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Monday, March 23, 2020 - 21:26

The Christ of the Passion

The Line Mel Gibson Left Out

Resources

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.

The movie was bloody. The reality even worse. Why the fixation on blood in both the movie and the Bible?
Saturday, April 03, 2004

More In This Series

03/27/2004
In a garden humanity's hope was dashed, and in a garden revived again. What does the garden teach us about His passion? What does it hold for us and call us to?
04/10/2004
Physical blood and gore of Christ's passion were the veneer on the face of the greater trauma. The horrendous suffering transcended anything experienced before or after. What was it, and what did it mean?
04/17/2004
Parallel to its wondrous gift runs its enormous demands. What does the cross of Christ demand of us?
04/24/2004
We can participate in the passion. It's both exciting and challenging. Becoming engaged, we discover that the far side of the world is not as far away as it sounds.
05/08/2004
Does Christ's passion have anything to teach us about pacifism? When He was hostilely seized that night, what did Jesus do? Confronted with our global tensions today, what would Jesus do?
05/15/2004
You've heard about the seven last words of Christ. But have you ever heard about the six last words of God? They may be among the most important words you will ever hear. Talk about hope!
06/05/2004
A call for a not-so-surprising, but oh so comprehensive, response to the passion of the Christ. But then, wouldn't we expect the message of the cross to be at least as practical as it is theological?
06/12/2004
As simple as 1-2-3. As easy as A-B-C. Yes, but also as hard as . . . Unless, that is, the passion of the Christ has indeed worked its miracle in us.
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The (Virtual) Tent

The Junior High students from Ruth Murdoch would like to invite you to join us for our "Virtual Tent" meetings. They began on Friday, May 22 and continue through June 2. Meetings are held at 7:00 PM each night, except Saturdays. Please come and support our kids and invite a friend or family member to watch so they can get to know Jesus better.

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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!

COVID-19 Updates

For your safety, Pioneer Memorial Church offices are now closed until further notice. Pastors and staff continue to work remotely to serve your needs.

Latest Updates

University Medical Center Open

University Medical Specialties is currently accepting patients who have both critical care and other medical needs.

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

Love on the Move

Over the summer and fall of 2019 Pioneer underwent significant physical renovation—including a new roof and a major Sanctuary makeover. During the same time congregation leaders engaged in multiple conversations about our missional renovation—how does a faith community like Pioneer seriously engage and impact the people around us for Christ? From this dialogue emerged a fresh new expression of our Pioneer mission: "Love on the Move."

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Campus News

For more events impacting our local university campus, please visit www.andrews.edu/agenda.

Steps to Christ Reading Guide

You're invited to take a 13-week journey through the short classic Steps to Christ. Each week read a chapter, then write down your personal reflections in the accompanied reading guide.

Steps to Christ Reading Guide