Dover Assembly of God
4.1.2018 | RISEN: Jesus Is Alive!
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM

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April 1, 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 ~ Resurrection Day!
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
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

Monday
7:00 pm ~ Women’s Bible Study
7:00 pm ~ Deacon Board Meeting

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT

Friday
6:30 pm ~ Men’s Pinball Night

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.

Jamie Wible Sprinkle Shower
We have rescheduled the women’s sprinkle shower for Jamie to Friday, April 20 at 6:30 pm here at the church. There is a new sign up sheet in the upper foyer. Even if you signed up before, please do so again so we can have an accurate count. Also, be sure to add your email address on the sign up sheet.

BODY NEWS

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.

In Sympathy
Our hearts and prayers go out to Diane Crumrine at the home-going of her father, Noah Gehman on Monday March 26. A memorial service will be held at Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, April 14at 1:30 pm.

Pledge Fund Update
Today is Faith Pledge Sunday. We have raised $6187.50 towards our initial goal of $10,000 which will be matched by an anonymous donor. Thank you for your continued support!

Special Thanks!
To Donna Schott and all who helped in filling the eggs, for all their hard work and dedication in making our Egg Hunt an awesome time for all. The children all appreciate you!

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. (Loralei Grace)

Last week...

Last week, Pastor Jeff talked about how the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for today based on scripture and our experience.

https://doverassembly.com/sermons/march-25th-2018
We want the resurrection to be as vital to us today as it was when we first believed.

It is as we know, more important than Christmas, or any other Christian holiday.

Our faith and eternity rests on the resurrection.
If Jesus was never resurrected from the grave then payment has not been made for our sins and transgressions against God and we are still subject to judgment.

If Jesus wasn’t resurrected, then the payment for your sins was not paid and we still on the hook for every sin we have committed.
Why did Jesus have to die?

Couldn’t God just wipe the slate clean? Isn’t God love? Then why the need for Jesus?

Love and Justice are 2 sides of the same coin. You cannot have one without the other.

If there is no justice, then there cannot be true love.

For God to be love, he has to be just.

The beauty of the cross is that God said, I will show you love AND I will be just at the same time.
A couple things about this...

1. Nicodemus was a Pharisee, but not just a Pharisee, but a member of the ruling council. He had been trained from childhood to be a leader. He was a very smart and learned man. He wasn’t your garden variety fisherman or farmer. He wasn’t easily duped or convinced by anyone.

2. He wanted to do the right thing, but sometimes, even good people will do the wrong thing. We all know people who are “good” but don’t know Jesus. Being good wasn’t the issue. It was did he know Jesus. He chose to eventually leave the Pharisees and follow Jesus. Sometimes we are not able to change the people or situations around us and we are forced to make a choice. It probably was a hard choice for him, but he made it anyways.

3. He came at night. Two possibilities here...
a. One, both were busy men and Nicodemus both respected Jesus’ time as well as his own responsibilities. He took time out of his schedule to meet with Jesus.
b. Two, he was afraid of what others in his circle of friends would think. But it wasn’t that he was afraid, but the main point is he conquered that fear and he DID meet with him.

4. He tells Jesus things that he has heard and seen in others.
We all may have heard many testimonies or stories about Jesus from others and the only way for us to find out if it’s true for us, we have to try it out.

Nicodemus came to try it out. He really wanted the truth and he could only get it by coming to Jesus.

The only way for us to know if what Jesus says is true is to try it. Take him at His word
Nicodemus knew ABOUT the Messiah, but he didn’t KNOW Him.

Many people go to church and know about Jesus, but they don’t know Jesus.
He was saying information in itself isn’t enough. You have to let that information into your heart to make you change.

Many people today know much about the Bible, but have never allowed that knowledge to change them.

They are as lost and as far from God as the biggest pagan we know.
No one can have their sins forgiven or have a relationship with God unless 2 things happen.

1. He is born of water - That simply means a natural birth. You’ve heard the expression, “her water broke”. Having a natural birth is being born of water.

2. Born of the spirit - This is a little deeper, but easily understood.
When every person is born they lack the ability to have a relationship with God. The sin nature (or original sin) keeps that part of us (the spiritual part) dead.

We are basically spiritually dead. We have no ability to talk to or have a relationship with God.

So Jesus is saying, you need to be born first, (the natural way), then you have to be spiritually born.

Or “Born again”

You have to have that spirit part of you that is there, but dormant, be alive or be born.

No matter how moral, good, refined or gifted someone is they are incapable of seeing or entering into God’s kingdom.

Neither can they obey, understand or please God.
The birth of the spiritual aspect of a person is the only way to really know God.

What is required for this “new birth” to happen?

1st: Belief in the death of Jesus as payment in full for all of our sins. All the punishment and anguish that Jesus went thru should have been each of us.

2nd: Repent, which simply means to turn away from your old lifestyle.
Jesus’ death was payment for all the bad things we have done, but it doesn’t end there.

On the third day, he rose from the dead as a confirmation to all he had preached and taught.

Many righteous men and women have died (none perfect, but they loved God).

Had Jesus been crucified but had not been raised, he would have been just another martyr.

But His resurrection is God’s final stamp of approval on all of Jesus’ teaching and testimony.

No other person who died has been resurrected. Lazarus was raised but he died eventually. Jesus was resurrected to never die again.
Either we have believed in the resurrection and have been born again, or we haven’t. Only you can decide that.

God offers a new start to every person. The resurrection is God’s down payment to show us that the new start is believable.

Today we commemorate the death and burial of Jesus, and we celebrate the resurrection.

But the resurrection does us no good unless we believe it and appropriate it.

Thank you for joining us!

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