At Calvary Temple, Pastor Star R. Scott has set forth a vision for the ministry: “Commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). I have been extremely blessed to be born, raised, and assist our Pastor in training our children to be that faithful next generation!
It is always fun to start a new topic with the kids. The kids like to hear something “new” and as always I try to make it interesting for them while at the same time bringing across the truths of God’s Word to them. You never know how great the effect of the Word of God will be on a “little” soul, but you have confidence that none of His Word will fall to the ground. We need to “brainwash” our children to think only the Word of God. Our kids do not need a broad world view, they need the narrow world view that is found on that straight and narrow path called the Word of God. I do not want my kids to know the World, I want my kids to know God.
This morning was different. Instead of sitting in the chairs as we normally do for chapel, I had the kids “live” in the Sermon on the Mount. In those times, when a rabbi was speaking to instruct or impart truth, they would seat themselves. The crowd would sit as well and you would know that this was a serious time: a time to listen.
At the end of Matthew 4, we see that a great crowd started to follow Jesus because he healed all that came to him. As he is being followed, he comes to a mountain and sits down. The crowds would have sat as well to hear the great truths that Jesus, this great miracle-worker, was going to share.
It is amazing to read the Beatitudes. They are foreign to natural man. In fact, natural man would cringe at the thought of what Jesus said is true happiness and joy. Blessed are the poor in spirit… Blessed are those who mourn… I mean really Jesus? I have always hear the need to express my self to be happy. I have heard to be happy I need to get what I want, when I want, how I want! Jesus have you ever seen a happy poor person? And on and on the questions would arise in the hearer’s ears.
As Jesus is sharing the manifesto of His Kingdom, we see very clearly it is foreign to natural man. That is the point! Natural man cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God belongs to those who are poor in spirit. It belongs to those who are not of this world. It belongs to those who do not have any thing of themselves, and in recognition of that they cry out in desperation for God to save and restore them. They are poor of spirit.
Check out the first part of the Sermon on the Mount and I am sure you will be blessed.
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.