John Hawkins Discusses Requirements For Heaven
The 2015 Alumni Weekend continued with a church service on Sabbath morning. Rich Sutton (Laurelbrook president) and Phillip Walton (Class of 1981 and alumni president). Rick Carr, Laurelbrook fire chief, invites current and former firefighters to meet at the fire station for a reunion at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. This evening there will be a fundraiser and fellowship to raise money for various projects. Tomorrow there will be an alumni breakfast and business meeting. 3ABN will send DVDs titled “Hallelujah, Home At Least” to Laurelbrook and will allow Laurelbrook to sell and distribute these.
Bonnie Cruz (Class of 1973) played a piano solo for the prelude and also an introit. The congregation sang “The Lord Is In His Holy Temple” while the ministers entered. John Hawkins (Class of 1995) had the invocation. The congregation then sang “Be Thou My Vision”, a student favorite through the years.
Phillip Walton had the main prayer, praying for the prayer requests detailing the concerns in people’s hearts after reading some of the requests. Several of the requests were for families. The congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”.
Darwin Whitman, Jr. (Class of 1980) told the children a story about losing his passport in Korea and the troubles he then had in coming home. Jesus is our Passport to heaven; we need to get this passport now.
The Laurelbrook Bell Choir directed by Sarah (Class of 2015) had special music. Darwin Whitman, Jr. then called for the offering, which was for the Laurelbrook Alumni Association. Neuza Gadea Chiong and Patricia Gadea Diener then sang “Because He Lives” for special music during the offering time. The congregation then sang the doxology. Darwin Whitman, Jr. then prayed for the offering.
Jacqueline (Class of 2015) then read 2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
John Hawkins then brought the message of the morning. The congregation then sang “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”. The Alumni Choir under the direction of Charles Sarr then sang “Joy in the Morning”, a traditional event for alumni homecomings for many years. John Hawkins then had the benediction.
Following are some notes on John Hawkins’ sermon:
- It is important that we tell stories of how God leads us in our lives.
- Jesus is coming very soon. If we remember our heritage, this is good news.
- There will be two types of people at the end of time.
- Revelation 6:15-17 “15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
- These are the people who don’t want Jesus to come.
- Revelation 14:4-5 “4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, [being] the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.”
- These people are able to stand faultless before God. How can we ever get there?
- Matthew 25:34-40 “34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed [thee]? or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took [thee] in? or naked, and clothed [thee]? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.”
- Our relationship to each other is important because that relationship determines whether we inherit a place in Christ’s kingdom or not.
- God will give us chances to witness to others.
- Ghandi – you must be the change you want to have in this world.
- Ellen White in Last Day Events says that Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When Jesus’ character is reproduced in His people, He will come to claim His own.
- How much does Jesus love us?He loves us so much that He is willing to wait for us.
- God loves us so much that if it takes killing us to save us He will do it.
- John 14:10 “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”
- Jesus has all power and is our Example.He set His power aside and asked for help to teach us to ask for help from God.
- Then when we live in this world, the world sees Jesus, not us.
- Galatians 5:22-23 “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
- This world is rife with the complete opposite of these virtues.We have the hope to give to those who have to no hope in this world headed for destruction.
- If Jesus is inside us, we don’t have to worry about the Law; Jesus puts this Law in us.
- Everywhere we go, people need a smile, an act of kindness, and love. Jesus sets up these opportunities.
- The Law teaches us but cannot save us.Only Jesus can do this; we are no longer under the Law because we are keeping the Law by His grace.This is my joy.