The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation

"I, a Poor, Stinking Bag of Dung"

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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Saturday, October 14, 2017
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Praise
Bless His Holy Name • Blessed Be the Name of the Lord Medley • Breathe
Prayer
Sharon Terrell
Tithes & Offerings
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God • Max Reger
PMC Operating Expense • Sharon Terrell
Children’s Story
Dwight K. Nelson
Worship in Music
Fortress Variations • Jay Bocook
Sermon
"'I, a Poor, Stinking Bag of Dung': The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation" • Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less • 522
As We Depart
Crown Him With Many Crowns • James Swearingen

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"The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation:
'I, a Poor, Stinking Bag of Dung'"

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  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
    • Roland Bainton: "The man who thus called upon a saint was later to repudiate the cult of the saints. He who vowed to become a monk was later to renounce monasticism. A loyal son of the Catholic Church, he was later to shatter the structure of medieval Catholicism. A devoted servant of the pope, he was later to identify the popes with Antichrist. For this young man was Martin Luther" (Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther 15).
  • 4 Takeaways/Legacies for the New Reformation
    • #1—Only .
      • Luther: "I was a good monk, and I kept the rule of my order so strictly that I may say that if ever a monk got to heaven by his monkery it was I. All my brothers in the monastery who knew me will bear me out. If I had kept on any longer, I should have killed myself with vigils, prayers, reading and other work." (Bainton 34).
      • James Kittelson: "Anfechtung was what Luther later called this grinding sense of being utterly lost. By it he intended the idea of swarming attacks of doubt that could convince people that God's love was not for them. Later he considered this sense of being irredeemably evil to be the work of Satan, who sought to make a Christian's sins, doubts, and anxieties too much even for the grace of God. At such moments just the rustling of dried leaves in a forest sounded like the legions of hell coming to seize one's soul.” (Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career 56)
      • Derek Wilson: "Certainly Luther went through periods of black depression when he retreated into himself and spoke to no one. He never fully shrugged off this particular demon and to the end of his days would retire into a room by himself when problems weighed heavily upon him." (59)
      • Luther: "I greatly longed to understand Paul's Epistle to the Romans and nothing stood in the way but that one expression, 'the justice of God,' because I took it to mean that justice whereby God is just and deals justly in punishing the unjust. My situation was that, although an impeccable monk, I stood before God as a sinner troubled in conscience, and I had no confidence that my merit would assuage him. Therefore I did not love a just and angry God, but rather hated and murmured against him." (Bainton 49)
      • Luther: "Then [one day] I grasped that the justice of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise. The whole Scripture took on a new meaning, and   . . . now it became to me inexpressibly sweet in greater love. This passage of Paul ['the just shall live by faith'] became to me a gate to heaven." (Bainton 49-50)
      • H. M. S. Richards once declared: "I have only one doctrine: I am a great —but I have a great ." And when asked “What is the Adventist message?" he replied, " only."
    • #2—Only .
      • Luther: "The wounds of Jesus are safe enough for us.” (Kittelson 99)
      • Ellen White: "The lower you lie at the foot of the cross, the dearer and more exalted will be your conception of your Redeemer." (Review and Herald 10-16-1888)
      • Ellen White: "The theme that attracts the heart of the sinner is Christ and Him crucified. On the cross of Calvary Jesus stands revealed to the world in unparalleled love." (Maranatha 99)
    • #3—Only .
      • Derek Wilson: "Within decades of Luther's death... all Europe was awash with Bibles in contemporary languages.... This was the richest part of Martin Luther's legacy. He bequeathed to the peoples of the world a collection of religious writings and invested them with supreme authority (or, as he would have said, recognized the supreme authority they manifestly possessed)."(363)
      • Luther: "God's word cannot be without God’s people, and God’s people cannot be without God’s word. . . . For it is the word of God which builds the Church. . . . [W]here that is heard, where baptism, the sacrament of the altar [the Lord’s Supper], and the forgiveness of sins are administered there hold fast and conclude most certainly that there is the house of God and that there is the gate of heaven." (Wilson 364)
      • Ellen White: "But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms. The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority—not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain 'Thus saith the Lord' in its support." (The Great Controversy 595)
    • #4—Only .
      • Proverbs 4:18
      • Ellen White: "The Reformation did not, as many suppose, end with Luther. It is to be continued to the close of this world's history. Luther had a great work to do in reflecting to others the light which God had permitted to shine upon him; yet he did not receive all the light which was to be given to the world. From that time to this, new light has been continually shining upon the Scriptures, and new truths have been constantly unfolding." (The Great Controversy 148-149)
      • John 16:12-13

"We are all beggars."

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As One People

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with Highland and the Ghanaian Church this Saturday, February 24. The theme for the day is "As One People," and we are honored to have Dr. Micheal Nixon as our guest speaker. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Sabbath School - 10:00 AM
  • Divine Service - 11:45 AM
  • Potluck - 1:00 PM
  • Concert - 3:00 PM
  • Vespers following the concert.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Fellowship Dinner

There will be a fellowship dinner, following the second worship service in the commons on the lower level.

ACADEMY DAY MARCH 5

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).

Offering for February 24, 2024

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

Did God Create Viruses?

On Sabbath, February 24 at 3:30 PM in Chan Shun Hall, Michiana Adventist Forum and the Andrews University Department of Biology will sponsor a talk by Dr. James Hayward, professor emeritus of biology, entitled “Did God Create Viruses?” The COVID-19 pandemic brought viruses front and center to the stage of human consciousness. Yet a great deal of misunderstanding remains about these biological entities. What are viruses? Are they alive? How were they discovered? How diverse are they? How do they reproduce and how are they transmitted? In what ways do they impact human society? Are some viruses “good”? Did God create viruses? These are some of the questions to be addressed in this presentation.
 

Support Kosrae

We want to continue to support Kosrae with student missionaries and financially. If you are interested in serving as a missionary please contact sm@andrews.edu. 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.

Wind Symphony & University Singers Vespers

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.

Clear Reception

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: clear.reception.pmc@gmail.com

Fellowship Dinner Volunteers Needed

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.
 

Worship at Home Conference & Children's Church

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.

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