Rich Sutton Discusses Dowries
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 23, 2015 began with an introit by Caleb (senior) on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. Bob Gustafson followed with the announcements. The May birthday party has been rescheduled for Sunday evening. Everyone is invited for a fellowship lunch in the cafeteria after services.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Onward, Christian Soldiers”. The congregation requested prayer for Becky Herra, who is getting married tomorrow, and David Smith, who just had open heart surgery. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Paul Frechette and Eric (junior) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local conference advance. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Bob Gustafson told the children a story from his boyhood. One day his little brother took his bike five miles into town without telling anyone. His father came home to search for him. His brother finally wound up about three miles away, playing in a lady’s back yard. His brother was brought home and sent to bed without a spanking. The fun was really that much fun when everything was said and done. We need to ask God before we do things so we are in line with our Heavenly Father.
Lorealle (junior) and JD (9th grader) sang a vocal duet for special music, accompanied on the piano by the assistant girls’ dean. Bob Gustafson then read Romans 8:31-32 “31 ¶ What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
Rich Sutton discussed the topic “The Dowry”. The congregation sang “Draw Me Nearer”. Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator and a Laurelbrook vice-president / local church elder
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton:
- Genesis 29:15-18 “15 ¶ And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou [art] my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what [shall] thy wages [be]? 16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder [was] Leah, and the name of the younger [was] Rachel. 17 Leah [was] tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured. 18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.”
- Jacob had to work for his bride for seven years. Rich’s son Jeff had to provide $3000 and know three trades before he could marry his bride-to-be.
- Jacob probably had no thoughts of divorce because he had to wait seven years for his bride. Perhaps people need to wait to make sure a marriage will work out because the wait reveals character.
- If the average income were $40,000 a year, then Jacob was paying $280,000 for his bride.
- The dowry went to the father-in-law and then to the bride.But Laban kept the dowry.
- How much are you worth to Jesus? Each of us is priceless; Jesus gave His life for each of us.
- Rich reckons money by how many cars he has to deal with.
- Jesus gave His life – what a dowry! Each of us gets our worth from what Jesus has done for us.
- Romans 8:31-39 “31 ¶ What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. 34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- One young man gave ten cows, not two, for his bride so she would know her worth.
- Graduates have an opportunity to get married and tell the world of Jesus’ love. Every place you go churches can be raised up and people baptized.
- The Apostle Paul went for three years to Arabia to unlearn what he had learned before.
- Laban chose to use the dowry for himself and separated himself from God and his family.