Dover Assembly of God
5.20.2018 | Acts - Week 7 - Pentecost
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM

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May 20, 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 ~ Pentecost Sunday
9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donut Fellowship
9:30 am ~ Sunday School
10:30 am ~ Combined Worship Service
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
1:00 PM ~ Spanish Service

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT MINISTRIES

UPCOMING EVENTS

VBS
We have scheduled our VBS for July 8-11 from 6:30 pm—9:00 pm. Dustin Wible has volunteered to lead this tremendous outreach to our community. However, VBS requires all hands on deck to be successful. There is a sign up sheet in the lower foyer. Please add your name to the team! Begin praying now for God to use this to reach the children in our neighborhoods.

Membership Class
The new members class has been rescheduled. We will inform you of the new date. If you haven’t signed up yet to join, there’s still time.

District Kids & Youth Camp
If your elementary student or teenager is interested in attending this summer’s kids or youth camp, please see Pastor Jeff for the information. Deadline for registering is May 31.

Leader's Meeting
There will be a leader’s meeting following the morning service on Sunday, June 3. If you are a part of our leadership team, please mark your calendars and plan on attending.

Clean Out Days
We have scheduled a clean-out-the-church-day for Friday and Saturday, June 1-2. There will be a big dumpster delivered and we will be cleaning out the sheds and attic. If you can help us either of those days, please sign up in the lower foyer, or fill out a blue card, mark “clean up”,and leave it on the pew. Thank you in advance for your help!

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

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, you have raised enough to purchase approximately 193 chairs. We are almost all of the way to our goal! Let’s trust God to finish this good work! Praise God!
Once the chairs are ordered and shipped, we will need help in removing the existing pews. We are trying to connect with churches or ministries that are in need of them. Once arrangements have been made, we will let you know when we’re able to remove the pews.

Copier Room Access
Due to the counting team using the copier room during the morning church service, access to the copier and supplies will need to be made prior to the start of church. The room will be locked at approximately 10:45 am.

Faith Pledges
So far we have raised $7,112.50 towards our matching goal of $10,000 towards our debt of $50,000. Thank you for your faithfulness! Help us to meet that challenge.

Special Thanks!
~ To Katie, Brad & Paul for the awesome design for the platform.
~ To Michelle and the R.O.C.K. kids for the great Mother’s Day presentation.
~ To Michelle & Brad for the Mother’s Day picture room and the kids Mother’s Day video

It is a blessing to have such talent in our midst!

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.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Marian T.

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Today is Pentecost Sunday! The day we celebrate the sending of the Holy Spirit for every believer.

The Jewish equivalent is the Feast of Weeks or the Feast of the Harvest -- seven weeks after the after the Passover, plus one day. We celebrate Pentecost, 7 Sundays after Easter.

For the Jews, it was the second great festival of their calendar. It was a celebration of their harvest of the first yields. In other words, the first crop of the season was time to celebrate was God was giving them-grain! They were to offer up to the Lord, the beginnings of their harvest.

In the same way, Pentecost symbolizes the beginning of the harvest of souls for God’s kingdom. The whole dynamic of how God worked with people changed.

It went from the occasional Holy Spirit coming ON people to the constant on-going infilling of all believers.

We're going to tie Pentecost in with where we are in our study of ACTS. We left off 2 weeks ago with Peter & John healing the crippled man.
Do people see those qualities in us? The reason they had these qualities is because of Pentecost.

And when God intervenes in any situation in a miraculous way, it is designed to bring God the glory.

One commentary puts it this way: "The meaning of Pentecost is God’s equipping His church with the power of His Spirit so that He will be glorified among the nations."
We can’t go by experience alone. Anything we experience must be backed up by scripture, but when we do experience a move of God that IS backed up by scripture, we need to recognize it as such.

When God heals someone miraculously, or delivers someone, or provides for someone in a miraculous way, we need to acknowledge it and celebrate it.
There will be people that try to avoid and discount anything that God may accomplish in your life by attributing it to anything other than God.

But we know without a doubt that God is involved. Therefore God gets the glory.

This healing was done on the outside for everyone to see. Why? Because the miracle was designed to give Peter & John an opportunity to witness.

But as we’ll see in coming weeks, every opportunity to preach and witness came at a cost.
Acts of the Apostles 4:15-18 NLT

What threat did this man’s healing pose to anyone? Why did anyone care if this one lowly beggar was healed?

Because it is a spiritual battle. One that we cannot win if we fight alone.

The reason for Pentecost is so we can fight a spiritual battle with the power of God’s Holy Spirit.
Acts of the Apostles 4:19-20 NLT

People will not want to hear about spiritual victories and will keep changing the subject, argue with you or just tell you to shut up.

Remember how just weeks before, Peter wouldn’t speak up at all. But now, filled with the Holy Spirit, he defies those who control his fate.

In our own ability, we would give up, but Pentecost, which fills each believer with the power “to be my witnesses” enables you to keep going.
Acts of the Apostles 4:21-22 NLT

Why do we believe healing, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, etc are for today?

Because God still wants people to witness the power and reality of God, which brings him glory and people get saved. None of those things have changed in 2000 years.

People may still give you grief, and not believe you, but they will not be able to deny what God has done. This was a very objectively verifiable miracle. An impossible scenario to happen without God.

If God still works this way, and uses these things so people can see, then why do people think Pentecost isn’t for today?
It took more than 40 years for God to intervene in this man’s life.

It may take years before God intervenes in your life.

How persistent are we in prayer? Do we continue to trust if we haven’t seen any results in years?
Acts of the Apostles 4:23-24 NLT

God had done a miracle through Peter & John, which ultimately enabled them to share the gospel with the rulers and the people and many of the regular folks got saved.

The miracle in and of itself wasn’t proof of God, but it was something to get their attention and give them the opportunity to preach.
Peter used Old Testament scriptures to make his point. Peter gave God the glory for the miracle and told them that the rulers and leaders couldn’t disprove what God had done. Then they worshiped God for orchestrating all of it.

They were giving a testimony to those who weren’t there so they could also know what God had done and be encouraged by it.
Acts of the Apostles 4:24-26 NLT

They now began to pray, but not just pray, but pray the scriptures.

God’s word and prayer must always go together. We need to know what God says about prayer, answers to prayer, what to pray for and what not to pray for.
What were the disciples discovering? That what they were experiencing was already foretold in God’s word.
Pentecost was foretold in God’s word and we shouldn’t be surprised when we see it happen today.

But as they did, they prayed that God’s word would happen and it did.

Do we pray for God’s word to do what He said it would do?
Jesus told us that we will face persecution, so don’t be surprised when we do.

The whole government and the leaders of their times were all against them.

Just like today, most people in positions of authority and power are against what we believe.
We shouldn’t be surprised when we are attacked and vilified.

Jesus said it would happen.
But they aren’t against you, they are against Jesus.
With all the opposition, they could have easily said, it’s too hard, too dangerous, illegal.

That’s when they doubled down on doing God’s will.
Are we energized when opposition comes?

The reason they could face that was because of Pentecost.

God telling them to wait, because they couldn’t do it in their own power. They needed the Holy Spirit to give the supernatural power to overcome fear and doubt and go out to do God’s work.

Do we want to experience the miraculous?

Then we need to first, overcome our fear and doubt and share the gospel.

Then we will see God’s power.
Note the order: Give us boldness to preach, then work miracles to back up what we preach.

God still wants to do the miraculous, but we need to be about the business of sharing the gospel.

The day of Pentecost was God day of empowerment. Not a one and done day, but a continuous occurrence so that each generation can experience the same power and results that these did.

If we want the miraculous, then we need God’s power.

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