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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Offering for February 24, 2024

Michigan Advance Partners

When Kelly received a Discovering Revelation handbill in her mailbox, she knew it was from the Lord. “I had been lost for quite a while and needed guidance—and that was my ticket,” she explained. When asked what she appreciated about the meetings she said, “They’re riveting! It’s basically laying out Revelation unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”

She went on to describe how welcoming the church family was: “They’ve made me feel like I’ve been here all my life. People shake my hand, and they take the time to welcome me to their church and I’m not even a member! But I will be by the time I’m done. I’ve found my home.”

Kelly’s testimony is wonderful, but far from unique. Evangelistic outreach takes place across the Michigan Conference each year and time and again, people have the same experience Kelly had at Discovering Revelation.

Today’s offering goes to support Michigan Advance Partners, 33.33% of which supports Conference evangelism. Please give generously to help others like Kelly find their home, too.

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Did God Create Viruses?

On Sabbath, February 24 at 3:30 PM in Chan Shun Hall, Michiana Adventist Forum and the Andrews University Department of Biology will sponsor a talk by Dr. James Hayward, professor emeritus of biology, entitled “Did God Create Viruses?” The COVID-19 pandemic brought viruses front and center to the stage of human consciousness. Yet a great deal of misunderstanding remains about these biological entities. What are viruses? Are they alive? How were they discovered? How diverse are they? How do they reproduce and how are they transmitted? In what ways do they impact human society? Are some viruses “good”? Did God create viruses? These are some of the questions to be addressed in this presentation.
 

Support Kosrae

We want to continue to support Kosrae with student missionaries and financially. If you are interested in serving as a missionary please contact sm@andrews.edu. If you would like to donate to special projects please visit our lakeunioneducation.org website.

You can also join us on March 25th @ 8PM for our monthly worship service with Kosrae SDA. You can sign up on the attached QR code.

Wind Symphony & University Singers Vespers

The Andrews University Wind Symphony and University Singers will present a vespers program focusing on “Praises to the King” on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:30 PM at the Howard Performing Arts Center. The program will feature songs of praise from University Singers such as Kyle Pederson’s Exultate Jubilate, and Illuminare His by Elaine Hagenberg, as well as the Wind Symphony’s renditions of arrangements of Great is Thy Faithfulness, Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow, and Rossano Galante’s Resplendent Glory.

The program will also feature several undergraduate and graduate student directors, as well as a World Premier of Rex Caelestis composed by Graduate Music Student Earlon Cornwall. The concert is free to attend. For more information, contact the Howard Performing Arts Center at howard.andrews.edu.

Clear Reception

Join us for Bible study and reading "Mere Christianity" an adaption of BBC radio broadcasts by C.S. Lewis during WWII. We plan to build simple radio sets like the ones people listened to Mr. Lewis on.  We will meet the first and second Tuesday of each month from 7:00-9:30, in the lobby of the Simulator Building at Andrews University Airpark. Register by clicking on the 'Grow Groups" link at the bottom of Pioneer Memorial Church's web page, then select the option of "Join a Community Group".  Send questions to: clear.reception.pmc@gmail.com

Fellowship Dinner Volunteers Needed

Pioneer’s fellowship dinner ministry is alive and well.  There are currently 11 teams sharing in the responsibility to host the dinners throughout the year.  But the ministry needs more teams as well as individuals who are willing to join the current teams.

If you are a part of a small group or Sabbath School class that is not currently active in this important ministry, please consider becoming involved.  The commitment is not great.  Current teams serve from two to four times a year.  And if you would like to join a currently active team, let us know and you will directed to a team.

For more information, or to volunteer, dial 269-281-2345, and enter Fellowship Dinner. You will be able to enter you contact information there, and we will be in contact with you.
 

Worship at Home Conference & Children's Church

The Family Life Committee invites you and your family to the Worship at Home Conference on Sabbath, March 2, 3:30-7:00 PM! This conference includes music, science, a main speaker, breakout sessions, supper, and a family worship experience. Breakout sessions include discussions and ideas regarding worship for: preschoolers and their families; school-aged kids and their families; tween/teens and their families; singles; and couples. This conference is in conjunction with Children's Church, which will be listed as one of the breakout sessions. Come and explore new ways of engaging with God at home! Watch for further information and the registration link coming soon.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Center for Faith Engagement is hosting a blood drive with the Red Cross in order to help with a blood shortage across the country. Although we have the nurses helping with coordinating the blood drive, we are in need of volunteers for the day to handle things like registration, providing information to donors, and creating a warm and welcoming environment.

The blood drive will be hosted in PMC Commons on February 21st, from 11 AM to 5 PM.

This form is for volunteers during the day: https://forms.gle/cPpa5x2nQvd5QuMZ6

If you wish to donate blood, please visit the Red Cross website: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?order=DATE&range=10&zipSponsor=49103

Swimming Through The Storm

Pioneer Women’s Ministries is sponsoring 
“Swimming Through the Storm” with Darlene Anderson, SATURDAY, February 24 at 4 PM
In PMC COMMONS (check in at 3:30 PM). Soups/Crudités/Breads/Drinks will be served. Please register to save your space. We are almost full. To register text “WELLNESS” to 269-281-2345.


Darlene Anderson will discuss how to identify and develop strengths that will help us thrive and be joyful in the good times and that will give us hope and resilience during the inevitable storms of life. She will also cover how we can help others through difficult times.

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.

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