S.O.B.E.R. Pt.2

stay vigilant

Be sober and vigilant

If you recall from S.O.B.E.R. Pt.1, we assigned three words to each letter from the word sober.  In this post, S.O.B.E.R. Pt.2, we’ll start with the first letter, “S”.  While other words could have been used instead, or added, here are the three that we settled on for the first letter of the word:

S – seek, set, serve

Remember, the purpose is to look at things in our Christian lives that will help us walk soberly before our God.  Here is a breakdown of the verses that we covered in the Winchester Bible Study:

Seek

Deuteronomy 4:29-31 we shall find Him if we seek with all of our hearts

1 Chronicles 16:11-15 seek The Lord and His strength

Psalm 27:8 – seek ye my face, thy face Lord will I seek

Isaiah 55:6-7 seek The Lord while he may be found

Hosea 10:12 seek him while he may be found

The focus for Seek was seeking after Jesus with all of our hearts.  We can’t hold anything back in our pursuit of God.  Pursuit that is 99% isn’t good enough.  I so love verse 8 in Psalm 27; when the Lord says “seek My face”; the believers heart leaps within them and responds “Your face, Lord, will I seek!”

seek God with all your heart

Seek Him with ALL your heart

Set

Isaiah 50:7 Your face like a flint

Colossians 3:1-3 Your affections on things above

Matthew 6:19-21  lay up treasures in heaven, where your treasure is, there your heart is also

Set, talking about determination and resolve, is a very important aspect of us walking in sobriety.  Additionally, making sure that our affections are set on things above and not on things of the Earth helps us keep proper perspective.  Our treasures need to be heavenly treasures so that we don’t allow the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things to come in and choke the Word of God out of us.  Where our treasure is, our hearts are sure to be there also.

set your affection

Heavenly treasures!

Serve

John 12:26 he that serves me, follows me

Galatians 5:13-14 by love serve one another

In the Serve point, we discussed two aspects.  The first was service to God.  If we serve God, we follow the example of Jesus, plain and simple.  We must walk as He walked.  Service to God is far more about heart attitude than actual performance of the work.  The “why” is more important than the “what”.  Let me say it another way, our heart motive driving why we do the work is far more critical in God’s eyes than the actual task.  He has works for us that He has fore ordained us to do, but He wants it done out of a heart of love and relationship towards Him.  Otherwise, we are caught up in a religious act that is no better than the Pharisees in their hypocrisy.  The second aspect was service to one another.  By love serve one another.  There should be no ulterior motives, vaunting of ourselves, spiritual or selfish ambition in our service to one another.  We don’t do it to be seen or applauded, but we serve one another by love.  Jesus Himself didn’t come to be served, but to serve.  1 John 5, verses 2 and 3, makes it very clear that we love one another by loving and obeying God.

by love serve

What a high calling!

Let our lives be poured out for God and His kingdom.  Let Him have more!  Lay aside the weights and the sins that are so easily besetting you.

In our next post, we’ll look at the letter “O”.  Until then, please go to Calvary Temple Winchester to read more blog posts, or go to Calvary Temple VA to find more teachings on this or other topics that may be of interest to you.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

S.O.B.E.R. Pt.1

stay vigilant

Be sober and vigilant

Out at the Winchester Bible Study, we spent several weeks in a study called:

S.O.B.E.R.

We created an acronym from the word and each letter represented three different words.  I will explain that later.  We had two foundational scriptures.  The first was 1 Peter 4:7, which states:

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

The second was 1 Peter 5:8, which says:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

our adversary

Resist him and he will flee

The word for sober in these two verses generally signifies freedom from intoxicants, but is also used in association with watchfulness.  The end of all things is at hand, and we have an adversary that is seeking our destruction; we MUST be watchful, on guard and not caught up with the world or the things in it.

We discussed the importance for each of us to honestly evaluate ourselves to see just how sober we are.  Are we caught up with the things of this life, or are we heavenly minded?  Are the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things choking the Word out, or are we in white hot pursuit of Jesus?  The days are growing increasingly wicked; persecution of Christians is on the rise, the world is calling good evil and evil good, and events in the world are increasingly lining up with prophecies from God’s Word.  Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King!

part-time Christians

That pretty much sums it up!

So, the acronym S.O.B.E.R. is broken down in this manner:

S – Seek, Set, Serve
O – Obedience, Openness, Overcome
B – Believe, Boast, Broken
E – Eternal perspective, Edify, Evangelize
R – Repent, Rest, Remain

In our next post, we will begin expounding on each letters in the acronym and looking at verses for each of the words we have associated with each letter.

Until next time, you can check out some of our other posts at Calvary Temple Winchester or check out some teachings at Calvary Temple

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

#iamcalvarytemple

#iamcalvarytemple

#iamcalvarytemple are those that do God’s Word

As I look back over the last quarter century, I have come to realize that an integral part of who I am as a Christian is owed to Calvary Temple.  Reflecting on my years in relationship with the Lord, the best way to capture how I have arrived at this place in my life is:

#iamcalvarytemple

You see, I am a product of the ministry poured into my life by Pastor Star. R. Scott.  It was Paul that said “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 4:15).  For me, that spiritual father is Pastor Scott.  Let me say it again:

I. Am. CalvaryTemple.

Are you interested in knowing what Calvary Temple is all about?  Then look at the fruit in my life.  When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment is, He said “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” (Luke 10:27).  I have been taught to love God first, and love my neighbor as myself.  Look at the fruit in my brother’s and sister’s lives at Calvary Temple.  These are a people that truly love God, and their neighbors as themselves.  We have been well taught!

lovethyneighbor

Love your neighbor as yourself

It isn’t in pride that I encourage you to look at the fruit of my life, but in humility.  Matthew 7:20 says “wherefore by their fruit, ye shall know them.”  James 1:22 says:

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Yes, I have made decisions to do the Word of God.  Who taught me to do that?  Star Scott.  Where did I learn that if I love Jesus, I should obey Him?  Calvary Temple.  Am I perfect?  Far from it.  Have I made mistakes, even sinned?  Of course!  I am so thankful to know that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Why?  Because through Jesus, there is forgiveness of sins.

So, what does it mean to be #iamcalvarytemple?

It doesn’t matter what the name of your church is, or the denomination you belong to.  If you are a DOER of the Word of God, then you are Calvary Temple.  If you love God with your whole heart and put Jesus first in your life…then YOU are Calvary Temple!  Calvary Temple isn’t a building, or location.  It is a representation of a people that love Jesus first…a people that take up their cross daily, deny themselves and follow Him!

Haven’t you read, “all who live godly in Christ Jesus, SHALL suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12)?  Didn’t Peter say “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17).  I am not interested in suffering persecution…or the judgement of God beginning at His house; but God’s Word is true.  If I live godly, I WILL suffer persecution.  Judgement will begin at the house of the Lord.  What can be shaken, WILL be shaken!

Are YOU able to say; #iamcalvarytemple?

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Finish the Race Car Show

All you car and motorcycle enthusiasts out there, have we got an event for YOU!

finish the race

Finish the Race!

If you want more information, or want to show your car…registration is FREE!  All the details are here:

Finish the Race Car and Motorcycle Show

Hope to see you there!

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Sin and Repentance, Pt.2

sin and repentance

We all sin, but we don’t all repent!

In our last post, Sin and Repentance, Pt.1, we discussed what sin is. The fact is, we all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)  In this post on sin and repentance, we want to focus in on repentance.  The word for repentance in the original language means “change of course”.  Every person on the planet that has or will be born deals with this problem of sin.  God in His wisdom provided salvation through His son, Jesus.  Part of that gift from God is the ability and the desire to repent from our sins.  Philippians 2:13 says:

13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Sin and Repentance: problem and solution.  Thank you, Jesus!

Romans 8

Romans 8 – outstanding principles

The book of Romans makes it clear that the carnal mind (the natural, unregenerate mind) does not subject, or submit, itself to the law of God.  Not only doesn’t it submit to the law of God, it has no ability to submit to the law of God (Romans 8:7)!  So, as God deals with each of us individually and draws us unto Himself by His Holy Ghost, He enables us to turn from sin.  As we were discussing this in the Bible study, we looked at the characteristics of true repentance.  In 2 Corinthians 7, verses 10 and 11 paint a clear picture of repentance.  It states:

10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

Let’s define the words in verse 10:

godly – God-minded, divine
sorrow – pain of body and mind, grief
worketh – to work out, achive, effect by toil
salvation – rescued, delivered
repentance – change of mind or course, to reverse the effects
not to be repented of – unregretted, to repent of repentance

So let’s say it this way:

God-minded pain of body and mind effects a change of mind or course by toil that leads to being rescued and this should not be regretted.

As we look at our own lives, let’s ask ourselves; when we sin, does our repentance line up with this?  Do we experience true godly sorrow that effects in us a real change of course that we resolve, by His grace, to not turn from?  Remember the “toil” that is discussed is the action we take as a result of conviction by the Holy Ghost.  We are in no way saying that we “toil” or “work” and as a result of our own efforts we are able to repent.  Our will, or volition, is absolutely involved, though.  We must choose to submit to God’s conviction and embrace repentance.  The ability to choose to submit comes from God.

Now let’s define the words in verse 11:

carefulness – haste, zeal, diligence, earnest care
clearing – pure from every fault, immaculate
indignation – righteous anger
fear – dread, terror
vehement desire – longing for
zeal – fervent jealousy
revenge – that which proceeds out of justice
approved – to set together, signifying everything is done, with nothing left out
clear – pure from defilement, not contaminated

So now let’s say it this way:

Behold how you had pain in mind and body in a God-minded way;  see the haste, zeal, diligence and earnest care that is worked in you; you are pure from every fault and immaculate.  Look at the righteous anger towards the sin that arose; along with the dread and terror because of the sin.  See how you have a longing and fervent jealousy to make sure that which proceeds out of justice is accomplished.  In all things you have set everything together, with nothing left out and are pure from defilement and not contaminated.

Again, let us look at our own lives.  Is this how we repent when we sin?  Is this at work and alive in us through our relationship with our Savior?  This isn’t something we should have to “work up”, but should be a matter of course as we relate to our Heavenly Father.  Let us not accept a cheap repentance that does not fall in line with what God has called us to.  Rather, let us cry out to our God to work in us this repentance that He may be glorified and that we would be forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness!

repentance is

Repent! Change course from sin toward God

Here are some links to some teachings on sin and repentance:

Real Repentance
Redemption, Remission, Regeneration

 

Until next time, please feel free to go to Calvary Temple Winchester and check out our other posts.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Sin and Repentance, Pt.1

sin and repentance

We all sin, but we don’t all repent!

Those two words can cause quite a stir!  Sin and repentance.  When you think about the word “sin”, at a very high level its talking about doing wrong.  At least, most people would be able to articulate it that way.  Of course, most people don’t like to admit being wrong, so the word “sin” gets replaced with many other words that are more palatable.  I messed up, or I made a mistake…or in some cases, people might say something like “my bad” and try to add some humor to it.  Those are just a couple of examples and there are plenty of others.  Repentance is even worse.  If one is going to repent, it means that they have taken ownership of being wrong and change course so as not to do that wrong again.  Many people see repentance as an ugly word.  Repentance is a beautiful word.

Sin and Repentance: Thank God I can repent for my sins!

As we were winding down our study on “What Does The True Church Look Like” at the Winchester Bible Study, we talked about the aspect of repenting from sin.  I don’t remember exactly what happened, but suddenly we were in a very deep conversation!  As we were talking about sin and repentance, we turned to 2 Corinthians 7:10-11, which reads:

10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

The group suddenly became very animated and were asking questions faster than we could answer them!  “What is godly sorrow?  What does it mean that it works repentance to salvation?  What does it mean ‘not to be repented of’?  What is the sorrow of the world?  What does it mean when it says it works death?”  It got even more intense after we read verse 11!  I remember getting into the car to drive home after the meeting and my wife and I looked at one another and asked at the same time, “What just happened!”  We ended up taking a couple of sessions to work through these two verses, defining each word and going to other scriptures to discuss the topic in a more full manner.

what is sin

A good question!

Before we answered all of those questions, we stepped back and asked “What is sin?”  The group became thoughtful and then began offering up definitions.  One defined it as we did above, doing wrong.  Another brought out the aspect that it isn’t just wrong that we commit, but also not doing things we’re supposed to do.  We shared with them that the word used in the Bible translated into our English word, sin, means “to miss the mark.”  We also see from 1 John 3:4 that sin is transgression of the Law.  Looking at 1 John 5:17, we see that all unrighteousness is sin.  The last reference we used to help bring an understanding of what sin is was from James 4:17, which states:

17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

In the end, God is the one who says what is right and what is wrong.  He gave us His Word and by it we know what God says is sin.  This really seemed to hit home with everyone.  It was very beneficial to see what God says is sin and how He views it.  When we can begin to understand even just a little what sin is to God, it helps change our own perspective of it and should cause us to develop a deeper hatred for sin, both in ourselves and in others.

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We need to hate sin

In our next post, we’ll get more into repentance and then we’ll delve into the definitions for each of the words from 2 Corinthians 7:10-11.  Until then, I would encourage you to get before the Lord and honestly ask Him to reveal in you what displeases Him.  He will be faithful to show you AND to help you repent (change course) and hate the sin as He does!

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

What Does The True Church Look Like? Pt.5

the true church

What does it look like?

As a kid, I had a vivid imagination.  I would watch superhero cartoons and had no trouble at all believing things like that could happen in real life.  Of course, all of that was pretend.  There are no men with powers of a spider, or “super” men that can leap tall buildings in a single bound.  There are, however, some pretty spectacular things that happen in our world as God intervenes.  The things that God can do far outweigh anything that we can imagine!  These things can come about as we just live out the “mundane”, or can be manifested in spectacular ways.  Regardless, these things are still supernatural.  When I say “supernatural”, I mean that they go beyond the natural laws that God has established.  I’m talking about miracles.  I’m talking about signs and wonders.

In a previous post in this series, we talked about how the true church preaches the Word.  The Bible says that the disciples went and preached the Word everywhere, and the Lord confirmed His Word with signs following (Mark 16:20).  We see Paul talking about mighty signs and wonders performed by the power of the Holy Ghost (Romans 15:19).  At Calvary Temple, we believe that God still moves in the miraculous.  We have experienced, first hand, the mighty working of the Holy Ghost to bring about miracles in the lives of His children.  We have seen the sick healed, the dead raised and those under demonic influence delivered.

The true church has signs and wonders following it.

according to your faith

according to your faith

You might be thinking to yourself, “Well, I don’t believe God still does stuff like that today.  I mean, I know He CAN, I just don’t think He does.”  To that I would ask you; when is the last time you believed God for the miraculous?  In Matthew 9:27-29, Jesus was dealing with the two blind men that asked Him to heal them of their blindness.  Jesus asked them if they believed that He could do this.  They both responded yes.  Jesus said to them as He touched their eyes and healed them “according to your faith be it done unto you”.  In Mark 9:23 we see that if we can believe, all things are possible to him that believes!

all things are possible

All things are possible

Oh reader, God is looking for people that will BELIEVE Him.  So many today say that they believe, but they just mean that they give a mental acknowledgment.  The word believe means to trust, to commit to and to rely upon.  That is a FAR cry from some intellectual acknowledgment.  Let me ask you; is there something that you need Jesus to do in your life, or the life of a loved one that is beyond anything that man can do?  Then come to God and ask Him!  If you are having trouble believing, ask God to help you right where you are.  He will help you in your unbelief and give you faith to believe!  So now you might be thinking “Tony, that’s great for you.  You clearly believe.”  I didn’t always.  God gave me grace, faith and salvation as gifts (Ephesians 2:8-9).  He did it for me and He wants to do it for you too.  If you need to talk with someone, reach out through the comments section.  Better yet, come on out to Calvary Temple and let’s discuss it in person!

That’s another thing that I love about my church.  At Calvary Temple, I have always been taught to believe God and take Him at His Word.  My Pastor, Star R. Scott, has spent years painstakingly instilling in me, and all my brothers and sisters in Christ, the need to come with the faith that a little child has and see God move mountains.

childlike faith

We need childlike faith!

Would you like to know about more of the miracles God has done at Calvary Temple?  Then go to Calvary Temple Miracles to see testimonies of God’s power in our midst.

As we close out this series, again having barely scratched the surface, we saw some great things in the Bible study.  Watching the core group come together and articulate what they want to believe God for in 2015 was a tremendous blessing.  Then watching as they walk out going to God in prayer and petitioning Him for the things He has placed upon our hearts has been beyond words.  Please, continue to pray and believe with us that God will use us mightily to impact Winchester VA for the Gospel.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

What Does The True Church Look Like? Pt.4

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Love one another

February 2015.  February is love month.  Ok, technically February 14th is love DAY.  I’m trying to establish a precedent for our posts this month, work with me here!  As we continue to discuss the attributes and characteristics of the true church, we need to remember a critical aspect of all of this. The true church operates in love continually.  In part one of this series, we discussed our church in Sterling, VA;  Calvary Temple.  We will continue to use Calvary Temple as an example of the true church.  John 13:35 says:

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

The motivation for all that we do as individual believers, and the church as a whole, has to be love.  As I think about that verse, I am so unbelievably blessed, astounded and grateful that I get to see that verse in action every day at Calvary Temple.  Oh don’t get me wrong, we aren’t perfect, far from it.  There are disagreements, times that one may sin against another, flesh that arises, iron sharpening iron…all of it.  But even in dealing with our sinful frailties, love overcomes.  When there are disagreements, there is a preferring of the other.  When there is sin, there is repentance and forgiveness.  When the flesh arises, it is reproved and put in its proper place.  Generally, however, there is a true and genuine love and care for one another.  That is one of the greatest reasons why I love being there.  True Biblical love in action is a hallmark of the ministry at Calvary Temple.

love one to another

Love one another

So, with that in mind, let’s list out some of the other attributes of the true church:

Continue in the Apostle’s doctrine, Breaking of bread from house to house, prayers, fear, signs and wonders, continue daily with one accord, gladness and singleness of heart, praising God…and add those that we’ve covered…met daily, full of the Holy Ghost, preaching the gospel and know the Word.

ask for old paths

ask for the old paths

As you read through that list, you can see the pattern, or the example, established by the early church for us to follow.  We are in this world, but we are not of it.  It is time for us to return to our roots.  It is time for us to choose the old paths.  At Calvary Temple, we strive to be more in line with the Word of God continually.  It is my desire to replicate what God is doing in our church out in Winchester.  By the grace of God, the leading of the Holy Ghost and the timing of the Lord, I believe that shall be accomplished.  I know that there are some of you that read our blog that are not affiliated with us at Calvary Temple.  I would love to hear what the Lord is doing in your church and your life.  It would be great to hear how the Lord may be stirring you in these last days to represent Him in your church and to the lost.  Please, leave comments.  If you would like to have them be private, just say so and I won’t post them to the blog.  Otherwise, I will approve them so all may be blessed and edified by your testimony!  You can also look for Winchester Bible Study on Facebook and reach out to us there.

Until our next post, go to the Calvary Temple teachings site and use the search feature to find teachings on loving one another, choosing the old paths or any other topic that may interest you.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

What Does The True Church Look Like? Pt.3

true false church

How do we discern the true church from the false?

There is such a stark contrast between the true church and the professed church.  Some may argue that there are more similarities than differences.  After all, each is doing good things, each is trying to have a positive influence on the world…aren’t they?  At a high level, that may appear to be the case.  But just because something appears to be good, doesn’t mean that God is in it.  I would refer you to Matthew 7:21-23 for an example of this point.  In this post, we will look at three points that we covered in the Calvary Temple of Winchester bible study.

If you recall from our last post, What Does The True Church Look Like? Pt.2, we discussed the pattern from the Word that the early church met daily.  In fact, as we read through the book of Acts, we see the pattern outlined by God for how He intends the church to conduct itself.  God has given us the pattern that we should follow.  As we continued reading in Acts 2, we found that the next attribute of the true church is that it is full of the Holy Ghost.  We see God establishing this pattern in Acts 2:4, which states:

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

you shall receive power

Bold witnesses by the baptism in the Holy Ghost

Notice that they were ALL filled and that they all spoke with other tongues.  One of the main attributes of the true church is that it is full of the Holy Ghost.  The church that is full of the Holy Ghost is full of power.  This power is given so that the church may live victoriously in this present world, overcome evil with good and represent Jesus to a lost and dying world, just to name a few.  The outpouring of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost was such a dramatic event, that it drew a crowd!  Jesus said in Acts 1:8:

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The second of the three points for this post is found in this verse.  The true church shall be witnesses unto Him.  We see this in action beginning in Acts 2:14, where Peter addresses the crowd.  As believers, regardless of personality, age, social status or any thing else that we could try to employ as an excuse, we are ALL called to be witnesses unto Him.  We cannot help but speak the things that we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20)!  He has given to us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18)!  None of the excuses matter because we receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon us.

Know the Word

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path!

The final point for this post is seen in Acts 2:16-21, 25-28.  Peter knew the Word of God and shared it with the multitude.  He quoted from Joel and Psalms, sharing with the people the fulfillment of these passages through the death and resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Ghost.  The true church knows the Word of God.  More importantly, the true church not only knows the Word, but understands how to practically apply it and DOES the Word.  Far too many churches talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk.  James 1:22 says:

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Too many today hear and do not do.  Too many today walk in empty religion, honoring God with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him (Matthew 15:8).  The true church does the Word.  All of it.  We don’t get to pick and choose what of the Word we will or will not do.  Now, I realize that we are all at different places in our walk with God, and that we are accountable for what we know.  If, however, we know to do good and don’t do it, to us it is sin (James 4:17).

In conclusion, there truly is a stark contrast between the true church and the professed church.  As the true church is full of the Holy Ghost and power, are bold witnesses for the Lord Jesus and are a people that know and do the Word of God…the professed church is none of these.  They have good words and fair speeches; but have forsaken the fountain of living waters and have hewn out broken cisterns that can hold no water.  Thank God for His mercy, in that if we find ourselves in this place, there is forgiveness available to us if we repent!

In our next post, we will continue identifying attributes of the true church.  Until then, look up!  Your redemption is drawing near.

Here is a short video of my pastor talking about preaching the Word:

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

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What Does The True Church Look Like? Pt.2

one true church

It’s out there and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it!

We like the Winchester Bible Study to be a highly interactive meeting.  To accomplish this, we ask many open ended questions so that people will have to think and provide answers from their hearts.  In addition, we give opportunity for interaction by picking different people throughout the meeting to read the passage of scripture to which we have currently turned.  The group is free to ask questions throughout the meeting and are very quick to ask questions about doctrine or practical application with no fear of judgment or mocking.  It is refreshing to see them ask all levels of questions without fear of what others will think of them!

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Read it and do it!

For this study, we took a little different approach.  Instead of having them read the scriptures, I read them.  The text was Acts 2; the whole chapter.  The reason I was reading was so that when they heard something that was an attribute or characteristic of the church, they were to stop me so that we could discuss that point.  It took them a few minutes to catch on, but everyone quickly got into it.  How did you do?  In our last post, we encouraged you to read Acts 2 and see how many attributes/characteristics you could find.  Let’s see as we continue.

The first verse gave us our first attribute.  Acts 2:1 says:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

one accord

One heart, one mind, one mouth

They were all assembled together in one place.  We see that in several places in Acts, and in other books of the Bible.  We discussed how they were together, seeking the Lord.  Jesus had commanded them to tarry in Jerusalem until the promise came.  We looked at several other verses showing the frequency with which they met.  The Biblical standard for the frequency of true believers meeting is daily.  This definitely stirred conversation!  One member brought up how we don’t do that in America.  So the discussion went to “Well, which is right?  How we do it in America or the pattern that was established in the Word of God?”  I so much enjoy watching the Holy Spirit work in the lives of His children.  Some dealt with their flesh rising up, not in a demonstrative way, but in a manner of thinking along the lines of “Hey, we go to church once a week, that’s what we’ve always done and that’s ok”.  But as the Holy Spirit ministered to them to see how the true Church met daily, I watched as their spirit-man embraced the truth of God’s Word!

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Together in place…

I shared with the group that there are churches in America that DO meet daily.  I was so blessed and humbled to be able to offer our church, Calvary Temple, as one who meets daily.  I shared with them our schedule and they did not hide their amazement.  To help them in not thinking too highly of us, I shared with them that this is what the norm is supposed to be.  We aren’t special, we are just following the pattern given to us by our Father!

We will continue in our next post exploring the attributes/characteristics of the true church.  Until then, let me ask you this;  how often do YOU gather together with the saints?  Please, take a moment to leave a comment answering this question.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram