Seniors Honor Parents and Others, Talk About Missions
Sabbath School during the 2015 Graduation Weekend started at 9:15 started with a song service led by members of the junior class (Class of 2016) accompanied on the piano by Caleb (senior) and on the violin by Cheyna Ashe, one of the girls’ deans. The opening song was “Seeking the Lost”.
Becky (senior) had prayer and read Luke 15:3-7 “3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found [it], he layeth [it] on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together [his] friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” Sarah (senior) welcomed everyone.
Caleb and Becky (seniors) discussed the mission trip to Belize. The group built a metal building with Styrofoam insulation. Becky remembered that working with happy children was rewarding. Another group stayed back in the camp doing laundry and making the meals. The diet was varied – beans and rice and perhaps some tomato sandwiches. The last part of the trip was a visit to a tropical lagoon. It was a good opportunity to be together working on a worthwhile project.
Luke (senior) then discussed the Mexican trip (Christmas 2014). The group built four churches and put a roof on a fifth church and had VBS programs. The group took bucket showers and lacked the usual amenities but thoroughly enjoyed the 61-hour (one-way) trip.
Sarah (senior) then announced the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Inna, Jessica, Stephany (juniors) and Luke (senior). Cheyna Ashe then played a violin solo accompanied by Caleb for special music. The seniors then paid tribute to Rich and Pam Sutton (Laurelbrook president and wife), the staff members for the past four years, Dottie Jones (Laurelbrook Academy principal), Ron and Sharon Oxentenko (cited for six years of service to Laurelbrook), and Maudie Westfall (helped with senior class trip and organizing the graduation weekend).
Todd Brown, Caleb’s father, had the closing remarks. The lesson study was conducted by Ron and Sharon Oxentenko, Becky’s parents.
Following are notes from Todd Brown’s talk:
Following are notes from Ron and Sharon Oxentenko's lesson study:
- Luke 15:3-7 “3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found [it], he layeth [it] on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together [his] friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”
- Our teachers and staff here are working in a special mission field of its own.
- Every person who calls himself/herself a Christian should be considered a missionary so he/she can experience the joy of heaven because of those he/she has helped to find Christ.
- They had the students and those under 20 go and sit with the older people to be the mouthpiece for the older people.
- Jesus came and explained what Christianity was all about.
- Matthew 22:35-37 “35 Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” The most thing is to love God and to love your neighbor.
- Luke 6:27-28 “27 ¶ But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” Love your enemies.
- Matthew 6:31-34 “31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.” We shouldn’t worry about our temporal necessities of life.
- Luke 9:23-27 “23 And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and [in his] Father’s, and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.” We should take up our cross daily and follow Him.
- Matthew 7:7-8 “7 ¶ Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Keep seeking.
- Matthew 7:1-5 “1 ¶ Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam [is] in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Don’t judge in a way you wouldn’t want to be judged.
- John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.” Jesus is coming again soon.
- Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Repent because heaven is near at hand.
- John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” We are only saved through Jesus.
- Matthew 25:13 “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” We should be ready at all times for Christ’s coming.
- Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” The way they treat others they should want to be treated themselves – Gandhi felt this was the essence of his movement even though Christians don’t often follow this.
- Matthew 5:9 “Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Christians should bring peace.
- Matthew 26:26-29 “26 ¶ And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed [it], and brake [it], and gave [it] to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave [it] to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” All of us need to “eat” from the Bible each day.
- God’s love is essentially the Golden Rule. As a teen, how do you put this into practice?
- Luke 10:25-26 “25 ¶ And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?”
- Three methods - the lawyer is giving the teacher a test. Jesus turned the question right back to the lawyer. You have to understand the Bible.
- Luke 10:27 “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” Teaching method – memorization test.
- Luke 10:28 “And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.” Teaching method – confirmation.
- Luke 10:29 “But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?” Teaching method – missions.
- Luke 10:30 “And Jesus answering said, A certain [man] went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded [him], and departed, leaving [him] half dead.” Teaching method – telling stories, putting the lawyer in a situation he can relate to, relates to everyday experiences, giving an opportunity to help others.
- At the end of the story, Jesus tries to get the lawyer to think things through and to give Him feedback.
- Luke 10:31-33 “31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked [on him], and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion [on him],” Teaching methods – giving examples, giving suggestions as to answers, thinking outside the box (showing that people than religious people can have compassion), touching their feelings, highlighting failures (of religious leaders), thinking for yourself, going to Christ for confirmation.
- Jesus is the Master Teacher, using many different types of methods to reach people.