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The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation
"Here I Stand!"
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SpeakerDwight 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 2 granddaughters.
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"The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation:
'Here I Stand!'"
- Derek Wilson: "Whatever else it was, the Reformation was the world’s biggest ever evangelical revival. That is, it called all members of the Christian world and, through the work of missionaries, the whole of humanity to sign up to the three fundamentals of evangelical faith: the primacy of Scripture, the centrality of the Cross and the necessity for personal conversion. Luther died a disappointed man because he believed that his message had failed to conquer the hearts and minds of many people. He was right—but only because he set himself high standards. With the benefit of hindsight we can see that religious revival is always limited in its impact and in its duration. German Pietism, the Methodist Revival in Britain, America’s Great Awakening, the later movements associated with the names of Dwight Moody, William Booth, Billy Graham and others—they all eventually reached and passed their sell-by dates. Inevitably zeal wanes, vision fades and vibrant churches become institutions. The old adage always holds good: 'a mission becomes a movement, a movement becomes a machine, a machine becomes a monument and a monument becomes a museum'—until woken up by the next revival." (Luther: Out of the Storm 353)
- Leroy Froom: "Seeing the corrupting influence of these indulgences among his own parishioners, Luther tried to stem the tide, and refused to absolve those from their sins who produced an indulgence purchased from Tezel. Therefore the immediate spark that ignited the Reformation did not come from the theological chair, nor even from the pulpit, but from a faithful pastor who was roused to protect his flock from spiritual harm." (Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers 2:252)
- The Great Controversy: "[Luther] had been called as a shepherd to feed the flock of God, that were hungering and thirsting for the truth." (126)
- Timothy Lull, Derek Nelson: "The one title Luther has been given on which there can be virtually no equivocation, one that does not have two sides, has no ‘yes, but,’ is pastor. On the most momentous day in a turbulent life—the day of his examination at the Diet of Worms—Luther rose early so that he could hear the confession of several people with heavy hearts…He did not want to be right about doctrine for the sake of being right but for being helpful to troubled consciences. His concern for preaching, both his own and that of others, trumped everything else in his theology…The word pastor literally means ‘shepherd,’ and Luther was like a German Shepherd in more ways than one." (Resilient Reform: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther 383, 384)
- The Great Controversy: "From the secret place of prayer came the power that shook the world in the Reformation." (210)
- Luther: "Since then your serene majesty and your lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner... : Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me. Amen." (Lull and Nelson 130)
- James Reston, Jr: "This is the story of the most intense and pivotal period in the life of the great Reformer Martin Luther.... At the Wartburg he wrestled courageously with the most profound questions of Christian life. . . . He interpreted Holy Scripture for the common person.... Miraculously, Luther not only survived this ordeal at the Wartburg but flourished. His literary output in these furtive months was astonishing: letters, sermons, essays, translations.... Indeed without books to refer to during this period, he would succeed in changing the German language forever, as he would transform a rebellion against Rome into a lasting alternate religion.... Hounded into the Wartburg, he emerged with strength and stature to face his persecutors—and triumph over them." (Luther’s Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation under Siege ix-x)
- Luther: "The wise of this world are rejected, that we may learn not to think ourselves wise . . . indeed, to shut our eyes altogether, and cling only to Christ’s Word and come to Him, as He so lovingly invites us to do, and say: Thou alone art my beloved Lord and Master, I am Thy disciple. This much and more might be said concerning this Gospel, but I am too weak and we shall let it go at that." (Lull/Nelson 385)
- Luke 11:9-13
- Isaiah 43:19/44:3
- Ellen White: "The Holy Spirit, the representative of Christ Himself, is the greatest of all gifts." (Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing 132)
- "Morning by morning [Jesus] communicated with His Father in heaven, receiving from Him daily a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit." (Signs of the Times November 21, 1895)
- Download a PDF of Helmut Haubeil’s book: www.steps-to-personal-revival.info
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Would you like an amazing summer opportunity to grow in your faith and make new friends at the same time? How about leading a GROW group? A GROW group is a small group that’s based on interest. Groups consist of 12-15 people and they meet for 10-12 weeks in convenient locations around the area. There are outdoor groups, activity groups, Mom groups, singles groups, Bible study groups—or something else entirely. You choose! In addition, you won’t be left on your own. We have a team in place to help coach and support you as you lead. To register to lead a group go to pmchurch.org/grow and click “Lead a Summer Group.” Or for more information feel free to contact me, Rodlie Ortiz, at email@example.com. You can also contact Brianna Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Leader registrations will remain open until May 3rd at noon.
Students' finals week is coming very soon. PMC is scheduled to have the Soup for Students again on April 30, Tuesday. We need at least 30 people to commit to a pot of soup. You may also donate cookies and bread. Volunteers during and after the event are also needed. Please call Lailane Legoh at (269) 471-6565 by April 29, Tuesday, if you are willing to make a difference in this way. Thank you very much.
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This quarter the Bible Journey Sabbath School class will be studying 13 great prayers of the Bible. Our daily study will be guided by a template prepared by Seminary professor Teresa Reeve, one of our class’s teachers. As we learn how people in the Bible prayed and how God responded, we will also be learning better ourselves how to pray and how to use sound principles of exegesis for Bible study. If you are new to PMC or if you do not have a regular Sabbath School class, we invite you to join us each Sabbath from 10:30 to 11:30. To obtain a study guide, contact us at email@example.com.
Sabbaths, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Location: Nethery Hall, Room 143
Do you have some experience giving Bible studies? Do you feel like God is looking for you to take the next step in your journey with evangelism? We’re looking for someone to help coordinate Bible study interests. If you’re open to hearing more, please contact Rodlie Ortiz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pioneer Memorial Church is pleased to announce the beginning of its renovation project! You will soon start to see construction traffic and work being done to our roof. Our goal is to complete the project by the start of the fall school semester. In order to accomplish this our timeline needed to be adjusted. Roof work will begin on or around April 1 along with adjustments to interior lighting. For your safety, please observe all posted signage related to construction areas. For the most updated information regarding construction, safety, and use of the church, click the link below. If your question isn’t answered there, you may also email email@example.com or call the church office at (269)471-3133.
University Wellness will be having its 4th Annual Wellness Fest right after Spring Break! (March 25 - 29) You will not want to miss it! It will be a week packed with activities such as therapy dogs, pop-up food booths, pop-up workouts, a fit flash, a plank challenge and so much more! Be a part of making Andrews the healthiest University in the world!
Ten years ago Sidewalk Prophets released their first album "These Simple Truths." The songs from that album have dramatically impacted their ministry and their lives resulting in their ability to travel the world, meet amazing people, and hear powerful stories. They have been able to see Christ at work in so many ways. Today, Sidewalk Prophets wants to take those miles on the road and the stories they have heard and compiled and share them with you. Sidewalk Prophets is bringing their "These Simple Truths Tour" to Berrien Springs, Michigan. Help us spread the word! It is going to be an incredible experience!
April 28, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center
This ministry provides hand-created items to the bereaved and seriously ill. We meet twice a month for fellowship and planning. Please consider joining us.
April 23, 7:00 PM
Location: MacCarty Residence (4541 Timberland Dr.)
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Lyn MacCarty - (269) 471-9060 or (269) 208-3377