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Seniors Put on Graduation Weekend Sabbath School

Laurelbrook’s 2017 Graduation Weekend continued on Sabbath morning with a Sabbath School program put on by seniors and senior parents.  But the program began with Hillis Jeffries III and two of the Class of 2018 or juniors (Sarah and Citlali) leading out in a song service, accompanied by Samantha (9th grader) on the piano.  The opening hymn was “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.
Sam Torres and Arlin Mwizerwa (seniors) had the scripture reading and prayer. The scripture reading was Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Cesar Rodriguez and Edgar Velazquez (seniors) then welcomed everyone.  Yeimi Gallegos and Keren Hernandez (seniors) then talked about the Cuba mission trip. The group worked out of the only Adventist school on the island – the theological seminary.  The group cleared brush from a nearby lot recently acquired by the seminary, the choir sang in nearby churches, painted some of the seminary walls, organized children’s activities, put on health expos, and enjoyed the vintage cars.
Hillis Jeffries III, Moises (9th grader), Mark (9th grader), and Matthew (junior) collected the Laurelbrook Missions Offering,
which helps students and staff members go on mission trips.
Keonwoo Park and Isaac Song (seniors) sang a vocal duet in Korean for special music.  Keren Hernandez, Jairit Montilla, and TJ Stout then led out in a tribute to their teachers.
Karla Gil (senior) then had closing prayer and mentioned that the children would go to Classroom 1, but everyone else would stay in the auditorium.  There was a general lesson study conducted by TJ Stout’s mother and her husband, Michelle and Bob Gustafson.
Following are some notes from the general lesson study in the auditorium: 
  1. 2 Peter 1:15 “Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.”
  2. We get faith by knowing God through Jesus and by the steps to Bible sanctification.
  3. 2 Peter 1:5-7 “5 ¶ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”
  4. The first step is believing we are saved by faith in Jesus. Then the Christian strives towards moral excellence. Next he/she understands God’s ways and plans for us in a practical way.
  5. Then the Christian, by the power of God, is able to control his/her impulses.  Next comes perseverance or being brave and standing strong before adversity.
  6. The Christian then becomes humble and kind (godliness).  He/she then has brotherly kindness and, finally, love.
  7. Ellen White says in the Acts of the Apostles that these words show us the keynote to victory, “every step of which represents advancement in the knowledge of God”.  There is not standstill in this process, which leads to redemption.
  8. Imagine what God is doing in your life when you stand strong for Him. He is enabling you to reach the highest standard through faith in His promises.
  9. Faith connects everything in who we are as Christians. Otherwise, we have no faith, no knowledge of God’s love.
  10. 2 Peter 1:8-11 “8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
  11. When we are missing faith, we lose our saving relationship with Jesus and don’t live according to our faith.
  12. 2 Peter 1:13-14 “13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting [you] in remembrance; 14 Knowing that shortly I must put off [this] my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.”
  13. Peter felt his mortal body would be replaced by a heavenly body eventually, but he didn’t say that he was going to heavenly immediately.  Paul put it this way in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
  14. One pastor said that his wish was to be in the middle of a graveyard when Jesus comes. He wanted to see the saints raised from their graves and have the privilege of rejoicing.
  15. Ellen White in The Great Controversy says that all comes forth from the grave the same height as when they died. The varying heights show how much humans have degenerated.
  16. The last traces of sin will be removed from those who have been redeemed. Can you imagine being 14 feet tall like Adam?
  17. If we persevere with courage, we will obtain this eternal, immortal life.
  18. Ellen White says that the blessing of heaven cannot attend anyone who ignores God’s eternal principles of right.
  19. In John 21, Jesus asks Peter three times if Peter loved Him. Without the love of God, Peter could not be a faithful shepherd over God’s people. The Christian minister is a failure if he doesn’t have this love.
  20. 2 Peter 1:15 “Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.”
  21. Jesus ‘prophecy was to be fulfilled, and Peter would die a similar death to his Lord. But Peter was crucified upside down because of his feelings of unworthiness.
  22. Christians must not be afraid of death because of the promise the Lord has made of eternal life.
  23. Faith binds us to God and gives us belief, hope, love, and the character of Christ.
  24. 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.”
  25. James 4:6-7 “6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
  26. What does faith mean to you?

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