The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation

"Here I Stand!"

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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 one granddaughter.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

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"The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation:
'Here I Stand!'"

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  • Wittenberg
    • Derek Wilson: "Whatever else it was, the Reformation was the world’s biggest ever evangelical revival. That is, it called all members of the Christian world and, through the work of missionaries, the whole of humanity to sign up to the three fundamentals of evangelical faith: the primacy of Scripture, the centrality of the Cross and the necessity for personal conversion. Luther died a disappointed man because he believed that his message had failed to conquer the hearts and minds of many people. He was right—but only because he set himself high standards. With the benefit of hindsight we can see that religious revival is always limited in its impact and in its duration. German Pietism, the Methodist Revival in Britain, America’s Great Awakening, the later movements associated with the names of Dwight Moody, William Booth, Billy Graham and others—they all eventually reached and passed their sell-by dates. Inevitably zeal wanes, vision fades and vibrant churches become institutions. The old adage always holds good: 'a mission becomes a movement, a movement becomes a machine, a machine becomes a monument and a monument becomes a museum'—until woken up by the next revival." (Luther: Out of the Storm 353)
    • Leroy Froom: "Seeing the corrupting influence of these indulgences among his own parishioners, Luther tried to stem the tide, and refused to absolve those from their sins who produced an indulgence purchased from Tezel. Therefore the immediate spark that ignited the Reformation did not come from the theological chair, nor even from the pulpit, but from a faithful pastor who was roused to protect his flock from spiritual harm." (Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers 2:252)
    • The Great Controversy: "[Luther] had been called as a shepherd to feed the flock of God, that were hungering and thirsting for the truth." (126)
    • Timothy Lull, Derek Nelson: "The one title Luther has been given on which there can be virtually no equivocation, one that does not have two sides, has no ‘yes, but,’ is pastor. On the most momentous day in a turbulent life—the day of his examination at the Diet of Worms—Luther rose early so that he could hear the confession of several people with heavy hearts…He did not want to be right about doctrine for the sake of being right but for being helpful to troubled consciences.  His concern for preaching, both his own and that of others, trumped everything else in his theology…The word pastor literally means ‘shepherd,’ and Luther was like a German Shepherd in more ways than one." (Resilient Reform: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther 383, 384)
  •  Worms
    • The Great Controversy: "From the secret place of prayer came the power that shook the world in the Reformation." (210)
    • Luther: "Since then your serene majesty and your lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner... : Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me. Amen." (Lull and Nelson 130)
  • Wartburg
    • James Reston, Jr: "This is the story of the most intense and pivotal period in the life of the great Reformer Martin Luther.... At the Wartburg he wrestled courageously with the most profound questions of Christian life. . . . He interpreted Holy Scripture for the common person.... Miraculously, Luther not only survived this ordeal at the Wartburg but flourished. His literary output in these furtive months was astonishing: letters, sermons, essays, translations.... Indeed without books to refer to during this period, he would succeed in changing the German language forever, as he would transform a rebellion against Rome into a lasting alternate religion.... Hounded into the Wartburg, he emerged with strength and stature to face his persecutors—and triumph over them." (Luther’s Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation under Siege ix-x)
    • Luther: "The wise of this world are rejected, that we may learn not to think ourselves wise . . . indeed, to shut our eyes altogether, and cling only to Christ’s Word and come to Him, as He so lovingly invites us to do, and say: Thou alone art my beloved Lord and Master, I am Thy disciple. This much and more might be said concerning this Gospel, but I am too weak and we shall let it go at that." (Lull/Nelson 385)
    • Luke 11:9-13
    • Isaiah 43:19/44:3
    • Ellen White: "The Holy Spirit, the representative of Christ Himself, is the greatest of all gifts." (Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing 132)
    • "Morning by morning [Jesus] communicated with His Father in heaven, receiving from Him daily a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit." (Signs of the Times November 21, 1895)
    • Download a PDF of Helmut Haubeil’s book: www.steps-to-personal-revival.info

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Support Those Affected by Flood Waters

February 22, 2018

 
Pioneer Family:

As you know, our community has experienced one of the worst flooding events in recent memory. Dozens of families have been displaced from their homes and are taking refuge at Berrien Springs Middle School. And we just got word that families from Sodus have also been affected and will also be seeking shelter at Berrien Springs Middle School.
 
Our team has been in contact with Lucy Randall, one of our Pioneer members, who is the Family Emergency Services Coordinator at Neighbor to Neighbor. We've also been in contact with Mike Hildebrand, the Oronoko Township Supervisor, and have been able to determine the needs.
 
Here's how you can help and make a difference:

  1. Donate Items to Neighbor to Neighbor: You can bring financial contributions, clothing, blankets, coats, diapers, baby items, toys, coloring books, crayons, and food items.
     
  2. Volunteer at Neighbor to Neighbor: Neighbor to Neighbor will be open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to facilitate emergency assistance to those affected by flooding. They will need volunteers for two shifts each day: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Volunteers will be answering the telephone, receiving donations, processing beneficiaries, and guiding them through the process of accessing needed items. We need 8-10 people each shift. Then on Sabbath afternoon at 5:00 PM, we need 20 people to pack flood buckets. We plan to start with 50 buckets and will be packing more as needed.
     
    To volunteer for a shift or for more information, please contact Lucy Randall at 269-471-7411.
     
  3. Help Feed Those Taking Shelter: Mike Hildebrand, the Oronoko Township Supervisor, has asked Pioneer Memorial Church to take a shift feeding the 100-150 people in the shelter. Our turn will be this Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Ben Chilson, our hospitality leader, is leading the effort and will be looking for volunteers to bring food and to serve the meals.
     
    If you'd like to be involved in this effort, please contact Ben at 317-674-6120.

What a privilege it is to serve our neighbors at a time like this. After all, that's what Jesus would do. Of course, we must pray—but let’s also become involved. It’s when our actions speak louder than our words and even our prayers that people can “feel the love.”  Which is why I’m looking forward to seeing you at one of these shifts over the next few days—as we live out Jesus’ love together—

 

Dwight K. Nelson
Lead Pastor
Pioneer Memorial Church

Burt & Babb Wedding

The Burt and Babb families invite you to rejoice with us over the marriage of our children Celesta and Zack. We hope to see you there!

March 4, 3:30 PM
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church

Benefit Concert featuring Jamie Jorge

Come for a wonderful night of violin music by the world renowned Jaime Jorge and a special dedication for the Care for Cuba mission team leaving March 16 to spearhead evangelistic efforts in Cuba. A free-will offering will be collected to support Care for Cuba. Admission is free.

March 14, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

AUSA Service Gala

The AUSA Service Gala is premiering student-led service opportunities with the intention of inspiring and connecting students with opportunities to serve. The AUSA Service Gala will be a two part event, the first part will feature a series of speakers in the Howard Performing Arts Center (HPAC) Concert Hall representing different avenues of service. The second part will be a black-tie/red carpet style reception during which the AU UNICEF will be facilitating a silent auction fundraiser to raise funds for UNICEF emergency disaster relief.

Sunday, February 25, 6:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Organic CSA Shares Available

CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture. Sower's Purse Microfarm LLC is offering full and half share memberships for the 2018 growing season. With a focus on seasonal culinary diversity and growing methods which honor the Creator and His creation, your membership helps to ensure fresh, healthy produce remains available in the area for the forseeable future. It's the best way to connect with where your food comes from without growing it yourself. Weekly deliveries will be available at Neighbor to Neighbor every Friday from early-June to late-October. For more information on this season's limited membership please e-mail: christopher.dicicco@gmail.com.

Academy Day

All eighth grade students are invited to attend Academy Day March 6.  Come see the exciting programs Andrews Academy offers and experience one day with us. While there you will worship together, go to a number of classes with academy students, and participate in a number of games and activities.  Lunch will be served, T -shirts and prizes will be given.  Registration begins at 7:30 am, the full day of activities will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude by 3:15 pm. You are invited to stay for the optional dodgeball tournament and pizza supper to follow.   Call (269) 471-3138 with any questions you may have.

Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 AM to 3:15 PM
Location: Andrews Academy

Wind Symphony Vespers Concert

For our annual Vespers Concert as part of the Andrews University Music Festival, the Wind Symphony presents a wide of variety of inspirational sacred music for wind band. Headlining the program is David Gillingham’s No Shadow of Turning, a distinctive arrangement of Great is Thy Faithfulness and other moving repertoire pieces. Come be blessed and inspired by these moving pieces!

March 2, 7:30 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Keys to Personal Revival and a Lifestyle of Vibrant Living in Christ

Female spouses of seminary students and student women clergy are invited to a Prayer Retreat. Be prepared for an extraordinary life changing experience with guest speaker and author Melody Mason of the GC Prayer Ministries Dept. Melody is the author of the bestselling book "Daring to ask for More". Register at the NADEI Office in the Seminary Building.

March 2, 5:30 PM
Location: Five Pines Ministries

New Member Orientation

If you have recently transferred your church membership, been baptized, joined by Profession of Faith, or enrolled at Andrews University, you are invited to attend the Pioneer new member orientation. We want to meet you, share the mission and vision of Pioneer with you, and introduce you to your pastors as we help you become better acquainted with your new church family. Click below to register or call pastor Sabine or Gracie Gaytan via (269) 471-3133.

Sabbath, March 3, 10:30 AM
Location: PMC Boardroom

Used Adventist Book Sale

There will be a used Adventist book sale on Sunday, April 8, 10am-4pm at the Village Adventist Elementary School. There will be about 7,000 used books for sale. If you are looking for something specific, John Segar is encouraging you to call him in advance at (269)781-6379. Part of the proceeds will go to the Village Adventist Elementary School.

There will have a large assortment of used Adventist books including:

  • Doctrinal
  • Ellen G. White books
  • Story books
  • Bible Story/Uncle Arthur Bedtime Story
  • SDA Bible Commentary
  • Song Books
  • Cook Books

Sunday, April 8, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Village Adventist Elementary School Gym
               (409 W Mars St, Berrien Springs, MI 49103)

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