Dover Assembly of God
4.29.2018 | Acts - Week 5
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM

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April 29, 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 ~ FAMILY NIGHT MINISTRIES

Saturday
8:00 am ~ Men’s Breakfast @ Old Country Buffet

UPCOMING EVENTS

MEN’S BREAKFAST
The guys will be going to the Old Country Buffet on Sat. May 5 at 8:00 am. Please sign up in the lower foyer if you can join us. Don’t forget to bring a friend!

MEMBERSHIP CLASS
The new members class will be held on Sat., May 12 from 9:00-10:00 am in the sanctuary.

COMBINED SERVICE
This Mother’s Day, May 13, we will have a combined service with our Spanish brothers and sisters to honor our moms and special ladies in our lives. Be sure to be a part of this blessed service.

BODY NEWS

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 70 chairs. We are over 1/3 of the way to our goal! Let’s trust God to finish this good work! Praise God!

FAITH PLEDGES
So far we have raised $6669.50 towards our matching goal of $10,000. Thank you for your faithfulness! Help us to meet that challenge.

DISTRICT KIDS CAMP
If you are interested in sending your children (grades 1-6) to the Penn Del 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 helping with our VBS this year, please
See the sign up sheet in the lower foyer. We have a leader and are working on the dates, but we’ll still need much help to make this 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.

IN SYMPATHY
To Darlene, Ashley & Rea Fearson at the home-going of their father and grandfather, Allen Jack Racusin on Monday night, April 23, 2018. Many prayers to the family during this difficult time.

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
~ Darlene & Rea F.
~ Robin H
~ Rose K.
~ Lois P.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Marian T.


BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
May 7 ~ Jeremy Wise
May 9 ~ Nicole Kholod
May 13 ~ Cora Miller
May 18 ~ Makenna Wible
May 19 ~ Braden Villagracia
May 28 ~ Todd Blanchard
May 29 ~ Judy Landis
May 31 ~ Samantha Eaton

May 2 ~ Pastor Jeff & Anna
May 6 ~ Chris & Michelle Doan
May 23 ~ Bill & Naomi Gelsinger
May 28 ~ Dustin & Jamie Wible

Last week...

Last week, Pastor Jeff talked about the fellowship of the early church.

https://doverassembly.com/sermons/april-22nd-2018
Last week we left of at the end of chapter 2.

Peter and the others had been baptized in the HS and Peter stood up and boldly preached to the many who were present and 3000 got saved...and it didn’t end there.
As this first church enacted God’s plan for the church, people continued to come to Christ.

They connected people to God, they built them up in the faith and offered hope to those around them.

Now we come to Acts 3, which is just a continuation of the Lord adding daily.

Notice they didn’t stay in the upper room. They didn’t stay just crowded by those who were saved, they went out into the public arena.
At this point in time, the Christians were for the most part only Jews.

The disciples continued in the Jewish traditions. The outreach to the Gentiles hadn’t started yet. So their attendance at the traditional prayer time was all part of the old system. Eventually the traditions that they followed would be put aside, but that process took several years.

When the Bible said that the Lord added daily, this is what was meant. It meant that those in the upper room and the 3000, had to go out and tell others what God had done.

While it doesn’t specifically mention the Holy Spirit here, we know he was at work in the man and the disciples. He was working through these 2 apostles to bring glory to the name of Jesus.
Here is what we have called a divine appointment.

God setting up a situation in order to share the gospel and to bring glory to the name of Jesus.

He sets the situation, he places people where they need to be at the exact time they need to be there.

Not a coincidence.

The giving of alms was an important part of the Jewish faith, so beggars probably profited from being there.
I believe there are times where God sets up divine appointments for each of us where people reach out to us for help, but what they really need is Jesus.

With all the beggars that were probably there, One man catches the attention of Peter and John.

There were undoubtedly more than one lame man at this gate, but only 1 gets the attention.

We don’t know why he happened to look up or why Peter and John noticed him out of all the others.

Just like when we encounter situations that as we look back on them, we realize that it was God-moment.
Maybe he was already looking to the next person coming down the road. Again out of habit.

He now was engaged in a conversation with an expectation of a result.

His temporal need was not his real need.
Steve Green did a song a long time ago called “People Need The Lord”

Every day they pass me by
I can see it in their eyes
Empty people filled with care
Headed who knows where?
On they go through private pain
Living fear to fear
Laughter hides their silent cries
Only Jesus hears

People need the Lord
People need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams
He's the open door
People need the Lord
People need the Lord
When will we realize
that people need the Lord.

This beggar needed Jesus more than he needed healed.
This healing was done by Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit and using the disciples as his tools.

These men had nothing. Remember they pooled all their resources to help those who needed to be helped.

But they didn’t need material resources, because they had the power of God, through the Holy Spirit with them.

Jesus had given them this same job earlier on.
It’s not that we don’t need these things, but we have to be in a position to trust God to provide them for us when we don’t have them.

When we become rich in resources, our need and trust for the power of God diminishes.

But when we find ourselves in the same position that Peter and John were in, we have no other avenue to follow except complete trust in God’s promises, we will see the miraculous.
This man is an illustration of what salvation is like.

1) He was lame - unable to walk through this life. Before we come to Christ, we are unable to walk through life pleasing God.

2) He was poor - we as sinners are bankrupt before God - unable to repay our debt to God

3) He was outside the temple - Before Christ, we are all separated from God, no matter how close we are to the gate.

4) He was healed by the grace of God- we are healed from our sin by the grace of God.

5) He showed others what God had done, by walking, leaping and praising God. How excited were we when we found Christ?
Notice that he didn’t just jump and leap. People can get excited over something miraculous without coming to Christ.

He was excited and happy, but he also praised God for what He did.

We have to be careful not to worship the miracle, or worship those whom God uses to heal, or even worship the Holy Spirit and the gifts.

We can be excited about them, but they are only a means to an end. And that end is to bring people to Jesus and to give God the credit and glory.

We’ve said it before, miracles and healings are not just an end to themselves. They are designed to give us a testimony to others about God and to draw people to Christ.
When people see in us the change that Christ made, they should notice a tremendous difference.

Our lives should be an outward evidence of what has happened inward.

Do we rightly and often show people what God has done? More importantly, do we share what He is doing NOW?
Every miracle, healing and supernatural accomplishment of God, should be made known to as many as possible.

People will be drawn to Christ as they hear about these things.
The miracle did what it was designed to do. Get people’s attention and give Peter a platform from which to preach to them.
Are we surprised when God shows up? Are we surprised when miracles happen, when God heals?

He is almost telling us that we should NOT be surprised, that we should, what? . . . . EXPECT IT!

We should expect all these things.
We do our part, we pray, we are available, we do all we can, not to quench the HS, but when God shows up it is totally His doing.

He gets all the glory and credit. We get none of it.

What happens as a result of God doing the miraculous?

Peter had the people’s attention and the Holy Spirit again filled him with power and boldness.
He calls them out for what they were involved in.

He reminded them of their sinful behavior and the consequences and results of that behavior.

Unless there is conviction in a person’s heart, they cannot come to Christ.
How can 2 ordinary fishermen heal this guy?

It had to be God working through them. No other explanation would suffice.

No one could deny the miracle so to accept that it is a miracle they had to admit that what these men were saying was true.
What's the takeaway from this account?

a) We are called to take our faith into the world where God can set up divine appointments.

b) God still heals and performs miracles and we shouldn’t be surprised when he does-rather-we should expect it.

c) God uses those miracles to allow us an opportunity to tell others about what God has done for us.
If we believe that God still wants people to know Jesus, then we believe that God will show up in miraculous ways to continue to give evidence of His power and grace.

We should expect it.

I believe that God wants to do that with us--to do the miraculous in us, so we can reach out to others.

Thank you for joining us!

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