Pastor Cox Speaks About Temporal Needs
Audio (first part a little distorted)
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 29, 2017 began with an introit by Jairit (senior) on the piano.
Rich Sutton introduced Bubba Herra, who went with Heritage Academy to help build churches in Mexico. The group had to lay a church foundation in a day to keep on schedule and met rock that had to be removed. Laying the block went fairly quickly, but the group had to work Saturday evening to finish the job. The job lasted until 2:00 a.m.
Bubba stayed down there to do the roof. Others came down to help along with several local church members. Rich Sutton said that 21 pastors would be coming to help build churches in July.
Rich Sutton welcomed everyone and made the announcements. Vespers will be this evening in the academy auditorium at 6:45.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”. Rich Sutton then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Leilani (9th grader) then called for the offering. Arlin (senior) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to North American Division Evangelism. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rich Sutton prayed for the offering.
Jacob (9th grader) then told the children present a story about a mother who fought with an alligator to rescue her son. Samantha (9th grader) then read Luke 12:15 “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Jissel (9th grader) and Moises (9th grader) played a flute-violin duet, accompanied on the piano by Samantha (9th grader).
Pastor Mark Cox discussed the topic “The Fool Hath Said”. The congregation sang “Take the Name of Jesus With You”. Pastor Cox had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bubba Herra – son of Rodney Herra, Laurelbrook’s farm manager / Laurelbrook graduate
Pastor Mark Cox – Laurelbrook pastor
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Cox:
What are you going to do with your life?
- Luke 12 starts with Jesus teaching His disciples about things that are about to happen. Ordinarily there are others there as well.
- His disciples were to be tried for the faith they professed and would be given undeniable wisdom.
- His rebuke of the Sadducees and Pharisees impressed the multitude.
- Even worldly people hoped to gain by listening to Jesus.
- Luke 12:13 “And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.” The young man had an older brother who was scheduled to get most of the father’s belongings, not letting this young brother have a fair share of the estate.
- He thought Jesus could persuade his brother to do this, a possible champion for his temporal needs.
- Jesus was trying to prepare His disciples for the challenges they would meet, and here was this young man on another subject altogether. He wanted the multitude to look up instead of down.
- We are selfish by nature even in a religious environment.
- Jesus saw an opportunity. Luke 12:14 “And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?” Jesus mentioned that it was not His work, but His work was to appeal to men’s hearts, not wallets.
- Jesus brings us back in harmony with our Creator. This heals the problems of society.
- The problems of the poor and the rich are both rooted in selfishness.
- Laurelbrook is a mission school – to train to take the message to the world. Some students may become rich.
- Luke 12:15-21 “15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, [and] be merry. 20 But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So [is] he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
- By this parable, Jesus shows the folly of making the world your all. This rich man received everything from God – his fields bring forth abundantly. No thought was given to God’s role in these blessings. Those who were in need were all around this rich man.
- What makes a community is service and a selfless love for each other. Each person finds a need and works to provide for that need in the community.
- God tries to answer the prayers of the needy through those who are rich.
- Jesus is calling toward the heavenly path of commitment, not the worldly commitment to build up wealth to serve oneself.
- Life happens so quickly that we must lay up treasures in heaven. Unless we do this, we are no different than an animal – wishing to accumulate wealth for ourselves.
- Luke 12:15 “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
- We should be praying for salvation for the world and greater revelations of Jesus Christ.