How to be More Like Jesus
The Impossible Dream
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SpeakerDwight 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.
“How To Be More Like Jesus: The Impossible Dream”
□ Revelation 14:1-5, 12, 14
Stuart Devenish: “Every Christian generation has produced two kinds of Christians: the
common, ordinary garden variety, and those who have discovered the . Some call this deeper life entire sanctification. Others call it the baptism with the Spirit. . . . Whatever the label, it reflects a deep experience of .” (Beyond Well-being: Spirituality and Human Flourishing 58)
□ The Call of Jesus
- Matthew 4:19—“‘.’”
Matthew 10:25—“‘It is enough for students to be their teachers, and
servants their masters.’”
John 13:15—“‘I have set you an example that you should do
Matthew 11:28, 29—“‘ to me . . . and from me, for I am gentle
and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
□ The Call of the NT
1 John 2:6—“Whoever says, ‘I abide in Him [Jesus],’ ought to walk
1 John 2:6 NIV—“Whoever claims to live in Him must as Jesus did.”
1 Peter 2:21—“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an
example, that you should follow .”
2 Corinthians 3:18—“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory,
are being transformed into .”
Thomas a Kempis: “Let us therefore see that we endeavour beyond all else to meditate
on the life of Jesus Christ. . . . Anyone who wishes to understand and to savour the words of Christ to the full must try to make his whole life to the pattern of Christ’s life.” (The Imitation of Christ 37)
Ellen White: “His beautiful and spotless character is before us as an example for us to . We must study and copy and follow Jesus Christ, then we shall bring His loveliness and beauty into our character.” (Christ Triumphant 43)
That I May Know Him 265: “Christ is our pattern, the perfect and holy example that
has been given us to follow. We can never equal the Pattern, but we may
and resemble it according to our ability.”
1 John 3:1-3—“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be
called of God! And that is what we are! . . . But we know that when Christ appears, we shall him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies themselves, he is pure.”
□ But how?
#1—Be with Him daily.
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I want to be more like Jesus I’m following in His ways
I’m trying to love as He did In all that I do and say
At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice
But I try to listen as the still small voice whispers:
“Love one another as Jesus loves you
Try to show kindness in all that you do
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought For these are the things Jesus taught.”
I’m trying to love my neighbor
I’m learning to serve my friends
I watch for the day of gladness When Jesus will come again
I try to remember the lessons He taught
Then the Holy Spirit enters into my thoughts saying:
—adapted from Janice Kapp Perry
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Over the summer and fall of 2019 Pioneer underwent significant physical renovation—including a new roof and a major Sanctuary makeover. During the same time congregation leaders engaged in multiple conversations about our missional renovation—how does a faith community like Pioneer seriously engage and impact the people around us for Christ? From this dialogue emerged a fresh new expression of our Pioneer mission: "Love on the Move."