Rich Sutton Talks About the Christian's 3Cs
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 9, 2016 began with an introit by Mark Kent on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. She and Jacqueline Miller will be going to the health expo in West Virginia, where many have lost so much to floods and natural disasters. Rose Jeffries will be taking a student and staff group to an adult center this afternoon at 3:30.
Rodney Herra welcomed everyone and made the announcements. He read the nominating committee report for church officers for the 2016 school year. This evening’s vespers will be at 7:30 in the auditorium; bring your Bibles.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Keren Pacheco (2016 graduate) then called for the offering. Clifton Brandt and Tonny Gil (2016 graduate) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to women’s ministries. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering.
Jordan (junior) then told the children a story about a sheep who felt she was lost but then felt the shepherd’s rod. She realized that she had been found.
Karla (ESL) read Acts 7:51-52 “51 ¶ Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers [did], so [do] ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers.”
Cesar (ESL) had special music. Rich Sutton discussed the topic “The Three Rs for the World; The Three Cs for the Christian”. Jonathan Pecheco (2016 ESL student) translated the sermon into Spanish for the newer ESL students. The congregation sang “All to Jesus I Surrender”. Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT person
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Rodney Herra – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton:
- The first house built on campus under Rich Sutton as president is a small house for people who are temporarily on furlough from their work in other countries.
- One Michigan worker and friend came down to help with the house but had a flat tire, a spring break, and a bearing go bad on the journey.
- The foundations have been put in, but the money has run out. But Rich always keeps going, trusting in God for the necessary money.
- One Mexican Adventist built six Mexican churches in Minnesota. He was a cattle farmer with three girls who wanted to go to Montemorales; God gave him the needed money to send each girl, paying cash for each girl. After the last girl graduated, the money ran out. God had provided the needed money.
- God will bless us at Laurelbrook.
- Two graduates needed money for college so Laurelbrook helped them get wrecked cars, restore them, and sell them.
- Reading, writing, and arithmetic are considered essential for a good education. These are needed when we apply them to life situations.
- Acts 6:1-9 “1 ¶ And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples [unto them], and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid [their] hands on them. 7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. 8 ¶ And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. 9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called [the synagogue] of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.”
- Stephen, however, pressed on despite the opposition, reciting the history of Israel.
- Acts 7:51 “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers [did], so [do] ye.”
- Acts 7:54 “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with [their] teeth.”
- It really bothered these people what Stephen was saying so they dragged him out and stoned him. Paul was in the crowd – and this event changed Paul (Saul).
- Acts 2:14-15 “14 ¶ But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all [ye] that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is [but] the third hour of the day.”
- These two groups were cut to the heart.
- Peter was pleading with this group just like Stephen was. The difference was the group reaction to what the preacher was saying.
- Christian has three Cs. We must be convinced, convicted, and converted.
- If you just say “yes” always to these questions and steps, you are simply not ready to accept Jesus.
- The Bereans tested everything.
- Rich also tested everything when he was told the truths this church believes.
- We must also do what we come to believe after we affirm what we believe.
- James 1:22-24 “22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”
- To accept the truth, Rich had to leave his family and his brothers. Because he accepted Jesus, Rich’s children are now missionaries.
- Rich wants students to learn English by speaking English when doing their vocational training. Students should also know Jesus and His power by being doers of the Word.
- The three Rs are important so we can learn the three Cs – convinced, convicted, and converted.