Dover Assembly of God
3.25.2018 | Acts - Week 2
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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    domingo 10:30 AM

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March 25, 2018

Welcome to Dover Assembly!
We are so glad you have chosen to attend Dover Assembly this morning. It is not by accident that you are here. We believe that God has allowed you to be here so that you might receive all that He has for you. We pray you are blessed as you allow the Lord to work in your life.

THIS WEEK

Today ~ Palm Sunday
9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donut Fellowship
9:30 am ~ Sunday School
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
12:00 pm ~ Easter Egg Hunt
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

Monday
7:00 pm ~ Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday
9:00 am ~ District Fine Arts
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT

Thursday-Saturday
Youth Convention ~ Leave church at 2:00 pm Thursday, and arrive back Saturday around noon.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Yard Sale
Our annual WOP Yard Sale will be held on April 13-14. There is a sign up sheet next week for all those who are able to help in this fund-raiser. While we appreciate all of your donations, PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF ANY ITEMS UNTIL APRIL 8. The church does not have room to hold all the items until the yard sale. Thank you for your cooperation! Set up will be Sunday, April 8 following the morning service and Wed April 11 in lieu of the evening services.

Men's Pinball Night
The guys will be heading to Mark Crumrine’s house on Friday, April 6 at 6:30 pm for a fun night of pizza and pinball. Please sign up in the lower foyer if you are able to join us. If you need directions to Mark’s, please see Pastor Jeff or Mark Crumrine.

Easter Sunrise Service
Dover Assembly will be joining with other churches to Celebrate Resurrection Day with a sunrise service NEXT Sunday, April 1 at 7:00 am next to Pinchot Park Lake. We welcome everyone to attend.

BODY NEWS

District Fine Arts
District Fine Arts is this week! Our students who have moved onto districts will be sharing their entries on Wednesday at Christian Life Assembly in Camp Hill. All are invited to come and see their performances. Katlynn Havens will perform in the American Sign Language category at 3:20 PM and the Short Sermon Sr. category at 10:10 PM. Braden Villagracia's writing entries are part of the "non-scheduled" division, meaning they won't be on display, but they will be posted at http://emergeyouth.org/finearts this week. Thank you for supporting our students as they discover, develop, and deploy their gifts!

Youth Convention
Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles will be sharing at the Friday evening service of this year's youth convention. PennDel has opened this service up for everyone, although all single service passes for that service will be 200 level seats in the Giant Center. The cost is $35. If you'd like to learn more or purchase a ticket, visit penndelyouthconvention.com.

Membership & Water Baptism Classes
If you would like to be a voting member of our church or want to follow the Lord in water baptism, please visit the Information Center and take the appropriate form on the wall next to the counter, complete it and return it to Pastor Jeff. We will notify you of the scheduled classes.

Sanctuary Chairs
We are currently on track to purchase chairs to replace the current pews in our sanctuary. The cost to repair the broken and ageing pews is more than the cost to replace them. Chairs will also give us the flexibility to use our sanctuary in different ways. When we build, we can take them with us. We are looking at 200 chairs at a cost of $41 per chair which includes shipping.

During our Resurrection Day Service we will receive a special offering over and above our normal giving that will go entirely to the purchase of these chairs.

So far, we have raised enough to purchase approximately 20 chairs. PTL! Thank you for your generosity.

Special Thank You!
To Chad Landis for donating his time and talents to systematically replace all of our aging bathroom “fixtures”.

PRAYER NEEDS
Please take time to review and pray for those on this list. Drop them a card or call to set up a time to visit. They will be blessed!
Shut-In
~ Helen S.
Prayer Needs
~ Robin H.
~ Les K.
~ Lois P.
~ Marian T.
~ Jamie W.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
April 1 ~ Marian Tunney
April 3 ~ Les Kauffman
April 5 ~ Jalon Johnson
April 8 ~ Yvonne Combs
April 8 ~ Paul Jones
April 14 ~ Linda Crone
April 19 ~ Anna Bender
April 22 ~ Robin Housseal
April 23 ~ Kathy Jo Gilbert

April 4 ~ Les & Rose Kauffman
April 8 ~ Andrew & Yvonne Combs

Last week...

Last week, Pastor Jeff talked about the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that we need to accomplish God's mission.

https://doverassembly.com/sermons/march-18th-2018
Last week, we began our study of the book of Acts and the person of the Holy Spirit in the church today.

We stated that the power of the Holy Spirit is necessary in the church.

Acts is the book that begins it all. Acts has sometimes been called “The Acts of the Apostles”, but a more correct title would be the “Acts of the Holy Spirit”.

The Holy Spirit is mentioned more than 50 times in this book, most notably using the terms:
~ Baptism in the Holy Spirit
~ Being Filled with the Holy Spirit
~ Being Led by the Holy Spirit

If an entire book is dedicated to showing us what the Holy Spirit can and does do, then we need to take some time study and understand it.
They were all on the same page. They were undivided in their desire for God’s will.

The #1 thing that God requires to really accomplish anything is unity.

Unity is not uniformity.

Uniformity is everyone being exactly alike with no independent thoughts or desires. Dictionary.com uniformity as: overall sameness, homogeneity, or regularity:
Unity means that each person is an individual with independent thoughts and ideas, but they are the same in their pursuit of a goal.

The folks in the upper room were unified in their desire: to do what Jesus told them to do and wait for the power of the Holy Spirit to give them ability to do the work.
For God to be able to accomplish anything of value, His people need to be unified in that purpose.

The church has to be unified is the desire to see God move.

And it wasn’t just unity, it was unity in prayer. They were all praying the same thing.

And they prayed constantly. It wasn’t just a short one time repeat after me prayer, it was a serious amount of time seeking what God wanted to do.

If we as a church are serious about seeing God move in the miraculous, we should be spending serious time in prayer.
Remember, Jesus’ brothers didn’t believe him when he was alive, but at the resurrection, they believed.

The foundation of the church was beginning. Jesus’ brother James became the first leader and a martyr for Christ.

Seeking the power of the Holy Spirit enables us to do God’s work, without which we could not do it.

But truly seeking God to move may also result in hardship coming our way.

Are we ready for that? How else can God move unless we are in situations that require a miracle?
During our prayer time, it is necessary to also focus on God’s word.

We can’t neglect God’s word and say we only need to pray.

Prayer reveals God’s word to us as we read it.

Sometimes during our time of prayer, God reveals to us things we need to do before we keep praying.

Peter tells them about Judas and how he died and that now they need to replace him.
Whenever we seek God’s direction, it always needs to be backed up by scripture.

Peter knew God's word and was only fulfilling what was written in Psalms.
12 is the number of completion.

12 tribes, 12 apostles.

They needed to have 12 apostles.
Prayer is an integral part of every decision that we make as believers.

When any choice is to be made, we need to seek God’s direction on all of it. Trusting that God will answer that prayer.
Some say that Paul should have been the 12th, but he did not meet the qualifications.

He did not witness the resurrection. He saw the risen Christ, but that wasn’t the qualification.
Mathias was never mentioned again, but neither were the others except for Peter & John.

Notice that just because you don’t meet God’s qualifications for a particular position, does not mean God won’t use you somewhere else.

Paul is a great example of that...

Just because Joseph called Barsabbas was not chosen does not mean he wasn’t used elsewhere. Neither was mentioned so we don’t know what effect either of them had on the kingdom.
Pentecost was the second great festival of the Jewish year. It was a celebration of the harvest when the first fruits were offered to God.
We are not going to move this world by criticism of it or by conforming to it. But by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Holy Spirit. ~ Vance Havner
The early church had none of the things we think we need today. Buildings, money, political influence, social status and yet the church exploded with God’s power.

That is the power that is available today.
Wind and fire are both symbols of the God’s power.
This is mentioned to let us know that what happens next is a move of God.
As Pentecostal believers, we need to be sure by way of scripture, not experience that this is something that is for today.

Not because you experience it, but does scripture back it up?

Many good bible believing Christians believe that this is the initial infilling of the Holy Spirit, that everyone gets when they believe...PERIOD.

They do not believe this is a subsequent event that happens after you receive the initial infilling.
The 1st question is, is the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the respective gifts for today?

Every Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit when they believe. We believe the baptism happens after that.

The Bible never says that this is a one-time event, nor does it say that this ended with the apostles.

Those who believe it ended use this verse (1 Corinthians 13:8-10)
It all hinges on what perfection means.

They are talking about the gifts that come with the baptism in the Holy Spirit, namely tongues and prophecies, words of knowledge etc.

Others believe it is when the canon of scripture was finalized, that the Bible is perfection. That when we have the Bible, we have perfection and we have no need for the gifts and the baptism as we understand it.

We believe the perfection is when Jesus comes back.
The 2nd question is, Is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit a different event that happens after you are saved?

At the point of salvation, each believer is filled with the Holy Spirit.
So once you accept Christ, you have the Holy Spirit living in you.

In Acts 10, Peter is preaching to Gentiles for the first time. Cornelius was a righteous and God fearing man.

God send Peter to them, preaches, they believe, then:
So these folks were already believers. They heard the message of repentance and faith and became believers.

Luke calls them disciples. So they were followers of Christ. If they had been John’s disciples only, Luke would have probably made mention of that fact.

So if they believed, they would necessarily have the Holy Spirit.

Remember...
They were believers, they had the infilling of the Holy Spirit, now they were going to experience the Baptism.
So these folks, believed in Jesus, were water baptized and now we see they are experiencing the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

We go by scripture, not only by experience, but as Pentecostal believers, we know that experience follows truth.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is for today. The gifts that accompany the baptism are also for today.

If we seem to not be able to live like we know we should and not have the results of being baptized, then maybe that is just what God is looking to do in you.

Just like the apostles and all who were with them, God still wants us to pray and seek to be baptized.

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