There will be a fellowship dinner at Pioneer this Sabbath following second worship service in the commons on the lower level. Bring a dish to share and join the fellowship. Visitors are always welcome.
2 B Friends
2 B Friends: GROW Into All the World
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.
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“2 B Friends: GROW Into all the World”
□ Acts 14
F. F. Bruce, Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free: “Whatever his physical disabilities were,
Paul had an extraordinarily tough and resilient constitution and remarkable staying-power: ‘often knocked down but never knocked out’ (as his words in 2 Corinthians 4:9 have been paraphrased).” (171)
- Acts of the Apostles: “What was their surprise when in the midst of their lamentations the apostle suddenly lifted up his head and rose to his feet with the praise of God upon his lips. To the believers this unexpected restoration of God’s servant was regarded as a miracle of divine power and seemed to set the signet of Heaven upon their change of belief. They rejoiced with inexpressible gladness and praised God with renewed faith.” (184)
- F. F. Bruce, Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free: “Whatever his physical disabilities were,
□ Acts 14:21
“When they had preached the gospel to that city made many disciples, they
We think that the Gospel Commission is one action—when in fact it is : “preach
the gospel” and “.”
- No wonder they call “The Great Commission” “The Great .”
- We think that the Gospel Commission is one action—when in fact it is : “preach
Jesus’ command—“Go and make disciples of all the nations”—uses the very same
Greek word (matheteuo) as Acts does in describing what Paul and Barnabas did—they
“made many disciples.”
Clearly what Jesus commands us to do He us to do:
- Disciples new disciples is the heart of the Great Commission.
- Jesus’ command—“Go and make disciples of all the nations”—uses the very same
- Jesus’ Four Disciple-Making Ingredients (David Buehring, The Jesus Blueprint: Rediscovering His Original Plan for Changing the World)
- “When they had preached the gospel to that city made many disciples, they
#1—A Commitment to
o Disciple-making in the third millennium by definition challenges postmodern and declares that Truth is embodied in one Being who is the only credible Master to follow.
#2—A Context of
o David Buehring: “Disciple-making takes place in the context of .” (55)
#3—A Culture of
o David Buehring: “Following Jesus actually means Jesus.” (56) o David Buehring: “Obedience begins when we do what the Scriptures say and continues as we obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the midst of everyday life. Sometimes, obedience requires us to hurdle our own and step outside of our . There are times when we’ll miss it and we’ll need to humbly acknowledge it, while learning for next time. When we get it right and lives are impacted—wow, talk about growing and being encouraged!” (57)
#4—A Charge to
o A. W. Tozer: “Only a disciple can make a .”
o David Buehring: “Jesus intended for the kingdom of God to be advanced through disciples disciples.” (59)
To join a GROW Group please go to www.pmchurch.org/growgroup
“Following Jesus actually means following Jesus.”
Adventist Community Services
1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.”
A man, beaten down by the rain, came to our Food Pantry for clothes & food. He was wearing a thin jacket, no shirt or socks, and we were able to serve him. He was so happy to receive the clothes that he put them on in the parking lot. Then he sat in the parking lot and ate an entire 16 oz. jar of peanut butter. He left a little more full, dressed, and hopeful than when he arrived. Thank God for the Better Living Center. (Spokane, Washington) This is only one story of many that is a result of Adventist Community
Services Centers around the North American Division that commit to serving God’s children.
Community Services is God’s invitation to do amazing things with Him. Hard times come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and Adventist Community Services is responding to individual needs, developing relationships, and committing to make a difference in people’s lives.
ACS supports community outreach programs by funding development projects that make a major impact in your communities. A washer/dryer serves thousands of homeless to bring dignity and value to their lives. A shelter provides protection and offers hope. A portable shower trailer prepares someone for abjob interview. And so much more.
“I love this facility (New Life Food Pantry, Fultondale, AL) because their Christian walk shows in their attitude of the volunteers and the way they treat the pantry participants.” – Client A
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 By supporting ACS, you can make a lasting impact and know that your dollars are going to something that is making a difference in someone’s life.
—North American Division Stewardship Ministries
Something In Common Sabbath School presents “Who Needs Christmas” video series with Andy Stanley
December 10- The World Did
December 17-God Did
December 24-We Do
The details of the Christmas story can seem unbelievable. So now, thousands of years after shepherds watched their flocks and wise men followed the star, you may be asking, “Who needs Christmas?”
Well, as it turns out, we all do. In the 3-part series, Andy Stanley shows us that the world needed Christmas, God needed Christmas, and we still need Christmas—but maybe not for the reason you think. Everyone is welcome. Sabbath mornings from 10:30-11:30 in PMC room 141.
Let’s gather before the main worship service for a Christmas breakfast potluck on Saturday morning, December 24 from 9:00 – 10:15 AM at the Pioneer Commons. Bring your favorite breakfast items.
A – G – bread, muffin, or pastries
H – P – breakfast casserole or hot/cold cereal
Q – Z – fruits
Pioneer will provide hot and cold drinks and nuts.
The Groupe Francophone D’Andrews will host a French sabbath school at 10:30, a francophone worship service at 11:45, and a fellowship potluck at 1:30 on Sabbath, Dec 10 in the Seminary Chapel. All speakers, learners, and lovers of the French language are invited to attend. Please bring a dish to share for potluck as able. RSVP to Lucile Sabas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with the meal.
Celebrate Community Christmas - Come experience a celebration of Christ's birth from 3-6 pm on Sunday, December 18 at the Student Activity Center in downtown Eau Claire located at 6295 West Main Street Eau Claire, MI. The event also features a FREE Live Nativity from 3:30 to 5:30 PM with live animals the kids can pet, FREE Hot Cider/Hot Chocolate, popcorn and cookies, FREE Christmas Ornament Craft for the Kids, FREE Christmas Music/Karaoke, FREE Photo Backdrops for Christmas Family Photos, Silent Auctions and a Christmas Market, and Blacksmithing Demonstration. Admission: FREE Sponsored by the Eau Claire Critters Pathfinder Club and the Eau Claire SDA Church. Questions? Call or text 269-405-5026 or email Eauclairecritters@gmail.com
The Berrien Springs Garden Club cordially invites you to attend our annual Christmas cookie exchange from 2-5pm on Sunday, December 11 at Love Creek Nature Center. Come learn tips and tricks from fellow local gardeners and share delicious bakery next to the festive fireplace. All ages and abilities welcome.
The BSGC is a registered non-profit affiliated with Michigan Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs which focuses on encouraging community gardening skills, appreciation of nature, and protection of native species and pollinators.
You are invited to a special Nathan Greene Art Studio Christmas Open House. The studio is located at 8458 Painter School Road, Berrien Center, MI. All are welcome to attend!
December 4 & 11, 6:00 PM
At the end of November, the Renovate 2.0 project and fundraising is as follows:
The Project: The final guaranteed cost, as submitted by the general contractor, Weigand Construction, is $929,641.00. This amount includes a 3% contingency. The project begins on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and is to keep on-budget. The elevator is on order and should be here mid-May 2023.
Fundraising: As of this week, there are $225,627.00 that have been given. This amount includes one portion of a $100,000 matching grant. Update #2 will be Dec. 3. Remember Renovate 2.0 in your year-end giving plans and pray for its success.
This January our Health and Wellness Ministry will launch a weight management program for the church and community called Best Weigh. It’s a proven system that combines spiritual principles with nutrition and weight management. It will be led by Dr Ken
Kelln. We’re looking for up to 20 volunteers who can serve as greeters, weigh-in helpers, a/v, parking help, and more. To get more information or to register as a volunteer, text the word HEALTH to 269-281-2345 or you can call 801-513-8809.