COVID-19 UPDATES  —  

Pioneer invites worshipers to its Sanctuary on July 11, 2020 for both 9:00 AM and 11:45 AM worship services. Sabbath Schools remain meeting digitally or in smaller off-site groups. For details regarding prevention measures in place and the COVID-19 Pioneer response click here.

 
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 21:02

The Bondage Breaker

The Bondage Breaker: How to win (and help your friends win) the battle of addiction

DVDs

To purchase a DVD of this sermon please visit our online shopping cart. Proceeds go to support the New Perceptions media ministry.
Buy series

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.

Innocently deceived. Ruthlessly held. This series will take a closer look at the Enemy's tactics in this raging spiritual warfare, and how freedom is not just possible, but promised.
Saturday, March 29, 2014

More In This Series

04/05/2014
No matter where you go on this planet there are always three things that people universally love. Could the greatest blessings God gave to humanity be the very things the Enemy uses to enslave us?
04/12/2014
Does addiction seem like an unbeatable challenge? Here are 7 steps you can take to turn your defeats into victory.
04/19/2014
Feeling trapped by addiction? What if the very same power that freed Jesus from the tomb was available to free you from you're own bondage?
04/26/2014
The same One who can break your bondage to sin can also wash you clean and keep you that way for the rest of your life.

“The Bondage Breaker:
How to Win (and Help Your Friends Win) the Battle of Addiction”

www.pmchurch.tv

  • □  One Story
    •   The American Society for Addiction Medicine: “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain

      reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.” (http://www.asam.org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction)

    •   “The secret cause of the affliction that had made this man a fearful spectacle to his friends and a burden to himself was in his own life. He had been fascinated by the pleasures of sin, and had thought to make life a grand carnival. He did not dream of becoming a terror to the world and the reproach of his family. He thought his time could be spent in innocent folly. But once in the downward path, his feet rapidly descended. Intemperance and frivolity perverted the noble attributes of his nature, and Satan took control of him.” (Desire of Ages 256)
    •   Mark 1:21-28
  • □  Seven Truths
    •   #1—We are in a between two invisible .
      •   Ephesians 6:12—“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers . . . the authorities . . . the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual of evil in the heavenly realms.”
      •   Neil Anderson: “There is no inner conflict which is not , because there is never a time when your mind, emotions, and will are not involved. Similarly, there is no problem that is not . There is no time when God is not present. . . . The Bible presents the unseen spiritual world just as real as the natural world we see with our eyes [2 Corinthians 4:18].” (The Bondage Breaker 21)
    •   #2—The primary weapon of Satan is .
      •   John 8:44—“ . . . there is no truth in him. When he lies, [the devil] speaks his native language,

        for he is a and the father of lies.’”

      •   Duane McBride: “Cultural leveling, Dr. McBride explains, describes the tendency of a minority

        group to gradually conform or change to reflect

        the attitudes of the majority group.” (Student Movement 3-5-14 p 3)

      •   If the devil can put your conscience to sleep, you will do under the influence what you

        wouldn’t think of doing in your right and sober mind!

      •   Duane McBride: “‘Responsible alcohol use? I’m not sure how much “responsible” there is. . . .

        The clarity and quality of our relationship with God depends on, essentially, sobriety and a

        mind that functions.’” (Ibid)

      •   The only defensible position for a Christian to take is abstinence.
    •   #3—The primary weapon of Christ is .
       John 8:32—“Then you will know the , and the will set you free.”  John 8:36—“So if the sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
    •   #4—The showdown at the decided the of the war.
      •   Colossians 2:15—“Having disarmed the powers and authorities, [Christ] made a public

        of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

      •   The Great Controversy: “In the Saviour’s expiring cry, ‘It is finished,’ the death knell of Satan

        was rung. The great controversy which had been so long in progress was then ,

        and the final eradication of evil was made certain.” (503)

      •   Read Matthew 27:24-54—every day.
      •   “Tell [Satan] of the blood of Jesus, that cleanses from all sin. You cannot save yourself from

        the tempter’s power, but he trembles and when the merits of that precious blood

        are urged.” (5T 317)

    •   #5—You must decide your .
  •   #6—To not decide is .
  •   #7—You must call on the B B.

     Steps to Christ: “As you see the enormity of sin, as you see yourself as you really are, do not give up to despair. It was sinners that Christ came to save. We have not to reconcile God to us, but—O wondrous love!—God in Christ is ‘reconciling the world unto Himself.’ 2 Corinthians 5:19. He is wooing by His tender love the hearts of His erring children. No earthly parent could be as patient with the faults and mistakes of his children, as is God with those He seeks to save. No one could plead more tenderly with the transgressor. No human lips ever poured out more tender entreaties to the wanderer than does He.” (35)

    “Free indeed!” 

Faith on the Farm Virtual VBS

The Village Church Seventh-day Adventist Church would like to invite all children to join them for a Virtual VBS & Pre-K VBS with singing, crafts, snacks and learning more about faith thru the life of Joseph in the BIBLE. If you have any questions you can email VBS.VillageSDACHurch@gmail.com.

July 13–17, 6:00 PM

More Details

Save the Date: Blood Drive

Save the date! Pioneer, Andrews University and The Red Cross will sponsor a Blood Drive on Thursday, July 23 from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM in the Pioneer Commons. Extra precautions will be in place for your safety.  More details to come including scheduling your appointment. All types of blood are needed so plan now to donate. Contact Larry Ulery at ulery@andrews.edu for more information. We're all in this together. Thank You!

The Least of These

Do you have the heart to serve the "least of these?" One of our Pioneer ministries provides a simple church service to those in the Juvenile Detention Center in Berrien Center. Saturday evenings at 6:00 PM we host an interactive Bible study and sing songs with the young people there. For more information and to get involved contact Rodlie Ortiz at rodlie.ortiz@pmchurch.org or call 269-471-6154.

Sun, Fun, and Faith!

We are inviting all youth to come out to Lake Chapin every Tuesday night from June 30 - August 11 at 6:00 PM to join us for Sun, Fun, and Faith! We will have boating, fun, and worship. Masks are encouraged and attendees are asked to remember social distancing. The Youth Department is asking for anyone with a boat who can bring it to out to Lake Chapin on Tuesday nights to contact Brooke Scott at 269-932-5783 via text or call.

Sabbath School Quarterlies

Do you need a Sabbath School Quarterly? You can always download a digital copy, but if you'd like to have your own physical copy they are located just inside the main entrance of the church. Sabbath School lessons are available for the 3rd quarter for all children and adult divisions as well as Primary Treasures and Junior Guides. The church office is open Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM and Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. For more information, please contact the church office at 269-471-6565.

Going Home July 11

Will the church look any different? The sanctuary still smells new—and it will be just as you left it almost four months earlier. But yes, there will be a new awning entryway on the office (parking lot) side of Pioneer. The inside stairs going up and down from that doorway have been rebuilt with a new no-slip covering. Pioneer is eager to have you return.

That's why the doors to Sabbath worship at Pioneer are opening on July 11. Naturally, we all are carefully weighing our response to spaces opening up to the public in this season of the pandemic. Churches that are sacred space must also be a safe space. James Ford is chairing our reentry task force, and they have adopted the safest congregational protocol possible. Because we not only want you to be safe, we want you to feel safe.

To help us gauge your own perspectives, Richard Parke, co-chair of our Safety Committee, has created a short survey. The questions ask your initial plans regarding a return to our sanctuary. Your helpful response will assist your leaders in their planning for Pioneer's next chapter.

Whatever lies ahead for this congregation and this campus, why not claim God's promise, "I will go before you" (Isaiah 45:2). Knowing He goes ahead and prepares the way certainly makes what we don't know much easier not to know. May He be praised.

Take the Survey

Office Hours

Pioneer office hours are now as follows:

Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Adopt a College Student

COVID-19 has taken a toll in our community and around our campus. As you already know most students have headed home to their families. However, we have some students who were not able to return home and are alone here on campus, many are from international locations with student visa which, means they are not allowed to work off campus to their visa restrictions, and since Andrews University is currently closed they are not able to work at all. Most of these students don't have transportation to get off campus. These students are also missing connection.

Pioneer wants to share God's love and blessings with these students for the next 6 weeks, until our campus opens up. Would you adopt a student? Here's how you can help:

  • Check in on them once a week - send a text, call them on the phone, pray with them, get to know them.
  • Be willing to provide at least one meal a week or groceries for the student to cook with.
  • Be willing to drive them to the grocery store if needed.

Each student needs something different but we won’t know unless we ask them, and get to know them. Some students just need a ride to the grocery store, some students just need to hear that someone cares about them enough to call, others need groceries, but all need our love and prayers.

Adopt a Student

Other ways to help:

  • Sponsor a fruit/veggie box to be delivered weekly through Cafe Bon Appetit (269-471-3161 ext. 0 or email linda.brinegar@cafebonappetit.com)
  • Get a group together and host a carry-out meal for students. (thank you to the groups who have done this already)
  • Take a treat to the residence halls
  • Offer to give a student a ride to the grocery store.
  • Donate to Student Life Relief Fund
  • United Way of Southwest Michigan
Report: The (Virtual) Tent 2020

In no way was The Tent normal this year. After all, nothing has been! That is not to say, however, that it was not a win for the Kingdom of God. Although it was online only, God came through in a mighty way! With about 200 different video clips the whole thing came together against all odds. There were decisions for baptism and people tuning in from all over the world!

This was the 7th year of The Tent. Some of our preachers this year were in the first grade when this all began. That year, Pastor Dwight came to Ruth Murdoch Elementary School and asked the 1st graders which of them would like to preach when they were Junior High students. Well, some of those kids preached last week! These messages were driven by the Holy Spirit as they profoundly spoke to events that took place after the messages were even recorded.

It was not just the speakers who did well this year. Micah Leiterman and Marco Sciarabba Badenas welcomed guests every night with intros that were fun and engaging! What was awesome about their video clips was the way that these two students not only wrote the scripts but they filmed and edited the clips together.

The students came together in an incredible way to make the music as well. Each student created their videos for music individually and these were edited together to create music as a team. We had an incredible team of seminary students who helped bring all of this together, and we also depended upon the musical genius of Chuck Reid who did our fine-tuning.

What was most amazing about The (Virtual) Tent was the seamless way all of these pieces made a whole. This is what the Holy Spirit longs to do with us as a church! Imagine what God could do with a church connected to Him! The (Virtual) Tent is a call to action. This is a picture of what God can do in the worst of circumstances with people who are listening to His voice.

Watch The TentNAD Report

FLAG Camp Update

We are saddened to inform you that due to COVID-19 FLAG Camp will be canceled this summer. Thank you to each who has applied to be on staff. Please apply again next year for the summer of 2021. We will be working to make next summer a great and safe experience!

Pages