Rich Sutton Talks About Following God's Leading; Interviews Brothers
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on September 16, 2017 began with notes by Rich Sutton on the situation in Florida. Laurelbrook plans to take a group to Jacksonville to help people there at the request of Jim Ingersoll of the Southern Union Conference.
Mark (sophomore) had the announcements and welcome. He read 1 Samuel 14:16-22 “16 ¶ And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down [one another]. 17 Then said Saul unto the people that [were] with him, Number now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armourbearer [were] not [there]. 18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel. 19 And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that the noise that [was] in the host of the Philistines went on and increased: and Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw thine hand. 20 And Saul and all the people that [were] with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle: and, behold, every man’s sword was against his fellow, [and there was] a very great discomfiture. 21 Moreover the Hebrews [that] were with the Philistines before that time, which went up with them into the camp [from the country] round about, even they also [turned] to be with the Israelites that [were] with Saul and Jonathan. 22 Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, [when] they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the battle.”
Then Mark dealt with the announcements. The cafeteria will be serving lunch after the service. Don’t forget the list of prayer requests in the bulletin.
Samantha (sophomore) then played an introit. The congregation had a silent invocation. Directed by Pedro Arce, the congregation then sang “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go”. Mark then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Eric (junior) then called for the offering. Thanos (junior) and Clifton Brandt then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Mark prayed for the offering.
Ginny Arce then told the children a story about an incident on their Mexican trip this summer. They had been told not to travel at night; it was too dangerous. They left their hotel an hour before dawn and saw a mean-looking man on the road. The man threw a rock at the van, but nothing hit the van. God was protecting them. Another time they came around a curve and saw half the road missing, but the driver kept driving. The angels’ hands must have been holding up the man. God has a secret army protecting His believers like the army God had surrounding the city Elisha was in. Elisha saw many angels protecting him.
Jara (sophomore) then read Hebrews 11:8 “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” The girls’ dorm then had special music.
Rich Sutton, Jason, and Andrew Sharon discussed the topic “We Went Where We Were Called”. The congregation sang “So Send I You”. Rich Sutton then challenged the congregation to go where the Lord wants them to go. Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Andrew Sharon – works with construction
Jason Sharon – works with construction
Pedro Arce – heads up Laurelbrook’s music program
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Following are some notes on the talk by Rich Sutton, Jason Sharon, and Andrew Sharon:
[Rich Sutton then interviewed Andrew and Jason Sharon, two brothers who have worked in Southeast Asia]
- What is the gospel according to you?
- God took a million people out of Egypt but looked on each as an individual.
- In Acts, Paul is shown as a Pharisee of Pharisees.
- Acts 11:22-26 “22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. 23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. 25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”
- Who would you pick to go to the mission field with you?
- Paul and Barnabus were a team.
- Acts 11:27-30 “27 ¶ And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. 28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: 30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.”
- In Acts there was a shipwreck of 600 people, 60 survived. Paul was shipwrecked many times.
- Acts 27:39-44 “39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship. 40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed [themselves] unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. 41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. 42 And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape. 43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from [their] purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast [themselves] first [into the sea], and get to land: 44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on [broken pieces] of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.”
- The people in the ship were safe because Paul, God’s servant, was with them. A church sprang up because of Paul’s participation in the shipwreck.
- Acts 28:1-5 “1 ¶ And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita [Malta]. 2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. 3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid [them] on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 And when the barbarians saw the [venomous] beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. 5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.”
- God protects His believers.
- Acts 28:6-9 “6 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god. 7 In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously. 8 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. 9 So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:”
- These things happened to Paul because he was willing to go and do God’s work.
- These two brothers enjoyed finding out-of-service machinery and repairing it when very young.
- Jason was almost 18 when his brother went over to the area to help with the radio stations there.
- 19-year-old Andrew was totally focused on being a pilot and running fast cars, but then he was invited by his brother to go the area where his brother was working.
- Jason confessed that anything that breaks he tries to learn with the assistance of God. God doesn’t always give us a perfect experience; we can make mistakes.
- Andrew was asked to wire houses and a television studio. He was lost, but the right people came along to help him do the work.
- Andrew and Jason are teaching construction techniques to students. They are building a mission house so Christy and David Armstrong have a spot to stay when they come home from Nepal.
- Jason is currently awaiting a visa to return to Thailand.
- Andrew is looking for where the Lord leads – Laurelbrook or elsewhere.
- The brothers are always sharing the gospel on the construction site.