The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation

"I, a Poor, Stinking Bag of Dung"

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Dwight K. Nelson

Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and one granddaughter.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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"The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation:
'I, a Poor, Stinking Bag of Dung'"

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  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
    • Roland Bainton: "The man who thus called upon a saint was later to repudiate the cult of the saints. He who vowed to become a monk was later to renounce monasticism. A loyal son of the Catholic Church, he was later to shatter the structure of medieval Catholicism. A devoted servant of the pope, he was later to identify the popes with Antichrist. For this young man was Martin Luther" (Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther 15).
  • 4 Takeaways/Legacies for the New Reformation
    • #1—Only .
      • Luther: "I was a good monk, and I kept the rule of my order so strictly that I may say that if ever a monk got to heaven by his monkery it was I. All my brothers in the monastery who knew me will bear me out. If I had kept on any longer, I should have killed myself with vigils, prayers, reading and other work." (Bainton 34).
      • James Kittelson: "Anfechtung was what Luther later called this grinding sense of being utterly lost. By it he intended the idea of swarming attacks of doubt that could convince people that God's love was not for them. Later he considered this sense of being irredeemably evil to be the work of Satan, who sought to make a Christian's sins, doubts, and anxieties too much even for the grace of God. At such moments just the rustling of dried leaves in a forest sounded like the legions of hell coming to seize one's soul.” (Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career 56)
      • Derek Wilson: "Certainly Luther went through periods of black depression when he retreated into himself and spoke to no one. He never fully shrugged off this particular demon and to the end of his days would retire into a room by himself when problems weighed heavily upon him." (59)
      • Luther: "I greatly longed to understand Paul's Epistle to the Romans and nothing stood in the way but that one expression, 'the justice of God,' because I took it to mean that justice whereby God is just and deals justly in punishing the unjust. My situation was that, although an impeccable monk, I stood before God as a sinner troubled in conscience, and I had no confidence that my merit would assuage him. Therefore I did not love a just and angry God, but rather hated and murmured against him." (Bainton 49)
      • Luther: "Then [one day] I grasped that the justice of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise. The whole Scripture took on a new meaning, and   . . . now it became to me inexpressibly sweet in greater love. This passage of Paul ['the just shall live by faith'] became to me a gate to heaven." (Bainton 49-50)
      • H. M. S. Richards once declared: "I have only one doctrine: I am a great —but I have a great ." And when asked “What is the Adventist message?" he replied, " only."
    • #2—Only .
      • Luther: "The wounds of Jesus are safe enough for us.” (Kittelson 99)
      • Ellen White: "The lower you lie at the foot of the cross, the dearer and more exalted will be your conception of your Redeemer." (Review and Herald 10-16-1888)
      • Ellen White: "The theme that attracts the heart of the sinner is Christ and Him crucified. On the cross of Calvary Jesus stands revealed to the world in unparalleled love." (Maranatha 99)
    • #3—Only .
      • Derek Wilson: "Within decades of Luther's death... all Europe was awash with Bibles in contemporary languages.... This was the richest part of Martin Luther's legacy. He bequeathed to the peoples of the world a collection of religious writings and invested them with supreme authority (or, as he would have said, recognized the supreme authority they manifestly possessed)."(363)
      • Luther: "God's word cannot be without God’s people, and God’s people cannot be without God’s word. . . . For it is the word of God which builds the Church. . . . [W]here that is heard, where baptism, the sacrament of the altar [the Lord’s Supper], and the forgiveness of sins are administered there hold fast and conclude most certainly that there is the house of God and that there is the gate of heaven." (Wilson 364)
      • Ellen White: "But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms. The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority—not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain 'Thus saith the Lord' in its support." (The Great Controversy 595)
    • #4—Only .
      • Proverbs 4:18
      • Ellen White: "The Reformation did not, as many suppose, end with Luther. It is to be continued to the close of this world's history. Luther had a great work to do in reflecting to others the light which God had permitted to shine upon him; yet he did not receive all the light which was to be given to the world. From that time to this, new light has been continually shining upon the Scriptures, and new truths have been constantly unfolding." (The Great Controversy 148-149)
      • John 16:12-13

"We are all beggars."

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Burt & Babb Wedding

The Burt and Babb families invite you to rejoice with us over the marriage of our children Celesta and Zack. We hope to see you there!

March 4, 3:30 PM
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church

Benefit Concert featuring Jamie Jorge

Come for a wonderful night of violin music by the world renowned Jaime Jorge and a special dedication for the Care for Cuba mission team leaving March 16 to spearhead evangelistic efforts in Cuba. A free-will offering will be collected to support Care for Cuba. Admission is free.

March 14, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

AUSA Service Gala

The AUSA Service Gala is premiering student-led service opportunities with the intention of inspiring and connecting students with opportunities to serve. The AUSA Service Gala will be a two part event, the first part will feature a series of speakers in the Howard Performing Arts Center (HPAC) Concert Hall representing different avenues of service. The second part will be a black-tie/red carpet style reception during which the AU UNICEF will be facilitating a silent auction fundraiser to raise funds for UNICEF emergency disaster relief.

Sunday, February 25, 6:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Organic CSA Shares Available

CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture. Sower's Purse Microfarm LLC is offering full and half share memberships for the 2018 growing season. With a focus on seasonal culinary diversity and growing methods which honor the Creator and His creation, your membership helps to ensure fresh, healthy produce remains available in the area for the forseeable future. It's the best way to connect with where your food comes from without growing it yourself. Weekly deliveries will be available at Neighbor to Neighbor every Friday from early-June to late-October. For more information on this season's limited membership please e-mail: christopher.dicicco@gmail.com.

Academy Day

All eighth grade students are invited to attend Academy Day March 6.  Come see the exciting programs Andrews Academy offers and experience one day with us. While there you will worship together, go to a number of classes with academy students, and participate in a number of games and activities.  Lunch will be served, T -shirts and prizes will be given.  Registration begins at 7:30 am, the full day of activities will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude by 3:15 pm. You are invited to stay for the optional dodgeball tournament and pizza supper to follow.   Call (269) 471-3138 with any questions you may have.

Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 AM to 3:15 PM
Location: Andrews Academy

Wind Symphony Vespers Concert

For our annual Vespers Concert as part of the Andrews University Music Festival, the Wind Symphony presents a wide of variety of inspirational sacred music for wind band. Headlining the program is David Gillingham’s No Shadow of Turning, a distinctive arrangement of Great is Thy Faithfulness and other moving repertoire pieces. Come be blessed and inspired by these moving pieces!

March 2, 7:30 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

In the Beginning: A Vespers in Music and Poetry

Andrews University Departments of Music and English invite you to join them in welcoming the Sabbath at their annual vespers in the Howard Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 23, at 7 p.m. This hour of worship and quiet reflection explores the creation story through music and the spoken word. All are welcome.

Friday, February 23, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Keys to Personal Revival and a Lifestyle of Vibrant Living in Christ

Female spouses of seminary students and student women clergy are invited to a Prayer Retreat. Be prepared for an extraordinary life changing experience with guest speaker and author Melody Mason of the GC Prayer Ministries Dept. Melody is the author of the bestselling book "Daring to ask for More". Register at the NADEI Office in the Seminary Building.

March 2, 5:30 PM
Location: Five Pines Ministries

New Member Orientation

If you have recently transferred your church membership, been baptized, joined by Profession of Faith, or enrolled at Andrews University, you are invited to attend the Pioneer new member orientation. We want to meet you, share the mission and vision of Pioneer with you, and introduce you to your pastors as we help you become better acquainted with your new church family. Click below to register or call pastor Sabine or Gracie Gaytan via (269) 471-3133.

Sabbath, March 3, 10:30 AM
Location: PMC Boardroom

Used Adventist Book Sale

There will be a used Adventist book sale on Sunday, April 8, 10am-4pm at the Village Adventist Elementary School. There will be about 7,000 used books for sale. If you are looking for something specific, John Segar is encouraging you to call him in advance at (269)781-6379. Part of the proceeds will go to the Village Adventist Elementary School.

There will have a large assortment of used Adventist books including:

  • Doctrinal
  • Ellen G. White books
  • Story books
  • Bible Story/Uncle Arthur Bedtime Story
  • SDA Bible Commentary
  • Song Books
  • Cook Books

Sunday, April 8, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Village Adventist Elementary School Gym
               (409 W Mars St, Berrien Springs, MI 49103)

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