Church Offices Closed  —  

The church offices will be closed Wednesday June 19 in celebration of the Juneteenth holiday.

 

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, September 03, 2016
Program: 
As We Begin
Praise to the Lord • Johann Walther Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) • Craig Courtney
Praise
Majesty • How Great is Our God • We Fall Down
Prayer
Sabine Vatel
GO Project: Our2Cents
Rodlie Ortiz
Tithes & Offerings
Jesus, My Joy / Jesus, Guide Our Way • Johann Crüger / Adam Dreese
Children's Story
Hope Trending: Watch Parties
Sabine Vatel & José Bourget
Worship in Music
Within These Walls • Stephen Caracciolo
Sermon
#RxF4Now—Dead Man Walking • Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card
Hymn
Just as I Am • st. 1-2, 5-6 of 313 (sung to 314)
As We Depart
Bless the Lord, O My Soul • Charles Wood

 

#RxF4Now—Dead Man Walking

www.newperceptions.tv

 

  • The Self-portrait—Romans 7:7-24
    • Psalm 38:5 NLT—“My wounds fester and because of my foolish sins.”
    • Isaiah 1:6 NLT—“You are from head to foot—covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds—without any ointments or bandages.”
    • Martin Luther: “Human nature is like a peasant. Lift him into the saddle on one side, over he topples on the other side.”
    • Philippians 3:4-6—“If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day . . . in regard to the law, a Pharisee; . . . as for righteousness based on the law, .”
    • Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28: “‘You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “You shall not murder” [6th Commandment] . . . But I tell you that anyone who is with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. . . . You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery’ [7th Commandment]. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his .’”
    • The Tenth Commandment (“You shall not covet”) radically shifts our focus on the Law of God/Ten Commandments from compliance to obedience.
    • Psalm 119—David sings about the Law of God:
      • v 97—“Oh, how I love Your ! I meditate on it all day long.”
      • v 172—“May my tongue sing of Your word, for all Your are righteous.”
      • v 127—“I love Your more than gold, more than pure gold.”
      • v 18—“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your .”
      • v 64—“The earth is filled with Your , O LORD; teach me Your decrees.”
    • Romans 7:12—“So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and .”
    • John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners: “I was more loathsome in my own eyes than was a toad; and I thought I was so in God’s eyes too; sin and corruption, I said, would as naturally bubble out of my heart, as water would bubble out of a fountain. I thought now that everyone had a better heart than I had; I could have changed heart with anybody; I thought none but the devil himself could equalize me for inward wickedness and pollution of mind. I fell, therefore, at the sign of my own vileness, deeply into despair.” (quoted in Camron Schofield Heralding the Loud Cry 32).
  • The Savior—Romans 7:25
    • The purpose and point of the Law is to us to .
      • Galatians 3:24—“Therefore the law was our tutor [guardian] to us to Christ.”
      • To throw the Law out, to get rid of the Ten Commandments—as some are inclined to teach and to do—is to cut your soul off from the very Law Giver who is your only .
    • Christ’s Object Lessons: “His law is a transcript of His own , and it is the standard of all character. This infinite standard is presented to all that there may be no mistake in regard to the kind of people whom God will have to compose His kingdom.” (315)
    • Camron Schofield: “So if you did everything right in your whole entire life, will the law be satisfied? It can’t be satisfied because your right-doing [the definition of “righteousness”] is not what the law wants. What the law wants is God’s right-doing, God’s perfect life—and we, in ourselves, do we have it to offer? We don’t. Is there any room for you in this picture? Can you satisfy the law? Can you? Have you in your life attained unto the very perfection of God? To do that you would have to be God yourself. Are you God? You’re not God!” (Heralding the Loud Cry 33)
      • “We CAN NOT. We can do nothing to effect our own salvation. And it’s a frightful realization when we meet the law as it really is. We are dead men walking.” (35)
      • “The question is: are you bad enough to come to Christ, because if you don’t think that you are too bad, you won’t come to Christ.” (35)
    • Steps to Christ: “If you see your sinfulness, do not wait to make yourself better. How many there are who think they are not good enough to come to Christ. Do you expect to become better through your own efforts? . . . There is help for us only in God. We must not wait for stronger persuasions, for better opportunities, or for holier tempers. We can do nothing of ourselves. We must come to Christ just as we are.” (31)

 

“Just as I Am”

 

(Flyer, TV, Google search, name of person who invited you, etc.)
Hymnsing at The Old Rugged Cross Church

 You are invited to a hymn sing on June 22, 4:00-5:00pm at The Old Rugged Cross Church, 61041 Vermont St., Pokagon,, MI49047.  Please bring your Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal. A freewill offering will help to maintain the church.  Please contact Melchizedek Ponniah, (269) 876-7476 or melponniah@gmail.com for any additional information. 

Save the Date for Church Business Meeting

Pioneer members are encouraged to attend the Church Business Session which will be held in the Pioneer Commons, Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 pm.  The topics to be discussed and voted upon include the 2024-2025 budget.

Ukrainian Thank You Tour to Visit the Howard

The Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University will host a concert by Ukrainian artists on Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. The concert is part of a 40-day U.S. tour that five Ukrainian professional musicians turned active-duty soldiers have led since May. They will be joined by several local guest artists for the program. Admission will be free for all guests, and there will be a free-will collection at the concert. 

Church Office Closed Wednesday June 19

Pioneer offices will be closed on Wednesday June 19 for the Juneteenth Holiday.

Offering for June 15, 2024

Pioneer Operating Budget

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” (Revelations 7:9 NIV).

As I look around my college classroom, I’m always amazed at the rainbow of faces that I see. The gospel is beautiful because our great hope is that one day, we will all be united in heaven, and we will get to worship God for eternity. In the meantime, we must exist in this fallen world. As I discuss with my students what is happening in the world today, we wrestle with our place as Christians and as a church body.

God has called us to be His hands and feet, and this generation of college students has a strong desire to see impactful outreach within our local church ministries that they can connect with to help our community. In one such example of ministry, one student said that their church back home would support mothers in need with free diapers if they didn’t have money. The multitude described in the book of Revelation will be composed of many people who have allowed Christ to live through them and bless others. Today’s offering is being collected to support the local church budget.

Our church is able to serve as a house of worship for all people because of your generous gifts, so thank you!

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Changes to ADRA Giving Options

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist have decided to simplify the number of donation options. Historically, a significant number of options have been available when giving to ADRA allowing donors to specify a specific project or program. Going forward all currently existing ADRA donations will be consolidated into 5 major categories.

ADRA Health Programs
Poor health is often at the heart of poverty and suffering. Giving to the ADRA Health fund helps build healthier lives for those we serve by improving access to safe water sources, providing hygiene and sanitation solutions, helping families access nourishing food, supporting pregnant women and mothers, and delivering reliable health support.

ADRA Education Programs
Education for all helps safeguard against chronic poverty, violence, abuse, exploitation, and even reduces vulnerability to natural disasters. The ADRA Education fund will help remove obstacles to learning by providing access to primary, secondary, and tertiary education, delivering school supplies, uniforms, and other resources, teaching adult literacy classes, and providing technical and vocational education.

ADRA Livelihood Programs
Livelihood training is a key contributor to breaking the cycle of poverty. The ADRA Livelihoods fund will help end generational poverty by empowering savings and loan groups in vulnerable communities, preparing communities for climate resiliency, training farmers to improve their methods, and empowering women to become business leaders in their communities.
ADRA Emergency Response and Preparedness
When disaster strikes, those whose lives are the most at risk are often furthest from help. Every year, ADRA responds to more than 100 emergencies around the world: earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, civil strife, and more. Contributions to the ADRA Emergency Response and Preparedness fund will help support a global network of offices and partners to quickly mobilize resources and bring relief to the hardest-hit areas.

ADRA General Fund
ADRA, the global humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 120 countries. Gifts to ADRA will provide families with emergency aid in times of crisis or natural disaster and longer-term, sustainable assistance to people battling chronic hunger, homelessness, and other life-threatening challenges, so they can live as God intended.

 

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.

 

Adventist Heritage & American History Tour

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