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.
The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation
"I, a Poor, Stinking Bag of Dung"
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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.
"The Story of Martin Luther and the New Reformation:
'I, a Poor, Stinking Bag of Dung'"
- 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
- Roland Bainton: "The man who thus called upon a saint was later to repudiate the cult of the saints. He who vowed to become a monk was later to renounce monasticism. A loyal son of the Catholic Church, he was later to shatter the structure of medieval Catholicism. A devoted servant of the pope, he was later to identify the popes with Antichrist. For this young man was Martin Luther" (Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther 15).
- 4 Takeaways/Legacies for the New Reformation
- #1—Only .
- Luther: "I was a good monk, and I kept the rule of my order so strictly that I may say that if ever a monk got to heaven by his monkery it was I. All my brothers in the monastery who knew me will bear me out. If I had kept on any longer, I should have killed myself with vigils, prayers, reading and other work." (Bainton 34).
- James Kittelson: "Anfechtung was what Luther later called this grinding sense of being utterly lost. By it he intended the idea of swarming attacks of doubt that could convince people that God's love was not for them. Later he considered this sense of being irredeemably evil to be the work of Satan, who sought to make a Christian's sins, doubts, and anxieties too much even for the grace of God. At such moments just the rustling of dried leaves in a forest sounded like the legions of hell coming to seize one's soul.” (Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career 56)
- Derek Wilson: "Certainly Luther went through periods of black depression when he retreated into himself and spoke to no one. He never fully shrugged off this particular demon and to the end of his days would retire into a room by himself when problems weighed heavily upon him." (59)
- Luther: "I greatly longed to understand Paul's Epistle to the Romans and nothing stood in the way but that one expression, 'the justice of God,' because I took it to mean that justice whereby God is just and deals justly in punishing the unjust. My situation was that, although an impeccable monk, I stood before God as a sinner troubled in conscience, and I had no confidence that my merit would assuage him. Therefore I did not love a just and angry God, but rather hated and murmured against him." (Bainton 49)
- Luther: "Then [one day] I grasped that the justice of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise. The whole Scripture took on a new meaning, and . . . now it became to me inexpressibly sweet in greater love. This passage of Paul ['the just shall live by faith'] became to me a gate to heaven." (Bainton 49-50)
- H. M. S. Richards once declared: "I have only one doctrine: I am a great —but I have a great ." And when asked “What is the Adventist message?" he replied, " only."
- #2—Only .
- Luther: "The wounds of Jesus are safe enough for us.” (Kittelson 99)
- Ellen White: "The lower you lie at the foot of the cross, the dearer and more exalted will be your conception of your Redeemer." (Review and Herald 10-16-1888)
- Ellen White: "The theme that attracts the heart of the sinner is Christ and Him crucified. On the cross of Calvary Jesus stands revealed to the world in unparalleled love." (Maranatha 99)
- #3—Only .
- Derek Wilson: "Within decades of Luther's death... all Europe was awash with Bibles in contemporary languages.... This was the richest part of Martin Luther's legacy. He bequeathed to the peoples of the world a collection of religious writings and invested them with supreme authority (or, as he would have said, recognized the supreme authority they manifestly possessed)."(363)
- Luther: "God's word cannot be without God’s people, and God’s people cannot be without God’s word. . . . For it is the word of God which builds the Church. . . . [W]here that is heard, where baptism, the sacrament of the altar [the Lord’s Supper], and the forgiveness of sins are administered there hold fast and conclude most certainly that there is the house of God and that there is the gate of heaven." (Wilson 364)
- Ellen White: "But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms. The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority—not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain 'Thus saith the Lord' in its support." (The Great Controversy 595)
- #4—Only .
- Proverbs 4:18
- Ellen White: "The Reformation did not, as many suppose, end with Luther. It is to be continued to the close of this world's history. Luther had a great work to do in reflecting to others the light which God had permitted to shine upon him; yet he did not receive all the light which was to be given to the world. From that time to this, new light has been continually shining upon the Scriptures, and new truths have been constantly unfolding." (The Great Controversy 148-149)
- John 16:12-13
- #1—Only .
"We are all beggars."
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.