Rodney Herra Talks About Which Person You Are
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on March 19, 2016 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Lord, I’m Coming Home”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Dave (ESL student) then called for the offering, which was for the local church budget. Scott Sterling and Isai (senior) then collected the morning offerings. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Scott Sterling then told the children a story. Arlin (junior) read Luke 15:1-2 “1 ¶ Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” Paige Sansonetti and Susan Athearn then had special music, singing “How Sweet Are the Tidings”.
Rodney Herra then discussed the topic “Which One Are YOU?” The congregation sang “The Savior Is Waiting”. Rodney Herra had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook farm manager, vice-president
Paige Sansonetti – works in the Laurelbrook business office / manages the school web site and its Facebook accounts
Rodney Herra – men’s work coordinator / local head elder / heads up the auto-body program
Scott Sterling – local church deacon / campus IT person
Susan Athearn – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home business office / mother of Paige Sansonetti
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rodney Herra:
Take time in God’s Word so we can know God and rest peacefully in His grace.
- Luke 15:4-10 “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. 8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find [it]? 9 And when she hath found [it], she calleth [her] friends and [her] neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
- Luke 15:11-32 “11 ¶ And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to [his] father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth [to me]. And he divided unto them [his] living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put [it] on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on [his] feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill [it]; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 And he answering said to [his] father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”
- Luke 15:3 says that Jesus spoke one parable with three parts. The lost sheep portion has one shepherd with 99 sheep safe in the fold – and one sheep that is lost. The lost coin portion has one woman and ten pieces of silver with one piece of silver lost plus friends and neighbors. The lost son portion has one father, the younger son, the older son, the citizen of a far country, and servants. Notice that in each section a person is longing.
- In the lost sheep portion, the shepherd represents Jesus, the 99 sheep faithful commandment keeper, and the lost sheep was has wandered away. The friends and neighbors represent the unfallen worlds that have never wandered from the Lord. The major concern is that one lost sheep.
- In the lost coin portion, the woman represents God’s church. The lost coin represents one person in the world. The friends and neighbors represent the angels and the unfallen worlds.
- Luke 15:10 “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” All heaven rejoices when a person is converted to Christ.
- The coin had no idea it was lost and needed someone to show it to salvation.
- In the lost son portion, the father represents God. The younger son represents those who choose to leave God’s people for the world. The elder son represents those in the church who don’t really connect with the church but are in it.
- The younger son finds his way back, but the elder son had never experienced the love of God.
- Which are you – the lost sheep or the 99 sheep in the fold, the nine pieces of silver who are aware of heaven and Satan’s world or the coin who has no idea of God, or the lost son who wasted all your life and possibilities on worldly things or the elder son who attends all church meetings but doesn’t know God personally?
- The elder son was doing all the right things for the wrong reasons and will continue this way until he really meets Jesus.
- The nine pieces of silver don’t know they are waiting for an invitation to come to God. The 99 coins rest peacefully in Jesus and don’t need to rejoice.
- If you are the lost sheep, God wants to bring you back to the fold. A lost sheep is found by its cry.
- If you are the lost coin, pray for God’s church’s embrace.
- If you are the nine pieces of silver or the elder son, pray that God will draw you closer to Him.
- Are you hoarding or sharing God’s love? What are we doing to help people in our church see the hope and love of God?
- The lost son chose to leave due to allurements around him.
- We must keep on fire for Jesus every day.