The Pugwash Factor:

How to Respond to the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Decision

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, October 03, 2015
Program: 
As We Begin
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence • French Traditional
Praise
Prayer
Rodlie Ortiz
"By the Word of Their Testimony"
John Gonzalez
Children's Story
Alone to God in the Height Be Glory • Johann C. Bach
Worship in Music
There Is a Redeemer • Melody Green / Holck
Sermon
“The Pugwash Factor: How to Respond to the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Decision” • Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Cards, Tithes & Offerings
Hymn
Draw Me Nearer • 306
As We Depart
Bless the Lord, O My Soul • Charles Wood

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“The Pugwash Factor: How to Respond to the Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Decision”

www.pmchurch.tv

  • The Supreme Court
    • “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. . . . It would misunderstand these [same sex] men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” (http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf)
  • The Creator
    • Matthew 19:3-12
    • Seventh-day Adventist Church: “Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus Christ to be both monogamous and heterosexual, a lifelong union of loving companionship between a man and a woman. In the culmination of His creative activity, God fashioned humankind as male and female in His own image; and He instituted marriage, a covenant-based union of the two genders physically, emotionally, and spiritually, spoken of in Scripture as ‘one flesh.’” (http://www.adventist.org/information/official-statements/statements/article/go/0/marriage/30/)
    • S.D.A. Theological Seminary: “. . . a marriage between a man and a woman is the Edenic model for all time. This unique heterosexual marital form involving the sexual union of a man and a woman constitutes the divine paradigm, the ‘Creation order,’ for humanity from the beginning. This paradigm means that marriage cannot consist of the sexual union between a man and another man or a woman and another woman. This Creation pattern of marriage between a man and a woman remains the norm throughout Scripture.” (“Biblical View on Homosexual Practice and Pastoral Care,” draft 6 p 2)
    • North American Division of S.D.A.: “The Seventh-day Adventist Church acknowledges the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday June 26, legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States. Even with the Supreme Court's decision, the Adventist Church maintains its fundamental belief that marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman. While the church respects the opinions of those who may differ, it will continue to teach and promote its biblically based belief of marriage between a man and a woman. The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that all people, regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation, are God’s children and should be treated with civility, compassion, and Christ-like love.” (http://www.nadadventist.org/article/1073743014/news/current-newspoints/newspoints-june-26-2015-supreme-court-on-same-sex-marriage)
  • The Church
    • Russell Moore: “We must embody a gospel marriage culture. We have done a poor job of that in the past. Too many of our marriages have been ravaged by divorce. Too often we’ve neglected church discipline in the cases of those who have unrepentantly destroyed their marriages. . . . We must hold our views and love those who hate us for them. We must not only speak Christian truths; we must speak with a Christian accent. We must say what Jesus has revealed, and we must say those things the way Jesus does—with mercy and with an invitation to live.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/06/26/why-the-church-should-neither-cave-nor-panic-about-the-decision-on-gay-marriage/)
    • Justin Lee: “I’ve talked to many single Christians who find the church a challenging place to be at times. But for single gay Christians, there are even bigger hurdles. . . . Single gay Christians face the difficulties of singleness alongside potential condemnation for their orientation. And while all single people face challenges in our culture, the challenges faced by people who are single by choice or because they haven’t yet found the right person are different from the challenges faced by those who eagerly desire companionship but believe God requires celibacy even if they should fall in love in the future.” (Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs-Christians Debate 239-240)
    • Seminary: “While being faithful to biblical teaching about homosexuality, we must also seek earnestly to understand and empathize with the struggles and challenges that face those who struggle with sexual immorality. . . . All persons, including practicing homosexuals, should be made to feel welcome to attend our churches while non-practicing gay persons should be welcomed into membership and church office. All should receive spiritual care from the church (Gal 6:1). We stand against any antipathy toward homosexuals as well as any cultural biases that fuel a lack of Christ-like love for them. . . . We strongly affirm that homosexual persons have a place in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.” (Ibid 16, 17)
    • Henri Nouwen: “God, help me to see others not as my enemies or as ungodly but rather as thirsty people. And give me the courage and compassion to offer your Living Water, which alone quenches deep thirst.”
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Memorial Day Sabbath

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Michigan Advance Partners

The Campmeeting experience is such an incredible blessing as it affords us so many things; time with family and friends, opportunities to meet new people, and inspiring meetings and seminars just to name a few. The blessings are numerous and rich. It truly is a time when it seems Heaven draws especially close.

While preparing for the Camp Meeting in 1868 very specific goals were established in order to accomplish as much as possible for the cause of Christ.

“We desire to call out as many of our brethren, both preachers and people, as we can, and also as many of our unconverted fellowmen as we may be able to interest in this meeting, that we may do them good. We want all who shall come to this meeting to come for the purpose of seeking God. We want our brethren to come for the purpose of seeking a new conversion. We want our preachers to set them in this an example worthy of imitation. We desire also to see many of our fellowmen who have no interest in Christ, or at least no knowledge of the present truth, converted to the Lord, and rejoicing in the light of His truth.”—The Review and Herald, August 18, 1868.

As we prepare for this year’s Campmeeting, and Christ’s soon coming, may we be planning and praying for the Holy Spirit’s presence to impact each one in a mighty and powerful way so that many will be recommitted to God, and others will be brought into the fold.

Today’s loose offering is for Michigan Advance Partners which helps to support Campmeeting. You can also give through the Tithe & Offering Envelope or through online giving. May God bless Campmeeting as well as each one as we give to this special cause.

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

RMES Graduation May 30

Come out and show your support for our 32 graduating 8th grade students! Graduation is 7:00 PM, Thursday, May 30 at Pioneer Memorial Church.

Pioneer Spiritual Life Survey

This quick survey will give our church leadership team a better understanding of how to lead our church. All responses are anonymous and every precaution will be taken with the data.

 

Andrews University Summer Camp - Registration Closes May 28!

Registration is open now and forms are due by May 28 for the Andrews University Summer Camp! Our camp is 9 weeks of Bible-based educational summer adventures for children entering grades 1–age 12 (June 10 – August 9), is held exclusively on the Andrews University campus and features Vacation Bible School-style programming and fun. Each week of camp highlights a different theme and Bible story. https://www.andrews.edu/services/crayonbox/summercamp/

Camp Kindergarten

Registration is open now and forms are due by June 3  for Camp Kindergarten! 8 weeks of adventures for kids entering Kindergarten in Fall 2024. Camp meets Monday – Thursday from June 17-August 8, 2024.  Camp hours: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Our camp is 8 weeks of Bible-based fun that promotes Kindergarten readiness skills including a A-Z letter of the day countdown and weekly spotlight hour "field trip". Our camp is held exclusively on the Andrews University campus.

Something in Common Sabbath School

 Something In Common Sabbath School presents Guardrails-Avoiding Regrets in Your Life with Andy Stanley video

  • May 18- Direct and Protect
  • May 25- Proximity
  • June 1- Forever Yours
  • June 8- Money Matters
  • June 15- The Heart of the Matter

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

Andrews Academy’s Graduation Weekend Events

Congratulations, Andrews Academy seniors! May the same Lord who got you here lead you into the uncharted adventure ahead! “I am with you always,” is His promise.  Everyone is invited to attend the following graduation weekend events. Class Night, May 23, 7:00 PM at Andrews Academy, Consecration May 24, 8:00 PM at Village SDA Church, Baccalaureate May 25, 11:45 AM at PMC, Commencement May 26, 11:00 AM at PMC.

Adventist Heritage & American History Tour

Explore Scenic New England and it's Rich History from September 1-8, 2024


 

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