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Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 00:29

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.

Part 1 of a 3 Part Series
Saturday, January 12, 2013

More In This Series

01/19/2013
Part 2 of a 3 Part Series
01/26/2013
Part 3 of a 3 Part Series

“2 B Friends:
Ready or Not—Here We GROW!”

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  • □  The Research
    •   The British National Child Development Study (a longitudinal study tracking individuals born in the same week in 1958) reported in 2012 that of the men and roughly a of the women said they now have more than friends and relatives they get together with once a month or more.
    •   Regarding psychological health, these people ranked themselves significantly than the others with less friends.
    •   The researchers concluded: “Having fewer than friends at age 45 predicted significantly poorer psychological well-being at age 50.”
    •   The education men had, the more likely they were to have a larger social network—but the opposite was true for women.
    •   Being was associated with a smaller circle of friends.
  • □  The Reason
    •   John 15:12-17
      •   “[Jesus is] our best and most sympathizing friend.” (5T 201)
      •   vv 13, 14 The Voice: “‘[13] There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends. [14] You

        celebrate friendship if you obey this command.”

      •   I.e., when you read v 13 and v 14 together, Jesus isn’t so much describing His death the day

        as He is commanding our willingness to die for our friends day.

      •   Craig Keener: John 15:12 “is emphatic that believers must love one another in the same way that Jesus loved

        them (cf. 13:34), which means dying for their , as Jesus would die for them (15:13-14).”

        (The Gospel of John 1004)

    •   John 15:5

 Friends and fruit—what do they have in common? You must them both.

 Because friends and fruit are all about .

  Acts 2:38-47

  3000 brand new radical followers/disciples of Jesus Christ

  And how do they GROW? (Acts 2:42)

o They share .

o They share .

o They share .

o They share .

  Just as Jesus taught in John 15—first, you with Me and then you with each other, and thus you .

  The simple mission of the church in Acts: CONNECT.GROW.SERVE.GO.

□ The Result

  •   Five VIP points about GROW Groups:

 #1—They are about friendship, not .
 #2—They are about short-term, not .
 #3—They are about “interesting,” not “.”
 #4—They are about growing spiritually and .  #5—They are about growing together, not .

  •   Desire of Ages: “Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to impart this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, ‘Love one another, as I have loved you’ (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts.” (641)

    Friends and fruit are all about GROW 

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Lead or Join a Grow Group

It's a fresh new year, and it's time for a fresh new Grow Groups season! Grow Groups are Pioneer's small groups that incorporate 5 S's: Shared interest, Spiritual touchpoint, Service project, Social event, Semester-based. That's it, in a nutshell! Grow Groups are for EVERYONE—all welcome to join.

Leaders, if you are passionate about something and want to use that to foster community and lead others to Jesus, we can probably help you turn that passion into a Grow Group! Let us know as soon as possible because the deadline to sign up to lead a group is January 21. For more information please email growgroups@pmchurch.org or visit pmchurch.org/grow to sign up.

Dates to Keep in Mind:

  • Digital Group Leader Registration Deadline: January 21
  • Leader Orientation (via Zoom): February 1, 7:00 PM
  • Spring Grow Groups Meet: February 7 – May 1

Lead a Grow Group

 

Year-end Contribution Statements

It is almost time for you to receive your Year-end Contribution Statement. Pioneer knows that you have had an unusual year and wants to make it easy for you to receive your Year-end Contribution Statement. This time around, you will receive your Contribution Statement easily and conveniently via email. If you have not recently updated your contact details, please email clerk@pmchurch.org with your current email address to ensure that you receive your statement. Thank you!

Pioneer Veterans

Adventist active-duty military personnel are eligible to receive a free devotional book, courtesy of the National Service Organization and Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries. Single service members, as well as other employee categories, may choose one free devotional. Married service members may choose two devotional books. You may order these online in your personal profile here at AdventistsonUniform.org. There will be more information about the profile next week.
Our National Service Organization, a subsidiary of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries offers a free devotional book annually.

To be eligible for NSO-sponsored complimentary devotional books, you must be a Seventh-day Adventist Church member in an Adventist church in the North American Division and in one of the following military-related categories:

  • All North American Division members who are active-duty military stationed overseas for a year or longer
  • DoD civilian employee of the military services stationed overseas
  • DoDEA teacher or principal stationed overseas
  • Military exchanges (AAFES, NEX, etc.) worker overseas
  • Government contractor overseas
  • A spouse living overseas with their non-Adventist military spouse

Keep our service people in prayer. They face some difficult decisions and endure hardships daily and need God's wisdom and protection. Have you any military family members or friends that we can include in our prayers? Send their names to jjnorthjr@gmail.com.

—James North, Jr., Pioneer Veterans Coordinator
jamesn@andrews.edu | 269-471-1590