Dover Assembly of God
5.6.2018 | Acts - Week 6
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    zondag 10:30 AM

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May 6, 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 ~ Deacon Board Meeting

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT MINISTRIES

Saturday
9:00 am ~ Membership Class

UPCOMING EVENTS

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. Pastor Luis’ wife, Edith will share a brief testimony. Be sure to be a part of this blessed service.


WOMEN’S SUMMER READING
Anna and our ladies will be reading the book “Sensible Shoes” by Sharon Brown.

Sharon Garlough Brown tells the moving story of four strangers as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support and personal revelation.

If you would like join the ladies as they read through this encouraging book, please sign up at the women’s table in the upper foyer. We will order the books on May 29 and the dinner finale will be Friday Aug 10.

BODY NEWS

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
We are going to bless the Dover school district this year with some donuts for their entire staff meeting on May 17. If you would like to drop them a note or card showing your appreciation that we can deliver with the donuts, please compete and return them to Pastor Jeff’s office by next Sun. May 13.

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, with an anonymous donation that enabled us to purchase an additional 90 chairs, we have raised enough to purchase approximately 180 chairs. We are almost all of the way to our goal! Let’s trust God to finish this good work! Praise God!

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.

YARD SALE
Special thanks to Donna Schott for organizing and leading the yard sale this past weekend. She and the team of dedicated ladies were able to raise over $1600 towards the Women of Purpose ministry. They have used a portion of those proceeds to adopt a row of new chairs. Their plans for this year include supplying back-packs and school-year contents as well as an out reach to single moms in the Dover area, partnering with LifePath Christian Ministries (formerly York Mission).

FAITH PLEDGES
So far we have raised $6724.50 towards our matching goal of $10,000 towards our debt of $50,000. Thank you for your faithfulness! Help us to meet that challenge.

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.

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Last week we talked about the account of the healed beggar outside the temple. Peter & John did not have any material possessions to give him, but his real need was Jesus.

But as miraculous as that was, we can be sure that when God is at work, the enemy is not far behind. Whenever the power and gospel of God is effective, the enemy will do everything he can to stop it.
One of things that happens occasionally, is that while God may be moving in a service or in any capacity, you can be sure that the enemy will cause something to happen to distract us from what God is doing.
Why were the leaders upset?

First, we know that the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of anyone. They believed, like many today, that once you die, that is it.

When Peter boldly preached the resurrection, he was questioning the theology and leadership of those in power. If every day common people were able to question the leaders, it would undermine all the authority of the whole Jewish council.
As Christians, we can be assured of one thing, whenever we call out sin and preach truth to people, we will face the consequences.

The persecution has begun, and it will not end until Jesus comes back.
A few encouraging truths from this account...

1) Notice how long-suffering God is with people.
These very same leaders were the ones responsible for Jesus’ death and they rejected John the Baptist. And yet God was giving them another chance to get it right. We also need patience when we share with the world. We should expect pushback and even some persecution.

2) A true witness to people involves the gospel (good news) and the bad news of sin and guilt.
As we said last week, there can be no true faith in Christ without acknowledging and repenting from sin. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit that convicts people, not us. We share what we know and let God do the rest. Don’t be discouraged if people don’t listen. Our job is to tell them, it’s God’s job to convince them.

3) If we want to reach a bunch of people, we need to meet the needs of the one.
Peter and John ministered to one man and that gave them the ability to preach to many. Had they not did that one thing, they wouldn’t have the opportunity or right to preach. We can’t be so consumed by our desire to reach the world that we forget the one. This account of the beggar tells us that they healed one man and many listened. It does not tell us that they healed everyone at the temple.
God, in a miraculous sense, has blessed us with the knowledge and ability to treat illnesses that if we did that in Bible times, everyone would call that a miracle from God.

Since every good thing is from God, every treatment, drug (hopefully) and even the knowledge about HOW to treat things are miracles.
Wine was acknowledged as medicinal. This was not a permission to drink.

Luke was a doctor and God used a doctor to write to book of Acts.

God is not against medicine. Hospitals were initially begun as a Christian ministry.
A new 'Age of Hospitals' began, with new institutions built by devout Christians for the 'sick poor', supported mainly by voluntary contributions. The influence of this new age was felt overseas as well as in England. Health care by Christians in continental Europe received a new impetus. The first hospitals in the New World were founded by Christian pioneers. Christians were at the forefront of the dispensary movement (the prototype of general practice), providing medical care for the urban poor in the congested areas of large cities.

- "The Christian Contribution to Medicine" (link to full article below)

The Christian Contribution to Medicine

Read the full article mentioned during today's sermon.

http://www.cmf.org.uk/resources/publications/content/?context=article&id=827
All that to say this, God is still in the business of healing, through undeniable unexplainable miracles or through the blessings of medicine that God has given us over the years.

Just because we can get insulin shots for diabetes, and heart cath’s and bypasses and blood thinners for clots, ultra sounds, BP meds, we can’t forget that these are healing methods that God has given us.

The difference is we don’t divorce God from the healing. We still take our infirmities to God and allow God to chose how he will heal.
A few encouraging truths from this account... (cont'd)

4) Whenever God blesses, Satan shows up.
God calls us to be bold in our witness, but doesn’t tell us that we will be free from the consequences. When we come against what the enemy is doing in the lives of other people, be prepared for a battle. Whether it is family, religious people we know, even church people, the enemy will use whoever he can to stop what God is doing. We shouldn’t be surprised by it, we should expect it, but we can’t let it stop us.
A few encouraging truths from this account... (cont'd)

5) The name of Jesus still has power.
Remember what Jesus told the disciples before they went out...
This was fulfilling that prophecy. They were in jail and what these leaders wanted to do to them, they could.

And yet, the Holy Spirit fills Peter with what they needed to hear. He didn’t mince words and called them to account.
The reason that the name of Jesus is so opposed is because of this verse.

There is no PLAN B. Jesus is the ONLY way. The only way to have a relationship with the God of the universe is through Jesus Christ.

No other way. If people think they know God and yet do not have Christ, no matter how nice and good they are, they do NOT have that relationship.
Here is an amazing statement...one of which could be said of each of us:
Can people tell that we have this awesome relationship? Can they tell that we know Jesus and have spent time with him?

We don’t physically see Jesus and spend time with him that way, so how do we?

By prayer.
They asked Spurgeon the secret of his ministry-he said “My people pray for me”

If I could ask anything from you, I would ask you to pray for us.

No ministry is a success in God’s eyes if there is no prayer behind it.

Augustine said “Pray as if everything depends on God and work as if everything depends on you.”
Prayer is not an escape from our responsibility, it IS our responsibility and our response to God’s ability.

True prayer energizes us for service and battle.

If we really want to be a missional church--meaning we have a mission (job description) and that job is to go into all the world.

If we mean what we say when we want to be used by God, then we need to prepare ourselves and go boldly.
People need Jesus to transform them like he has transformed us and like he transformed Peter and the rest of the disciples.

It’s our job to spend time with Jesus, pray for Holy Spirit boldness and pray for divine appointments.

Then God will fill your mouths.

The rest is up to Him. Our job is to be ready!

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