The Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church service on July 7, 2018 began with Ginny Arce having the Ministry Corner. Haniel Garcia welcomed everyone and made a few announcements. Rodney Herra said that those selected for the nominating committee have accepted their task.
Leilani (junior) played an introit. The congregation had a silent invocation and then sang “Under His Wings”. Rich Sutton had the main prayer; the congregation responded with “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”.
Eldric (sophomore) then called for the offering. John Ellis and Eric (senior) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the world budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Haniel Garcia prayed for the offering.
Mark (sophomore) told the congregation (children) a story from the pulpit. Isaac (elementary) read Luke 22:31-32 “31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired [to have] you, that he may sift [you] as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” The Spanish students sang “Far Beyond the Sun” in Spanish, accompanied by Leilani on the piano.
Rodney Herra discussed the topic “Rust-Mort”. The congregation sang “Give of Your Best to the Master”. Rodney Herra had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Haniel Garcia – Laurelbrook graduate helping out for part of the summer
John Ellis – retired mechanic / local church deacon
Rodney Herra – former staff member / local church treasurer
Following are some notes on the sermon:
Matthew 4:18-19 “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.”
Matthew 14:25-30 “25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”
Peter put his eyes on the sea, not Jesus. We often look on the problems instead of the Savior.
Jesus told Peter to come to have Peter perish.
Jesus doesn’t call you to forsake you. Jesus is with us in trials.
Matthew 16:14-18 “14 And they said, Some [say that thou art] John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
“Peter” means rolling stone, meaning Peter was not the church’ foundation. Jesus was the foundation and nothing can prevail against that foundation.
“21 ¶ From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”
How many times do we try to tell God what to do?
Matthew 17:24-27 “24 ¶ And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute [money] came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? 25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? 26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”
Jesus didn’t fight with the Jews about the tax. How many times do we fight with people about matters that do not concern eternal life? Avoid controversy wherever possible.
Matthew 18:21-22 “21 ¶ Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
There should be no end to forgiveness. We benefit more than those forgiven because it changes our hearts.
We recognize that others are sinners just as we are.
Matthew 19:27 “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?”
Luke 22:31-34 “31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired [to have] you, that he may sift [you] as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. 33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. 34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.”
We are converted when we are completely changed by God. Peter loved Jesus very much at this point, but was he converted? Peter hadn’t yet let Jesus’ love completely change his life.
Matthew 26:37-42 “37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt]. 40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak. 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.”
Jesus knew Peter and realized how all humans needed Him and was willing to give all heaven for any human who wished to follow Him.
God built the churches in Mexico; we provided human tools to do the work. How many humans can do enough good to take the credit for anything good we do?
Matthew 26:69-74 “69 ¶ Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. 70 But he denied before [them] all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. 71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another [maid] saw him, and said unto them that were there, This [fellow] was also with Jesus of Nazareth. 72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. 73 And after a while came unto [him] they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art [one] of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. 74 Then began he to curse and to swear, [saying], I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.”
Peter refused to deny to self and assist Jesus at this point. Are we willing to give up everything for Jesus?
The words of Jesus came to Peter’s mind as the rooster crowed. When he looked at Jesus, Jesus showed sympathy for him.
Peter became a changed and converted man; he realized that Jesus had given everything for him personally.
We are not worthy of the salvation Jesus offers. Allow Jesus to break your heart and convert you. Then allow Jesus to make the needed changes in your life.
When you fall, allow Jesus to immediately pick you up and start you up the hill of life again.
Mark 16:5-7 “5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.”