Ricardo Reid Discusses Christians and Christ
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on September 2, 2017 began with an introit by Mark Kent. Thanos (junior) welcomed everyone and made a few announcements. Vespers will be at the church tonight at 7:00 p.m.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “I Would Be Like Jesus”. Ricardo Reid then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Joubert Pierre then called for the offering, mentioning that addictions (shopping, drugs, or whatever takes our time and attention) take away from what we can give to God. Elyjah (junior) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Joubert Pierre prayed for the offering.
Arielle Pierre then told the children a story about a hurricane she had experienced - Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm. The family had to hide in her room during the storm, the whole house was shaking, and a mattress had to held in front of the door. Her mother was repeating the Bible verse that the angels protect us. Then she saw a crack in the ceiling, a possible precursor of the roof leaving. The storm quit, and they discovered that the room they were in was the only room with a roof, evidence that angels were protecting them.
Joubert Pierre then read Philippians 2:5-11 “5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; 11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Scott Sterling played “Once to Every Man and Nation” as a violin solo without accompaniment for special music. Ricardo Reid discussed the topic “Let This Mind Be in You”. The congregation sang “I Will Follow Thee”. Ricardo Reid had the closing prayer.
The congregation was small since all but four students were with the Laurelbrook Choir singing at the Jesus for Asia gathering in East Ridge, TN.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Areielle Pierre – wife of Joubert Pierre / works on a project for Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook’s IT specialist
Joubert Pierre – academy math teacher
Ricardo Reid – one of the academy teachers / head local church elder / works with the grounds department
Following are some notes on the sermon:
- If you are growing in Christ, you are not stagnant. God-likeness is a goal to be reached.
- Philippians was a letter to the Christians in Philippi, the city that was the birthplace of European Christianity.
- The letter was intended to send a note of commendation to that church and was written by Paul from prison.
- It was also to counter the Judiazers and the hostility of the pagans. Satan was working against the church because the church was composed of God’s own people.
- Satan always attacks God’s people by attacking individual members.
- Philippians reveals Paul’s joy despite the storms rampaging through his life. In this moment of difficulty, Paul wrote that in Christ all could find joy to encourage others.
- Trials are stepping stones to great blessings if we flee to God. God turns the scars of life into stars for Him.
- If a disappointment helps you to know Christ more, it becomes a blessing.
- There are three sections in Philippians 2 – unity through humility, the humility of Christ, and light bearers.
- 1st section – Philippians 2:1-4 “1 ¶ If [there be] therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind. 3 [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
- If you are controlled and comforted by the love of Christ, you will move closer to your brethren and be more humble.
- The “bowels” means the heart or the intestines (in ancient times).
- How can we achieve humility?
- 2nd section - Philippines 2:5-8 “5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
- Christ voluntarily became a man and a servant because He loved this sinful world.
- Romans were not subject to crucifixion, but Jesus accepted this humiliating end for the Philippians.
- Jesus humbled Himself because He was obedient to the will of God.
- As we come closer to God, the Spirit will lead us into a Christ like humility. If you keep your eyes on Jesus, you will have an experience that is Christ-centered for the purpose of removing every trait that is self-centered. People will see Jesus in you.
- A good person with one bad trait of character can lead many people to the ruin Satan wants for them.
- Justification is God saving us from perdition so God can begin to change us in the process of sanctification.
- Spend an hour a day studying the life of Christ, humbling ourselves through prayer and the study of His word.
- God works within us although we should work out our salvation through fear and trembling.
- Ellen White says in Desire of Ages that we must enter the school of Christ to get a knowledge of Christ and to discard Satanic habits and practices.
- Matthew 11:28-30 “28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.”
- Christians in this condition ignore the slights and problems of life and live a simple life. Don’t wait to adopt this attitude so you can see a different picture of a pure, kind, meek life.
- Philippines 2:9-11 “9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; 11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
- 3rd section – Philippines 2:12-15 “12 ¶ Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure. 14 ¶ Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
- As a people of God looking to Christ and seeing His character, we are prepared to be light bearers for God.
- God wants to removed darkness or self. Look to Christ and not to others.
- Paul’s focus in prison was not on his humiliating circumstances but on the will of His Father. God was able to shine through him and to the church.
- To arise and shine for God we must leave a life of humble obedience to God.
- Hebrews 5:8-9 “8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;”
- Christ in His human flesh grew up in the very humble circumstances of a peasant and an artisan. But Christ was fulfilling His Father’s commission, living a life of obedience to God’s law. By doing this, His life serves to inspire the humble toilers of the human family.
- Matthew 5:3-4 “3 ¶ Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
- Christ was not interested in worldly greatness or wealth.
- A Christian’s weaknesses are united with Christ’s strengths.
- By loving and copying Christ, we are transformed into His likeness.