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Monday, March 23, 2020 - 21:26

Ground Zero and the New Reformation

How to Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit - Part 3

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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.

Offering

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Program: 
In Praising
Agnus Dei, Above All, Holy Spirit Rain Down
In Praying
John Gonzalez
In Giving
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need • Claude Smith
In Proclaiming
"Ground Zero and the New Reformation: How to Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit"—3 • Dwight K. Nelson
In Meditating
Air • Dello Joio
In Reading
Jean Michel
In Praying
Bryan Von Dorpowski
In Singing
Sent Forth by God's Blessing • 407
In Blessing
In Giving
PMC Assistance Fund
In Leaving
Allegro vivace • Edvard Grieg

"Ground Zero and the New Reformation:
How to Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit"

www.newperceptions.tv

 

  • Day by Day
    • Jesus
      • Luke 9:23—"Then he said to them all, ‘Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.’"
      • Luke 11:13—"‘If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him [GK—continually]!’"
      • John 7:38-39—"Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within them.’ By this He meant the Spirit."
    • Paul
      • 2 Corinthians 4:16—"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."
      • Christian Wiman—"Seven years ago I wrote a short essay called ‘Love Bade Me Welcome.’ It was published (with a different title) in a relatively small magazine, and it generated what was, in my experience, a lot of responses. It was later, though, on the internet, in anthologies, in church services and reading groups, that the essay acquired its second life, and I still get the occasional letter from someone who has come across it. . . . And the essay itself? It was about despair: losing the ability to write, falling in love, receiving a diagnosis of an incurable cancer, having my heart ripped apart by what, slowly and in spite of all my modern secular instincts, I learned to call God." (My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer vii)
      • Ephesians 5:18—". . . be filled [continually/day by day] with the Spirit."
      • Galatians 5:16—". . . walk by the Spirit [continually/day by day]."
    • Ellen White
      • Desire of Ages 313: "We are to follow Christ day by day. God does not bestow help for tomorrow."
      • Steps to Christ 70: "Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, ‘Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.’ This is a daily matter."
      • Christ Triumphant 122: "To follow Jesus requires wholehearted conversion at the start, and a repetition of this conversion every day."
      • Acts of the Apostles 50: "For the daily baptism of the Spirit every [follower of Jesus] should offer his petition to God."
      • Ye Shall Receive Power 67: "Those who have been impressed by the Holy Scriptures as the voice of God, and desire to follow its teachings, are to be daily learning, daily receiving spiritual fervor and power, which have been provided for every true believer in the gift of the Holy Spirit."
  • Faith Not Feeling
    • 1 John 5:14-15—"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we ask of Him."
      • Helmut Haubeil—"What does [1 John 5:14-15] mean? Our prayers according to God’s will are answered in the same moment that we bring them to God. But emotionally we usually don’t notice anything. Our prayers are answered by faith, not by our feelings. The feelings will come later on." (Steps to Personal Revival: Being Filled with the Holy Spirit 88)
      • Dominique Gummelt—"Feelings follow behavior—the key to living."
    • Two conditions to the daily baptism of the Holy Spirit: You ask for all of Him; and He asks for all of you.
    • Romans 5:5—". . . God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
    • Christian Wiman—"When my wife and I fell in love eight years ago, both of us—spontaneously, though we’d been away from any sort of organized religion for years—began praying together. The prayers were at once formal and improvisational, clear spirited but tentative, absolute but open ended. They were also . . . deeply serious and, as my illness made clear when it came slashing through our lives, sustaining. . . . I don’t think the human love preceded the divine love, exactly . . . . I only know that I did not know what love was until I encountered one that kept opening and opening and opening. And until I acknowledged that what that love was opening onto, and into, was God." (22-23)
    • Download PDF of Helmut Haubeil’s Steps to Personal Revival

 

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Guest Speaker: Taurus Montgomery

Join us next Saturday, June 13, as Taurus Montgomery, Pastor of our church plant, Harbor of Hope, is our guest preacher.

Grow Group Opportunities

We're heading into summer, and with that comes new opportunities for Grow Groups!

Grow Groups will meet from June 22–August 3 (just 6 weeks) and will be held online only again this session. Meeting online allows us to seek friendship as well as social, mental, and spiritual engagement together in community, while prioritizing health and safety. Going digital also allows participants who live outside of our local area to join our groups!

If you're interested in leading, please register your group today!

New Group Registration Deadline: June 11
Questions? Email growgroups@pmchurch.org

Lead a Group

Report: The (Virtual) Tent 2020

In no way was The Tent normal this year. After all, nothing has been! That is not to say, however, that it was not a win for the Kingdom of God. Although it was online only, God came through in a mighty way! With about 200 different video clips the whole thing came together against all odds. There were decisions for baptism and people tuning in from all over the world!

This was the 7th year of The Tent. Some of our preachers this year were in the first grade when this all began. That year, Pastor Dwight came to Ruth Murdoch Elementary School and asked the 1st graders which of them would like to preach when they were Junior High students. Well, some of those kids preached last week! These messages were driven by the Holy Spirit as they profoundly spoke to events that took place after the messages were even recorded.

It was not just the speakers who did well this year. Micah Leiterman and Marco Sciarabba Badenas welcomed guests every night with intros that were fun and engaging! What was awesome about their video clips was the way that these two students not only wrote the scripts but they filmed and edited the clips together.

The students came together in an incredible way to make the music as well. Each student created their videos for music individually and these were edited together to create music as a team. We had an incredible team of seminary students who helped bring all of this together, and we also depended upon the musical genius of Chuck Reid who did our fine-tuning.

What was most amazing about The (Virtual) Tent was the seamless way all of these pieces made a whole. This is what the Holy Spirit longs to do with us as a church! Imagine what God could do with a church connected to Him! The (Virtual) Tent is a call to action. This is a picture of what God can do in the worst of circumstances with people who are listening to His voice.

Watch The Tent

FLAG Camp Update

We are saddened to inform you that due to COVID-19 FLAG Camp will be canceled this summer. Thank you to each who has applied to be on staff. Please apply again next year for the summer of 2021. We will be working to make next summer a great and safe experience!

COVID-19 Updates

For your safety, Pioneer Memorial Church offices are now closed until further notice. Pastors and staff continue to work remotely to serve your needs.

Latest Updates

GC 100 Days of Prayer Commence

This week I learned of our world church headquarters appeal for prayer throughout the global Seventh-day Adventist family. Originally timed to end during the recently-postponed General Conference session in Indianapolis, our church leaders are calling us to now focus 100 days of praying (March 27-July 4) on behalf of the global coronavirus pandemic. There could hardly be a more urgent need for earnest praying! 

A pastor friend of mine, Jim Moon, pointed out a two-verse juxtaposition I'd not noticed before: "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a pestilence among My people, if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:13-14). While everyone knows the beloved prayer call in v 14, few of us connect it with the preceding divine action in v 13. "A pestilence among My people" certainly could represent a global pandemic like the coronavirus COVID-19. While Satan is the originator of destructive calamities, what more faith-appropriate response is our collective prayers to the One who can deliver this nation, this world, these people, from the grips of pestilence.

So let's join together in humbling ourselves before God and praying and seeking His face—that our world might be saved and our faith community might yet be mobilized to share the glad tidings of Jesus' soon return. 

- Pastor Dwight

Love on the Move

Over the summer and fall of 2019 Pioneer underwent significant physical renovation—including a new roof and a major Sanctuary makeover. During the same time congregation leaders engaged in multiple conversations about our missional renovation—how does a faith community like Pioneer seriously engage and impact the people around us for Christ? From this dialogue emerged a fresh new expression of our Pioneer mission: "Love on the Move."

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Campus News

For more events impacting our local university campus, please visit www.andrews.edu/agenda.