Ricardo Reid Talked About Christ's Yoke
audio (in part)
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 1, 2016 began with an introit by Penny Thomas on the organ. The Laurelbrook orchestra under the direction of Pedro White also accompanied the service.
Rukiya Wideman had the Personal Ministries Corner, reminding everyone that Glow tracts can make witnessing much easier. Ellen White says that thousands will be converted in a day due to literature distribution. Ginny Arce told about a woman who needed gas, giving Ginny the opportunity to witness to her as she fulfilled her need for gas. Angel White talked about giving out books at her mother’s death.
Bob Gustafson reminded everyone that to check the music list. He welcomed everyone to the cafeteria after the service and announced that the hike this afternoon would be to the Point and the river below. Next Sabbath is Communion Sabbath. Next Sabbath there a Korean group will be giving a concert at 5:00 p.m. in the church.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Wonderful Peace”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Elyjah (sophomore) then called for the offering. Jordan (senior) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Juanita Smith prayed for the offering.
Sarah (junior) told the children present a story about two boys who eventually got into a fight about playing war. The boys had to sit for 16 minutes. The mother then told the boys a story about William Penn, who tried to make friends with the Native Americans who lived in the area. William Penn met with a group of Indians and asked that the settlers and the Indians trust and love each other. Peace reigned for a time. After the story, the two boys made peace.
Blake (junior) then read Matthew 11:28-30 “28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.” Max (9th grader) played a violin solo, accompanied by Samantha (9th grader) on the piano.
Ricardo Reid discussed the topic “Christ’s Yoke”. The congregation sang “I Surrender All”. Ricardo Reid had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – head church elder / Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator and vice-president
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
Ginny Arce– academy girls’ dean / wife of Pedro Arce
Pedro Arce – head of Laurelbrook’s music department
Penny Thomas – helps take of Laura Mae Zollinger in a house near the nursing home
Ricardo Reid – teaches some of the English, history, and Bible classes / assistant boys’ dean
Following are some notes on the sermon by Ricardo Reid:.
Is it your desire to be with Jesus and let Him build your character and life and service?
- Matthew 11:28-30 “28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.”
- Four words summarize what Jesus is saying – come, take, learn, rest.
- God want to give us rest when we come to Him.
- “Come” – Jesus is inviting those whose hopes were ruined due to the sinful ways of the world.
- Jesus gives the same blessings to all, individually and in groups. This is a call to come to Jesus whether you feel you need Jesus or not.
- Young people need to come to Jesus before the sorrows of life catch up with them.
- All people have two burdens – sin and the sorrows of this life. Only one person can relieve of these burdens – Jesus.
- Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
- Psalm 147:3-4 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. 4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by [their] names.”
- “Take” – Christ’s offered rest depends on conditions we can comply with – take Christ’s yoke, an instrument of service binding the person to Christ and lightening the person’s burdens (Ellen White comment).
- A person wears either the yoke of the world or the yoke of Christ.
- God confines us to His will lest we serve Satan.
- The Law of God is this yoke. You are now walking and working with Jesus in close companionship with Him.
- While you are yoked with Jesus, you are learning to be like Jesus and save souls like Jesus. Your character is being built for eternity.
- People forget that Jesus is bearing the major part of the burden when they are yoked with Him.
- 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
- Psalm 40:8 “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.”
- Christ wants us to have love for God, zeal for His glory, and love for fallen humanity. But many are trying to conform to the world’s standards for life and feel weary of life.
- Christ’s solution to life’s problem is to lay aside the burdens of worldly life and turn to Christ to direct our lives and provide solutions for life’s problems.
- When you learn meekness and lowliness from Christ, life’s problems are solved.
- “Learn” – you learn how to walk in unison with Christ and shed all the habits and practices that Satan has caused people to adopt and learn.
- “Rest” – Jesus was never elated by applause or made miserable by censure because He looked to God for the direction and evaluation of His life.
- Jesus calls us to find His rest and then share it with the rest of the world, not to seek the highest place and enjoy the praises of men.
- When you trust in God, holier qualities are developed in your soul. You will use your gifts to bless others instead of yourself. You will have found peace and quiet and “rest”.
- Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.”
- Christ will then eventually receive us into the paradise of God. But heaven begins here as we accept His rest here. Are you practicing today for heaven?
- Ellen White says that if we walk with Jesus in this life we will be filled with His love.
- Revelation 7:15-17 “15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”