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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 2 granddaughters.

Offering

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Program: 
As We Begin
Praise to the Lord • Johann Walther | We Are Singing, for the Lord Is Our Light • Traditional South African Melody
Praise
Praise to the Lord (1) • Blessed Be Your Name • Made For Worship • I Will Exalt You
Prayer
Choral Call to Prayer—A Future With Hope • Mark Miller Choral | Response to Prayer—God Calls To Us • Mark Miller
Ben Martin
Tithes & Offerings
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light • Wayne Wold
Children's Story
Bible Reading
John 15:1, 4-5 NIV
Worship in Music
I've Been in the Storm So Long • Traditional Spiritual / Jeffrey Ames
Sermon
“STORM: Finding Jesus in the Gathering Dark”—3 • Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card
The Savior Is Waiting • 289
As We Depart
Praise to the Lord • Martin Shaw

“STORM: Finding Jesus in the Gathering Dark”—3

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  • Two sides to the coin
    • Jesus: “If you remain in Me [ are in Christ] and I remain in you [Christ is in ], then you will bear much fruit.”
    • Two sides to the Salvation Coin:
      • → Christ = forgiveness/justification
      • Christ →   = fruit/sanctification
      • Galatians 2:20—“I am crucified with Christ [ are in Christ]: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me [Christ is in ]: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
    • The “Christ is in us” side of the coin:
      • John 15:5—“‘Abide in Me and I .’”
      • Galatians 2:20—“Christ lives .”
      • Galatians 4:19—“My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed .”
      • Ephesians 3:17—“ . . . so that Christ may dwell in through faith . . .”
      • Colossians 1:27—“ . . . God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this [Gospel] mystery, which is Christ , the hope of glory.”
      • Revelation 3:20—“‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will and eat with that person, and they with me.’”
    • Jesus—“‘I am the Vine and you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much .”
      • For God—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit—bearing fruit is a huge deal—because it is the only way to that the branch is truly connected to the Vine.
      • Luke 13:6-9—“‘If it bears   next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
      • Galatians 5:22-23 NRSV—“The   of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
      • Job was bearing fruit that showed he had the faith of Jesus: “Though He slay me, yet will I   Him” (Job 13:15).
      • And what is “the faith of Jesus”? “I will put My   in Him” (Hebrews 2:13).
      • There will be a generation at the end of time that will demonstrate the faith of , because they have the faith of .
      • And the faith of Jesus is revealed in the fruit of the .
    • Desire of Ages 677: “‘Herein is My Father glorified,’ said Jesus, ‘that ye bear much fruit.’ God desires to manifest through you the holiness, the benevolence, the compassion, of His own . Yet the Saviour does not bid the disciples to bear fruit. He tells them to   in Him.”
    • Mike Mason—“Marriage, even under the very best of circumstances, is a crisis—one of the major crises of life—and it is a dangerous thing not to be aware of this. Whether it turns out to be a healthy, challenging, and constructive crisis or a disastrous nightmare depends largely upon how willing the partners are to be changed, how malleable they are. Yet ironically, it is some of the most hardened and crusty and unlikely people in the world who plunge themselves into the arms of marriage and thereby submit in almost total naiveté to the two most transforming powers know to the human heart: the love of another person and the gracious love of God. So be prepared for ! Be prepared for the most sweeping and revolutionary of a lifetime.’’ (The Mystery of Marriage: As Iron Sharpens Iron 60-61)
  • One example to follow
    • Matthew 4:4—“‘It is written: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every   that comes from the mouth of God.”’”
    • Psalm 40:8/Hebrews 10:7—“‘I desire to do Your will, my God; Your   is within My heart.’”
    • Psalm 119:11—“I have hidden Your   in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
    • Psalm 16:8-10—“I will keep my eyes always on the LORD. With Him at My right hand, I will not be shaken. . . . because You will   abandon Me to the realm of the dead, will You let Your faithful one see decay.”
    • Cameron Schofield: “If you don’t get anything else out of this study, I want you to listen carefully and get this. Take it home with you and do not forget it. How was it that Christ was able to give himself up into the hands of the Father? How was it that no matter how dark the malignity of sin was, how terrible the weight of guilt, how impossible it seemed that there was any way out, how did He conquer? He believed that God would keep His . By faith Christ was victorious! ‘And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.’ 1 John 5:4. Is your faith the faith of Jesus?” (Heralding the Loud Cry 94)
    • Desire of Ages 677: “It is through the   that Christ abides in His followers. . . . The words of Christ [in the Gospels] are spirit and life. Receiving them, you receive the life of the Vine. You live ‘by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ Matthew 4:4. 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.”
    • If you want to abide in Christ and want Him to abide in you, everyday ask for the   of Jesus as you read the   of God.

 

“Abide in Me and I in you”

 

(Flyer, TV, Google search, name of person who invited you, etc.)
Nathan Greene Christmas Art Studio

You are invited to a special Nathan Greene Art Studio Christmas Open House. The studio is located at 8458 Painter School Road, Berrien Center, MI. All are welcome to attend!

December 4 & 11, 6:00 PM

Fellowship Dinner

There will be fellowship dinner served in the Pioneer commons on the lower level following second service this Sabbath. Bring a dish to share and join the fellowship. Visitors are always welcome.

Offering for December 3, 2022

Pioneer Operating Budget

Special Provider

Psalms 145:15  “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.”

We worship God with our resources because He often makes provision for our needs even before they arise. In a dream, the Lord informed Pharoah about the 7 years of severe famines that would strike Egypt. However, before the beginning of the crisis, he provided 7 years of abundance. Under the inspired leadership of Joseph, they could save the surplus and adequately prepare for the crisis. God provided before the need. Joseph told his brothers about the God who acted in anticipation: “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance (Gen 45:7). Our needs and emergencies of today never take God by surprise or put Him off balance.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, a family had witnessed how God acted in anticipation of their needs. Because they were staying in a foreign country, the wife had to renew her employment authorization. The process took much longer than expected. After some few months of waiting, her current work authorization expired, and she was terminated from her job. The family budget was not balancing anymore. At first, they thought that the authorization would come in a few days. It was not so. Interestingly, exactly 7 months before she lost her job, the week that many companies were closing down and dismissing employees, causing a record high unemployment rate, she miraculously held onto her job. This allowed the family to consolidate their emergency fund not knowing the challenge they would soon face. Regularly, they would check the status of her application. The waiting time grew from 3 months to 4 months, 5 months, and finally up to 9 months. It was a testing time. During this extended time, their consolidated emergency fund kept them afloat. More accurately, it was the work of God who makes provision even before needs arise.

This week as we worship with our tithe and regular offerings let us show our gratitude to the Provider who already has solutions for our unforeseen crises.

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Update#1 for Renovate 2.0

At the end of November, the Renovate 2.0 project and fundraising is as follows. The Project: The final guaranteed cost, as submitted by the general contractor, Weigand Construction, is $929,641.00. This amount includes a 3% contingency. The project begins on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and is to keep on-budget. The elevator is on order and should be here mid-May 2023. Fundraising: As of this week, there are $225,627.00 that have been given. This amount includes one portion of a $100,000 matching grant. Update #2 will be Dec. 3. Remember Renovate 2.0 in your year-end giving plans and pray for its success.

Christmas Banquet for Seniors

If you did not attend the last ASM potluck at the Village Fellowship Hall on November 13, you probably have not had a chance to RSVP for the Christmas Banquet to be held at the Village Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 11, at 1:00 PM.  Aside from the 55 people who already put their names on the Banquet list that day, here is how to RSVP now and be included: *Call PMC (269-471-3133 if you are a member at PMC). The deadline for calling these numbers is December 6, in order that the caterer can order and prepare enough food for all who are coming. This is a PMC-sponsored program and the food is paid for by PMC and Village churches. Thank you very much, and we look forward to fellowshipping together with PMC and Village pastors!

Flowers for This Sabbath (December 3)

Pastor Eric and Mrs. Ruth Webster wish to express gratitude to God for 72 years of happy marriage. They are contributing flowers for the church service this week.

Memorial Service for Sharon Dudgeon

The memorial service for Sharon Dudgeon will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at Pioneer Memorial Church. The family will start receiving family and friends at PMC starting at 1:00 PM. All are invited to attend to celebrate the life of Sharon.

Volunteers for Weight-Loss Program

This January our Health and Wellness Ministry will launch a weight management program for the church and community called Best Weigh. It’s a proven system that combines spiritual principles with nutrition and weight management. It will be led by Dr Ken
Kelln. We’re looking for up to 20 volunteers who can serve as greeters, weigh-in helpers, a/v, parking help, and more. To get more information or to register as a volunteer, text the word HEALTH to 269-281-2345 or you can call 801-513-8809.

Soup for Students is back!

Can you believe that our last Soup for Students was three years ago? If you’re new, Soup for Students is a practical way for Pioneer to show love and care for our University students during final’s week by providing some fresh hot soup and salad. This is taking place on Tuesday, December 13th, at 6 PM in our PMC Commons. We need 30 volunteers who are willing to bring a pot of soup. You can also be involved by helping serve or clean up afterwards. For more information or to register text the word SOUP to 269-281-2345.

Bring a Toy, Spread Some Joy

On Sabbath December 10, during both services, we are bringing back the toy collection to give and share with the children in our community. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to share for ages newborn through 16. These will be given to the children in our
community.

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