Pastor Mark Cox Talks About Views of God
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on December 31, 2016 began with an introit by Penny Thomas on the organ. Juanita Smith had the Personal Ministries Corner. She mentioned that five Mexican churches had been constructed and mostly dedicated with baptisms in some of the churches. She then read a Christmas story about a young pastor who used an old banquet cloth to cover a damaged area of his old church. Then a lady came by and recognized the cloth as one she had had before the Nazis took over Vienna, Austria. She had never found her husband after her escape from the Nazis. But that cloth drew her husband there, too. The two were reunited.
The congregation had a silent invocation. Led by Angel White, the congregation then sang “O Come, O Come, Immanuel”. Pastor Mark Cox then welcomed everyone and then mentioned that Kristi and David Armstrong and little Caleb need our prayers. Pastor Cox then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Pastor Cox then called for the offering. Ben De La Cruz and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to Pathfinders. The congregation sang the doxology, and Pastor Cox prayed for the offering. Pastor Jorge Oregon and his wife sang a vocal duet for special music.
Pastor Mark Cox discussed the topic “Do You See God in Jesus?” Pastor Cox then had the closing prayer, and Daryll Ellis and Ben De La Cruz dismissed the congregation.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Angel White – Laurelbrook Elementary School teacher
Ben De La Cruz – works in maintenance
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
Juanita Smith – Laurelbrook Academy registrar
Pastor Mark Cox – pastor of the Laurelbrook, Pikeville, and Ogden Road Seventh-day Adventist churches
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Cox:
- Dictators impose a certain law structure, which could be fatal for you if you dissent in any way.
- Santa Claus can be seen as a dictator telling everyone what he/she must do and reminding everyone that each person is constantly watched.
- Eve believed the lies of Satan, and her character was changed. Sin came into the world when she believed a lie about the character of God. This separated her from her true relationship with God.
- Even religion can become a dictatorship with a set of lies about God, which leads to unrighteous fruits in our lives.
- Righteous people are in a right relation with God since the Holy Spirit can transform them.
- Ellen White, 5T 738 – from the beginning it has been Satan’s plan to separate people from God by showing God as arbitrary and severe. Then the devil would impose his own character on these separated people.
- Lies that you believe are like chains on your arms.
- Ellen White, RH Nov 17, 1891 – Satan wants you to think that all the evils of the flesh are something God caused.
- One atheist said that the God of the Old Testament is the most undesirable character in history and a bully. But this is not the loving Being that God is.
- How do you overcome sin, lies, and bondage? God sent a Messenger to this earth, a perfect person who would rightly represent God. That person is Jesus.
- 2 Corinthians 5:19 “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
- When you look at Jesus, do you see God? If you have any misconception about God, look to Jesus.
- We have misunderstood God due to the lies that Satan tells. But God overcomes these lies by letting us approach Him and letting us know the truth about Him.
- Satan wants you to superimpose anything you know about him onto your ideas about God.
- Job was not being punished because God’s punishment comes at the end of time.
- God’s punishments after Judgment is really a declaration that we cannot be cured.
- God sends His son Jesus. Jesus is the Creator. The law Jesus imposes is universal and is the law of love. Jesus is the author of love and came to fulfill that love.
- God’s angels were surprised to learn that there was a law of love
- The Ten Commandments were meant to protect humanity from sin, to take care of the problem, and to restore humanity into a right relationship with God.
- God’s Law is inherent in our lives. The wages of sin is death, but God’s gift to us is eternal life.
- Sin has an inherent consequence in that it fixes our character for eternity. The wicked are voluntarily excluded from heaven by their own choices – they don’t to be in God’s presence. Every single one of us can choose to go to heaven or exclude ourselves and be destroyed.
- Faith is a right relationship of God producing positive fruits. God’s forgiveness has no conditions except we have to realize we are not in a right relationship with God.
- By your daily choices, practice a right and positive relationship with God.