Adiv (9th grader) Speaks About God's Love
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on February 21, 2015 began with an introit by Polina and JD (9th graders) on the piano, followed by the announcements by Bob Gustafson.
The congregation had silent prayer as an invocation. The congregation then sang “At the Cross”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Matthew (9th grader) announced the offering, which was for the local church budget. Paul Frechette and Jonathan Moore then collected the morning offerings. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Isaac O (sophomore) told the children present a story. Isaac S (sophomore) and Jose (junior) sang a vocal duet, accompanied by Jose on the guitar for special music. Matthew (9th grader) read Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
Adiv (9th grader) then discussed the topic “God’s Love Does Not Rely on Us”. The congregation sang “It Is Well”. Adiv had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator / local church elder
Jonathan Moore – task force worker
Paul Frechette – retired Laurelbrook business manager / local head deacon
Following are some notes on the sermon by Adiv:
- Hosea 4:1-6 “1 ¶ Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. 2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. 3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. 4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people [are] as they that strive with the priest. 5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother. 6 ¶ My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
- Hosea married a prostitute and eventually found his wife taking up with another man. Israel as a people in his day was a godless people.
- God loves eternally so what we do doesn’t change Him.
- 2 Corinthians 4:9 “Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”
- People in their last years often worry about whether they lived their lives properly or not.At a funeral, you have to accept the fact that you may die any day – would life matter?
- Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.”
- Sometimes we feel that there is no one to protect us from life’s problems, but this is the time we really need God.We are fooling ourselves if we start to believe at this point that there is no God or any divine being to judge us.
- Many times we live our lives with the idea that if we really need forgiveness our sins will be forgiven.
- Hosea 11:1-11 “1 ¶ When Israel [was] a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. 2 [As] they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images. 3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them. 4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them. 5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return. 6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour [them], because of their own counsels. 7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt [him]. 8 ¶ How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? [how] shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? [how] shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together. 9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I [am] God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city. 10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west. 11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the LORD.”
- In Israel’s past, God had shown them love and anger. In fact, He still loved Israel. God hates sin but not the people doing the sin.
- Many times we treat God like children beating up on parents, but God forgives us and treats us like family members despite our actions.
- The Godhead loves us so much that the Son came down to die for us because He felt we deserved forgiveness.
- Samson yielded to his girlfriend until he was spiritually and physically weak.God could have deserted him but didn’t. Samson had spent most of his life running away from God, but God still forgave him and gave him the strength to do his final deed.
- God’s anger doesn’t last for eternity but for a moment.
- Psalm 78:38-39 “38 But he, [being] full of compassion, forgave [their] iniquity, and destroyed [them] not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. 39 For he remembered that they [were but] flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.”
- Psalm 78:40-41 “40 ¶ How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, [and] grieve him in the desert! 41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”
- God grieved because of what Sodom and Gomorrah had done.
- God offers to help us beat off the devil and his angels and their temptations. We don’t have to do the job ourselves.
- The three members of the Godhead were in existence before time began.Their love is greater than any love humans have.
- Jesus and the other members of the Godhead were the most powerful beings in the world, owning everything in this world.Jesus didn’t live as a most powerful person but as a loving, caring person who was willing to die for sinners on this planet.
- God has already accepted you for entrance to heaven and is waiting for your response.God doesn’t desire for us to live a life without love for Him.
- God says that He is eternal and wants us to follow Him.He is richer beyond your dreams; His love goes way back beyond your birth.
- Jesus knew when He was going to die – and didn’t stop it.
- If we die for eternity, it will be a horrible fate.
- 1 Corinthians 13:11-13 “11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.”
- God wants to be in the middle of our lives without separating Himself from the everyday duties of our lives.
- God should be the person you respect the most, the closest to each one of us.
- We don’t always understand how powerful the love of God can be. Our love can be deeper than any other love.
- God sometimes follows us closely so that Satan and his angels won’t be able to hurt us.