Think Local, Act Global:

Reversing the Polarities of the Third Millennial Church

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

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
This Is My Father's World
Franklin Sheppard
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
Hope Everlasting
James Swearingen
Worship in Music
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Todd Phillips
Sermon
“Think Local, Act Global: Reversing the Polarities of the Third Millennial Church”
Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card, Tithes & Offerings
Hymn
The Church Has One Foundation • 348
As We Depart
Built on the Rock, the Church Shall Stand
Ludvig Lindeman

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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You Can't Take It with You

The Andrews University Theatre Wing is proud to present Kaufman and Hart's classic comedy, You Can't Take It With You.

  • February 24 at 8 pm
  • February 25 at 2 pm

Location: Newbold Auditorium
Tickets are free, donations accepted.

Andrews University Seeks Qualified Applicants:

Andrews University is seeking qualified Seventh-day Adventists who may fill open roles in fulfilling our mission to Seek Knowledge, Affirm Faith, and Change the World. If this is of interest to you, please check out our current openings at: https://www.andrews.edu/admres/jobs. Thank you and have a blessed day!
 

21st Annual Music & Worship Conference, 2024

The Andrews University Music & Worship Conference seeks to provide a forum for scholarly and professional dialogue, the advancement of knowledge, and the promotion of best practices in Christian worship and music.

What: 21st Annual Music & Worship Conference, 2024
Theme: Worship in Transition
When: February 22-24, 2024
Where: Seminary Chapel

Something in Common Sabbath School

Something in Comon presents I Promise. In this video-based small group study, Dr. Gary Smalley uses humor, practical insights, years of research, and biblical principles to reveal 5 key commitments that will determine the destiny of your marriage. 

  • February 3- Security: The Secret to a Great Marriage
  • February 10- I Promise to Conform My Beliefs to God’s Truths
  • February 17- I Promise to be Filled by God
  • February 24- I Promise to Find God’s Best in Every Trial
  • March 2- I Promise to Listen and Communicate with Love
  • March 9- I Promise to Serve You all the Days of My Life

Everyone is Welcome Sabbath mornings from 10:30-11:30 in PMC Room 141.
 

Renovate 2.0 Elevator nearing completion of its fundraising goal.

“An House of Prayer for All People” is embedded in the very substance of the Pioneer Memorial Church building. Yet for decades, important functions of the church congregation did not fit in the original church structure. The massive expansion in the late 1990’s that added the “wings” to the church more-than-doubled the space available for ministry and finally brought all functions such as the older Children’s Sabbath Schools and a Commons area into one facility. There was still one significant issue that was not fully addressed- access to the Sanctuary for those with limited mobility.

The wheel-chair lift that was a part of the “wings” expansion soon proved to be significantly hindering and unreliable. Unfortunately, it would take 25 years or so before a full-size elevator and other minor improvements became a reality. Pastor Dwight Nelson, in the spring of 2023, encouraged the Pioneer Memorial Church board to initiate the construction and fundraise for a full-size elevator also called Renovate 2.0. The Board agreed. That elevator is now completed and its funding nearly so!

As shown in the newly released video (to be shown during the church service soon and online), the elevator has met a significant need for young and old. In the video, the users of the elevator express a deep and abiding gratitude for its existence and the access that it provides. It is a blessing for so many. As you consider your giving plans for this year, please include the Renovate 2.0 project. We are so close to the goal! Let’s finish Renovate 2.0 soon! Thank you in advance for your support!

BELONG Ministries Adopt-a-Student

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