Susan Athearn Discusses the Holy Spirit
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 16, 2016 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano.
The congregation had a silent invocation. Clifton Brandt welcomed everyone. The congregation then sang “Over Yonder”. Clifton Brandt then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Clifton Brandt then called for the offering. Daryll Ellis and Clayton Brandt then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Clifton Brandt prayed for the offering.
Susan Athearn then discussed people’s noses with the children. Clifton Brandt mentioned that the students and many staff members were on a camping trip and then read John 16:24 “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
Susan Athearn discussed the topic “Let God His Job”. The congregation sang “Joy By and By”. Susan Athearn had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt
Clayton Brandt – local church elder / works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler program / local head deacon / local church elder
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
Susan Athearn – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home business office
Following are some notes on the sermon by Susan Athearn:
We have not as a group asked the Holy Spirit to come and do His job on this campus. He wants to help us show the fruits of the spirit mentioned in Galatians.
- We are not solely responsible for what happens during our days.
- Think about these questions. What does God to do in our lives? How does God work in our lives?
- Picture Jesus and His hair color and color of skin. Picture God and picture the Holy Spirit.
- Acts 13:2 “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” Note the Holy Spirit and gave direction.
- Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Note the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us with the Lord. He can help us even utter our prayers if we feel we can’t.
- Acts 16:6-7 “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.” Here the Holy Spirit is restraining the believers.
- John 16:8 “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”
- The Holy Spirit is here reproving. If we reprove, we need to ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and perhaps ask the Spirit to reprove us.
- John 15:26 “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” Here the Spirit comforts and tells us about Jesus.
- We can understand the Bible, but we must have love to draw people to Christ.
- Satan is battling for every person to join his side with Presidential elections, possible coups, and terrorist incidents.
- Sometimes Satan tries to shut down our ministries by whatever means he can. The only remedy is prayer.
- Friends can also personally encourage you when you have problems in life.
- Jack Faatz was not a charismatic person, but he helped people by find them jobs and giving them encouragement.
- It’s easy to take charge of students or young people’s lives and push the Holy Spirit away and be the holy spirit to them.
- A lot of students don’t want to be here at school. We need to develop relationships with these students and be aware of problems they face.
- Reproof can be good if done in the right way. Specifically, we need to get on their level and help them.
- We need to pray for the Holy Spirit but let the Spirit do His job.
- God wins in the End when He welcomes us to heaven.
- Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.”