Bob and Michelle Gustafson Talk About Encouragement
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 15, 2016 began with an introit by Jacqueline Miller on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. Bob Gustafson had the announcements. There will be a potluck at Bob and Michelle Gustafson’s house instead of lunch in the cafeteria today.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “He Lives”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Ricardo Reid then called for the offering. Terrence White then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Ricardo Reid prayed for the offering.
Rachel (sophomore) then told the children present a story about birds. Gerry Lewin read Hebrews 10:24-25 “24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” The congregation then sang “Morning Has Broken” for special music.
Bob and Michelle Gustafson discussed the topic “Encourage Each Other Daily”. The congregation sang “We Have This Hope”. Bob Gustafson had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator and vice-president / local head church elder
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Gerry Lewin – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Jacqualine Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook property
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson / in charge of the school kitchen
Ricardo Reid – teaches some of the academy English, history, and Bible classes
Terrence White – local head deacon / Laurelbrook auto mechanic
Many of the students and staff members were not present because it was Fall Break time and because a group has gone to Mexico to hold evangelistic meetings, and because the Fall alumni campout is going on.
Following are some notes on the sermon by Bob and Michelle Gustafson:
Unity comes from being unified in Christ, not by wishing for it.
- Many times our bad attitudes leave us when someone else encourages us.
- Hebrews 10:24-25 “24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
- Time is short so we must help our fellow believers and anyone who crosses our paths. That good deed might be a turning point in someone else’s life.
- We need to shun evil and encouraging each every day, not just the Sabbath.
- Ellen White in Steps to Christ says that everything is sustained and cared for by God and cares for every detail of life. Everything great or small should be left in the hands of God.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “3 ¶ Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
- Ellen White says that when we are connected with God His principles flow through our lives.
- We don’t to go off God’s path because we want to.
- We need to carefully encourage our students when they go off the path instead of beating them over the head for any problems. The way we approach the students does make a difference.
- Romans 14:17-19 “17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
- There is no peace in compromising or being indulgent when dealing with sin. But those who are true to God will gain the enmity of those who are not walking with God.
- Romans 15:5 “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:” “Likeminded” means that each person work toward a common goal.