Academy Seniors Talk About Delaying Salvation
Sabbath services on March 24, 2016 began with a song service led by Mari (9th grader) and Chelsea (sophomore), accompanied on the piano by Lorealle (senior). The opening song was “Amazing Grace”, accompanied by Samantha (elementary school). Elliott (senior) welcomed everyone and had prayer.
Arlin (junior) read Revelation 22:7 “Behold, I come quickly: blessed [is] he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”
TJ (9th grader) read a mission story from Uruguay about Francisco, who lost his wife and fought cancer. He then learned about Adventist beliefs from one of the Adventist radio programs. He now shares the Bible with others at the local hospital. TJ then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Mari (9th grader) and Jonathan (9th grader).
Lorealle (senior) then mentioned that this weekend was a special one (Easter) and pointed out that the congregation should think if each of them were Judas or Peter. She then sang a vocal solo, accompanying herself on the piano, for special music.
Lorealle, Sheryl, and Inna (seniors) had the superintendent’s remarks on “Procrastination”. Ginny Arce read an Ellen White quotation on salvation. Lorealle (senior) then had closing prayer. The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clayton Brandt in the church sanctuary and one taught by Bob Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Lorealle and Inna:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- Getting salvation is not something anyone should procrastinate about.
- We do things every day that affect our salvation – morning devotions (or lack of), for example.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 “1 ¶ But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 ¶ Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 ¶ Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
- We don’t know when Jesus will come or when our last moments will be. Salvation now should be a priority.
- Ellen White says that half-hearted service does not result in salvation. Satan works to interest such people in worldly attractions and attainments to cover up the fact that these people are not right with God.
- Working for God in our own way does not assist either God’s work or our own spiritual lives.
- Are we serving ourselves or God in the way we work and live?
Bob Gustafson – local church elder / Laurelbrook vice-president / farm manager
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / local church elder
Ginny Arce – academy girls’ dean
Michelle Gustafson – assistant farm manager