Mike Mudd Speaks About What We Should Be Doing
The 11:00 church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church began with announcements by Ron Oxentenko. The memorial service for Glenn Zollinger will be at 10:00 a.m. in the Ogden Road Seventh-day Adventist Church with a reception afterwards. The family is requesting no flowers. Cash donations will go towards fixing up the Laurelbrook Cemetery. This afternoon at 2:30 there will be Bible games at the Oxentenkos.
Beth Brandt played an introit on the piano. Mike Mudd had the invocation, the congregation sang “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, and Ron Oxentenko had the Morning Prayer. Ed Sonnenthal and Arman (sophomore) collected the church offerings; the main offering was for the church budget. After the congregation sang the doxology, Ron Oxentenko prayed for the offering.
Giovanni (senior) talked to the children about seeds and the most favorable conditions for their growth. This illustrates the best conditions for the growth of God’s love in our hearts.
Ron Oxentenko read Isaiah 9:6-7 “6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
Arnetra Montague, Anthony Montague, and Hylton Lindsay had the worship in music, singing a Scripture song from Revelation. Mike Mudd spoke about “What Shall We Do?” The congregation sang “Nearer, Still Nearer”, and xx had the benediction.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Anthony Montague – works with the academy Bible worker program
Arnetra Montague – sister of Anthony Montague
Ed Sonnenthal – local church deacon / works with the maintenance program
Hylton Lindsay – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Mike Mudd – director of the Laurelbrook Academy Bible Worker Program
Ron Oxentenko – Laurelbrook president
Some notes from Mike Mudd’s Sermon:
My challenge to you is replicate what God has done in your life. Bring one person to Christ this year.
- Isaiah 9:6-7 “6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
- Jesus carried the responsibility of the Cross, the gospel, the representation of God the Father, and a message to the world. What was His message?
- Our message is grounded in the sanctuary message of 1844.
- The mercy seat with its two angels was over the actual ark containing the Ten Commandments.
- Deuteronomy 10:3-5 “3 And I made an ark [of] shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in mine hand. 4 And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them unto me. 5 And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me.”
- Hebrews 8:1-2 “1 ¶ Now of the things which we have spoken [this is] the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.”
- Christ is in the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary where he has been since 1844.
- These truths give us an advantage over other Christians in this world.
- Matthew 22:35-40 “35 Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
- We are to be vindicating the character of God.
- The Ten Commandments is what God is sitting on.
- Angels before the Fall didn’t know about the Ten Commandments because they were already doing them.
- The first and most important thing to explain to people is the love and character of God.
- Christ came to model what we could be if we got rid of our agenda. Sometimes we are persecuted due to our ignorance, our misrepresentation of Christ and His character.
- People want us to be like them because it complements our selfish desire for acceptance.
- 2 Peter 1:3-9 “3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 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. 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.”
- Ellen White preached 2 Peter 1 because people needed to get rid of sin.
- The Laodicean church needs to be purged of its sins and know everything, but it really is really blindness. The people of Laodicea are content with what we have done.
- Colossians 1:25-27 “25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”
- John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
- Do you have Jesus in you? If we have Christ in us, then we can do greater things than Christ did.
- Today there is a Christian movement dealing with the gifts of God’s Spirit. They think the evidence God is in them is their work.
- Galatians 5:22-23 “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
- A person must possess the gifts from the Spirit before he/she bears Spirit-induced fruit.
- Ellen White in Desire of Ages, p. 209 says the truth must be brought into practical life.
- The truth will become a curse if this is not done.
- Satan will counterfeit the fruits of the Spirit without people having the fruits of the Spirit.
- If Christ is not changing us, then our work is worth nothing. If we are under God’s control, we will not worry about ourselves any more and more about God’s direction of our lives.
- A child wants to be like his/her parents, showing unconditional love. As Christians, we have to be like this.
- We can preach all the great truths, but these truths must change us. The mystery of the gospel is replicating Christ in us.
- What would happen if every church member would dedicate himself/herself to replicating Christ in himself/herself?
- Bring one person, show them God loves them, and minister to them.
- Those who dealt with Christ knew that He loved them.