Rich Sutton Discusses "Faith in Victory"
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on June 4, 2016 began with an introit by Samantha (9th grader). Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries period, followed by announcements by Rodney Herra. Elizabeth Castle mentioned that there were Glow tracts available for witnessing and that Bible studies were going on, but the devil is sure to resist. Lorealle Moore (2016 graduate) and others are planning to go canvassing in a few days. Rodney Herra mentioned he found some money behind the old girls’ dorm. Those students who want to take part in the nursing home ministry need to let Michelle Gustafson know.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Faith Is the Victory”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Jordan (junior) then called for the offering, which was for local church budget. Bubba Herra and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering.
Elizabeth Castle told the children a story about one family who moved west by covered wagon. A son travelled further, found a good piece of land, and built a little shack just big enough for himself. Eventually a city was built around his property, and people wanted him to move away, offering the equivalent of a million dollars today. The man signed the contract, fixed up the house, and got the money. Then he was told that a mansion would be built there. Sometimes we think we need to fix up our lives before coming to Christ, but that is not the case. Jesus wants to give us something better free if we accept Him.
Mr. Theo read Hebrews 10:35-39 “35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
Rich Sutton discussed the topic “Faith Is the Victory”. The congregation sang “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bubba Herra – son of Rodney Herra living and working in the Cleveland area with his wife Carolyn
Daryll Ellis – local church deacon / works for nearby Majestic Stone Company
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Rodney Herra – local head elder / Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator / works with the institution’s auto body program
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton:
11. Can we build a house for missionaries temporarily coming back to this country in spite of all the needs Laurelbrook has?
- What will the new school year bring for us?
- We have faith that the new year will bring us the things God feels we need.
- Faith is not faith unless it is acted upon. God gives us the wherewith to accomplish what He wants us to do.
- Hebrews 11:13-16 “13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”
- Abraham lived his entire life in a tent, believing that God had a special place for him in heaven. He – and we – are only pilgrims and strangers on earth.
- Do you believe God has a city for us?
- 2 Kings 4:8-11 “8 ¶ And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where [was] a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And [so] it was, [that] as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this [is] an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. 11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.”
- This lady makes sure Elisha has a place to stay to break his journey.
- 2 Kings 4:12-17 “8 ¶ And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where [was] a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And [so] it was, [that] as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this [is] an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. 11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.”
- “12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. 13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what [is] to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. 14 And he said, What then [is] to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. 15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, [thou] man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. 17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.”
Faith must be acted upon.
- We have to have faith to do projects like this. We will get money if God is directing us.
- We have faithful people right here at Laurelbrook that are much like the people in Hebrews 11.
- Thank you for your faithfulness to Jesus. Let’s keep close to Jesus.
- A lady in London died and wasn’t missed for three years. We want people to know that Laurelbrook exists by serving people in the community.