, worthless sinner that I am. I’m made worthy! Glory to God! I’m made worthy by the blood of the Lamb.

That’s His message and mine.

September 30, 2010

Jesus died on the cross by Pastor Melissa Scott

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Melissa Scott tells us that the verse somehow seems an intrusion here, because in Romans 3:21 through 31 is not talking about sin but about the way of salvation.”

Je ne sais pas. Don’t ask me. I’m just reading from what he says.

“I think differently now, however” – Thanks because that’s wonderful because that’s what he’s dealing with – “and reason I think differently is that now I understand the connection between this verse and grace.”

Now let me add something before I read on. Grace is unmerited favor. We did nothing to deserve it. We did nothing to earn it. So the minute somebody says ‘I’m rolling my burdens on Him’ and everything, all that there is bought and paid for. That sphere of grace that covers me also covers those emotions that well up, because it’s so hard to believe. In fact I’m just – I’m going to wait but let me come back to this. I need to ask a question: how many of you – and this is a no-brainer, because it’s not a religious question. It doesn’t have to interfere with your spiritual stimuli right now. How many of you whether you agree or disagree with people that are out in Iraq or wherever they be in the world, how many of you agree – I want to see hands – that they are protecting you and your country? Show me your hands. Okay. You have no doubt about that.  No doubt. Now how many of you fought in a war. You fought in a war. Show me hands. There’s – yeah. You’d do right to applaud.

You went, you might have enlisted, you might have been drafted; you went to protect the country. You protected me. Personalize it for wherever you are. You were being put on the front lines, in danger. There are people that have died. Lost limbs. And there are no ‘buts’ attached. You did it with no ‘buts’ attached. Right? Why then would I say ‘Well you went and you fought for the country, but…’? Now take that same analogy. Jesus died on the cross, ‘but…’ See how ridiculous that is?

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