Archive for Pastor Star R. Scott – Page 2

Evangelism Video Saturday: A Supernatural Encounter

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

Don’t miss a special installment Next Wednesday, Part 4!

see Part 1 – Breaking News in the Middle East

and Part 2 – The Three Wise Guys

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

Evangelism Video Saturday: Three Wise Guys

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following video to be a blessing.

Don’t miss Part 3 Next Saturday!

Part 1 – Breaking News in the Middle East

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

Evangelism Video Saturday: Breaking News in the Middle East

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following video to be a blessing.

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 Next Saturday!!

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

Evangelism Video Saturday – Just Reach Out

I wish this were better quality but i figured you’d rather have a music video than a shot of the album.

Visit my other blog posts about Evangelism Outreach from Calvary Temple Sterling VA.

Evangelism Video Saturday – The Proof of Your Love

Witnessing in Winchester

front porch witnessing

The Scary Front Door

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

There was a time, back in the day, when Calvary Temple used to go witnessing in Georgetown, DC every Friday night.  There was a diverse mixture of socio-economic classes.  You had the college students out looking for a party at one of the many bars and clubs.  The Yuppies were looking for some eclectic restaurant to talk about Monday morning.  The tourists were wandering around looking at a map completely lost.  And the homeless population was scattered throughout the neighborhood.

I was very zealous back then, which is a good thing, but I was not very compassionate, which is not a good thing.  And I would often find myself trying to argue people into the kingdom of love.  After a couple years of witnessing in Georgetown, I can’t remember one single person wanting to pray and ask the Lord into their heart.  I’m older and wiser now.  And some of my rough edges have been polished up by reproof and humiliation.  I’m more keenly aware than ever that it is only by God’s mercy that I am saved and forgiven.  Compassion grows more readily in a heart that knows “but by the grace of God there go I.”  I try to approach everyone as if they want to hear about Jesus and were just waiting for someone to tell them the good news.

Pastor Scott has been teaching about compassion for the lost and reaching our community with the love of Jesus for over a year now.  Our church is broken up into deacon’s groups and a different group goes out witnessing every month.  I used to dread it.  “People don’t want to hear what we have to say anymore.”  “They slam the door in our faces.”  “They are mean to us.”  Whine, whine, whine.  I would get so worked up with fear and dread when it was my group’s turn to go out over how people would respond to me?

I wrote a play a while back and one of the scenes is a conversation with John Wesley, an 18th century street evangelist.  I wrote the entire scene as if John Wesley were talking to me about my own witnessing wimpyness.  One line in particular comes up in my heart every time I am about to go witnessing and the fear of what people will think begins to rise up.  “Are you so fragile that you’d crumple over an unflattering look? Are they going to set you on fire?” Translation: Suck it up you big baby!

Recently, the Lord has had us going door to door witnessing in Winchester with our Bible Study group.  Winchester is a whole different world than Sterling or Georgetown.  There is both a roughness and a friendliness about it.  Many of the people are in much greater need of natural provisions.  In Winchester, there is a soup kitchen serving a meal just about every day of the week.  A whole community, many of whom are homeless, frequent the soup kitchen circuit.  I have been impressed by how they look after and take care of one another.  Maybe its because of their humble provisions, but the people of Winchester have been more open to the gospel than any other people I have witnessed to in recent years.

When we go witnessing I take two girls with special needs with me.  My job is part teacher, part mentor, and part protector.  The girls are very shy and look to me for prompting on what to say if someone opens the door.  Their job is to invite the person to the Bible Study on Monday and Thursday nights at 7:00.  Their big sales pitch is, “It’s not boring and we all get to read.”  I worry that the possibility of having to read in front of others might be a deal breaker for some of our invitees but at least they know it’s not boring.  Then the girls will ask, “Are you a believer?”  At this point the person in the doorway will answer yes or no and the girls will blink for a moment then turn to look at me for what to do next.

I ask a couple of questions then present the gospel : Jesus loves them and died for their sins so they could have a relationship with God and go to heaven.  Then depending on the outcome from that exchange, explain to the girls what we just saw.  Here are a few of our experiences around Winchester:

The Filibuster

The Filibuster

The Filibuster

When the person you are talking to doesn’t want to hear what you have to say, but they don’t tell you they aren’t interested.  Instead, they start a long dissertation about something that may or may not be related to stop you from being able to say anything else hoping you give up and eventually walk away.

Solution: You have to politely interrupt and tell them, “thanks for talking to us but we don’t want to keep you any longer so we’re gonna go.  Have a great day.”

The Too Polite

Obviously Bored

Obviously Bored

When they stand there glazed over and absently nod at you while glancing back at their friend who is hiding in the corner.

Solution: Politely ask, “Are you interested in hearing more right now?”  They will most likely jump on that like a lion on a raw steak and take the way out you just gave them.  Now you can move on to the next person the Lord would have you reach.

 The Brush Off

peeking

I guess you’re going in now

They answer the door and take the tract like they are interested but while you are talking they slowly shut the door and disappear.

Solution: Say to yourself, “Oh, I guess we’re done here.” And move along.

The Silent Treatment

crickets

chirp chirp

There’s lots of noise inside the house.  Until you knock. Then it’s as silent as the grave.  We know you’re in there.

Solution: Leave a tract in the doorway and keep going.  They may have been abducted by aliens.

The Yell Through the Door

doorbell broken

WHO IS IT!

No one answers the door but they holler menacingly from inside, “WHO IS IT!!”

Solution: Holler back, “WINCHESTER BIBLE STUDY!”  Sometimes the girls forget and leave part of it off and just yell, “WE FROM THE BIBLE STUDY!” I’ve been amazed that on every single occasion but one – the people answered the door after they heard “Bible Study” because they were interested.

The Walk of Faith

Scary hallway

Sometimes you have to do it afraid

The walk down the dark, dirty, hallway of the “should have been condemned” apartment building, to knock on the door that may or may not have bullet holes in it.

Six Point Solution:  1. Pray.  2. Knock.  3. Listen for the sound of the shotgun being cocked on the other side.  4. Get ready to dive out of the way.  5. Holler back, “WE FROM THE BIBLE STUDY!”  6. Hand out the tract to the very nice people when they politely answer the door.

The Possible Demon Possession

being followed

Being Followed by a Crazy Person

Sometimes combined with the Filibuster.  Don’t be fooled by this tactic of the enemy.  You can’t talk your way out of this one.

Solution: As you are being followed around town by this person who is shouting random mystical sounding things out to you and everyone else in the vicinity, ask the Lord, “Lord, do we gotta cast a demon out of this dude?”  Whichever way the Lord answers, follow up with the story about Paul being followed around by the possessed girl who kept shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God …”

 The Wild Card

Um . . . no, we don't have a single's group

Um . . . no, we don’t have a single’s group

When there’s the sound of chaos on the other side of the door – followed by silence – then someone opens the door holding a butcher knife and a cell phone. Once you are finished witnessing to them they will run after you to ask “You got a singles group there?”

Solution: . . . . . . . Yeah I have no idea.  That’s new.

Every one of these situations has really happened to us.  I can actually quiz the girls afterwards about which one we just saw and they will get it right.  “THE FILIBUSTER!”  The girls show up faithfully to go witnessing every other Sunday.  If only we all had the child-like faith that they have.  We would be so much better off.

We’ve had many wonderful opportunities to lead people to the Lord and minister to the Christians in Winchester.  You can read more about the Bible Study and what God is doing in Winchester in the Calvary Temple Winchester blog.

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

Evangelism Video Saturday – I Refuse

Trick or Treat and the Most Popular Costume – Calvary Temple Outreach

i got a rock

I got a rock

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

When I was growing up, Halloween was the number 2 most important holiday on the kid’s calendar.  It was rivaled only by that grande dame of avarice – Christmas.  Christmas may have been all about the presents but Halloween was all about Candy, Candy and more Candy. This was your chance to get a sugar payload big enough to last well into December before you would get another hit.

In my day, we donned a cheap-o plastic costume mom bought at the drug store.  It came with a mask you couldn’t see out of or breathe in because the holes were cut lopsided and uneven.  Your mom was usually a giant buzz kill and made you wear your coat.  And you weren’t allowed to eat any candy until she checked it for needle holes and razor blades.  Somehow the snickers bars never made it back to my stash from the rigorous safety examination.

Trick or Treating Old School Style

Trick or Treating Old School Style

Back then we didn’t have a lot of Halloween swag – fancy pumpkin baskets and holiday accessories.  The plan was simple.  We grabbed our pillowcases, threw our coats in the bushes and headed for the nearest apartment building.  All kids can do complex math equations on Halloween.  Greater density housing + smaller square area x speed ÷ number of trick or treaters = maximum candy payload.  Any house that gives out apples or raisins is obviously making a cry for help and wants to be egged or tented in toilet paper. Whether it was from the contraband eaten on the way home or from breathing in the chemical residue from the inside of Spiderman or Wonder Woman’s face – we were delirious by the end of the night.

Halloween can be a very touchy subject for Christians.  Some Christians take the stance that it descends from All Hallow’s Eve,  a Christian holiday .  Why not let the kids dress up and have some harmless fun?  Other believers feel that to celebrate Halloween in any way is equal to sacrificing a goat on the church lawn. Most Christians fall somewhere in between.  One thing I think we all can agree on is that Halloween has gotten out of hand.  The decorations hit the shelves in the summer while you’re still on your beach trip.  Costume Superstores are open for three months a year then disappear back into the internet.  Your neighbors decorate their yard like its the set of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.

Queen Esther

Tierney managed to find the only Princess in the Bible to dress up as – Queen Esther

With so much hoopla given to one day why not make it a witnessing opportunity?  Swarms of kids will descend on your yard with costumed parents in tow. Here is your chance to tell them Jesus loves them and died for them.  Some of our young adults organized a neighborhood outreach to present the gospel to Trick or Treaters last Friday night.  They set up a base camp with goody bags filled with glow bracelets and bookmarks and a clever tract about Jesus that looked like a million dollars.  There were also free games and costumed greeters who invited the kids to take part in the Halloween Treasure Hunt.

halloween games

halloween games

Treasure maps were given out to lead the kids to each of four locations set up around the neighborhood cul-de-sac.  Each location had costumed participants who acted out different Bible Stories.  Then the Trick or Treaters were given stickers on their map and the usual Halloween loot of a pick from the candy bowl.  When they had finished visiting all four locations they returned to base camp where they showed their completed map to collect their treasure.  The “Treasure” was a bag of gold wrapped chocolate coins.  I considered a makeshift costume and map of my own for a minute but common sense and my daughter’s inevitable shaming of me stopped it from happening.

Treat Bags and Tracts

Treat Bags and Tracts

I visited each location to see what skits were being performed and check for any chocolates that may have inadvertently fallen to the ground.  The quality control was pretty high so I didn’t find any sweets but I did get to watch each skit performed for the kids.   Daniel in the Lion’s Den.  David and Goliath.  Noah and the Ark.  And The Story of The Birth of Jesus.  The Trick or Treaters and their parents all seemed to enjoy it and they made sure they went back to collect their treasure when they finished their maps.

Treasure maps

Treasure Hunt Maps

One of the houses had a visitor who told the actors that she was very blessed and that whoever thought of the outreach had heard from the Holy Spirit. She said it was a blessing not just for her grand kids but for her personally.  That’s what we like to hear.  If you want to watch the skits, and i hope you do – I have the links to each one in the titles above. Spoiler alert – one of them is set to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island Theme Song.

Noahs Ark

Noah and his Ark full of Beanie Babies

I took a poll from each house to see what the most popular costume was for this year.  And the answer is . . . Elsa from Disney’s Frozen.  One of my houses counted SEVEN.

three blury elsas

Three Elsa’s – I’m so sad that i didn’t realize how blurry they were at the time. I must have had low blood sugar from lack of candy.

Over 120 visitors went through the Halloween Treasure Hunt and were witnessed to, Praise God!  What a great way to present the gospel to families in your neighborhood.

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

Evangelism Video Saturday – Go

 

Mighty to Save, Pt. 3 – Calvary Temple Sterling VA Juvenile Detention Center Ministry

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

Last week I gave a good report about ten kids receiving their salvation in the Juvenile Detention Center after a guest speaker shared his powerful testimony.  Today in our final installment of Mighty to Save I’m going to share the details of that testimony with you.

praying man

His father abandoned his family of 10 when he was only five years old.   As a child, his life was ruled by anger and violence. Robbery, vandalism, and excessive fighting was a means to survive.

He began smoking, drinking, and getting high in elementary school.  To put that in perspective for you, that is roughly the ages of 5 to 11 years old.  Soon his life was controlled by drugs and alcohol. Like a garbage can junkie, he was always trying out whatever new drug hit the street.  To support his habit he began dealing marijuana.  His drug use escalated and soon he was both using and dealing everything from several kilos of marijuana to hundreds of hits of LSD, PCP, heroin, speed, pills, and a long list of others.

He found a new family when he joined a dangerous gang which encouraged a lifestyle of crime, violence, and immorality with women.

Many times over he should have died from drug overdose, alcohol poisoning, or fallout from very dangerous drug dealings.  He was hit by cars four times, was in various motorcycle accidents, and nearly drowned more than once yet his life was spared.

The tide started to turn when lifelong friends abandoned him.  He was double crossed by people he trusted in the drug world and burned during some routine deals.  He began to have a growing realization that world is cold and uncaring.  And accumulating wealth, power and women by this dangerous lifestyle left him feeling empty.

The Lord used these to break him and bring him to his knees.  By the grace of God he called upon the Lord for salvation.  He forsook his entire former life and all ties with the drug world.  Turning his back on the money and power that could be obtained by sinful pursuits, he radically separated himself from the world and began to seek God with all of his heart spending that time in prayer and reading the Bible from morning till night for many months.

The Lord called him to begin street evangelism and plant churches often to reach those who society had cast off.  Soon he began to preach the Gospel as a missionary.  Even reaching the remote areas of the interior of East Africa.

For over 35 years this one man has faithfully continued to reach out to those who need Jesus and many, many lives around the world have been touched.  His life is a testimony to the mercy of God.  There is no sin you can commit that God can’t forgive you.  There is no darkness you can hide in that the blood of Jesus is not powerful enough to cleanse you if you call on Him.

If God can do all this through one man with this past what can he do through you?

Other posts relating to this one are:

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