Dover Assembly of God
7.15.2018 | Acts - Week 12
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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    Sunday 10:30 AM

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This Week's Bulletin
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July 15, 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 ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT!
UPCOMING EVENTS

Men's Conference
Attention all men of Dover. Mark your calendars for the upcoming conference on Oct 19-20 to be held at Trinity Life A/G in Baltimore. It is always a tremendous outpouring of God’s spirit upon hundreds of men.
BODY NEWS

VBS Success!
We want to thank our team of VBS workers for a tremendous week of blessings to our children. And a special thanks to Dustin Wible for his dedication and leadership to our team and for providing most of the items used, as well as the GAGA pit (the wooded circle in the grass area) during our 4 day outreach! Thanks Dustin, we appreciate you!

Over the 4 day VBS, we had 19 salvations. PTL!

If you have one of the bright green “STAFF” shirts, would you please wash and return them? Thank you for your cooperation!

If you would like to watch the full highlight videos for each night of VBS, they are available on our website at doverassembly.com/vbs.
Faith Pledges
So far we have raised $8,149.50 towards our matching goal of $10,000 towards our debt of $50,000. Thank you for your faithfulness! Help us to meet that challenge.
Never Miss A Service!
Can't join us in person? We stream our services live online every Sunday morning at 10:30 am. This is also a great way to invite others to check out our church. To watch online, visit doverassembly.com/live or visit the Watch Live tab in our app. You can also watch via Facebook Live by visiting our Facebook page at facebook.com/doverassembly

In addition to streaming live, each sermon is posted to Vimeo early in the week. Check out those you may have missed or would like to hear again at vimeo.com/doverassembly
Mandated Clearances for Childcare Workers
It is time to revisit every children’s ministry worker’s need for update clearances. If you work or deal in ANY capacity with children at Dover Assembly and are over 18, you are required by law to have current State Police and ChildLine clearances and Mandated reporter training. Pastor Jeff will be approaching those who need such clearances. If your clearances are out of date (older than 5 years) or we do not have them in our files, you will need to apply for them ASAP. No one will be permitted to work with children until all clearances have been obtained.
New Entrance Doors Into The Lower Level
In our desire to heighten the security for our children, we have installed new doors that lead into the lower part of our church where the children’s ministries take place. In the near future , we will be adding a security lock which will require anyone seeking entrance, to buzz and wait to be let in. The doors will be locked from 9:30-10:15 and again from 10:30-noon.
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.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Marian T.

VBS Highlight Videos

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So as ACTS continues, we have the apostles and their followers going from town to town, village to village, temple to temple, preaching God’s word.

And as they move about, we know that people are coming to Jesus. The crowds are growing and as the crowds grow, so do the opportunities for other ministries.

The more people you bring to Christ, the more people that are in turn able to go out and do God’s work.

These are people who were excited about what God had done for them and couldn’t wait to let others know how their lives could change.

And as with any venture involving people, there are bound to be “issues”.
"Rumblings of discontent"
Underlying situations that taking the focus off the ministry and onto the problem.

What was the problem?
There was perceived discrimination. There were 2 groups--a Greek speaking group from Palestine who didn't speak Aramaic and the Hebrew Jews who lived there and spoke both Hebrew & Aramaic. The outsiders were being neglected.
Acts 6 addresses 2 things.
1) How to handle problems.
2) How to spread God’s work among God’s people.

Let's take a look at each of them...
Every church will eventually face problems. It is inevitable. But problems actually give the church and it’s leaders the opportunity to examine what we are doing.

Maybe the problem is real and calls for the church to take a hard look at what we are doing and change it if we need to. Problems also get our attention to discover things that we may be blind to because we’ve always done it that way before.

If a church never encounters a problem because everything has been successful, that also may become a problem.
“Last year’s success is a nest from which all the birds have flown.”

~ Henry Ward Beecher
If we think that a success this year automatically means a success for next year, we could be heading for trouble.

Look at all the businesses that thought what they did in the past meant they could succeed in the future.

We always need to reexamine our lives and ministries to make sure we aren’t heading for problems.
The apostles were doing all the work. The church was getting so big and they were still doing it the way they had always done it.

Because there were so many people and so few apostles, the work and ministry was suffering.

They realized that THEY were the problem. They created the issue by not looking ahead and planning for what would happen.

They were trying to do everything. They didn’t learn from Moses and his father in law Jethro who told Moses to distribute the work to others.

John Maxwell, leadership guru, says that whatever your position, do the things that only you can do and delegate the rest.
They were waiting tables and passing our food, when God called them to teach and preach. Anyone can pass out food, or wait tables, but not everyone can be an apostle.

They were neglecting the one thing that only they can do-preach!

The apostles were now learning how to delegate. This problem was allowing them to learn. They were also learning how to handle problems.

Up to this point there weren’t really any internal conflicts, but as they happen, they were learning how to handle them.

Problems are actually opportunities for us to grow and mature as Christians.
That leads us to the 2nd part of this:

The apostles were learning how to spread God’s work among God’s people.

The hardest thing for leaders is to allow someone else to take the reigns of something and leave you out of it.

For any church to succeed and grow, you have to learn to allow God’s people to exercise the gifts and abilities that God has given them that he hasn’t given you.
So they called an all-church meeting. There are times when discretion and privacy are needed, but to enlist workers in God’s kingdom, the whole church needs to be involved.

Everyone is vital to accomplish what God wants to accomplish.

The apostles had met earlier to assess the problem, find a solution and then present it to the church.
They needed a solution and they needed one as soon as possible.

You can’t let problems continue without addressing them.

The more a situation continues, the worse it will get. And the less you will get accomplished for the kingdom.

They told the church the problem, but they also presented them with the solution.
Most churches use this as the model for being a deacon or elder, and that’s fine, but those chosen were not given church-leadership responsibilities.

They were in charge of distributing food to those in need.
Notice they didn’t ask for volunteers, they didn’t ask if you felt called to this position, or if you had a burden for this, they said you need to pick seven men.

The apostles knew that amongst their ranks were people capable of doing this job. They didn’t say “we can’t do it because we have no one available”

If God wants to have a ministry, there will be enough people to accomplish it, if they step up.
In any ministry, in any calling, our lives need to be controlled by the Holy Spirit and controlled by Godly wisdom.

The apostles weren’t just trying to get out of work, they were trying to spend their time the most constructive way possible to fulfill their calling.
They need to be doing what only they can do. Every ministry is important, but every ministry must be able to focus on what they do and not be distracted from doing it.

Church problems also give us an opportunity to exercise our faith.

Faith in what God can do, faith in what we as a church can do and individual faith in doing something that you didn’t think you can do.

You never know how God will equip you until you step out in faith.
The church also exercised faith in what the leaders were suggesting. They now had to change up their method of doing things.

They had never done this before and they had to change how they did things in order to facilitate growth.

Problems also give us the ability to express love for others.
They picked a broad spectrum of leaders--one Gentile believer, 6 Jewish Hellenists. A Hellenist is a person who was Jewish by birth but was raised Greek and appeared Greek.

When looking to solve problems, it is always good to get wisdom and help from others who may not think exactly like you.
There is a business quote that says:
If you make all the decisions by yourself, the business’ potential is you. If you allow others to help you make decisions, the business potential is limitless.
These men were humble servants of God first. And that is what you want in any ministry. Someone who who follows God whole-heartedly.

If they love God and desire to serve him, everything else will fall into place.
Even after the change, the church was still unified! Everyone was on board for this problemsolving method and since everyone was doing their ministries, God’s kingdom advanced.

One commentary says that there was about 8000 priests attached to the temple ministry in Jerusalem and this verse says that many got saved.

What a powerful impact the church can have when everyone is filled with the Holy Spirit and fulfills God’s ministry.
Last week we had VBS. We had many committed workers who stepped out in faith to work it. It was Dustin’s first time to lead, a step of faith for him and me and what happened?

We averaged 45+ kids and many (19) received Christ. That was only a 4 day event. Imagine the impact we can have if every ministry here operated like VBS?

The potential would be limitless!

We are now facing a similar problem as the apostles did. We need believers to step out and lead our Girls Ministries & Royal Rangers.

It isn’t a question of feeling called, it is a question of will you be available if chosen?

We are in the beginning stages of working on other potential outreaches to the community that will involve our time and resources. Will we step up and meet that opportunity?

I believe this church is able to do all of that--not in our strength, but in the strength and ability that God fills us with!

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