Bob Gustafson Talks About Seeing and Knowing God
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on February 25, 2017 began with the Personal Ministries Corner by Elizabeth Castle.
1. Clifton Brandt mentioned that the campaign for Liberty magazine was coming to an end for this year. We need to pray that God will hold back the winds of strife so God’s work can be finished.
2. Rich Sutton mentioned that he and three students were on 3ABN this past week. Inquiries from Canada, Belgium, and England have come in as a result. Laurelbrook is getting ready to send staff out to start new schools. Once Laurelbrook’s debt is paid off, the money then can be used to start new schools.
Rich Sutton then mentioned that we need to pray for students on the Music Festival group as they continue to witness to others today.
Jacqueline Miller played a short introit on the piano. The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Amazing Grace”. Rich Sutton had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Yeimi (senior) then called for the offering, which was for local conference advance. Elijah (sophomore) and Arlin (senior) then collected the morning offerings. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rich Sutton prayed for the offering.
Rich Sutton then told the children a story about reading the Bible Stories series and mission stories to his children. There was a King who couldn’t preach, being terrible in the pulpit. So King went out selling Adventist books door to door and winning souls. He was the first Adventist colporteur because he couldn’t preach. Rich and Pam Sutton joined the church due to a colporteur, and Rich later did colporteur work.
Citali (junior) then read 1 John 4:12-16 “12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14 ¶ And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son [to be] the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
Bob Gustafson then discussed the topic “Seeing and Knowing God”. The congregation sang “The Old Rugged Cross”. Bob Gustafson had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator / vice-president / works with Laurelbrook’s used furniture program
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on Laurelbrook property
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Following are some notes on the sermon by Bob Gustafson:
- God uses us if we have the love of Christ in us. Love and joy often overflow and affect the people around us.
- John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].”
- Exodus 33:20 “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.”
- 1 John 4:12-16 “12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14 ¶ And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son [to be] the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
- All you need to be is yourself with a desire to do good and take care of others.
- 1 John 4:7-11 “7 ¶ Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
- Unhappy people can bring people down. It takes a lot of strength from God to counteract this unhappiness. But God speaking through us can dispel these unhappy attitudes.
- We need to share the love of God with everyone around us.
- What would happen if everyone at Laurelbrook were happy all the times? This would be quite a witness for Christ.
- 1 John 4:19 “We love him, because he first loved us.” God left a perfect heaven to help us – this is a measure of Christ’s love for us.
- But we ourselves cannot love others. Christ’s love must be coming out of us to others.
- Matthew 5:43-38 “43 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
- Ellen White says that Christ is waiting for His character to be reproduced in His church. If this took place in every member, Christ would be ready to come and take His church members home.
- Acts of charity should not come as a result of a desire to win praise and flattery.
- Helping others can be like a drug high for me (Bob G). Don’t rob me of a blessing from helping others.
- 1 John 3:24 “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”
- 1 John 4:1-6 “1 ¶ Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 ¶ Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”
- The only way to unmask deception is to know the truth.
- 1 John 2:3-4 “3 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
- Ellen White says that if a person puts his/her feelings above the requirements of God’s Word there is no light in him/her.
- Titus 3:3-8 “3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 [This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”
- One thing I would like to see happen – everyone remember that each person on life’s path is on a different stage of the path. My prayer – everyone at Laurelbrook be filled with the desire to help others.