Bob and Michelle Gustafson Talked About Faith
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 1, 2017 began with an introit by Penny Thomas on the organ. Jairit (senior) also accompanied parts of the service on the piano.
Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. Bob Gustafson made the announcements. Next week all the students will be in the auditorium for the Sabbath School lesson since it will be Alumni Weekend. Vespers will be at 7:00 in the auditorium. At 2:30 there will be a student outreach leaving from the café-admin building.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Wonderful Words of Life”. Michelle Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
TerriAnn (9th grader) then called for the offering. Arlin (senior) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. A flute group headed by Ginny Arce played “Sweet Hour of Prayer” while the offerings were being collected. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Itzel (9th grader) told the children present a story. Mark (9th grader) then read Hebrews 10:37-39 “37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” Edgar (senior) then played his saxophone and Moises (9th grade) his violin, accompanied by Samantha (9th grade), for special music.
Bob and Michelle Gustafson discussed the topic “Build Your Faith”. The congregation sang “O Day of Rest and Gladiness”. Clifton Brandt had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob and Michelle Gustafson – Bob is Laurelbrook’s vice-president, works with the used furniture program / Michelle helps her husband with his work
Elizabeth Castle – works with the Laurelbrook Nursing Home office
Ginny Arce – academy girls’ dean
Penny Thomas – caretaker for Laura Mae Zollinger / she will possibly be remarried to her former husband within a short time
Following are some notes on the sermon by Bob and Michelle Gustafson:
- How does a person build his/her faith?
- Trust in God while going through heartache and hurt is certainly one way.
- We have to believe and read and understand.
- Hebrews 11:1-3 “1 ¶ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
- We build faith through the hope of eternal life and through the work God does in us.
- Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
- The only enduring city will be the city God has built.
- Satan can never compel people to do evil if that person lays hold on Christ. Every sinful desire is an entry point for the devil.
- Presumption is the counterfeit of faith. It uses God’s promises to excuse transgression of God’s Law.
- We have to let go of sin and trust God if we want faith.
- Habakkuk 2:4 “Behold, his soul [which] is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.”
- Letting go of sin is hard because we have to police what we hear and what we see.
- James 2:14-26 “14 ¶ What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be [ye] warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent [them] out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
- Faith doesn’t claim the favor of heaven without works also.
- How do we know what sin is if we are not completely sinless?
- We have to choose to accept the reminders of sin given through true friends.
- Matthew 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
- Sin, therefore, is not possible to overcome if we have a tiniest amount of faith and have complete dependence on God.
- If we have faith and trust in God, He will bring us out of dark places.
- Sometimes we might be sitting on a quiet place and light shines around us and peace fills our hearts.
- Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
- Are we building on that faith? Reminder: parable of the talents.
- We have to live by faith. Romans 10:17 “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
- Luke 17:5-6 “5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”
- The Bible tells us to ask for faith and letting Christ come in and build our faith.
- When we pray this prayer, we must make sure the prayer is in accordance with God’s Will.
- Mark 9:23-24 “23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
- There are times things don’t go right. But prayer can help get things right. God will right things in His time.
- Faith connects us with heaven and gives us the power to deal with temptation. Every trial can be a refinement for you.
- Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”
- God will do all He can for you, but you have to do your parts.
- Acts 16:30-31 “30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
- God lays a heavy burden on the conscience of the sinner to push him/her to seek to be saved.
- Trust in the Lord builds our faith.