Alumni Sabbath School Emphasizes Missions
Sabbath morning services during Alumni Weekend 2017 began with a Sabbath School song service led by Heidi Geisinger Spivey (’97) and Norma Ramirez Nesson (’97), accompanied on the piano by Bonnie Cruz (’73) and three current Laurelbrook students on various instruments. The opening song was “Father Lead Me Day by Day”. Ava Gray Davis (’97) welcomed everyone and had prayer.
Luz Pena Price (’97) had the opening remarks. She talked about how her past influenced her present activities. She came to Laurelbrook due to her stubbornness and family situation. But God led her to Him at Laurelbrook. When we fall (and we will), we need to talk with God. He will pick us up and turn us around.
Ava Gray Davis then sang a vocal solo for special music.
Keren (current Laurelbrook senior) then had a report from the trip to Cuba. During the daytime, the Laurelbrook group worked on various physical projects, including painting the seminary buildings where they were staying. During the evening, they held Vacation Bible Schools. The goal is to go back to Cuba and build more house churches.
She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which helps students and staff members go on mission trips. It was collected by four Laurelbrook senior boys – TJ, Arlin, Isaac, and Keonwoo. Bonnie Cruz played the piano during the offering collection.
Janelle Bradford Smalley (’77) had the lesson study and the closing prayer.
Following are some notes from the lesson study:
- John 4:7-30 “7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am [he]. 27 ¶ And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.”
- The woman focused on following the customs of the day, but Jesus focused on grace.
- He focused on the spiritual water He had available for the woman.
- He mentioned that His water would not pass away and leave a person thirsty.
- The woman told Him that she had no husband, and Jesus agreed, saying that she had had five husbands and lived with a man not her husband.
- When Jesus mentioned her circumstances, the woman changed the subject to a controversial topic of where people should worship and tried to shut things down by saying the Messiah would explain everything.
- Jesus confessed He was the Messiah – and the woman went back to the village and recruited the whole village to come see Jesus.
- We cannot be Jesus’ “hands and feet” if we don’t talk to people.
- Jesus asked for a favor, thus opening the door to communication with this lady.
- Jesus was totally immersed with talking with that particular person, ignoring His surroundings.
- He introduced a common topic and interested her in something better – like canvassers do today.
- Christ built up the value of the living water He had and then brought out her need and His care for her.
- He figured out what His perspective buyer needed and built to that need.
- Christ had to remove the problem of the major grudge that the Samaritans and Jews had with each other.
- Jesus knows that the woman will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Early Adventists had a charismatic experience until an Indiana camp meeting got out of hand. From then on, SDAs worshipped mainly with the intellect, worshipping mainly in truth.
- As Christ restores us, people want what we have.
- The woman invited people to come meet the person who knows everything everyone has ever done.