Sabbath School program centers on families
Sabbath services on April 16, 2016 began with a song service led by Lorealle (senior), Nicole (9th grader), Stephanie (senior), and Jessica (senior), accompanied on the piano by Jairit (junior). The opening song was “Rescue the Pershing”. Jessica (senior) had prayer.
Jairit (junior) had prayer and read Exodus 10:8-9 “8 And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: and he said unto them, Go, serve the LORD your God: [but] who [are] they that shall go? 9 And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we [must hold] a feast unto the LORD.”
Jairit (junior) then introduced a mission video about Brazil (a Mission Spotlight). It explained the status of the work in that country. Nicole (9th grader) then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Isai (senior) and the assistant boys’ dean. Dave (senior) and Arlin (junior) then had special music.
Rich Sutton had the superintendent’s remarks on “Family Mission”. He then had closing prayer. The congregation then became a Sabbath School class taught by Clifton Brandt in the church sanctuary.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Rich Sutton:
Following are notes from the Sabbath School lesson by Clifton Brandt:
- David Gates’ father put up his family to get the cash to purchase a T.V. station. This is what a missionary family is all about.
- Acts 16:1-10 “1 ¶ Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father [was] a Greek: 2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. 5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily. 6 ¶ Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. 8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.”
- Timothy was not a Jew so he was circumcised at 17 or 18, but he went with Paul to be trained as a missionary.
- How do you make missionaries? Go on mission trips. Get in touch with those who have been missionaries. Read mission stories to children and others.
Note: the program had to be changed at the last minute because many of the students and at least four of the adults who were supposed to be involved in the program were either sick or tending to those who were sick.
- Two attitudes towards worship from the story of Pharisee and the publican – one felt he was equal with God; the other felt he was dependent on God.
- Matthew 5:17-20 “17 ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
- The Pharisees trumpeted their offerings so everyone could see their good deeds, but Jesus healed people because he genuinely loved them.
- God can’t give us what we really don’t feel our need for.
- Loving Jesus with all your heart, being merciful, and claiming His mercy is a summary of what Jesus wants us to do.
- All of us are broken spiritual failures who can be made whole by Christ’s mercy and sacrifice.
- Matthew 5:3-4 “3 ¶ Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
- They who mourn recognize their need of Jesus and also those who are sorrowful for lost loved ones.
- The Sermon on the Mount has the acuminated treasures of God.
- At the ASI convention last weekend, it was stated that nine out of ten projects fail. If something fails, don’t give up. Christians cannot afford to give up.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Clifton Brandt – local head deacon and local church elder / works with Laurelbrook’s boiler, water, and sewer systems
Hillis Jeffries III – academy boys’ dean
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president