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Monday, March 23, 2020 - 21:26

Ground Zero and the New Reformation

How to Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit - Part 3

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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.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Program: 
In Praising
Agnus Dei, Above All, Holy Spirit Rain Down
In Praying
John Gonzalez
In Giving
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need • Claude Smith
In Proclaiming
"Ground Zero and the New Reformation: How to Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit"—3 • Dwight K. Nelson
In Meditating
Air • Dello Joio
In Reading
Jean Michel
In Praying
Bryan Von Dorpowski
In Singing
Sent Forth by God's Blessing • 407
In Blessing
In Giving
PMC Assistance Fund
In Leaving
Allegro vivace • Edvard Grieg

"Ground Zero and the New Reformation:
How to Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit"

www.newperceptions.tv

 

  • Day by Day
    • Jesus
      • Luke 9:23—"Then he said to them all, ‘Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.’"
      • Luke 11:13—"‘If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him [GK—continually]!’"
      • John 7:38-39—"Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within them.’ By this He meant the Spirit."
    • Paul
      • 2 Corinthians 4:16—"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."
      • Christian Wiman—"Seven years ago I wrote a short essay called ‘Love Bade Me Welcome.’ It was published (with a different title) in a relatively small magazine, and it generated what was, in my experience, a lot of responses. It was later, though, on the internet, in anthologies, in church services and reading groups, that the essay acquired its second life, and I still get the occasional letter from someone who has come across it. . . . And the essay itself? It was about despair: losing the ability to write, falling in love, receiving a diagnosis of an incurable cancer, having my heart ripped apart by what, slowly and in spite of all my modern secular instincts, I learned to call God." (My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer vii)
      • Ephesians 5:18—". . . be filled [continually/day by day] with the Spirit."
      • Galatians 5:16—". . . walk by the Spirit [continually/day by day]."
    • Ellen White
      • Desire of Ages 313: "We are to follow Christ day by day. God does not bestow help for tomorrow."
      • Steps to Christ 70: "Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, ‘Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.’ This is a daily matter."
      • Christ Triumphant 122: "To follow Jesus requires wholehearted conversion at the start, and a repetition of this conversion every day."
      • Acts of the Apostles 50: "For the daily baptism of the Spirit every [follower of Jesus] should offer his petition to God."
      • Ye Shall Receive Power 67: "Those who have been impressed by the Holy Scriptures as the voice of God, and desire to follow its teachings, are to be daily learning, daily receiving spiritual fervor and power, which have been provided for every true believer in the gift of the Holy Spirit."
  • Faith Not Feeling
    • 1 John 5:14-15—"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we ask of Him."
      • Helmut Haubeil—"What does [1 John 5:14-15] mean? Our prayers according to God’s will are answered in the same moment that we bring them to God. But emotionally we usually don’t notice anything. Our prayers are answered by faith, not by our feelings. The feelings will come later on." (Steps to Personal Revival: Being Filled with the Holy Spirit 88)
      • Dominique Gummelt—"Feelings follow behavior—the key to living."
    • Two conditions to the daily baptism of the Holy Spirit: You ask for all of Him; and He asks for all of you.
    • Romans 5:5—". . . God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
    • Christian Wiman—"When my wife and I fell in love eight years ago, both of us—spontaneously, though we’d been away from any sort of organized religion for years—began praying together. The prayers were at once formal and improvisational, clear spirited but tentative, absolute but open ended. They were also . . . deeply serious and, as my illness made clear when it came slashing through our lives, sustaining. . . . I don’t think the human love preceded the divine love, exactly . . . . I only know that I did not know what love was until I encountered one that kept opening and opening and opening. And until I acknowledged that what that love was opening onto, and into, was God." (22-23)
    • Download PDF of Helmut Haubeil’s Steps to Personal Revival

 

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Prayer Car Caravan for Our Medical Professionals

Our medical professionals are on the front line of this epidemic and we want to show them love and support. In the next week or two, we want to send a prayer caravan to drive around the hospital. We'll let them know ahead of time that we'll be praying—and perhaps honking our horns—at a designated time. To get more information and to register, please click below and select the prayer caravan option. We'll see you soon!

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GC 100 Days of Prayer Commence

This week I learned of our world church headquarters appeal for prayer throughout the global Seventh-day Adventist family. Originally timed to end during the recently-postponed General Conference session in Indianapolis, our church leaders are calling us to now focus 100 days of praying (March 27-July 4) on behalf of the global coronavirus pandemic. There could hardly be a more urgent need for earnest praying! 

A pastor friend of mine, Jim Moon, pointed out a two-verse juxtaposition I'd not noticed before: "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a pestilence among My people, if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:13-14). While everyone knows the beloved prayer call in v 14, few of us connect it with the preceding divine action in v 13. "A pestilence among My people" certainly could represent a global pandemic like the coronavirus COVID-19. While Satan is the originator of destructive calamities, what more faith-appropriate response is our collective prayers to the One who can deliver this nation, this world, these people, from the grips of pestilence.

So let's join together in humbling ourselves before God and praying and seeking His face—that our world might be saved and our faith community might yet be mobilized to share the glad tidings of Jesus' soon return. 

- Pastor Dwight

First Tuesday Comes This Tuesday

Since October 2018, our Pioneer congregation and the Andrews campus have joined together in setting aside the first Tuesday of every month as a Day of Fasting and Prayer. Since most of us this coming Tuesday will be safely ensconced in our homes, it will be a fitting opportunity to band together to seek God's face on behalf of our nation, our world, our church. The economic collapse on multiple fronts as a result of this pandemic has seriously affected the Adventist church and schools globally and locally. Let's unite our petitions to appeal to Christ to minister to the members, the leaders, the students, the teachers and all who serve our faith and academic community in this time of financial duress for many. "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

Home-bound Agape Feast this Sabbath

In a world changing now by the nanosecond thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, want to celebrate something that isn’t? Join us in a house-bound Agape Feast, as we celebrate the unchanging love of God poured out through Jesus at Calvary. All you need is some fruit, crackers and nuts. Invite your family and friends to join you online Saturday morning (9AM/11:45AM ET—pmchurch.org or Facebook Live). It’s time to the good news overwhelm the bad news—be a part of the Feast!

Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor To Neighbor is hosting a food giveaway on April 6, 2020, sponsored by Feeding America. It will begin at 11:00 AM.

2nd Quarter Adult Sabbath School Lessons

Due to the COVID-19 stay at home mandate, Pioneer is unable to provide physical copies of the Adult Sabbath School Lesson at this time. Both teacher's edition and standard edition are available online for free.

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FLAG Camp Staff

Each year, FLAG Camp seeks enthusiastic, responsible high school and college students to work as counselors, teachers and support staff. If you have a love for children and are committed to setting a wholesome example for our campers, consider joining our team. The application deadline is April 5, 2020. At this time FLAG Camp is still scheduled this summer. Due to the COVID-19 virus, please stay tuned for further updates.

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Livestreaming Schedule

Pioneer will be worshipping online online until further notice. We look forward to having you join us there.

  9:00 AM ET - Pioneer at Worship
10:30 AM ET - Sabbath School
11:45 AM ET - Pioneer at Worship

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Home Visits

The Board of Elders, under the leadership of Bryan and Becky von Dorpowski, has responded to the immediate spiritual and emotional needs of our oldest Pioneer members. Recognizing many of them will chose to protect themselves from the coronavirus by limiting their time in the wider community and thus missing the weekly fellowship that worship and Sabbath School provided, the elders will be focusing on those Pioneer members in their 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s—and will be reaching out by phone to visit with them. (In order to protect the health of our members our elders will not be making home visits at this time.)

If you know of an at-risk member who needs personal attention, please call Claudia Sowler 269.471.3134. The elders are praying these targeted phone calls will bring the ministry of our Good Shepherd Savior to these who have faithfully walked with Him throughout their lives.

Family, Faith, and Fun!

During this time of potential boredom and cabin fever, enjoy these fun ideas for spending quality time together as a family.

After the long winter of gray and brown, get outside and look for all the buds, sprouts, and new leaves you can find. Try to identify what each one is. You can use your phone to look on the Internet or use an app like Pl@ntNet to identify leaves. Currently, you can see things like crocuses, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, lilies, snowdrops, moss, ferns, ramps, and wild chives. It is so nice to be reminded that even when things look bleak, God is still there and recreating!

You can also "adopt a friend" each day or week! Send several encouraging and kind notes to a friend via text, email, Messenger, etc. Let them know you are thinking about them and even praying for them.

Sponsored by the Family Life Committee

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