Location: PMC Commons
Tales from a Vineyard
Making Love in the Vineyard-An Old Song
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 one granddaughter.
“Tales from a Vineyard: Making Love
in the Vineyard—An Old Song”
»A Love Song in the Vineyard
• Song of Solomon 1 & 8/Isaiah 5:1-7
»A Parable about the Vineyard
• Matthew 21:33-43/John 15
»This may be the most important truth you have yet to learn:
• John 15:1-5, 8, 16
• Jesus talks about “fruit” seven times.
• What kind of fruit?
• Craig Keener: “In Palestine, the grapes ripen in late summer as the shoots stop growing and the bark changes from green to darker shortly before the vintage of August or September. Yet John writes figuratively; of what sort of fruit does the passage speak? . . . [T]he immediate context . . . suggests fruit.” (The Gospel of John: A Commentary 2:997)
• Galatians 5:22-23—“But the fruit of the is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
• Desire of Ages: “The life of Christ in you produces the same as in Him. Living in Christ, adhering to Christ, supported by Christ, drawing nourishment from Christ, you bear fruit after the similitude of Christ.”(677)
• Acts of the Apostles: “The sap of the vine, ascending from the root, is diffused to the branches, sustaining growth and producing blossoms and fruit. So the life-giving power of the , proceeding from the Saviour, pervades the soul, renews the motives and affections, and brings even the thoughts into obedience to the will of God, enabling the receiver to bear the precious fruit of holy deeds.” (284)
• But what about pruning (John 15:2)?
• Hebrews 5:8—“During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He .”
• 2 Corinthians 12:8-10—“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ . . . That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am , then I am strong.”
• Philippians 3:10—“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His , becoming like Him in His death.”
• Hebrews 12:10-11—“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness [“Become like Me”]. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces the of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained [pruned] by it.”
• 2 Timothy 3:12—“Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus [connected to the Vine] will be [pruned].”
• Mark 10:30—Jesus promises all who give up all to follow Him will be rewarded a hundred times as much in this life with “ .”
• The point: we won’t get through this life without being .
• Desire of Ages: “The pruning will cause pain, but it is the Father who applies the knife. He works with no wanton hand or indifferent heart.  There are branches trailing upon the ground; these must be cut loose from the supports to which their tendrils are fastening. They are to reach heavenward, and find their support in God.  The excessive foliage that draws away the life current [sap] from the must be pruned off.  The overgrowth must be cut out, to give room for the healing beams of the Sun of Righteousness. The husbandman prunes away the growth, that the fruit may be richer and more abundant.” (677)
• Andrew Murray: “Christian, pray for grace to see in every trouble, small or great, the Father’s finger pointing to Jesus, and saying, Abide in Him! . . . A believer may pass through much affliction and yet secure but little blessing from it all. Abiding in Christ is the secret of securing all that the Father the chastisement to bring us.” (Abiding in Christ 122-123)
• “I will put my in Him.” (Hebrews 2:13)
• “Prune me, dear Father, that there may be more fruit . . . in my life . . . for Your glory.”
You gotta have fruit!
December 14, 7:00 PM
Location: PMC Sanctuary
Sabbath, December 15, Both Services
Location: PMC Sanctuary
Sabbath, December 22
Location: PMC Commons
God’s Hands 4 Kids provides care and support for vulnerable children, their caregivers, and workers. We would like to know who in our own church are foster, kinship or adoptive families. As part of the Berrien County Foster Adoption Network, a collaborative of government, private agencies and Gh4k, a monthly support group is held here at PMC that includes a free meal, children’s activities and adult time. We also host several trainings a year. Email us at email@example.com to let us know about your family and share if you have a specific need. May God bless you as you give of yourself and live out James 1:27.
The Watervliet Migrant HeadStart center located at 745 N M 140 Watervliet, MI 49098 is a 501 (c) (3) private nonprofit organization that provides educational services to migrant and seasonal families that work in agriculture.We are currently seeking volunteers and donations. Volunteers are needed to come and read to children or lead in creative activities. Donations of diapers, unscented baby wipes and ready to use formula are welcome. Please contact Sanford Gomez at (269) 463-5610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sabbath School Teachers: You may pick up your class's quarterlies and your teacher's edition at the lower level Welcome Center. Class members will receive your new quarterlies in their class so they do not need to pick up their own copy. Those PMC members not in a regular Sabbath school class may sign out one or two quarterlies for their personal use.
Looking for a quiet, thoughtful Sabbath School that dives deep into Bible study and encourages lively discussion? Join us Sabbath mornings, 10:30-11:30 AM, at Rachel Hall (the old IMC Building). We look forward to studying the Word with you!
Sabbaths, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Loction: Rachel Hall
Contact: Anne Oyerly - email@example.com
The School of Health Professions will be hosting a Cancer Research Forum by Dr. Benjamin Lau. He will present “Phytotherapy Maximizes Innate Immunity and Cancer Healing.” Book signing will follow in Chan Shun Lobby. Free Admission (limited capacity). Click the link below to RSVP.
September 27, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Location: Chan Shun Hall, Garber Auditorium
Pioneer is hiring part-time and fulltime support staff positions. Visit www.pmchurch.org/employment for details.