• Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 614 other followers

Not By Works – Calvary Temple VA

As a child of God, do you often go through times when you don’t feel saved, that you get depressed at how far you feel you are from God?

In this Sword of the Spirit 180 video, Pastor Scott reminds us of the finished work of Jesus. He reminds us that we are justified by God, by faith in the work that Jesus accomplished on the cross.

When we feel less than righteous (right with God), many of us have the tendency to do works – works to make up the gulf we feel is between us and God; works to soothe our consciences.

The work of Jesus is finished. He has forgiven our sins, and He has broken the power of sin in our lives. There is much to rejoice about. Though we don’t feel righteous, we need to believe that “It Is Finished”, that Jesus is victorious over all of sin’s power.

Watch this video carefully. There are some truths in this that will cause you to lift up your head, to remember the goodness of God toward you, and to rejoice in the greatness of our God!

You can find this teaching in its entirety, and other biblical resources at our Calvary Temple website. This article is a ministry of Calvary Temple of Sterling, VA. Pastor Star Scott is the senior pastor. We are a ministry that teaches and lives sound doctrine.

Justified Now – Calvary Temple VA

As Christians, we need to have our minds renewed. So much of spiritual warfare takes place in our minds. Isn’t it odd that the partaking of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” did so much to mess up our thinking?

A couple of traps that we have to face are these:

1) We need to do something to make God pleased with us. We put much religious effort into trying to please Him, when we are really trying to just soothe our own consciences.

2) We get frustrated because it seems that the more we do, the less we feel accepted by Him.

Thank the Lord, there is hope. The Bible tells us that God’s love is not dependent upon us, nor is it dependent on our works or efforts. His love toward us began before the foundations of the earth. His love sent Jesus to die for us, though we will ever be unworthy of His sacrifice.

In 1st John 3, we read that “now are we the sons of God…” God has already provided the access to Him and His presence. The blood of Jesus has opened the door of heaven to us.

In this Sword of the Spirit 180 video clip, Pastor Scott encourages us to focus on God’s justification. If we can somehow believe that His love toward us is conditioned upon Jesus’ work rather than ours, we are on our way to victory in this life.

Believe that you become new when you are born again. Meditate on the Scriptures, which are great weapons to be used in this fight of faith.

You can find this teaching in its entirety, and other biblical resources at our Calvary Temple website. This article is a ministry of Calvary Temple of Sterling, VA. Pastor Star Scott is the senior pastor. We are a ministry that teaches and lives sound doctrine.

Love, Before the Foundations of the World – Calvary Temple VA

One of the things that brings the most joy in the hearts of Believers is the fact that God loves us. As our knowledge of God and His love increases, so does our thankfulness, joy, and peace.

We believe that God loves us. The Bible tells us that God loved us when we were yet sinners. It says that He loved us from the foundations of the world.

Paul says in Ephesians 3:19 that we can know the Love of God, a love that passes knowledge. This love is found in the sacrifice of Jesus and the forgiveness of our sins.

In this Sword of the Spirit 180 video clip, Pastor Scott reminds us of the greatness of God’s love. He shares of the redemptive work of God through the Law, helping us to see the beauty of the Day of Atonement.

From the rebellion of Adam, through the history of Israel, and up unto the day in which we live, redemption declares to us the great love of God.

The fact that God could love a sinful creation and could Himself pay the price for man’s rebellion testifies of a love far beyond the ability of mankind.

Oh, that we would know the love of God! Meditate on Him today. As you reflect on His love toward you, lift up your voice in praise to Him. Begin to thank Him for the greatness of His mercy, kindness, and love.

May we “be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” of God’s love.

You can find this teaching in its entirety, and other biblical resources at our Calvary Temple website. This article is a ministry of Calvary Temple of Sterling, VA. Pastor Star Scott is the senior pastor. We are a ministry that teaches and lives sound doctrine.

The Substitutionary Work – Calvary Temple VA

From the beginning to the end, the Bible tells a great story – man, created in the image of God, rebelled and was condemned to an eternity of separation from God. But the story continues – God so loved mankind that He sent His Son into the world to take the penalty for man’s sins.

Can there be a better story than this? Interwoven through the Bible, we see these continual themes – man wanders away from God because of the sinfulness in his flesh, and God reaches out to man to draw him closer to Himself.

The message of the gospel is so simple, yet the majority of mankind rejects it message. Through the sin of Adam, every man innately desires to govern his own life. What is not realized is that Adam sold himself and all future generations to a life of captivity – to satan, to his own sinful flesh, and to the consequences of a world that is under sin’s curse.

We have hope today. God is rich in love. He is longsuffering and full of mercy. As man continues to pursue his own desires, God reaches out to pull him toward the free gift of salvation.

Those of us who have received this free gift are aware of the Lord’s goodness and kindness. We have tasted of the riches of His grace.

As God’s children, we are to continually share with others about the hope of salvation. We have freely received new life; let us proclaim it from the housetops!

You can find this teaching in its entirety, and other biblical resources at our Calvary Temple website. This article is a ministry of Calvary Temple of Sterling, VA. Pastor Star Scott is the senior pastor. We are a ministry that teaches and lives sound doctrine.

Regeneration Pursues Sanctification – Calvary Temple VA

“True regeneration necessitates the pursuit of sanctification. You don’t just remain in the infant regenerate state.”

This is how Pastor Scott begins the teaching in this Sword of the Spirit 180 video clip.

What is your view of regeneration? What truly happens at the new birth of a Christian? Although we become a new creature, we then begin on a path of self-denial in our Christian walk.

As Pastor Scott shares in this teaching to the Calvary Temple church family, sanctification is the process of being set apart wholly to God. It includes learning to die to self, where self is no longer preeminent in us.

Because we live in a religious world where most people hold onto their old ways of living, true regeneration is seldom sought. People receive a relieving of guilt, a new purpose in life, and a corporate identity with others who have believed the same.

As we look at our examples in the New Testament, we see that being born again really produced changed lives. Former ways and treasures fell away as the infant Christian began to learn the ways and the love of God. These were a people who were truly being set apart to God as the sanctifying processes of the Holy Spirit began to emerge.

How much have our lives changed since we bowed our knee to Jesus? Are we putting on the “new man”, which is created in the image of God? As you watch this video clip, believe that you will receive a new hunger for God, and a desire to be conformed into His image.

You can find this teaching in its entirety, and other biblical resources at our Calvary Temple website. This article is a ministry of Calvary Temple of Sterling, VA. Pastor Star Scott is the senior pastor. We are a ministry that teaches and lives sound doctrine.

The Redemption of God – Calvary Temple VA

We firmly believe that we are in the last days, and that we will see Jesus return soon for the rapture of His Church.

The Bible says that in the last days, lawlessness will increase. We see that fulfilled more and more each day.

Another indication of Jesus’ soon return has to do with the teaching and understanding of the Bible, specifically in churches.

What do you hear from church teachers concerning sin and the salvation of Man? Much of what is being taught is centered on man, not on the true miracle of regeneration. Many teach the gospel from the point of view that man is inherently good, that because of Adam he has been doomed, but that redemption gives mankind back the right to all of the goodness that the earth has to offer.

As you can tell from the previous paragraph, there is some good and some bad in much of today’s teaching. God truly is love. He created man perfect and His own image. Then Adam rebelled against God and brought sin into the world. We will not be judged for Adam’s sin. We have all sinned, and we need a Savior. Man is not basically good. Man is depraved and will be judged for his own sin.

When the subject of man’s sin is weakened, God’s plan of redemption is cheapened. Man becomes the focal point, rather than seeing God as the Author of salvation through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus.

In this Sword of the Spirit 180 video clip, Pastor Scott tells us of our need to give the true gospel message when we go to reach the lost. He reminds us of man’s sinful nature and God’s love and kindness towards us.

Listen to this video, and then start to meditate on what God has done in you through your own regeneration. Begin to be touched with the Lord’s heart toward sinners. Go and tell them of His great love for them.

You can find this teaching in its entirety, and other biblical resources at our Calvary Temple website. This article is a ministry of Calvary Temple of Sterling, VA. Pastor Star Scott is the senior pastor. We are a ministry that teaches and lives sound doctrine.

The Redemption of God – Calvary Temple VA

This Sword of the Spirit 180 video clip was taken from Pastor Scott’s teaching entitled, “Redeemed.”

In this video, Pastor Scott points to mankind’s need for God to intervene in their lives. He makes a very good distinction between a redeemed, regenerated person and those who have not bowed their knee to the Lordship of Jesus.

How do you see your life? How do see God’s plan to redeem mankind back to Himself? How much have you given to humanistic thought regarding redemption? There is very much humanistic belief and teaching concerning how a person is reconciled to God. Humanism believes that man is basically good, and through his own efforts can change his or her own life.

Pastor Scott shares with us very clearly what is the state of the ungodly. He reminds us of man’s total depravity and of God’s great love.

As you watch this video clip, trust that the Lord will give you His heart for those who are lost. Allow Him to teach you His will and to give you a burden for those who are opposed to His Lordship.

You can find this teaching in its entirety, and other biblical resources at our Calvary Temple website. This article is a ministry of Calvary Temple of Sterling, VA. Pastor Star Scott is the senior pastor. We are a ministry that teaches and lives sound doctrine.