Dover Assembly of God
4.22.2018 | Acts - Week 4
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM

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April 22, 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
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

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ NO SERVICE TONIGHT!

Friday-Saturday
8:00 am—2:00 pm ~ Yard Sale
UPCOMING EVENTS

National Youth Day
Special thanks to Emerge Youth for a wonderful ministry segment of last week’s service. It is a blessing to see our young people serving the Lord!
Yard Sale
Our annual WOP Yard Sale HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED TO April 27-28.
Set up will be TODAY following the morning service and Wed April 25 in lieu of the evening services.
BODY NEWS

Christian Education Classes
Every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening we offer different classes designed to teach, train and encourage believers through God’s word.

~ Starting on Sunday morning, April 15, Pastor Keith will be teaching “Christ in the Passover”
~ Starting Wednesday night, April 18, Pastor Jeff will be teaching “Christianity Lite-Stop Drinking a Watered Down Gospel”.

If you are not involved in a class or ministry currently, we encourage everyone to be a part of these on-going classes.
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. We are looking at 200 chairs at a cost of $41 per chair which includes shipping. So far, we have raised enough to purchase approximately 69 chairs. We are 1/4 of the way to our goal! Let’s trust God to finish this good work! Praise God!
Special Thanks
From Pastor Jeff, Anna and the family for all the cards, well wishes and blessings at the home-going of Pastor’s dad.
District Kids Camp
If you are interested in sending your children (grades 1-6) to the PennDel Camp ground for a fantastic week of fun and spiritual growth this summer, see Pastor Jeff for the details.
VBS
If you are interested in heading up our VBS this year, please see Pastor Jeff. Our goal is to have a VBS, but we need the leaders and sufficient workers to make it successful.
Ministry Opportunities
As our church continues to grow, our desire is to be able to offer ministry opportunities to both the students and those who lead. Currently we have opportunities for Girl’s Ministry, Royal Rangers, and Nursery ministry leaders. If you feel the Lord calling you to serve, see pastor Jeff.
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.
~ Rose K.
~ Lois P.
~ Marian T.
"Faith is believing in advance what can only be understood in reverse." — Chuck Swindoll

Last week...

Last week, Pastor Keith talked about 7 facets of patience.

https://doverassembly.com/sermons/april-15th-2018
2 weeks ago we talked about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Peter who was transformed by that power stood up and preached loudly and boldly and 3000 people were saved.
The only explanation for that change in Peter and the result of his preaching is that he operated in the power of the Holy Spirit.

We said last time that this power is still for today. We should still be seeing lives and situations changed not by our own ability, but by the power of God being used through His people.

The truth is whether the manifestations of God’s power are outward as in a service, or inward as in the change of a heart and life, that power is available and should be expected every week.
Do we truly expect to see the miraculous? Do we expect to see God show up in power every week?

...or even every day? Because the Holy Spirit is not just for Sundays. It is for every day.
Once we have been saved, there will be a change: Our purpose has changed. Our hearts are transformed and our loyalties are switched.

Jesus isn’t just an addition to your life, he becomes your life.

The 3000 that were saved that day devoted themselves to studying God’s word.
Everything that happens in a believer’s life and experiences must line up with God’s word.

They knew that if they were going to experience God daily, they needed to know about Him.

And here’s what was happening-as they studied God’s word, the Holy Spirit did the teaching.

The Holy Spirit uses the act of learning the truth to bring us into a deeper relationship with the Father and the Son.
How can you know someone better unless you know more about them?

The first thing believers need to do is to study God’s word.

You really can’t experience the on-going work of the Holy Spirit unless you know how He operates.
God never calls us to stand alone. He has designed the church as the vehicle by which this fellowship happens.

Not only were these believers studying God’s word, they also gathered together for support, and encouragement. They were committed to honest open relationships with each other so as to help each other in their walk with God.
Christians are designed to need each other.

What was happening here was this: 3000 was a big number, so they broke themselves into smaller groups to have a more intimate relationship with each other.

These groups were also not always a worship meeting. These were designed so each person would feel welcomed and wanted.

Notice part of that time together included eating.
This phrase (breaking of bread) has several meanings:
a. Having dinner at others homes
b. Holy communion
c. The love feast
The disciples, spent time studying God’s word, they spent time together to encourage and help each other in their new found faith and they fellowshipped together around a meal.

Essentially this was a means of expressing thankfulness to God and each other.

They enjoyed each other’s company and were a caring and sharing community.
Prayer was a priority of this group of believers.

Pray or prayer is mentioned 13 times just in Acts.

They knew that where there is much prayer, there is much activity of the Holy Spirit.

And where there is much activity of the Holy Spirit, there has been much prayer.

Prayer is the source of intimacy with God.
When you have that closeness with God, you are better able to listen for direction and also in a better position to have God’s power work through you.

In other words, if we want to see that resurrection power of God in our lives and in our service, we need to be a praying church.

What was the result of doing all these things?
When you experience the true power of God in your life, you no longer have a cavalier attitude.

Hopefully you develop a deep sense of amazement and reverence.

We recognize the true power of God, we recognize that this God of the universe just did miraculous things through me, a sinner, we should be humbled and amazed.

And the flip side is also true, the more we study and pray, the more we should see the miraculous.

We should be “expecting”.
Acts of the Apostles 2:44-45 NLT

They didn’t meet just once a week.

The Jewish believers were in hard times and it required that they meet each other’s needs. It wasn’t a forced sharing, they did it willingly. They practiced self-less generosity by sharing with those in need.

They also met constantly, not just once a week. And they met in smaller groups and settings.

There is a biblical reason for the fellowship nights that we have. Men’s and women’s. It is a time to fellowship in smaller groups and different settings to encourage each other and to build each other up. Breaking bread with your friends.
Maybe when we get together, it might not be about you. Maybe someone else who attends could get encouragement from you being there.

Maybe just your support would bless someone.
What they were doing in sharing their possessions was not just to let everyone see what they were doing.

When they shared from their heart, not doing it to be seen by others, God blesses that and others see it anyways.
Acts of the Apostles 2:46-47 NLT

Acts 2:42, 46 - NIV
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching
46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day

CONNECTING TO GOD
Acts 2:42, 46 - NIV
42 and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
46 and shared their meals with great joy and generosity

BUILDING PEOPLE
Acts 2:44, 47 - NLT
44 And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything they had.
47 all the while praising God
OFFERING HOPE
When we as a church operate in this manner, we are literally a New Testament church.

What is the natural or dare I say spiritual result of operating this way?
When we act as a New Testament church and connect people to God, we build or encourage them in their faith and we offer them hope in Christ, people will come to Jesus and lives will be transformed.

If we want to see the power of God operating in the miraculous and in our own lives in a supernatural way, then we need to be following the example of the very first church as summarized by Luke.
Acts of the Apostles 2:46-47 NLT

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