Hillis Jeffries III Draws Lessons from the Sanctuary
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on January 7, 2017 began with an introit by Penny Thomas on the organ (Esther Min later accompanied the service on the piano also). Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner.
Michelle Gustafson talked about the trip to the GYC. The group discovered that there was little time for GYC participants to visit the booth and that they were in a corner of the room. They prayed and so many people came that the convention people had to shut them down because the time for booths was up.
Rich Sutton called the five Korean English Language students to the platform for a word of prayer since they are leaving this Monday.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Trust and Obey”; Pedro Arce led the singing. Rich Sutton then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Alejandra (senior) then called for the offering. Elyjah (sophomore) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rich Sutton prayed for the offering.
Elyjah (sophomore) then told the children present a story about David and Bathsheba.
Cesar (senior) then read Malachi 3:1-4 “1 ¶ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he [is] like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: 3 And he shall sit [as] a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.”
Alana (elementary student) sang a vocal solo for special music. Hillis Jefferies III discussed the topic “Do It All Over Again”. The congregation sang “Marching to Zion”. Hillis Jeffries III had the closing prayer.
This was the last Sabbath the Korean students worshipped with the Laurelbrook church. Monday, January 9, the group will leave for their homes in South Korea.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home office
Esther Min – elementary education intern working with the Laurelbrook Elementary School
Hillis Jeffries III – academy boys’ dean
Pedro Arce – works with the academy music department
Penny Thomas – caregiver for Laura Mae Zollinger
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Following are some notes on the sermon by Hillis Jeffries III:
- Have you been consecrating yourself through prayer this week?
- What is the best moment you have had with Jesus?
- “Thy Way, O Lord, is in the sanctuary.”
- Malachi 3:1-2 “1 ¶ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he [is] like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:”
- Are you ready for the coming of Christ when He gives you what He has for you?
- In Chapter 3, the Lord denounces His people who are not faithful to Him. A people are brought to view who are not filled with the Holy Spirit, but they think they are walking according to the Word.
- It’s easy to talk about others and neglect our own Christian experience. We cannot blame anyone else but ourselves for our fallen condition.
- There are people who talk bad about the school, the nursing home, and each other. Yet they put on an outside show. Overall they leave an impression that it is not worthwhile to be a Christian.
- The end of the world is much closer than many suppose, yet many are asleep.
- In our journey through the earthly sanctuary, we must begin with the camp. We must be like Jesus and must diffuse the light throughout the dark world. Sometimes we hold ourselves back from sharing the gospel due to race or case.
- John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” We must feed the soul constantly with Jesus.
- The altar of sacrifice symbolizes our Savior – Jesus. 1 Corinthians 15:31 “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”
- Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.” We must deny ourselves daily for Christ’s sake.
- You can’t pick and choose what part of the Christian experience we want and what part we don’t want.
- Whatever your issue is, let it go.
- Like priests washing at the laver, we must be cleansed to be ready for the proper Christian experience.
- Ephesians 5:26 “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.”
- Practical Christianity means laboring together with God every day, not just once a week.
- If we are willing to step into furnace and be cleansed, God won’t leave us in the furnace to be consumed. God loves us just as much when we suffer affliction as when we triumph in Him.
- There will be a day when people will be consumed in the fire, those who reject God’s purification.
- Acts 5:32 “And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.”
- The whole process is part of our growing in Jesus. People should want our Christian experience with Christ.
- The Holy of Holies is scary because we are not ready. We are still focused on the things we have to give; we have too many things hidden. We are not the Christians we appear to be in church.
- Sometimes we find a rope to pull us out of the Holy of Holies. Leave the rope alone.
- Philippines 4:6-8 “6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.”
- We need to go through the process over and over again so we stay close to Christ’s idea of the spiritual life. And we need to let go the hidden things in our lives.
- In order to be ready for the Second Coming, we need to come close to Christ over and over again and get all the rubbish out of our lives. Our past experiences in Christ’s spiritual life will not suffice us for today – we need fresh supplies of Christ’s grace. But we must submit and keep submitting. Then we will stand redeemed.
- We need to stop making excuses for ourselves or others. We need to start this cleansing process today at this moment by praying that our God will come and take control of our hearts.
- Wherever we take Jesus should be our Holy place.
- We need to ask the Lord to save us daily. We need to put the Lord in the driver’s seat and seat ourselves in the passenger’s seat.