Dover Assembly of God
8.19.2018 | Acts - Week 15
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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
August 19, 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.

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

6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT!

6:30 pm ~ Women’s Summer Refresher

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.

Deadline for registration and payment of $55 is Sunday Sept. 23. Lunch on Saturday will be provided on site.
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.
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.
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
~ Mon., Aug. 27, 6:00 p.m. ~ Summer Reading Club, Sensible Shoes; for those of us reading the summer book, we will meet on Aug. 27 for dinner and discussion of the book. Anna will email you regarding details for that evening.
~ 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.
~ The Annual Women’s Conference is scheduled for Nov 9-10. Please see the information at the women’s table in the upper foyer.

Faith Pledges
We are almost there! We have raised $8818.50 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!
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!
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.
~ 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.
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!
~ Helen S.
Prayer Needs
~ Robin H.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Marian T.

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Last week we discussed the events that immediately followed the stoning of Steven. The disciples were scattered due to the persecution, but they were also able to preach the gospel wherever they went.

Persecution has always been a driving force in evangelism. As people are scattered, so is their testimony and their witness.

Then we had Philip, another food bank worker being forced to leave goes to Samaria. There he shares the gospel with the town, many get saved and later the apostles show up and pray for the believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

In this crowd was a magician/sorcerer named Simon. He followed the crowd because it appeared to be something in it for him.

Due to the crowd coming to know Jesus, his business as a sorcerer was drying up. God’s word tells us not to have anything to do with witchcraft/astrology/ etc. So the new believers were leaving Simon and following Jesus who was doing real miracles.

Simon was well-known and respected in town and he was losing the grasp on that--losing his influence and his business.
Does the church today and the believers have an impact on the crime and sin in their areas?

Do we as believers, as we mature and become more Christ-like, does that affect our communities?

Studies show towns whose people are religious and spiritual consistently have less violent crime.
Acts of the Apostles 16:16 NLT

Acts of the Apostles 16:18-19 NLT

Acts of the Apostles 19:23-26 NLT

These business were not picketed or boycotted. It was the natural result of being saved and having their lives changed.

Another way to think about it...

Churches should never be influenced by the businesses around them, rather the church should influence the businesses.
Acts of the Apostles 8:18-19 NLT

Simon wanted to now only be a part of this movement, but to have some special ability that would once again push him into prominence.

To use this movement to facilitate his career.

How many political candidates do you see in commercials carrying the biggest black Bible you’ve ever seen?
Why is this? Because they know it shows them in a better light, and this is what Simon was looking for.

Not every candidate is doing this out of insincerity, but according to the Huffington Post in 2017 (no friend to Christians) there are no open atheists holding a position in Congress and only one out of 535 is “unaffiliated”. The article also stated that no avowed atheist has ever entered congress. A few have come out as atheists, but only after they were elected.

Using God’s house as a business opportunity should never happen and if it does, it should be dealt with.

This is what Simon was doing. He thought he could leverage his prominence once again thru this new movement.
Acts of the Apostles 8:20-23 NLT

For Simon this was just another bit of magic and for him was devoid of any spiritual implications. It was a means to an end.

Similar to when Jesus turned over the tables in the temple, the folks selling items to be used as an offering to God were doing it to profit themselves with little or no care about the spiritual part.

Peter quickly understood what was going on, likely discerning of spirits. This guy wasn’t really a believer. His heart wasn’t right, he was still stuck in sin, hadn’t asked for forgiveness.

When Peter tells him to repent, the word “repent” is almost exclusively used when talking to people who don’t know Christ.
What terrible things? The only thing written that was directed to him was that his money would perish with him. All the rest was just conditions of his heart that he needed to change.

He wasn’t concerned about getting right with God, he didn’t care about forgiveness. All he wanted was not to face this judgment. Don’t let me die broke.

How many people do we know that ask us to pray for them, but they won’t pray for themselves? Or they want God to do something for them, but they have no intention of coming to Jesus?

Peter’s response was you better get right with God if you don’t want that to happen.
Why? Because he got right with God.

Simon’s example shows us that people can go through all the motions (he said he was saved) and sound good, (Simon was baptized) and still not be right with God.

It does not tell us whether the apostles prayed for Simon. We don’t know what happened to him after this encounter.

But we do know that it didn’t affect the mission of the apostles.
Remember, persecution was still happening in Jerusalem, yet they returned to carry out the call.

During the trip back to Jerusalem, they didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity to preach to all the people they encountered on the way.

If God gives us an opportunity to share, we need to be able to take advantage of these opportunities.
So as Peter & John went home, God called Philip to go elsewhere.

Samaria was going through a bit of a revival. Guys were preaching everywhere, people were getting saved and Philip was in the middle of it.

Churches were starting and the church was growing.

We don’t know if Philip was the only evangelist there, but his is the only name mentioned other than the apostles who went back home.

So now you have the leader of a brand new ministry, it’s growing and it’s exciting.

And what happens? God tells Philip to leave it.
If I was pastoring a large church and people were getting saved and it was exciting, I might be tempted to just stay.

But Philip didn’t flinch, he went where God told him to go. Not knowing why.
Acts of the Apostles 8:27-28 NLT

This is what we have been calling “Divine appointments”

Like Jesus, he was willing to leave the crowds and bless one person. Now the angel could have done the work, but that is not the angel’s job. It is the job given to believers.

It is our job to be alert for divine appointments--for God to place us in a situation or even a particular place or event to minister to one person.

Are we spiritually alert and willing?

God is preparing the heart of this eunuch even before Philip gets there. God prepares the hearts of people to hear what we have to say.

God sets up the appointments, we have to be alert to them.
People may read the Bible but not know what it means.

You can attend church and know your Bible, but not be saved.

That was this guy, so God intervenes.
Sometimes what we think are our own thoughts might actually be the Holy Spirit prompting us to do something.
Just like many today, he is a religious person, reads the Bible, wants to know the truth, but needs someone to explain it and lead them to Christ.
So many people really want to know the truth, but it keeps alluding them.

They follow after so many other things to try and fill the void--all of the occult, many self-help books, astrology, people want to know something outside themselves.

They want to know truth. Like Pilate asked, “What is truth”. People are starved for it because it is in such short supply today.

We have the truth. All we have to do is explain what we know about it.
Acts of the Apostles 8:32-35 NLT

He didn’t have to go in great theological depth, he simply turned the conversation to Jesus.
Acts of the Apostles 8:36-39 NLT

It wasn’t enough to want to know, we have to be able to explain it so people can understand it.

And when we do, we can experience the joy of leading someone to the truth and we see the reaction.

He wasn’t going to be a closet Christian. He wanted everyone to know so he wanted to be publicly water baptized.
You’ll notice that verse 37 wasn’t in that passage. It is one of those not found in all the manuscripts, so they usually put it as a footnote or some include it.

The KJV and NKJV have it...
Nothing about that is unbiblical. But Warren Wiersbe says that since he was an important man and would be probably traveling with a caravan, he said it out loud for all those with him to hear.

Do we speak boldly when we are with friends and family or do we keep it low key so no one hears or we avoid the conversation?

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