Tales from a Vineyard

Making Love in the Vineyard-An Old Song

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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 one granddaughter.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

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“Tales from a Vineyard: Making Love
in the Vineyard—An Old Song”
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»A Love Song in the Vineyard
• Song of Solomon 1 & 8/Isaiah 5:1-7

»A Parable about the Vineyard
• Matthew 21:33-43/John 15

»This may be the most important truth you have yet to learn:

• John 15:1-5, 8, 16

• Jesus talks about “fruit” seven times.

• What kind of fruit?

• Craig Keener: “In Palestine, the grapes ripen in late summer as the shoots stop growing and the bark changes from green to darker shortly before the vintage of August or September. Yet John writes figuratively; of what sort of fruit does the passage speak? . . . [T]he immediate context . . . suggests fruit.” (The Gospel of John: A Commentary 2:997)

• Galatians 5:22-23—“But the fruit of the is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Desire of Ages: “The life of Christ in you produces the same as in Him. Living in Christ, adhering to Christ, supported by Christ, drawing nourishment from Christ, you bear fruit after the similitude of Christ.”(677)

Acts of the Apostles: “The sap of the vine, ascending from the root, is diffused to the branches, sustaining growth and producing blossoms and fruit. So the life-giving power of the , proceeding from the Saviour, pervades the soul, renews the motives and affections, and brings even the thoughts into obedience to the will of God, enabling the receiver to bear the precious fruit of holy deeds.” (284)

• But what about pruning (John 15:2)?

•    Hebrews 5:8—“During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He  .”

•    2 Corinthians 12:8-10—“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ . . . That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am  , then I am strong.”

•    Philippians 3:10—“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His  , becoming like Him in His death.”

•    Hebrews 12:10-11—“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness [“Become like Me”]. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces the of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained [pruned] by it.”

•    2 Timothy 3:12—“Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus [connected to the Vine] will be   [pruned].”

•    Mark 10:30—Jesus promises all who give up all to follow Him will be rewarded a hundred times as much in this life with “   .”

• The point: we won’t get through this life without being .

Desire of Ages: “The pruning will cause pain, but it is the Father who applies the knife. He works with no wanton hand or indifferent heart. [1] There are branches trailing upon the ground; these must be cut loose from the  supports to which their tendrils are fastening. They are to reach heavenward, and find their support in God. [2] The excessive foliage that draws away the life current [sap] from the  must be pruned off. [3] The overgrowth must be cut out, to give room for the healing beams of the Sun of Righteousness. The husbandman prunes away the growth, that the fruit may be richer and more abundant.” (677)

•    Andrew Murray: “Christian, pray for grace to see in every trouble, small or great, the Father’s finger pointing to Jesus, and saying, Abide in Him! . . . A believer may pass through much affliction and yet secure but little blessing from it all. Abiding in Christ is the secret of securing all that the Father   the chastisement to bring us.” (Abiding in Christ 122-123)

• “I will put my  in Him.” (Hebrews 2:13)

• “Prune me, dear Father, that there may be more fruit . . . in my life . . . for Your glory.”

You gotta have fruit!

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Young Family Sabbath School

Parents with pre-school children (0-5 years) are invited to a special family Sabbath School. Join in singing and learning about God together. Become part of a new family discipleship vision. High schoolers will adventure into the 0-5 year Sabbath Schools rooms for special workshops during this time.

February 16, 10:30 AM
Location: PMC Youth Chapel

Give the Gift of Life— Mark Your Calendars

Sponsored by Andrews University, The American Red Cross and PMC. You are needed! There is no substitute for human blood.

February 27, 1:00-7:00 PM
Location: PMC Commons
 Contact: Larry Ulery - ulery@andrews.edu or (269) 471-0467

Seniors of Michiana Dinner Invitation

No sign-up is required. We look forward to a delightful afternoon of food and entertainment provided by the Andrews Academy administration and students. We hope to see you there. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact the academy directly at 471-3138.

January 27, 1:00 PM
Location: Andrews Academy Commons
Contact: (269) 471-3138

Howard Center Presents - Jasmine Murray

Jasmine Murray is an independent American singer and beauty pageant titleholder from Starkville, Mississippi. Best known for her powerhouse vocals as a finalist in season eight of “American Idol,” Jasmine has worked hard to overcome and achieve so much at a young age. Now at 25, Jasmine’s experience contributes to the wisdom and poise she carries. She is on a mission to reach people with the message that God has given her, and she is just getting started.

January 27, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

2018 Contribution Statements

In just a few weeks the 2018 Contribution Statements will be printed and mailed out to you. Please make sure Pioneer has your current address - for the contribution statements and also for any future mailings from Pioneer!

Backpacks for Berrien Collection

Each month one of the various denominational churches in Berrien Springs collects food to be distributed on Fridays by Backpacks for Berrien to Berrien Springs public school students who otherwise may not have much to eat over the weekend. January is PMC’s month. The food must be packaged in individual serving sizes. No cans or bottles. By the types of food we select to donate, we can even make a health statement. Here are the healthful items on the Backpacks’ food list: fruit cups, pasta, rice, beans, nuts, protein bars. Food can be brought to the church and placed in the collection box in the lobby.

CSA Produce Shares & Nursery Plants

We are now accepting Community Supported Agriculture memberships for the 2019 season. Sign up to receive Certified Naturally Grown fresh vegetables and fruits delivered to your doorstep weekly. We are also taking orders for nursery plants for home gardeners. All of our plants are from Certified Organic seed and grown in Certified Organic soil. Click the link below for details. Call or text Shelli at (269) 277-3621 with questions. We look forward to providing you with high quality healthy food.

Contact: Shelli - (269) 277-3621

Swim N Gym

Come and join your church family for some fun playing games in Johnson Gym and swimming in the Beatty Pool. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

January 19, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Johnson GYM & Beaty Pool

Ways to Help Children and Youth in Benton Harbor

1)   Pray for the children, youth, their parents, teachers, and the leaders in the Sabbath School classes.

2)   Order Rada Cutlery and Gifts—Affordable and durable. Proceeds go directly to Harbor of Hope.

3)   Order Citrus Fruit for yourself and/ or a food pantry like Harbor of Hope, Neighbor to Neighbor, or God's Abundant Pantry. Just make a note of where you want it to go on your check memo line. Order it by mid-January. Proceeds also go to Harbor of Hope.

4)   To help and support children and youth of Harbor of Hope contact: Terry Trecartin at fundraising4hoh@gmail.com or (423) 645-5684, 2601 Pixley Ave., Saint Joseph, MI 49085.

Media Team Volunteers

The Pioneer Media Team is looking for new audio and video technicians for its local media ministry. If you want to use your talents to have a positive impact on the world through digital evangelism and learn new things while sharpening your technical skills, email mediateam@pmchurch.org. Volunteer teams rotate every 3rd Sabbath and are asked to volunteer for both services on their scheduled Sabbath.

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