Rich Sutton Discusses the Recipe for Becoming a Christian
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 2, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano. Rodney Herra had the announcements.
Michelle and Bob Gustafson told about the Michigan trip for the personal ministries period.
- Some windows were opened to provide fresh air because of the smell produced by raccoons that have invaded the building and done a lot of damage. On May 17 we will start on repairs to the building – please, all men, at 8:30 in the morning on that date.
- Michelle Gustafson wants all staff and students going on the Michigan trip to meet at 7:30 in the auditorium.
Elizabeth Castle then mentioned that there had been a good response for helpers in the nursing home. The world needs a revelation of the Savior’s love through His followers, according to Ellen White.
- The group will be going to the main Michigan camp with housing and food for the week if the group helps prepare the camp for the summer. The only expense will be travelling expenses to and from the camp.
- Camp Au Sable is on 800 acres, open year-round for dozens of retreats. In the summer, they have a blind camp. Michelle donated her horse to the camp for these blind people to ride.
- The group will be working on three roofs that need attention, repair a board walk, clean up one of the lodges after construction and repair work, clean up an observatory building, and clean up the other lodges for summer campers.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Give Me Jesus”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Eric (junior) called for the offerings. Jose Herrera and Adiv (9th grader) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Eric (junior) prayed for the offering.
Juanita Smith told the congregation present a story. A poor boy lived in a country ruled by a king. Every morning he had to walk to the market to get a little bit of food. He usually paused at the palace gate and looked inside and longed for what he saw. One day he walked in the open gate and stood with a group of boys. The king came out, gave each boy a seed to plant, and said to come back in three months with the growing plant; the best plant would mean that boy would be trained as king. Nothing happened for the three months after the poor boy planted the seed. His mother encouraged him to go see the king anyway. Holding pots full of luxuriant plants, the other boys laughed at his empty pot as did the king. But then the king said that this little boy would be trained to be king because he was honest (the seeds couldn’t grow as they had intentionally been oiled and baked).
Eric then read 2 Peter 1:5-7 “5 ¶ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”
Rich Sutton discussed the topic “Recipe to Become a Christian” and had praise time with the congregation. The congregation sang “I Would Be Like Jesus”. Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, who works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Bob Gustafson – men’s work coordinator / in charge of campus repairs and maintenance
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Jose Herrera – teaches various academy classes / Laurelbrook IT specialist
Juanita Smith – academy registrar
Michelle Gustafson – works with the vocational training program as coordinator
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Rodney Herra – local head elder / works with Laurelbrook’s auto body program
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton:
- John 14-17 – last words of Jesus to His disciples just before He died
- 2 Timothy 1:1-4 “1 ¶ I charge [thee] therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
- 2 Timothy 1:5-8 “5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 6 ¶ Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;”
- The Israelites turned away from God when all the elders who knew God died.
- James and Ellen White went to Iowa to find ministers who had left the ministry.
- Paul and Peter died in Rome about the same time.
- This is a recipe for salvation. 2 Peter 1:5-7 “5 ¶ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity [love].”
- 2 Peter 1:10 “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”
- What students are here for is to know Jesus Christ. This leads to self-control, keeping up despite obstacles, godliness, kindness, and love.
- Jesus came to this earth for each one of us.
- At the Cross, one thief was railing on Jesus, and the other thief asked Jesus to remember him in His Kingdom. All the disciples didn’t get this idea at this time, but the thief did.
- Ellen White had a dream showing true Christians getting less and less of this world as they progressed towards heaven.
- Receipt for true success as a Christian – climb up the ladder Peter outlined with the help and guidance of Christ.