Clayton Brandt Discusses Jesus' Birth
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on December 26, 2015 began with an introit by Jacqueline Miller on the piano.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”. Clayton Brandt then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Jairit (junior) then called for the offering, which was for local conference programs. Jose Herrera then collected the morning offerings. The congregation sang the doxology, and Jairit prayed for the offering.
Jairit then told the children a story about a trip she took one time with her father. All of a sudden, the car stopped; the nearest gas station was ten miles away. They prayed about the situation and waited prayed all the more. Then a truck appeared. The driver said he was going to their destination so they travelled to their destination with him. For any situation, God can answer your prayers.
The congregation then sang “The First Noel” for special music. Jairit then read Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Clayton Brandt discussed the topic “Unto Us a Child”. The congregation sang “The Old Rugged Cross”. Clayton Brandt had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Clayton Brandt – local church elder / works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Jose Herrera – Laurelbrook’s IT person
Following are some notes on the sermon by Clayton Brandt:
- Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
- A key word is “given”. 2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks [be] unto God for his unspeakable gift.”
- The God of heaven, the One who created us, was given to us as a gift. Hebrews 2:11 “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.”
- Christ loved us so much that He is willing to be classed as a human being. He came as a nobody instead of a king and through a painful process became a human being.
- According to Ellen White, Jesus risked all because He could have sinned. “Christ and the church would have been without hope.” And he would have done it all for one person. What love!
- God the Father suffered with Jesus. Mark 14:36 “And he said, Abba, Father, all things [are] possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”
- Christ was feeling the weight of all the sins ever committed on this earth; He had taken all sin on Himself. He knows God can do anything, but then He commits His life to the salvation of man even though Christ might never be one with God the Father again.
- Romans 8:32 “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?”
- Ellen White, Maranatha, p. 148 says that very few appreciate the precious privilege of prayer. Whatever bothers us we should take to the Lord in prayer! God looks at the results of an action and then suits his response to our prayers to the results He feels needs to happen.
- Ellen White also says that Jesus, our Elder Brother, will supply our needs and solve our problems. The weaker you know yourself to be, the greater will be the strength supplied by Jesus.
- John 6:37 “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
- Ellen White also says that because of this one promise each of us is as safe as though each is inside the City of God.
- Jesus can be very precious to us if we turned to Him in every emergency and in every need.
- If we do this, we are safe.