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!
In chapel today, we finished up our lesson on the Poor in Spirit. The poor in spirit are those who recognize there poverty before God. The poverty Jesus is speaking of is not a 21st century American definition of poverty. Jesus is not speaking of a poverty that means we cannot pay our cable TV bill, or our third credit card, nor a poverty that cannot afford a vacation. Jesus is speaking of a poverty that is destitute to the degree that without immediate assistance death is imminent. A poverty to where this is no ability to make up any need. No money, no food, no clothing, no shelter; and not only the lack of these, but the inability to produce them through work or through talent. Only grace and mercy can make up the need.
To help illustrate the point of poverty of spirit, we spent time on a little skit about a beggar who thought they did not need any help. Listen to this clip and hear the example. The kids had a good time with it.
No one is in hell by accident. The Word says that all man is condemned already. They are condemned because they refuse the only way to salvation. Every one who finds themselves in hell pushed against the will of God, for God wills that NONE perish (think about that), but that all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)
God is in the life-saving business. He did all he could by sending His Son to be murdered and sacrificed for our salvation. All we have to do is accept this. It is no surprise how the first beatitude mentioned is the one that is necessary for entrance into the kingdom of God. Blessed are the poor in spirit… Blessed, happy are those who come to the place to where they see their need for God. They see the need for God’s gift of grace to such a degree that they receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. To them belongs the kingdom of God. Those and ONLY those gain entrance into the kingdom.
Why fight against God? Why push against his provision? All your pushing will result in a one-way ticket to Hell. Humble yourself, and He will lift you up out of your poor beggarly condition.
…he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
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.