Pastor Wendt Gives Part 3 of Series About Addiction
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 11, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. DuWayne Downey talked about her work as activities director for the Laurelbrook Nursing Home. She mentioned that her department is trying to raise money for trips and activities for the nursing home residents. She also mentioned that giving time to help the residents is also helpful. The hour from 6:00-7:00 in the evening is important. These residents come to finish living in a good way.
Rodney Herra followed with the announcements. The visitors are invited to eat in the cafeteria for lunch. Next Sabbath is communion; let us prepare our hearts and lives for this service. He also read the nominating committee report for the 2nd and last time; the church voted to approve the report. The new officers will begin their duties this next week.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Matthew (sophomore) then called for the church offerings. Adiv (sophomore) and Jose Herrera then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to North American Division women’s ministries. The congregation sang the doxology, and Matthew prayed for the offering.
Luke Crawford told the children about Maranatha International. The organization has built over 900 buildings. Rodney Herra mentioned that Maranatha built the present boys’ dorm in the 1970s.
Pam Sutton read Matthew 6:9-13 “9 ¶ After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Pastor David Wendt continued discussing the topic “Understanding Addiction” [Part 3]. The congregation sang “I Must Tell Jesus”. Pastor Wendt had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
DuWayne Downey – activities director for the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Jose Herrera – Laurelbrook IT specialist
Luke Crawford – 2015 Laurelbrook graduate
Pam Sutton – wife of Rich Sutton, Laurelbrook’s president / administrative assistant to the president
Pastor David Wendt – pastor of the Laurelbrook and Pikeville Seventh-day Adventist churches
Rodney Herra – works with Laurelbrook’s auto body program / local head church elder
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Wendt:
- When you are trying to overcome addiction, you must move out of the situations that brought you your addiction.
- When we experience pain, we feel we must have happiness so we try to find something to produce that happiness. We should pray when the pain starts, not just later on.
- Satan attacks us with temptations in all four areas of life – social, spiritual, mental, and physical. Each area of life is similar to a castle.
- The first step in overcoming an addiction is rebuilding worship just as the Jews rebuilt the Temple even before they worried about the city’s walls.
- In the Tabernacle service, the outer court represented justification, the first apartment of the Tabernacle with candlesticks and showbread represented sanctification, and the second or inner apartment represented glorification.
- Just the Ark in the Most Holy Place, the law is the foundation of God’s government, but between that law and God’s government there is mercy.
- It is humanly impossible to keep the Law of God in your own strength. It is only through the Cross that any human can get his/her sins forgiven and eradicated from his/her life. When God looks at the forgiven Christian, He sees Jesus instead of the sinner who is now perfect in Christ.
- We must be in the light of heaven if we hope to have any growth in our Christian lives.
- Lots of Christians do not “walk on water” [keep their eyes on Christ]to further their Christian experience after they accept Christ and pledge to let Christ start a new life in them. They don’t want to let God take them out of their familiar life experiences and direct them daily in a new path.
- Mercy keeps us from getting what we really deserve, which is death.
- Then we have joy, which attracts others to Christ.
- Numbers 21:8-9 “8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”
- This venom is similar to that the rush that comes when we fall into addiction. Moses was told to direct the people to Christ.
- Ephesians 2:13-16 “13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 ¶ For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:”
- The blood of Jesus brings us from being excluded from God’s mercy to having access to the very throne of God.
- Through Jesus contact is restored with God.
- Luke 9:23-24 “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.”
- We are called to be like Christ in taking up our cross and die daily.
- Galatians 6:14 “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
- Note that the world becomes dead to you when you follow Christ. Are you dead to the world?
- Acts 2:37-39 “37 ¶ Now when they heard [this], they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men [and] brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
- If you repent, Jesus will forgive.
- Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
- When we accept Christ and are baptized, we are turned in a new direction and receive the direction of the Holy Spirit.
- Luke 4:1 “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,”
- Sometimes the Holy Spirit leads us into uncomfortable places for the sake of other people.
- Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
- Matthew 5:14-16 “14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
- 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 “6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
- In the Lord’s Prayer, it mentions that God’s Will must done in our lives as His will is done in heaven.
- Luke 8:16 “No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth [it] under a bed; but setteth [it] on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.”
- Earthen vessels were destroyed if it was messed up.
- Gideon’s men had a light in a vessel. The light was exposed when the vessel was broken – we must really die to self so we don’t hid the light.
- God’s Spirit will guide us into truth from the Bible.
- Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”
- If we are filled with the Spirit, we will have these fruits; we are keeping the Law.
- Matthew 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
- Nothing builds your faith more than prayer.
- Matthew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
- We need to pray for people to help us out.
- Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.”
- When we watch for emotions that come up, we will overcome.
- Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].”
- We need to believe God is going to answer prayers – and ask accordingly.
- The Word of God we need to read, we need to study it carefully, we need to memorize it possibly through song, we need to claim God’s Promises, and we need to share the insights from God’s Word.
- Philippines 3:20 “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:”
- We then think about heavenly subjects both with God and one another.
- Hebrews 8:1-10 “1 ¶ Now of the things which we have spoken [this is] the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. 3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore [it is] of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, [that] thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 6 ¶ But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7 For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”
- John 14:1-3 “1 ¶ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 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.”
- Luke 10:20 “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
- Do you see your name written in heaven? God has your name there even though He is still perfecting you on this earth.
- 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 “16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
- This means that Christ is our Elder Brother, and we are linked to him through God’s goodness.
- God is coming to save you.