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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 18:41

Speaker

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 2 granddaughters.

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In love with Jesus but not a fan of the church? Maybe it's time to take a second look at the "body of Christ" and see just what it means to be "Sold Out" on Jesus.
Saturday, February 22, 2014

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03/01/2014
For those truly SOLD OUT on Christ's mission for the world there is a clear plan of action. Discover the 4 keys to God's plan, each of which begin with the letter "G".
03/08/2014
Martyrdom. Not a word you hear often in the comfort of our own pulpits. Yet it's a reality that literally millions of Christians around the world face everyday. Should you care? Should we care? Let's see what Christ had to say on the matter.

“SOLD OUT!”—1

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  • 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.
  • Matthew 18:15-20
    • 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” 

World Service Organization Database Launched

The World Service Organization (WSO) is part of the Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries Department. The WSO is the church entity that supports Adventists who serve their communities, militaries, and local, regional, and national governments.

In order to support you, we need to know who you are and what you do. We have created a system to collect this information and store it securely. Now, we need you to create your profile.

WHO SHOULD CREATE A PROFILE
Any Adventist who serves in:

  • a national military or defense force (This includes Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard, and State Defense Forces.)
  • Law Enforcement personnel (City, County, State/Province/Federal)
  • Firefighters (City, County, State/Province/Federal)
  • Search and Rescue/EMTs/First Responders
  • Corrections (State/Province or Federal)
  • Government (City, County, State/Province, or Federal)
  • Military veterans

YOU CAN CREATE YOUR PERSONAL PROFILE AT PORTAL.WORLDSERVICEORGANIZATION.ORG.
Once you log in, choose the Adventist in Uniform/Government registration platform. You’ll be asked to provide your name and contact information, government service information, and church relationship.

Be sure to complete the section on subscriptions to receive your complimentary For God and Country magazine subscription, occasional email updates, and texts from the World Service Organization. Don’t forget to click submit.

Wednesday Morning Prayer Meeting

You're invited to our Wednesday morning prayer meeting which meets at 7:00 AM on Zoom. This is a fantastic group that meets to share and pray together once a week. We are about to head into the holiday season, we are going to begin a series that you are not going to want to miss. Over the last year, we have explored biblical characters who shared their faith. As we begin our next chapter, I would like to invite you to join us as we explore 5 steps to intentionally sharing our faith. This series will run from November 10 – December 8.

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Helping the Starlins

We at Pioneer have been celebrating with Don and Trudy Starlin over his recent successful double-lung transplant. He had days to live when the donor's lungs became available. And the good news is he is recovering very well, having been moved from his transplant hospital to a nearby rehabilitation hospital. The last text message from Trudy reports he walked 1,650 steps a couple of days ago, his chest and feeding tubes have been removed, his spirits are strong—and we join them in praising God for this miraculous (how else can you describe a double-lung transplant?) intervention.

Family and friends of the Starlins have started a GoFundMe account to raise monies to offset the immense costs of this transplant operation. Insurance simply does not cover the myriad of expenses—room and board in the city, loss of employment during the recent months of waiting, continued unemployment until recovery is complete, rehabilitation, et al. While Pioneer cannot publish every worthy GoFundMe project, we can rally to the needs of this hometown couple who have faithfully served this congregation and are facing monumental financial challenges.

May our prayers surround these two Pioneer Family members on their road to recovery—"being confident of this, that He who began a good work in [them] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6).

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Benton Harbor Water Crisis

Due to excessive lead in the water in Benton Harbor, Harbor of Hope serves as a distribution site for cases of free bottled water for Benton Harbor residents. Volunteers are needed from 4:00 – 6:00 PM every Sabbath afternoon.

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Pioneer Collegiate Sabbath School

Pioneer's new Collegiate Sabbath School meets in the Pioneer Commons! This is a place for interactive connections with Collegiates and with God, to study the stories of Jesus and what they mean for us today. Breakfast snacks will be provided.

Weekly on Sabbath, 10:30 AM
Location: Pioneer Commons

Pioneer Safety Update

Pioneer cares about the health of our community and our congregation. We monitor the spread of COVID-19, especially the delta variant, closely.  Berrien County's level of transmission is now High, as classified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

In alignment with Andrews University (AU), masks are now required indoors at Pioneer, regardless of vaccination status (AU guidelines).

Please:

  • wear a mask indoors
  • practice physical distancing
  • practice good hand hygiene

If you feel unwell at all, even with symptoms of a cold or flu, please do join our online worship at https://www.pmchurch.org.

We pray for God's continued protection to keep our church community safe and healthy,

 —Pioneer Safety Committee

Updated: Sabbath Afternoon Prayer Walk

Join us for our Sabbath afternoon prayer walk on campus! We meet at the stairs behind the statue, and it starts at 4:45 PM and ends by 5:45 PM.  We would love to have you join us. If that day/time does not work for you, there are other days that people are
prayer walking, as well. Questions? Contact: Ildiko at igyeresi@andrew.edu; Andrew at tidwella@gmail.com; or Andrea at gibbsak777@gmail.com.

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