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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Departs from Unbelief

  • Date: January 18, 2017
  • Verse: “But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:17-19)
  • Summary:

    Now, the one thing about living by faith is this -- it's scary. "Oh, faith is great! Hallelujah!" If you've got great faith, I want to tell you something. You study the men of faith, and you see what the Word of God says about them, and they were men of like passion just like you. They would like to know what tomorrow brings, but sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.

    Are you willing to live that way? How much do we have set back in case God fails? And I'm not just talking about money. I'm talking about all of the-what do we call it-networking that we do.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Alive in You

  • Date: January 12, 2017
  • Verse: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” (Hebrews 3:12)
  • Summary:

    In Hebrews, He tells us in the third and fourth chapters a few things about faith that are very important. God speaks judgment on His people because of their habitual lack of faith, and He says in Chapter 3, verse 10-He said, "Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways." That's a sad indictment, isn't it? A generation, a people, that always err in their hearts. Doctrine is fine, but their hearts are far from God. They approach Him with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

True Authority

  • Date: January 9, 2017
  • Verse: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
  • Summary:

    How many of us approach God like we're worthy? "I'm worthy. I deserve this. I've been serving God for twenty years, I study His Word, I pay my tithes." Can I tell you something? You're still not worthy. You are not worthy for His perfection to come under your roof. Holiness. You are not worthy, but He treats us like we are. The fact that you're treated like you're worthy doesn't make you worthy. That's called grace. Should I say that again? The fact that you're treated like you're worthy does not make you worthy. That's called grace. Faith doesn't feign unworthiness.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

I Will Come and Heal

  • Date: January 6, 2017
  • Verse: “And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.  And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” (Matthew 8:5-8)
  • Summary:

    In Matthew 8 verses 5 and 8, we see the Centurion and we notice something very unique. This man was in a position of power. He was in a position of representing Rome and the Empire. He had the power of life and death in his hands. Secular men in those roles were very cavalier. They could put people to judgment and death. As we read the Scriptures, we see what is stated about the centurion who had synagogues built. He was a Gentile but also a proselyte; he came to know the love of God. He knew who Jehovah was. His heart was changed, a man of the covenant.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Let God Cleanse You

  • Date: January 4, 2017
  • Verse: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
  • Summary:

    When the leper came before the Lord (Matthew 8:2) one of the first things he did was drop on his knees to worship Him. Let me ask you a question. When you approach God for anything that you need in your life are you prostrate? If not physically, there's no merit to being physically on your face, or dropping on your knees and bowing down. I'm talking about an attitude of heart.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Seeks Him Diligently

  • Date: December 31, 2016
  • Verse: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Summary:

    We talked recently about our real need to see faith working in our lives, especially as we enter this day. We've had it pretty easy in this country. We've had it pretty easy in this century, as it pertains to what man has endured. I'm not just talking about the natural, daily benefits of life, ease, and comfort. I'm talking about how we've had it pretty easy since the Renaissance. We've had it pretty easy since the Reformation. Those are the two contrasting civil and spiritual events. Until just recently in the world-we've seen it in Russia;

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Hopes

  • Date: December 29, 2016
  • Verse: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
  • Summary:

    Let's turn to Hebrews, Chapter 11 where it talks about the ability to obtain and walk in the realm of great faith. We were looking at that faith which Jesus recognized when He said, "I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel" (Matthew 8:10). Of course, coming into this hour that we are in, we want to be a people who are living in faith because without faith it's impossible to please God, it's impossible to walk in communion with Him.

    Chapter 11, verse 1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Power Manifests in Humble Worship

  • Date: December 26, 2016
  • Verse: “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)
  • Summary:

    In Matthew 8, following the great sermon on the mount, the disciples are out walking with Jesus, and it says, "When He was come down from the mountain…behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth His hand and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed" (verses 1-3). People ask today, "Is it the will of God to heal?" Here's a man that comes up specifically and says, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst heal me." And Jesus said what? "I will.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Know Who You are in Christ

  • Date: December 15, 2016
  • Verse: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
  • Summary:

    Look over at Matthew chapter 10. He ends chapter 9 after all the miracles, talking about the fact that we are to pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into the harvest. And we've been praying that. We've been asking God to open doors of utterance for us around here. Most of you are very faithful to share the gospel. How many of you in your neighborhood or out in the highways and the byways, at work or whatever, that you've shared the gospel with somebody in the last two weeks? Let me see your hands. Hold them up high. Praise God! Probably seventy percent.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Power Manifests in Faith

  • Date: December 10, 2016
  • Verse: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12)
  • Summary:

    What I want us to grab hold of as we look at some of these miracles, is to ask what it was in those people that caused the power of God to manifest in their lives. And then realize that maybe a lot of what's keeping the power of God from operating in our lives here as a fellowship, in our lives as a community, and the Christian church in general. Where is the power of God? I'm not talking about all of the fake stuff. And that fake stuff is not even the show of the day anymore. It was, a few decades ago.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Obeys, Not Knowing the End

  • Date: December 6, 2016
  • Verse: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” (Hebrews 11:8)
  • Summary:

    As we look at the Scriptures, we see that without faith it is impossible to please Him. We want to see the full manifestation of our faith. "By faith Noah, [verse 7], being warned of God of things not seen…, moved with fear and prepared an ark." Now, we know the story, so we're not going to stay a long time on this because I want to get to Matthew and look at the string of miracles that are recorded there that Jesus moved in. One of the things that we see about faith here is God's going to put us in some precarious situations.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith First for Christlikeness

  • Date: November 30, 2016
  • Verse: “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” ()
  • Summary:

    Faith is the substance of things hoped for, it is the evidence of things not seen. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. And so, as needs arise in our lives, most of us stop and think, "I have a physical need, I have a financial need, I have a need of a loved one who's under the attack of the enemy"; and those things are all legitimate needs. But, we have many other needs that are more important than that. We need Christlikeness. We need patience. We need humility. We need love.

    So stop and think for just a moment.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Faith Abounds in the Diligent

  • Date: November 28, 2016
  • Verse: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Summary:

    Hebrews, Chapter 11, Verse 6, tells us very clearly that "...without faith, it's impossible to please God." So we're going to talk about the faith of God, great faith and the environment that it operates in. We're going to take a little different approach. We want to talk about the environment that allows faith to freely manifest and not get caught up on the logistics of faith.

    There's been a lot of teaching over the decades on faith; a lot of it is biblical, a lot of it is heresy.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Inseparable Love

  • Date: November 21, 2016
  • Verse: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” (Romans 8:38-39)
  • Summary:

    We don't want to take the love of God for us for granted. In Revelation, God said in that second chapter as He is speaking to the church in Ephesus, "You guys have been doing a really good job, but I still have a little bit against you. There are some things you need to change. You've lost your first love. You've become great people about Bible study, and you've kept the doctrine pure. But do you remember where you've come from?"

    He said, "You've got to return to your first love. Don't forget the grace and the goodness that God has brought to us.

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Delivered from the Flesh

  • Date: November 14, 2016
  • Verse: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
  • Summary:

    When we're talking about the works of the spirit, many of our minds are going towards deliverance from the financial situation we're in or the sickness that's in our bodies. But I want us to realize that we are talking about these things to be delivered from the flesh and to be able to take on the character of Christ. It's when I'm weak that I finally realize that I can't do enough to please God, and I'm going to stop trying. Finally, His strength is able to work in us and begin to show forth the fruit of the Spirit. "I'm no longer doing things out of obligation.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Glory in Your Weakness

  • Date: November 9, 2016
  • Verse: “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • Summary:

    In the midst of his trials, Paul says that he's having revelations in abundance. Then he says, "Unless I should be exalted above measure, there was given to me a messenger, a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan." Paul came to this awareness. This is a man that in his own strength was above all of his countrymen. He was a success. He was good at what he did. He was a doctor of the law. He was zealous in the midst of his peers and esteemed among the Sanhedrin. Because of his tenacity, he was sent out as a representative to persecute and put an end to the church.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Die to Self

  • Date: November 2, 2016
  • Verse: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Summary:

    The thing that most people boast in is their own abilities. "It's my gifts, my strength, my success, and I pray more than anybody else up here. I fast." Is that attitude offensive to you? "I… I… I…" The apostle said it, and I'll show it to you in another area. If that's what you're living in, then Jesus has died in vain as it pertains to you. That's a powerful statement, isn't it? If you trust in circumcision, if you trust in anything that you've contributed to, the death of Jesus is in vain as it pertains to you.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Be Alive in the Spirit

  • Date: October 26, 2016
  • Verse: “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • Summary:

    In the twelfth chapter of 2 Corinthians Paul has a couple of things to say that we want to address, because so many of us are still pursuing God in our own strength. "Without Him, I can do nothing." Philippians says that I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. If you're frustrated in your sanctification process, in your pursuit of holiness, or if others are frustrating you, it's because you're looking at natural ability. We're looking at tenacity, and we're not looking at faith. We're not looking at the grace of God, because it's Christ that's working in us.

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Pastor Star R. Scott

Return to Your First Love

  • Date: October 24, 2016
  • Verse: “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
  • Summary:

    Jesus starts off in the book of Revelation speaking to the church of Ephesus. He said, "I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience…" (Revelation 2:2). He's not going to rebuke them for works and labor. He said, "I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

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That No Man Would Glory in His Presence

  • Date: October 19, 2016
  • Verse: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. ” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
  • Summary:

    The other camp that has been around since the inception of the church is the Judaizers. The Judaizers would be caught up in what many people today are. We hear the word "legalism." "They're legalistic." People say that about us as a fellowship. "They're very legalistic. They're a works church. They're a church that has a lot of rules." What we need to understand is that the Judaizers were saying that you couldn't be saved without works.

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