Stanton Rolle Talked About Going the Second Mile
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on March 18, 2017 began with an introit by Penny Thomas on the piano. Rodney Herra announced that there would be a fellowship meal at his house after church.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “This Is My Father’s World”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Rodney Herra then called for the offering. John Ellis and Clayton Brandt then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering.
Rodney Herra then told the congregation a children’s story about a young boy whose family decided to take a hike in the mountains. The boy wandered off frequently, distracted by various animals and strange trees. His mother kept calling him to come and join the group. The father decided to see the sunset from the top of the mountain. In the gathering darkness, the father kept getting confused, but the boy recognized different spots he had observed God’s creation. His father recognized that the boy’s observations had helped the family returned safely.
Rodney Herra then read 1 John 3:16-18 “16 Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren. 17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
The congregation then sang “There’s Sunshine in My Soul” for special music. Stanton Rolle discussed the topic “The Second Mile”. The congregation sang “Tis Love That Makes Us Happy”. Stanton Rolle had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment and does general maintenance
John Ellis – retired Majestic Stone Company and Laurelbrook mechanic
Rodney Herra – Laurelbrook farm manager / runs Laurelbrook’s auto body shop
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Stanton Rolle:
- The Cuban group has been doing well. For transportation, they have been using taxis and buses. At one VBS site there were 60 children, at another 90 so they are running out of supplies.
- Matthew 5:41 “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.”
- In Jesus’ day, Rome was in control. Any person in the empire had to help a soldier by carrying their things for a mile.
- The Jews were looking forward to the Messiah to get rid of requirements like this so they could be free of pagan Rome and be the top people in the world.
- When Christ came with a different program, they murdered Him.
- Christians should be willing to go beyond the call of duty.
- Three areas we should go the second mile – first, service. Matthew 20:27-28 “27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
- Some people, however, only do just enough to be considered God’s followers. They come to church only for what they can get.
- When a person goes to see what they can give, their experiences change drastically. You learn ministry by taking part in a ministry.
- It’s not about what we can do for God but what God can use you to do.
- God is not calling us to be spiritual spectators but willing workers in His cause.
- Even if we don’t have enormous talents, we can help God’s cause.
- The parable of Good Samaritan shows us the second mile in service.
- Second, the second mile in love. John 13:35 “By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
- How we treat each other illustrates whether we really go the second mile in love.
- Matthew 5:43-45 “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.”
- Love the second mile may mean loving our enemies through God’s assistance.
- This love also helps us to forgive. Forgiveness means forgetting.
- Matthew 6:14-15 “14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
- This means treating this person as though that person had never wronged you.
- Matthew 18 says that we must forgive an unlimited number of times. Let it go.
- Psalm 142:4 “I looked on [my] right hand, and beheld, but [there was] no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.”
- Love also means caring for others with visits and encouragement.
- Luke 14:12-14 “12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor [thy] rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. 13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”
- Love the second mile includes those outside the church and less fortunate than ourselves and unable to return the favor or hospitality. The Good Samaritan is a good example of this.
- Love the second mile helps others get up from a bad blow and get on with living.
- The world should be able to see our love for each other.
- Psalm 50:5 “Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
- Sacrifice means doing good with no expectations in return and putting someone first even when it is inconvenient. It means giving till it hurts. Example: widow’s mite – all she had.
- Matthew 6 says that we should do our good works in secret.
- Jesus set us an example of going above and beyond in His ministry. There were times when Jesus made sure He had healed everyone in the area. He did not have to this.
- Jesus saw in every person He met a soul to save.
- The key to going the second mile is choosing to surrender more.
- Philippines says that the power to go the second mile comes from God. Thus we can walk in Jesus’ footsteps.