Calvary Temple VA – April YA Meeting Recap

“Trusting the Lord”

On the first Saturday of each month, Pastor Jeff gathers the Calvary Temple Young Adult group to discuss the Word of God. This month’s topic was trusting the Lord. Pastor Jeff started the meeting with the question, Are you looking at the current trials that we are facing as good for you and your family to prepare for the coming of the Lord?

Pastor Jeff gave some reasons why we trust Jesus-

1. He is completely sovereign,
2. He is King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords
3. He always orders every aspect of our life

He continued to encourage the group with the challenge, We are not a people that turn back once we have put our hands to the plow. We have the armor of God. All true Christians during this day and age are going to be persecuted, hated and despised.

Pastor Jeff gave numerous scriptures throughout the meeting that will be an encouragement to you –

who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭4‬ ESV)

For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭10-11‬ ESV)

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭10‬ ESV)

For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, (‭Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭30-32‬ ESV)

I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; (‭Job‬ ‭42‬:‭5‬ ESV)

Pastor Jeff made some final encouragements to the group, It’s is sin to be anxious about the future. Think of things that are lovely and of a good report. Are you allowing the Lord to work a greater relationship and dependence on Him through times of suffering?

We need to struggle and be persecuted to endure and make it to the end.

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. (‭Revelation‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ ESV)

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. (‭Psalm‬ ‭16‬:‭8‬ ESV)

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? (‭Psalm‬ ‭56‬:‭3-4‬ ESV)

Final thoughts for you as we close, We must choose to trust God in every circumstance. We must make the choice to trust the Lord. Do you trust the Lord in every area of your life?

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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Calvary Temple Young Adults February Meeting

In this month’s Calvary Temple Young Adults meeting, Pastor Jeff taught on the subjects of Love, Joy, Peace, Gratitude. He touched on each topic during the meeting and encouraged the group based off Pastor Scott’s recent teachings on the fruit of the Spirit.

Here are some of the highlights and scriptures from the meeting. I hope that it blesses you, as it did for me.

To start the meeting, Pastor Jeff asked, “How many people do you end up touching in your life when you are focused on loving others.”

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭1-2‬)

Some of the specific challenges that he gave during the meeting were:
If we are going to properly love one another we must come to grips with our own sinfulness and the power of the gospel.

Do you live with the fear that something from your past is going to come back and haunt you? The enemy wants to hold you in guilt and anxiety.

One of the most impactful points that He made, concerning loving others was:
Our power to love others comes only through the Holy Spirit. We don’t have the ability to love others in ourselves.

One of the questions that Pastor Jeff posed to the group, that is so important for us to constantly remember is:
Do you let the Lord rule your day, your decisions and your schedule?

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭5‬ ESV)

Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭14‬ ESV)

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

January Young Adult Meeting Recap

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This month, Pastor Jeff encouraged the Calvary Temple Young Adult group to be sent of the Lord. As a Christian, often times we ask ourselves, what is my calling? What am I supposed to do for God? The answer often can be as simple as, be obedient to whatever God has told you to do through his Word and through those over you, and he will continue to reveal Himself to you. Take a look at some of the key points and scriptures from the meeting:

Am I so bold that all those around me hate me because of the gospel of Jesus?

And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” (‭Judges‬ ‭6‬:‭14‬ ESV)

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, (‭Titus‬ ‭2‬:‭11-13‬ ESV)

Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (‭Titus‬ ‭2‬:‭14‬ ESV)

Pastor Jeff asked the group, what good works are you being zealous for? Here are some of the responses:

  • Encourage those around you
  • Share the gospel and use ministry opportunities to the fullest
  • Share the gospel and being bold in the workplace
  • Obedience to the voice of the Spirit
  • Seek first the Kingdom, keep the eternal perspective in the forefront of your mind.

What about you? What are you striving toward in the Kingdom?

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭17-18‬ ESV)

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭4‬:‭12-13‬ ESV)

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭18‬ ESV)

Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! [Ps. 37:4.] (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭4‬ AMP)

You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (‭James‬ ‭5‬:‭8‬ ESV)

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭44-46‬ ESV)

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (‭Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭39‬ ESV)

Pastor Jeff’s final encouragement to the group was to study God’s Word about the return of the Lord, the Rapture and the Second Coming.

If you have an eternal mindset, and are continually aware the the coming of the Lord could be at any time, you will go in boldness and share the gospel to the lost. I hope this encourages you to set out for the Kingdom.

Know God, and Preach the Word

Know God, and Preach the Word

This month in the first Saturday Calvary Temple Young Adults meeting, Pastor Jeff challenged us from the passage in Mark 3 which reads, “And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach” (‭Mark‬ ‭3‬:‭13-14‬ ESV)

Pastor Jeff stressed the fact that for us to be sent out to preach, and to go in power, we must be with Him first. He continued with other challenges, “How faithful are you in your calling to be with The Lord and go forth and preach?” The importance of preaching God’s Word to this dying world comes into context in Revelation:

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. (‭Revelation‬ ‭20‬:‭11-12‬ ESV)

One day, we are going to stand before the Great and Mighty Judge, and sinners will be judged. Does that sober you? Pastor Jeff asked us how we are going to be humble and overcome the world’s draw on us and go forth. He said, “Our only hope to break the idealism and philosophy of the world is to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.”

We were then given a list of the attributes of Jesus that will allow us to walk as He walked:
Those Attributes of Jesus that we will experience if we are walking as He walked:

  • full of power
  • full of the Holy Ghost
  • the servant of All
  • walked in absolute surrender to the Will of his Father

Do these attributes describe your life? Or do you have some work to do to be more like Him?

One of the main aspects from the teaching was that, the first step of being filled with the Holy Spirit is knowing your Father intimately.

Pastor Jeff then challenged us with a quote from a missionary he was reading about who said, “Are you doing everything you can do with everything that you have to make sure that people know Jesus?” What a great and humbling challenge. If we are really honest with our hearts, are we truly doing everything? Ask yourself that question today.

Pastor Jeff then finished the teaching with some great challenges and reminders:

  • To see the Spirit move and to see revival we must be intercessors
  • Are your thoughts and mind consumed with sharing the gospel?
  • Are we fasting the things that we enjoy in this temporal life to be able to get away and hear from God?

The final challenge I will leave you with for this month is this verse from Isaiah:
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭62‬:‭6-7‬ ESV)

Are you a watchman today? Know God, and Preach the Word.

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Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

On the first Saturday of every month, the Calvary Temple Young Adults gather together for a Bible teaching.

This week, Pastor Jon Miller taught about the importance of being filled with the Spirit of God to be ambassadors for Christ. He started the teaching with reminding us that we are the children of God, we are the heirs and joint heirs with Christ Jesus.

We turned to John chapter 4 to look at the verse where Jesus told his disciples, But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” (John 4:32 ESV) Through this passage, Pastor Jon encouraged us with the principle, Without God you will not have love for souls.

Pastor Jon gave a list of three things that God gave to this earth to get his gospel into the hearts of unbelievers –

God so loved the world that he gave:

1. Gave his only son (John 3:16)

2. God gave the church, the extension of God’s power in this world (Luke 24:47-49)

3. God gave His Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5, 8/ Acts 2:17)

Pastor Jon stressed through the teaching that we need the power of the Holy Spirit to affect lost souls. We cannot have religion and programs without the Holy Spirit and expect to impact our community for Christ.

Pastor Jon continued with the point that we as the church of Jesus Christ are the physical representation of Jesus on this earth. The challenge to you, today is: are you representing Jesus in your daily living?

This starts with being filled with the Holy Spirit and taking the message of the gospel into a lost and dying world. If you don’t have that power today, God promised that he would pour out his Spirit on all men. There is a fountain available for you to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Calvary Temple Young Adult Meeting, April 2014 – “Wait on God”

On the first Saturday of each month, the Young Adult group at Calvary Temple gets together for a Bible study and small groups.

Typically Pastor Jeff Heglund teaches the meeting and shares what the Lord is doing in his life personally as well as how to practically apply the recent teachings from Pastor Scott in our lives.

This month, Pastor Jeff taught about how the Lord is really teaching him to Wait on Him. He opened the meeting with a passage from Isaiah, but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 ESV)

If we wait on him, he will answer our prayers in His timing. Often times, the hardest part about serving God is waiting on his promises to us through the Word of God because we want everything in our timing.

One of the main points from the meeting was: Trusting God involves faith. “Faith comes by having an audience with God and waiting for him.” Spending time with Father will give us, his children, the ability to rely on him and have confidence that he will answer us if we wait on Him.

Pastor Jeff concluding the meeting with a powerful scripture and quote: Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:18 ESV) Finally, Pastor Jeff encouraged the group with the quote: “Wait on God and let him infuse your heart and life with his goodness and life.”

The April meeting was a great reminder for all of us to let God do the work in our lives and trust Him through the process.