Hillis Jeffries III Speaks About Mirrors
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on August 6, 2016 began with an introit by Mark Kent on the piano. Rodney Herra made the necessary announcements.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Give Me the Bible” led by Pedro Arce. Haniel Garcia then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Caesar (senior) then called for the offering. Daryll Ellis and Terence White then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Haniel Garcia prayed for the offering. Moisses (9th grader) played his violin during the offering collection.
Elana (elementary) then told the children present a story about a newspaper boy who was adopted by a wealthy lady. He thought he was going to heaven.
Jissel (9th grader) then read Job 1:6-8 “6 ¶ Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
Alana (elementary) and Samantha (9th grader) sang a duet for special music, accompanied by Samantha on the piano. Hillis Jeffries III discussed the topic “Mirrors - When Heaven Is Watching”. The congregation sang “Softly and Tenderly”. Hillis Jeffries III had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Haniel Garcia – 2016 Laurelbrook graduate
Hillis Jeffries III – academy boys’ dean
Pedro Arce – works with the Laurelbrook music program
Rodney Herra – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator / works with the Laurelbrook auto body shop
Terence White – local head deacon / in charge of the vehicle shop
Following are some notes on the sermon by Hillis Jeffries III:
- Did you feel the presence of God when you woke up this morning?
- Job 1:1-12 “1 ¶ There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name [was] Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. 2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. 4 ¶ And his sons went and feasted [in their] houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 5 And it was so, when the days of [their] feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings [according] to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. 6 ¶ Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath [is] in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”
- Many things stand out in this story – Job was perfect, had 10 children, and great possessions. Something about Job made people admire him.
- We can relate to Job’s loss.
- The book of Job records all that Job had to face. Job had the same question – why – that we all face.
- Adam and Eve – and all of us – share the same consequences of the fall into evil. We - like them - are born with tendencies to do evil.
- With the right training we become more and more like Jesus.
- Job was blameless and upright. He was ethically straight, and people looked up to him. God blessed him because he was faithful to God, but he was not completely sinless.
- God doesn’t owe us something because we try to be perfect.
- Job was a practicing Christian, not just a Bible reader. He applied the ways of God to his life.
- You can lose all possessions, but your character will remain.
- James 1:22-25 “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 [mirror]: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
- When you look in a mirror, you see a reflection of who you are. You cannot change what you really are just like the Word of God cannot be changed.
- Job’s relationship with God was such that every time he dealt with a situation he consulted the Word of God to show him what to do.
- When you look deep into the Word of God, it will change you if you allow it to do so.
- The mirror does show you exactly what problems you have in life.
- Many times we try to fake attitudes and emotions we don’t really feel.
- What kind of Christian are you?
- James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”
- It’s not right to point out people’s flaws to their faces. A Christian should know how to talk to people.
- What best describes your temper? The Word of God when accepted without excuses protects a Christian from sin and transgression. A teachable spirit is a must.
- A Christian’s responsibility is to build people up.
- Romans 2:1 “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.”
- Ellen White says that if a person condemns another it is likely that that person is guilty of the same sin.
- Romans 1:17 “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
- Romans 1:28 “And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”
- All humanity must look to Someone beyond humanity if they want to avoid sinking in sin and despair.
- Job 1:6-8 “6 ¶ Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
- There is a council in heaven watching us based on what your mirror reflects.
- In Job we learn much about Satan and his bad relationship with God. Despite this, Satan is accountable to God. Everything he wants you to do goes contrary to God, but his power is not equal to God. He has to ask permission to do what he does.
- Finally God delivers Job, not Satan.
- Acts 5:31 “Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”
- Repentance for sin is the first fruit of the Holy Spirit working in a life.
- At the great Day of Judgment, every person will get his/her own reward for what has been done.
- If you want to be saved and want God in your heart, you must look deeply in the mirror and let God to tear your heart up so He can fix it.
- What can you change in your life and your worship to better your relationship with God?
- If you have a weak devotional life, you will fail. But if you want to a better child of God you can be directed to the Word of God and change your life with God’s help and direction.