Think Local, Act Global:

Reversing the Polarities of the Third Millennial Church

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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.

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As Christians, we've never called this world our home. We are as exiles in a foreign land. But how do we reach a culture that is so wholly secular, so different from what we have been called to? How do we engage this culture without conforming to it?
Saturday, May 09, 2015
Program: 
As We Begin
Franklin Sheppard
This Is My Father's World
Praise
Lord, Reign In Me
Enough
Christ Is Enough
Prayer
Sabine Vatel
Welcome New Youth Pastor!
Ben and Briana Martin
The Tent
Jack Proctor
Children's Story
James Swearingen
Hope Everlasting
Worship in Music
Todd Phillips
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Sermon
Dwight K. Nelson
“Think Local, Act Global: Reversing the Polarities of the Third Millennial Church”
Connect Card, Tithes & Offerings
Hymn
The Church Has One Foundation • 348
As We Depart
Ludvig Lindeman
Built on the Rock, the Church Shall Stand

More In This Series

06/27/2015
Is God a farmer? After all, it's one of the most common comparisons Jesus made in His parables. If so, what does that mean for those of us He's asked to bring in His harvest?
06/20/2015
When Christ prayed His last and longest prayer in the book of John, He made four petitions to His Father. How can those petitions guide our church today?
06/06/2015
When the Apostle Paul saw Peter refuse to sit with the uncircumcised Gentiles, he set in motion one of the great theological debates of his time. When faced with divisive issues of our own, how will we respond? What can we learn from the example of the Early Church?

“Think Local, Act Global: Reversing the Polarities of the 3rd Millennial Church”

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  • 1 Peter 1:1; 2:9-11 
    • Lee Beach, The Church in Exile: Living in Hope After Christendom: “. . . there was a time in the history of most Western nations when Christianity held court as the de facto religion of the empire, and the church stood at or near the center of political power. In this cultural setting the church had a significant role to play in the shaping of culture and the determining of the overarching moral structures of society.” (33)
    • Beach: “If these trends continue at their current pace, religious ‘nones,’ as they are often called, will outnumber Christians by 2042.” (35)
    • Beach: “Christianity has been gradually losing its status as the lingua franca in Western culture for some time and has increasingly tended to become a local language used only by those who are professing Christians, not understood by others. . . . As we enter into the twenty-first century and the dust from the cultural upheaval of the previous century begins to clear, it is apparent that the church no longer functions at or near the center of things any more. . . The church must now function within a framework that precludes any kind of cultural authority.” (34-36)
  • Implication #1—we must find new ways to engage and penetrate the culture and world in which we are exiled.
    • Daniel vs. Esther
  • Implication #2—our modus operandi for doing so must be “engaged nonconformity.
    • Beach: “Exilic holiness is fully engaged with culture while not fully conforming to it. Living as a Christian exile in Western culture calls the church to live its life constructively embedded within society while not being enslaved to all of its norms and ideals. Sometimes holiness has a personal cost and demands taking a stand that draws attention to oneself. At other times holiness is not defined by dramatic action but by the day-to-day choices we make.” (183)
    • Walter Brueggemann, Cadences of Home: Preaching among Exiles: “The metaphor of Babylonian exile will serve well for my urging. . . . The great problem for exiles is cultural assimilation. The primary threat to those ancient Jews was that members of the community would decide that Jewishness is too demanding, or too dangerous, or too costly, and simply accept Babylonian definitions and modes of reality. And surely Jews in exile worried that their young would see no point in the hassle of being Jewish. . . . We ourselves [as Christians] surely know, moreover, about the next generation that too readily decides that discipleship is not worth it. As Jews disappeared into the woodwork of Babylon, so Christians now, as never before in the West, disappear into the hegemony of secularism.” (41)
    • Philip Yancey, Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News: “These three statements provide a neat summary of the gospel story. We are loved by God, forgiven by God, and invited to the banquet table. In the midst of a planet marked by brokenness—violence, natural disasters, ruptured relationships—the gospel is truly good news. Like an iPod listener dancing in a subway station full of glum commuters, a Christian hears a different sound, of joy and laughter on the other side of pain and death.” (71)

 

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Book Sale

Hundreds of used Adventist books, pamphlets, periodicals, Ellen White books, audio-visuals, and more on sale. The sale is conducted during the hours the Center is open (S: 1 - 5 pm, M-Tr: 9 am - 7 pm and F: 9 am -1 pm) and will run for about three or four weeks as long as materials last.

Begins: October 28, 2019, 9:00 AM
Location: Center for Adventist Research

Papercrafting Together

Bring your papercrafting projects to 8450 M-139, Berrien Springs. Stay until 11 PM. Leave your projects on your table, and come back the next morning at 9 AM to continue to work on your projects. Prizes and chocolates provided. Bring your favorite snack. Small monetary donation requested. Questions, sherrie.davis@lakeunion.org.

October 26, 2019 6:00-11:00 PM
Location: Lake Union Conference Board Room

Don’t Miss Our Almost “Grand Opening”

While Renovate: Heart & House is not quite finished, come gather next Sabbath to praise God, to thank our renovation crews, and celebrate our Lord who promises to finish what he began! And don’t miss the two GenZer artists who will be displaying their creativity in both services: “A DIY Guide How to Paint Jesus: GenZ Eye Witness Account.” A Sabbath to remember.

October 26, 2019 9:00 AM
Location: PMC

Woody and Peggy Whidden Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

 Come enjoy stories, songs, cake, and punch all to celebrate 50 years of love, commitment, and family. All are invited Saturday night, October 26 at 7:00 pm in the PMC commons.  We request no gifts, and we welcome your presence.

October 26, 2019, 7:00PM
Location: PMC Commons

Girls of Mercy Audition

PMC Girls of Mercy Auditions, Sunday, 6-7 PM, Teen Loft.

October 20, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Teen Loft

With Liberty & Justice for All

The AU Wind Symphony Fall Concert is presented in collaboration with the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and the Lake Union Conference as part of the “Jesus & Politics” conference on religious liberty. This will be an evening of music, readings and poetry reflecting on the blessings and challenges of civil and religious liberty. Come join us as we explore both the ideals and shortcomings of liberty and justice in our world.

October 19, 2019, 8:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Sophomores Got Talent!

This Andrews Academy class of 2022 fundraiser will take place on Sunday afternoon, October 27 at 5pm at Andrews Academy.  The first portion of the event will be CAFE CAIRO, an Egyptian-themed meal, followed by a talent show.  Tickets are available from
any sophomore class member or at the Academy office.

27 October, 2019 5:00 PM
Location: Andrews Academy 

Pathfinder Registration

Registration as been extended to Oct. 27 from 10 am to 11am at the pathfinder building. The date for the first meeting will be send out via email to all who have register. First part of registration is done on-line. The link can be found on the pathfinder page of the PMC website.

October 27, 2019, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Location: Pathfinder Building

Annual Hayride

It’s that time of the year again! Join us and have fun with your friends and family on the hayride! Hot dogs, veggies, chips, s’mores, and beverages will be served.

5:30-7:30 PM Sunday October 20, 2019
Location: Five Pines Ministries, 6597 Smith Rd. Berrien Center

Traffic Ministry

Volunteers are needed to commit to one Sabbath a month to help with the flow of traffic during services. If interested or for more info call, text, or email Derrill at 732.379.1300 or legoh@ andrews.edu

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