Students who will be in the 1st - 8th grades next school year are invited to visit Ruth Murdoch Elementary School on March 5. Make friends, meet teachers and have fun! Grades 1-6 will visit 8:15-11:30 AM and Grades 7-8 will visit 8:15-3:30 PM. Please call 269-471-3225 to register
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.
James Surowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds
- An experiment with college students
- Not surprisingly “70 percent of the subjects changed their real opinion at least once, and a third of the subjects went along with the group at least half the time.” (38)
- But when one of the control group joined the subject in selecting the correct answer, “that was enough to make a huge difference. Having even one other person in the group who felt as they did made the subjects happy to announce their thoughts, and the rate of conformity plummeted.” (39)
Let’s call it “the power of .”
- All it takes is one other person to agree with you—and you will find courage to take the stand you believed was right all along.
- Or, all it takes is for one student, one person, to step out of the crowd and take a stand for what he or she believes is the right answer—and someone else, who would otherwise have probably gone along with the group, finds courage to also take the very same stand.
- v 15—“Just between the of you.” Like the old proverb says, “The best way to dispose of your enemies it to make with them.”
v 16—“Take one or others along.”
- Deuteronomy 19:15
- Desire of Ages: “While we seek to correct the errors of a brother [or sister], the Spirit of Christ will lead us to shield [them], as far as possible, from the criticism of even [their own spiritual family], and how much more from the censure of the unbelieving world. We are erring, and need Christ’s pity and forgiveness, and just as we wish Him to deal with us, He bids us deal with one another.” (441)
v 17—Who are the “pagans” and “tax collectors”? They are those who are the very of the church.
vv 12-14—the parable of the lost sheep
What are we doing to reconnect with the “lost sheep” of our own ?
v 18—Jesus is describing an astounding between the church down here and Heaven up there.
Whichever one acts first, the other .
Thus the point is inescapable: The church is a very big deal to .
- God is on the church!
- David Watson: “The existence of the Christian community of the church in its ideal form is the revelation of God that the world can at present see.” (I Believe in the Church 84)
- Ellen White: “Enfeebled and defective as it may appear, the church is the one object upon which God bestows in a special sense His regard” (Acts of the Apostles 12).
No wonder the New Testament—building on Christ’s foundational teaching of the church here in Matthew—offers these stirring metaphors of the church:
- The B of Christ—with Christ as the Husband. (2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:25-27; Rev 21:2)
- The B of Christ—with Christ as the Head. (1 Cor 12:27; Eph 1:22-23)
- The B of Christ)—with Christ as the Cornerstone. (1 Cor 3:11, 16; Eph 2:19-22)
- The B of Christ—with Christ as the Captain. (Eph 6:13-17; Heb 2:10 NKJV)
- You can’t be close to the Head without being close to the .
- Zechariah 2:8—“This is what the LORD Almighty says: Whoever touches you [Zion] touches the of His eye.”
- You cannot be to Christ and from His church.
vv 19-20—The Greek reads: “For where two or three are ‘’ in My name, there am I with them.”
- By his intentional use of the verb form of “synagogue,” Matthew is describing the formal, organized, institutional church of the New Testament that meets every with appointed and recognized to God, study His and carry out His on earth all week long.
- “The power of two”—the power of Christ and His church.
That’s why like Jesus I too am . . .
“SOLD OUT on the Church”
The Andrews University Band & Keyboard Festival this year includes nearly 200 academy students from six states and Canada. Come enjoy the hard work these students have put in at the concluding festival concert today at 4pm in the Howard Performing Arts Center. The festival band will be directed by Denisse Santos and Byron Graves, performing Reluctant Joys by Brant Karrick, Joy in All Things by Brian Balmages, Be Thou My Vision by Travis Cross, Redemption by Rossano Galante, and Rainbow in the Clouds by Carol Brittin Chambers, and From Whom All Blessings Flow by Ed Huckeby. The festival keyboard students are under the direction of Chi Yong Yun, and will perform a variety of selections. Admission is free.
There will be a fellowship dinner, following the second worship service in the commons on the lower level.
All eighth-grade students are invited to attend Academy Day on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. Come and see the exciting programs Andrews Academy offers and experience one day with us. While there, you will worship together, go to several classes, and participate in some games and activities. Lunch will be served, and 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 2:30 PM. There will be an optional activity and snacks to follow that will end by 3:30 PM. Call 269-471-3138 to RSVP or with any questions you may have. (Eighth graders in Niles SDA, RMES, or Village SDA schools are already preregistered).
Michigan Advance Partners
When Kelly received a Discovering Revelation handbill in her mailbox, she knew it was from the Lord. “I had been lost for quite a while and needed guidance—and that was my ticket,” she explained. When asked what she appreciated about the meetings she said, “They’re riveting! It’s basically laying out Revelation unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”
She went on to describe how welcoming the church family was: “They’ve made me feel like I’ve been here all my life. People shake my hand, and they take the time to welcome me to their church and I’m not even a member! But I will be by the time I’m done. I’ve found my home.”
Kelly’s testimony is wonderful, but far from unique. Evangelistic outreach takes place across the Michigan Conference each year and time and again, people have the same experience Kelly had at Discovering Revelation.
Today’s offering goes to support Michigan Advance Partners, 33.33% of which supports Conference evangelism. Please give generously to help others like Kelly find their home, too.
—North American Division Stewardship Ministries
We want to continue to support Kosrae with student missionaries and financially. If you are interested in serving as a missionary please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to donate to special projects please visit our lakeunioneducation.org website.
You can also join us on March 25th @ 8PM for our monthly worship service with Kosrae SDA. You can sign up on the attached QR code.
The Andrews University Wind Symphony and University Singers will present a vespers program focusing on “Praises to the King” on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:30 PM at the Howard Performing Arts Center. The program will feature songs of praise from University Singers such as Kyle Pederson’s Exultate Jubilate, and Illuminare His by Elaine Hagenberg, as well as the Wind Symphony’s renditions of arrangements of Great is Thy Faithfulness, Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow, and Rossano Galante’s Resplendent Glory.
The program will also feature several undergraduate and graduate student directors, as well as a World Premier of Rex Caelestis composed by Graduate Music Student Earlon Cornwall. The concert is free to attend. For more information, contact the Howard Performing Arts Center at howard.andrews.edu.
Join us for Bible study and reading "Mere Christianity" an adaption of BBC radio broadcasts by C.S. Lewis during WWII. We plan to build simple radio sets like the ones people listened to Mr. Lewis on. We will meet the first and second Tuesday of each month from 7:00-9:30, in the lobby of the Simulator Building at Andrews University Airpark. Register by clicking on the 'Grow Groups" link at the bottom of Pioneer Memorial Church's web page, then select the option of "Join a Community Group". Send questions to: email@example.com
Pioneer’s fellowship dinner ministry is alive and well. There are currently 11 teams sharing in the responsibility to host the dinners throughout the year. But the ministry needs more teams as well as individuals who are willing to join the current teams.
If you are a part of a small group or Sabbath School class that is not currently active in this important ministry, please consider becoming involved. The commitment is not great. Current teams serve from two to four times a year. And if you would like to join a currently active team, let us know and you will directed to a team.
For more information, or to volunteer, dial 269-281-2345, and enter Fellowship Dinner. You will be able to enter you contact information there, and we will be in contact with you.
The Family Life Committee invites you and your family to the Worship at Home Conference on Sabbath, March 2, 3:30-7:00 PM! This conference includes music, science, a main speaker, breakout sessions, supper, and a family worship experience. Breakout sessions include discussions and ideas regarding worship for: preschoolers and their families; school-aged kids and their families; tween/teens and their families; singles; and couples. This conference is in conjunction with Children's Church, which will be listed as one of the breakout sessions. Come and explore new ways of engaging with God at home! Watch for further information and the registration link coming soon.