Tales from a Vineyard

Making Love in the Vineyard-An Old Song

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 15, 2018
Program: 
Praise
Let It Rise • I Will Magnify the Lord/We Bow Down • Hosanna • Your Grace Still Amazes Me
Prayer
Rodlie Ortiz
GROW Groups
Brianna Martin
Baptism
Isabella Bacchiocchi with Fernando Canale
Children Story
What a Friend We Have in Jesus • Bert Carlson / Robert Hobby
Worship in Music
Not in a Hurry • Will Reagan & Michael Ketterer
Sermon
"Tales from a Vineyard: Making Love in the Vineyard—An Old Song"
Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card, Tithes & Offerings
Nearer, My God, to Thee • 473

More In This Series

“Tales from a Vineyard: Making Love
in the Vineyard—An Old Song”
www.newperceptions.tv

»A Love Song in the Vineyard
• Song of Solomon 1 & 8/Isaiah 5:1-7

»A Parable about the Vineyard
• Matthew 21:33-43/John 15

»This may be the most important truth you have yet to learn:

• John 15:1-5, 8, 16

• Jesus talks about “fruit” seven times.

• What kind of fruit?

• Craig Keener: “In Palestine, the grapes ripen in late summer as the shoots stop growing and the bark changes from green to darker shortly before the vintage of August or September. Yet John writes figuratively; of what sort of fruit does the passage speak? . . . [T]he immediate context . . . suggests fruit.” (The Gospel of John: A Commentary 2:997)

• Galatians 5:22-23—“But the fruit of the is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Desire of Ages: “The life of Christ in you produces the same as in Him. Living in Christ, adhering to Christ, supported by Christ, drawing nourishment from Christ, you bear fruit after the similitude of Christ.”(677)

Acts of the Apostles: “The sap of the vine, ascending from the root, is diffused to the branches, sustaining growth and producing blossoms and fruit. So the life-giving power of the , proceeding from the Saviour, pervades the soul, renews the motives and affections, and brings even the thoughts into obedience to the will of God, enabling the receiver to bear the precious fruit of holy deeds.” (284)

• But what about pruning (John 15:2)?

•    Hebrews 5:8—“During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He  .”

•    2 Corinthians 12:8-10—“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ . . . That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am  , then I am strong.”

•    Philippians 3:10—“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His  , becoming like Him in His death.”

•    Hebrews 12:10-11—“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness [“Become like Me”]. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces the of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained [pruned] by it.”

•    2 Timothy 3:12—“Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus [connected to the Vine] will be   [pruned].”

•    Mark 10:30—Jesus promises all who give up all to follow Him will be rewarded a hundred times as much in this life with “   .”

• The point: we won’t get through this life without being .

Desire of Ages: “The pruning will cause pain, but it is the Father who applies the knife. He works with no wanton hand or indifferent heart. [1] There are branches trailing upon the ground; these must be cut loose from the  supports to which their tendrils are fastening. They are to reach heavenward, and find their support in God. [2] The excessive foliage that draws away the life current [sap] from the  must be pruned off. [3] The overgrowth must be cut out, to give room for the healing beams of the Sun of Righteousness. The husbandman prunes away the growth, that the fruit may be richer and more abundant.” (677)

•    Andrew Murray: “Christian, pray for grace to see in every trouble, small or great, the Father’s finger pointing to Jesus, and saying, Abide in Him! . . . A believer may pass through much affliction and yet secure but little blessing from it all. Abiding in Christ is the secret of securing all that the Father   the chastisement to bring us.” (Abiding in Christ 122-123)

• “I will put my  in Him.” (Hebrews 2:13)

• “Prune me, dear Father, that there may be more fruit . . . in my life . . . for Your glory.”

You gotta have fruit!

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20th Annual Music & Worship Conference

This year's topic is "Blessed are the Peacemakers". The MWC is a forum for scholarly and professional dialogue, the advancement of knowledge, and the promotion of best practices in Christian worship and music. February 16-18 in the Seminary chapel. Register at andrews.edu/icwm/conference.

Fellowship Dinner

There will be a fellowship dinner this Sabbath, February 4, following the second worship service in the Commons on the lower level. Visitors are always welcome.

Michigan Women's Retreat Registration Open

Ladies, make time to unwind and get lost in the RIGHT direction...Camp Au Sable in Grayling, Michigan! Let us find the joy in the journey as we make our way toward our happy place, Heaven!! ​Glamping (glamour camping) in style! Together we will be blessed by Tami Milligan and the great seminar line-up. Dates are April 14-16 and April 21-23 (same programs/presenters/seminars each weekend). Visit michiganwm.com to learn more. Jesus says…"I will guide you along the best path for your life." Psalm 32:7,8

Cherishing Our Loved Ones

Pioneer Women’s Ministries invites the PMC ladies to attend with us in a “LOVE ON THE MOVE” project as we show appreciation and support for our beloved church family members who are homebound and grieving by creating encouraging gifts and cards for them. NO MEAL WILL BE SERVED.
Location: Teen Loft
Date: Sunday, February 12
Time: 9:45 AM to 11:30 AM (Check-in at 9:15 am)
Registration: Text “CHERISH” to 269-281-2345
 

Registration is Open for Spring Grow Groups!

Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:20 that where 2 or 3 of us are gathered in His name, He is there with us! I’d like you to enter into the presence of Jesus this Spring by joining a Grow Group, one of Pioneer’s small groups that are designed to help you share a passion, make new friends, and grow in your faith.

Grow Groups are for everyone! We have groups for all ages, and a wide variety of interests. Many of our groups meet online, so even if you’re not part of our local community, you can still join a group here.

Registration is now open for the spring session (February 5-April 29). You can find all the available groups by texting the word JOIN to 269-281-2345 or head to pmchurch.org/grow and find the button that says “Join a Group.”

Support Student Missions

Andrews University Student Missions Department encourages students to expand their worldviews and deepen their faith by engaging in service and volunteering opportunities domestically and around the world. For more information or to support our program please see https://www.andrews.edu/faith/missions/index.html or contact sm@andrews.edu

Red Cross Blood Drive Feb. 22

Andrews University is hosting the spring Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Johnson Gym. We welcome you to sign up at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time
 

Offering for February 4, 2023

Pioneer Operating Budget

We Seventh-day Adventists have a reputation of being faithful in returning our tithes to God, at least compared to most other Christian denominations. However, our tithing might contradict what’s in our hymnal, and I’m talking about a well-known hymn. Either we need to change our giving or we need to change the lyrics in the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, specifically song #309.

Here’s how the revised version of this song should go: “10% to Jesus I surrender, 10% to Him I freely give.” Join me on the chorus, “I surrender 10%, I surrender 10%, 10% to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender 10%.” Something about that just doesn’t sound right, does it? Jesus never asked us for 10%; He’s always asked for everything. That’s why the hymn goes, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.”

Yes, the Bible talks about a tithe being 10% as a practice of worship and reminds us that everything comes from God, but let’s remember that everything belongs to God, including the local church offering. With what’s left, I buy food to take care of my body or to pay my bills; even this belongs to Jesus. When we bring our offerings to God, we acknowledge that EVERYTHING comes from Him and we can trust Him to supply everything we need. Today I invite you to give everything to Jesus and allocate a portion of that to the offerings at this church as you actively worship God.

—North American Division Stewardship Ministries

The Wooden Structure(s) on Ararat

ASM members and guests are invited to hear Dr. Randall Younker discuss his team's recent visit to Mt. Ararat and what they found, on February 12, at 1 PM. It's sure to be an exciting program. Bring some food and enjoy a potluck with your friends. Bring a new friend and invite them to join ASM for the remainder of the present term for only 1/2 of the annual dues.

Howard Center Presents: Charles Reid & Friends

Isn't It Romantic? In anticipation of Valentine's Day, join internationally renowned tenor, Charles Reid, and friends from the Andrews University Department of Music in an eclectic and fun evening on the theme of love.

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