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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2024-2026 VEC Report First Reading

The 2024-2026 VEC report is available at each Welcome Center or online. For any comments on edits, please text “VEC” to 269.281.2345.

2024 VEC Report - 1st Reading

To Volunteer

Offering for June 22, 2024

Michigan Advance Partners

Before we step into this new quinquennium, it's important to look back with gratitude for how God has guided us.

Over the past five years, Education has emphasized the "Key3" initiative, which lies at the heart of our mission:

1. Bringing students to the foot of the Cross.
2. Ensuring quality at all levels.
3. Training our students in the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

This focus has led to an increase in baptisms among students in our schools, and we thank God for this! Adventist Education's mission is truly to introduce children to Jesus as their loving Savior, prepare and equip them to serve in any vocation to which God calls them, and help them understand the unique and urgent eschatological mission given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

As we look ahead to the next five years, we aim to make this mission even more intentional across our 34 schools in the Michigan Conference footprint. Your offerings to Michigan Advance Partners will help us move forward in these changing times. Thank you for your faithfulness to MAP and to the cause of education in the plan of salvation.

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Cashier Needed at Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor to Neighbor is looking to hire a part time cashier to work at least 27 hours per week. (Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm).

Selected qualification's skills and responsibilities include:

Qualifications & Skills:
• High School diploma
• Work experience as a retail cashier or in a similar role would be preferred
• Customer satisfaction oriented

Responsibilities:
• Greet customers politely
• Manage transactions with customers using cash registers
• Bag, box, or wrap purchased items
• Be able to lift items over 25 lbs.

 

For more information or to apply please call Neighbor To Neighbor at 269-471-7411.

 

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.

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.

 

Something in Common Sabbath School

Healing The Mind by Timothy R. Jennings, MD Have you ever been hurt, lonely, depressed, frightened and hopeless? Or maybe you have found yourself feeling helpless, that gut wrenching helplessness when someone you care about is hurting, distressed and on the verge of giving up and you don’t know how to help them. Did you wish you had something to give them, something that would help? Healing the Mind is six of Dr. Jennings' most important lectures, recorded live during a 2-day seminar. The material is based on his book, "Could It Be This Simple”. The Six lecture topics are: 

  • June 22- The Mind: God's Design. What Went Wrong? 
  • June 29- God's Principle: The Law of Love and Liberty 
  • July 6- The Fix for Failing Families 
  • July 13- Demolishing Satan's Strongholds 
  • July 20- Depression: The Brain-Body Connection 
  • July 27- Forgiveness: Seven Common Myths (+ Q&A) 

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

Adventist Heritage & American History Tour

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