Renovation Underway  —  

Pioneer’s summer renovation project is underway. Sabbath services will meet at Howard Performing Arts Center. Please note the Sanctuary is now closed to the general public. For updates and safety information please visit https://www.pmchurch.org/renovate/updates.

 
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 15:24

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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

"Tell Your Heart to Beat Again"
www.newperceptions.tv

  • The Story
    • Danny Gokey
      Tell your heart to beat again
      Close your eyes and breathe it in
      Let the shadows fall away/Step into the light of grace
      Yesterday's a closing door/You don't live there anymore
      Say goodbye to where you've been
      And tell your heart to beat again
  • The Heart
    • Revelation 2:4 Message—"'You walked away from your first .'"
    • Matthew 24:12—"'Because of the increase of wickedness, the of most will grow cold.'"
    • Matthew 23:23/Luke 11:42—"'Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! . . . You have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy [] and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former.'"
    • Luke 7:34; 15:1,2—"'The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, "Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a of tax collectors and sinners.'. . . Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, 'This fellow sinners and eats with them.'"
    • Christ's Object Lessons: "When you see yourselves as sinners saved only by the of your heavenly Father, you will have tender pity for others who are suffering in sin." (210)
    • Romans 5:5 NLT—"For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his ."
      • People filled with the Spirit of God are filled with the of God—and people filled with the love of God will those the rest of the church and the rest of the world cannot find a heart to love.
      • William Blake: "We are put on earth for a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of ."
  • The Convictions
    • #1—We will never like Jesus did until we are daily baptized by the Holy Spirit like Jesus was.
      • Pray: "Pour Your love into me today."
        • Steps to Christ 94: "Our heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessing. It is our privilege to drink largely at the fountain of boundless love."
      • Pray: "Pour Your love out of me today."
    •  #2—There is a hunger in this world for a place, for a people "who will me for who I am—a sinner in desperate need of God's saving grace and love."
      • Jerry Cook: "I say to you, that [individual] was restored only because God enabled us to love and accept and forgive him. , acceptance, forgiveness—those three things are absolutely essential to any ministry [church] that will consistently bring people to maturity and wholeness. If the church is to be the force for God in the world that it should be, it must learn to love people, accept them and forgive them." (Love, Acceptance, Forgiveness: Equipping the Church to Be Truly Christian in a Non-Christian World  11)
      • Romans 5:5-8
  • #3—I believe God is calling us as a congregation to embrace new DNA to become the most , the most friendly, the most caring church around.
    • Jerry Cook: "The minimal guarantee we must make to people is that they will be —always, under every circumstance, with no exception. The second guarantee is that they will be totally accepted, without reservation. The third thing we must guarantee is that no matter how miserably they fail or how blatantly they sin, unreserved forgiveness is theirs for the asking with no bitter taste left in anybody's mouth. . . . A church that can make that commitment to every person is a church that's learning to love and a church that will be a force for God". (11, 13)
    • Gregory Boyle: "We played the grooves off this record. Consequently, a line from the song found itself permanently etched in my brain—a mantra of sorts: 'Long lay the world in sin and error pining—'til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.' Sure—it's a song about Jesus and Christmas, but how is it not the job description of human beings seeking kinship . . . remembering that we belong to one another, and letting souls feel their worth." (Tattoos on the Heart 196)
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Iris Time

The irises at the Roberts have started to bloom. Please look for the sign located at 88785 Kephart Lane in Berrien Springs. Visitors are welcome to drive in to view the display. The peak display will be after May 25. Enjoy the colors and the smells.

May 25 - Jun 5
Location: Roberts Home

PMC Prayer Ministry Team Seeking New Members

Please join our PMC Prayer Ministry Team by volunteering to pray with us during 1st or 2nd service on available Sabbaths. We need you to help us intensify and grow this ministry. For more information contact Andrea Gibbs.

Contact: Andrea Gibbs - gibbsak777@gmail.com | (209) 663-9891 (can text)

Sabbath School in the HPAC

Although Sabbath School classes will not meet, each class will take turn leading out in the lesson discussion. Several microphones will be available for members' participation and interaction. However, the French, the Portuguese and the Yugoslavian classes will meet in the HPAC lobby. Sabbath School leaders will be in the HPAC lobby to respond to your questions or concerns.

"In Exile: Cadences of Home" Begins Next Sabbath

Because Pioneer is "in exile" from its familiar surroundings and spiritual home for the late spring and summer, our new worship/ pulpit theme in the Howard Performing Arts Center will focus on what are called "diasporic morality tales"—dramatic Bible narratives of believers who lived "in exile" among those who did not believe. From these stories both familiar and unfamiliar, what lessons can we draw from their faithful though often conflicted lives? While we're renovating God's House this summer, let's continue to renovate our hearts for Him. Beginning May 11.

Signs of the Times

The annual Signs of the Times campaign has begun and continues through the month of May. Signs of the Times was first published in June, 1874, and celebrates its 145th birthday this June. Signs of the Times is a monthly magazine that encourages readers to lead joyful Christian lives as they await the soon return of Jesus. For more information about Signs of the Times, visit www.signstimes.com.

Volunteer this Summer in Children's Sabbath Schools!

As a university church, we disciple AU students helping in every Sabbath School. During vacation months, substitute teachers and pianists are needed, May through August, and December, each year. Experience God through the eyes of a child by making a Sabbath School small group part of your summer adventure this year. Sign up today!

PMC Vespers

Jenifer Daley will present the vespers sermon this evening.

May 25, 8:00 PM
Location: PMC Youth Chapel

Knitting Hearts Together

Please join us for a prayerful time of contemplating how we can meet the needs of those who are experiencing serious illness or bereavement. Your prayerful presence is always welcomed.

May 28, 7:00 PM
Location: MacCarty Residence (4541 Timberland Dr.)
Contact: Alice Williams - alicew@andrews.edu | (269) 461-6815
               Lyn MacCarty - (269) 471-9060 or (269) 208-3377