Dover Assembly of God
8.12.2018 | Acts - Week 14
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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This Week's Bulletin
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August 12, 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!

Saturday
10:00 am ~ Membership Class
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. Sign up in the lower foyer.
Fearless Youth Conference
A one-day youth conference will be held in Christian Life A/G on Saturday, Sept 8. It begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. The cost is only $25 per student and promises to be an awesome experience for all who attend. Please sign up in the lower foyer. Deadline to register with payment is Sunday, Aug 26.
Membership
One more membership class before we have our new member’s reception. Please sign up in the lower foyer. Membership is important. Come and find out why!
~ Sat., Aug. 18, 10:00 a.m. – noon.
Women of Purpose
Women of Purpose Women’s Ministries – upcoming events:
Fri., Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m. ~ Summer Refresher at Darlene Osborn’s house! All ladies are invited! A night of fellowship and desserts. Sign up in the upper foyer

Fall Bible Study ~ all ladies are invited to Part 1 of our Fall Bible Study. We will be studying the book, Finding Healing for nine (9) weeks beginning Mon., Sept. 10 through Mon., Nov. 5, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the downstairs church fellowship room. Part 2 of the study will be in the Spring March 4 – April 29. Please sign up in the upper foyer. Books are $8.00 per book.
Ministry Opportunities
We will be collecting back packs over the next few weeks to donate to Dover Elementary School / please place in the bucket in the upper foyer (we will not be filling the backpacks this year)

Dover School District is in need of 'packers' for their weekend food program. This would require 4 volunteers to go to New Hope in Dillsburg periodically on Thursdays to pack food baggies that will be distributed to all Dover elementary schools for students who qualify for weekend food bags. This is an awesome opportunity to help bless children who would otherwise go hungry over the weekends during the school year. Please sign up on the list in the lower foyer if you can help with this project.
Gaither Concert
We would like to purchase tickets to see the Gaither’s on Saturday, September 29, 6:00 p.m. at Christian Life Assembly. The tickets are $20 per person if we can get 10 people to sign up. If you would like to attend, please sign up in the upper foyer. This is time sensitive and we will need to know soon. We will take the church van for those who would like to ride in the van. Space is limited to 15 so sign up soon!
BODY NEWS

Faith Pledges
We are almost there! We have raised $8700.50 toward our matching funds goal of $10,000 to be applied to the total $50,000 for the repair of the parking lot and parsonage roof. Please help us reach this first goal of $10,000. Once we reach the first $10,000, our matching donor will contribute $10,000, which will bring us down to $30,000 due! Please help us pay off this debt. To God be all the glory!
Dover's Book Library
For those who are unaware, we have had a moderate selection of books that have been available to borrow in our business / copier room. Due to the lack of use, we are going to donate them to an organization that will be in a better position to make use of them. If you would like to have one or more of them before we donate them, feel free to look at the collection, then see Pastor Jeff to arrange your choice.
Needed
Girls Ministry Coordinator and Infant Nursery Workers / please see Pastor Jeff or Anna for more information.

Looking for four (4) people who would be willing to take one Sunday a month and sit at the Welcome Desk before and during Sunday school and the morning service. Please see Pastor Jeff or Anna.
VBS Staff Shirts
If you still have your green staff shirts from VBS, please be sure to wash and return them to the container outside the upper nursery. We try to re-use them each year in order to save money. Thank you for your help!
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.

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We left off last week with Stephen being stoned and we see that Saul was holding the coats of those doing the stoning.

When Saul was holding the coats, the Bible says he was giving his approval.

I get the mental image of a person who was behind the stoning, but didn’t want to get his hands dirty, so he helped those who would do the stoning by instigating and being a rabble rouser.

But he stood at a distance holding their belongings so they could carry out what he had instigated.

As we start chapter 8, we begin to see who Saul really was.
We know that chapter and verse numbers are NOT inspired. Man added them after the Bible was completed so it would be easier to locate and study God’s word.

God’s word is inspired and is totally true cover to cover.
Why would this verse be the beginning of Acts 8 instead of the end of Acts 7?

Because the great persecution that was going to happen was directed by Saul.

It’s like the camera pans back from the stoning and we see Saul, watching the belongings and smiling at what he sees happening.

All his instigating and prodding is working. The persecution is beginning just like he planned it to be.

And at first, he appears to be not a part of it. When in fact, we see in chapter 8 it was probably his idea.
Again this appears to be under the leadership of Saul, as we’ll see in a few verses.

There is some debate as to whether God initiated the persecution in order to get the people to move, or whether he just knew it would happen to fulfill his prophecy of Acts 1:8
In either case, it took hardship and persecution for them to get out of their comfort area and spread the gospel.

It didn’t appear that the Jews were in any hurry to leave their homes to spread God’s word.

But it also shows us that people become more bold in their witness when persecution is at hand.
In Jewish ritual, it wasn’t right for anyone to openly mourn the death of someone who was guilty of a Sanhedrin judgement, but these men were doing so.

One commentary suggests that those who buried him recognized their own sinfulness and repented and also realized that Stephen stood tall in the face of hardship and maybe they didn’t.

They were mourning for the loss of a great example.
We now see why the first verse in this chapter is there. Because they are introducing Saul as a main character in what was going to happen.

Just picture the image of an armed guard, busting down the door of your home, dragging out your wife and yourself, only to be put in prison for simply believing in Jesus.

Saul was working his way up the ladder, wanting to become a Pharisee leader.
Part of that requirement was carrying out the persecution of the church.
I believe that God wants us to see how evil Saul was to show us that no one is beyond saving.

That no sin is unforgivable.

Whatever you may have done in your life, there is nothing too horrible for God not to forgive.

And maybe even use you in a tremendous way.
The word “scattered” here means “to scatter seed”.

Persecution does what the wind does, it scatters seed.

God was planting these believers in various areas in order to bear fruit.

God was sending them to areas that they were probably uncomfortable in going.

Areas that were unfamiliar to them. Areas that Jews probably wouldn’t go normally.

Samaria being one of them.
Samaritans were half-Jewish and half-Gentile. Not that half of them were Jewish, but these were intermarried couples producing mixed race children.

And Jews didn’t really like them or get along with them.
And it was mutual. This is the world’s prejudice, not God’s.

Jesus reached out to her so she could be saved.

In Acts, God was scattering his “seed” into an area that Jews normally wouldn’t go.

The only real remedy to racism and prejudice is God’s power...
Here we are again, back to the fact that in order to get people’s attention and prepare them for the gospel, God will do the miraculous!

Nothing has changed. God still uses the miraculous in order to show himself powerful, real and true.

And the result of being in God’s presence and hearing God’s word and receiving God’s miracles should produce great joy!

We should leave here every Sunday, full of joy because we have been in God’s presence and have heard God’s word and felt the power of God’s spirit in our worship and prayer time.
Where God moves, you can always count on someone coming in to deceive. There will always be counterfeits trying to stop what God is doing.

This man had something going on that was attractive to the people.

Whenever people claim to do the miraculous, we need to investigate and see who is getting the credit.

The enemy can perform acts that we may say are miracles.

Remember Moses’ staff? The magicians were able to duplicate it.

The enemy can imitate God.
This man was doing these things in order to elevate himself and promote himself among the people.

It says “He boasted that he was someone great.”

And he got what he wanted from that.

“and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention”

False teachers and false prophets always want the accolades and credit.

The apostles wanted Jesus to be the recipient of the glory.
So here we have people who heard God’s word and were saved.

Remember, it was still not popular to be identified as a Christian, but the show that this was an actual salvation, they were water baptized.

If this were just an emotional response, most would have probably not set themselves up to ridicule for something they really didn’t believe.

Remember this as we get further into the account.

But in amongst the believers, you will always have those who follow for their own benefit. “What’s in it for me”?
People will come to a church for the sole reason of hoping that we can help them in some way. They aren’t interested in Jesus or the gospel, they just want something.

They will go through the motions and appear to be saved.

Simon wasn’t interested in Jesus or the gospel or the cost of discipleship.

He wanted something. And we’ll see what that is in a moment.
Here we have another example of people who were truly saved. They accepted the gospel and their lives were transformed.

If they would have died before the apostles arrived, they would have been in heaven.

If that’s true, then they received the filling of the Holy Spirit when they believed.
So when the apostles arrived, these believers had already been filled with the Holy Spirit.

Now they are receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit. A separate and distinct event from the infilling.

Maybe you are in the same position as the Samaritans. You have believed in Jesus, your life has been transformed, but you haven’t received the baptism and therefore the power to be God’s witnesses.

Now is the time!

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