William Sanchez Discusses the Topic "Friends of God"
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 6, 2017 with Rich Sutton sharing an experience:
Stanton Rolle welcomed everyone and made a few announcements. He mentioned that each of us can shape our circumstances by our attitudes towards those experiences. There will be lunch right after the service. This evening Hartland College will continue their program at 7:00 p.m. this evening. May 19 will be an agape feast in the auditorium.
- Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him that is] weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.”
- A Catholic girl was working in Spring City and almost got in trouble for not taking Bible studies from a Protestant church.
- A member from the Spanish church in Dayton gave her books and encouragement.
- Her husband raises pigs but sold some of them recently.
- She wants to come to Laurelbrook to draw closer to the Lord.
- You don’t know what influence you have sometimes.
Samantha (9th grader) on the piano and George (sophomore) on the organ foot pedals played an introit. William Sanchez had the invocation. The congregation then sang “Jesus Is All the World to Me”. Stanton Rolle then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Citlali (junior) then called for the offering. Arlin (senior) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Citlali prayed for the offering.
TerriAnn (9th grader) then told the children a story about the time Babylon conquered Jerusalem, taking Daniel with them back to Babylon. The Babylonian king then chose the best from among the captives, including Daniel. But Daniel and his friends had to take a stand about the king’s food and drink.
Jissel (9th grader) then read Psalm 8:4 “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” The Sanchez Family and one of the Yonas brothers from Hartland then had special music.
William Sanchez discussed the topic “Friends of God”. The congregation sang “I’ve Found a Friend”. William Sanchez had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
William Sanchez – Hartland College men’s dean
Following are some notes on the sermon by William Sanchez:
- At any moment in our lives we may ask if God can really love people like us.
- Psalm 8:4 “What is man, that thou art mindful [aware] of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
- Most Bible truths are deep.
- One Bible study method is the systematic way. These people look over the entire Bible and pull all items together on a subject.
- Another Bible study is the exegesis method, looking at the little picture.
- Genesis 1 and 2 deal with Creation. The first words God spoke were “let there be light”. God is speaking things into existence.
- Psalm 33:9 “For he spake, and it was [done]; he commanded, and it stood fast.”
- God needs no matter to make something appear.
- Genesis 1 – chronological account of Creation.
- Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
- God is no longer just speaking things into existence but molds man. God is not aloof but personal and takes interest in the things He does.
- In modern society, arm’s length away is comfortable. Any closer is uncomfortable.
- How close do you have to be to breath into Adam’s nostrils? The first thing Adam sees is Jesus.
- But the devil always has a plan. God had been close and personal with Adam and Eve.
- Isaiah 59:1-2 “1 ¶ Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.”
- We were created for a love between us and God, but sin separates us from God.
- Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
- Matthew 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
- God’s desire is to be with us, but sin separates us from God.
- Jesus was instructed by His mother about His purpose and mission in the world.
- At age 12 Jesus was focused on His mission – to bridge human’s separation from God.
- You couldn’t understand God unless He became a man.
- God is all-power; God is everywhere. But Jesus loses these powers and has to walk like us.
- Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.”
- Jesus always stayed connected with His Father.
- 1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
- Jesus wants to restore us to face-to-face communion with God.
- Revelation 21:1-3 “1 ¶ And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.”
- Patmos was 20 miles into the Aegean Sea, almost like being in solitary confinement. There he saw this vision while he was separated from everyone he loved.
- Note that the city is like a bride, close to the God it loves.
- God’s relationship with humankind is restored.
- Revelation 22:4 “And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads.”
- God wants to restore us to a loving relationship with Him. God has made us social beings. People like to be with the people they love the most.
- John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
- God’s love is unconditional and is not dependent on what we do or think.
- 2 Chronicles 20:5-6 “5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, 6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, [art] not thou God in heaven? and rulest [not] thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand [is there not] power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?”
- Who are you? God made Adam with the ability to become Adam. Our choices determine who we are. One choice leads to another and forms character. The older we are the more we are in tune with we are intended to be.
- We are valuable to God because we are the only specimens of our exact kind. Genetics and choices would have to be identical for one person to be exactly like another. There is no other possible you in this world.
- In John 15, Christ tells His disciples to be a part of Him. Later He tells His disciples that they are like sons to Him.
- Ellen White says we must be loving and loveable Christians.