Dover Assembly of God
8.26.2018 | Acts - Week 16
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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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August 26, 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. 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 TODAY!
BACK TO SCHOOL DEDICATION
On Sunday, Sept 9, during the morning service, we will be praying for all the students that are going back to school as well as anyone who is associated with a school. We want to send them back with a special prayer of blessing. Be sure to join us as we dedicate our young people to God for this new school year!

WOMEN OF PURPOSE
Women of Purpose Women’s Ministries – upcoming events:
~ 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.
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
We are collecting back packs to donate to Dover Elementary School. Please place your donated back-pack in the bucket in the upper foyer (we will not be filling the backpacks this year). Today is the last day for collections.
BODY NEWS

FAITH PLEDGES
We are almost there! We have raised $8853.50 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!
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.
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.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
Sep 4 ~ Bill Myers
Sep 5 ~ Shirley Myers
Sep 22 ~ Helen Stough
Sep 28 ~ Chris Jones

Sep 17 ~ Bobbi Jo & Todd Blanchard
Sep 27 ~ Bill & Shirley Myers

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Last week we ended chapter 8 of our study in the book of Acts.

Now we come to chapter 9. This chapter is the beginning of a change in what God was doing. Chapter 9 is the conversion of Saul /Paul the apostle.

Warren Wiersbe calls it perhaps the greatest event in church history after the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Acts of the Apostles 9:1-2 NLT

Remember, persecution had driven many of the Christians out of Jerusalem.

And for Saul, it wasn’t enough to have them out of the town. He had to go around them up and bring them back for prison.
Have you ever wondered why Christianity is so feared and hated? When there seems to be no real logical reason? We don’t pose a threat to anyone. We aren’t destroying towns and putting people in jail.

Two Reasons:
1) Chief among the reasons is that it is a spiritual battle. All evil is somehow prompted by the enemy, thru our thoughts and eventually thru our own actions. We can’t discount the power of the enemy in spiritual warfare.

2) In the Jewish believers eye’s, they had a nobody that caused trouble, they hanged him and he was dead. Why the big fuss?

“God’s word said that anyone who hung on a tree was cursed. Why would the Messiah be cursed? Since he was clearly not the Messiah, then all his miracles must be through the power of the devil, and the devil wants to destroy our Jewish faith, so this has to stop. And if it means jailing and killing people, it’s all to defend our beliefs, well so be it.”
As we discussed last week, Christians should be a threat to the evil in our communities. Our lack of participation in wrong events should be problematic to those who run them.

And since we are perceived as rocking the boat and trying to change everyone’s way of life, we will continue to be a threat.

So it wasn’t enough for the Christians to be out of town, Saul had to round them up and make sure this new faith was stopped for good.

Even though Saul was a very smart and learned man, he still missed what the Old Testament taught about the Messiah.

It is possible to very educated and knowledgeable about the world and even the Bible and yet miss what it really says.

Saul was perfectly satisfied to worship God the way he was taught. He was not open to the thought that everything he knew was wrong.
Acts of the Apostles 9:3-4 NLT

It took Saul being knocked to the ground, “off his high horse” for God to get his attention. We have often mentioned that the most dangerous, but effective, prayer is “whatever it takes”.

For each of us to be able to listen and actually hear what God is saying, we have to be in a humble position. What is more humbling than being knocked to the ground?

For most people, it takes being knocked into a place that humbles our prideful attitude of not needing God.

Or better: Like Saul, you think you’re doing God’s will. Saul, in-spite of being well-taught about God, still had his own interpretation of God’s word.
We are not entitled to our own thoughts about God’s word.

God’s word should interpret itself. In other words, you interpret God’s word using God’s word.

So now God is speaking audibly to him.
Don’t you wish He would do that to us?

We would probably all love to hear an audible voice from heaven. Although we may not like what follows.

Saul was blind for a while and he suffered immensely for the gospel.
Notice that God doesn’t say, “Why are you persecuting my followers?”

No, why are you persecuting me?

God always identifies with the hurts and hardships of each of us.
When we hurt, God hurts.

So Saul is hearing God’s voice and it is saying that Saul is persecuting Him.

But Saul believed that he was doing God’s work, not persecuting God.

So who was Saul persecuting? Christians. And if he is hurting God because he was hurting Christians, then Jesus Christ must still be alive. Because that is what they were preaching.
So the first thing he realized was even though he thought he was doing God’s will, he was wrong. Everything he was taught in Pharisee school was wrong.

In order to really know Jesus, we have to humble ourselves to know that what we think we know may be totally incorrect.

Are we that open to admit that what we know and believe might be wrong? In our desire to know Jesus better, are we open to the knowledge that all our preconceived notions might not be right?

If we want to know Jesus, and have a relationship with the God of the universe, we have to do that His way, and not the way we may have been taught.

The second thing is that he had to admit that Jesus was alive and was somehow associated with the God of Israel.

That is the stumbling block that scripture talks about.
Rather than believing that Jesus’ death on the cross was discredited, he now had to know that it was in fact fulfilled Jewish Prophecy.

And the only provision for God’s forgiveness of our sin.

Third things he realized is if all this was true, then he had an obligation to share that with everyone.

And that he was about to find out what that meant for him.
So again, God send someone to a destination without any knowledge of what was going to happen on the way, or when he was there.

God continues to do that with us. If we trust God, we will leave the consequences of His direction to Him.

When God says “move” he rarely tells us what is going to happen along the way.

That is the whole point of trusting God.
Saul’s companions heard something, but most commentator agree that it wasn’t a voice, but a sound.

The word used here is “PHONE” and it can mean sound, tone, speech.

But if you compare:
So they heard some noise, but not the voice. Those with him did not hear God’s direction for Saul.

Many times, when God leads us somewhere, those around us may not have that same knowledge, or even that same desire.

But they trusted him enough to take his word for it.
Acts of the Apostles 9:8-9 NLT

When someone tells us of a specific call from God, do we trust their spiritual walk to trust them?

Saul was no doubt sold out to God. Those with him knew that, so when they see this deviation, they trusted that what he was doing was God directed.

If we trust someone’s relationship with God, then we should trust their decisions, even if we don’t understand them.
We don’t know much about Ananias except that he was a Christian (believer) and from what Paul tells us later on.
Acts of the Apostles 22:12 NLT

Here we have just a normal godly Christian going about his daily business...and God called him.
Acts of the Apostles 9:10-12 NLT

God called him to do something he wasn’t too crazy about.
Has God ever asked you to do something that you weren’t comfortable doing? That you might be afraid of the consequences? Things that in the natural and according to worldly logic would seem crazy?

Those are the things that God usually asks us to do.
Acts of the Apostles 9:13-14 NLT

He had good reason to question this. From all outward appearances, he would be setting himself up for trouble.

Have you ever tried to tell God things that you think he doesn’t know?
That your information will catch God by surprise and God would change his mind based on your expertise?
Acts of the Apostles 9:15-16 NLT

God didn’t rebuke him for questioning.

We did a study on Faith & Doubt. The reason that doubt is a good thing is because it makes you dig to find the truth for yourself.

So God tells him to just do it and leave the rest to me. I’ve got this, Ananias!

Once we can overcome our doubt and fear, it’s easy to follow God.
Acts of the Apostles 9:17-19 NLT

Ananias was obedient to God’s leading and accepted Saul at face value. He calls him brother, and proceeds to tell him what god was doing in his life as it related to Saul.

Notice that back in Acts 9:12, God had already told Saul that Ananias was coming, so when he did come and speak to him, it wasn’t a surprise.

He didn’t come to say “God told me to tell you” on something Saul knew nothing about.

God will confirm things to you by others, but only things you have already been wrestling with.

And as soon as he was able, Saul proceeded to do what God told him to do.
Acts of the Apostles 9:19-20 NLT

When God calls you to do something, we shouldn’t wait around for more confirmations from God.

He had no formal Christian training, he just went and preached that Jesus is God.

None of us need to be formally trained to evangelize, we just need to realize that God has already called each of us to do that, so instead of waiting for some voice from heaven directing you, just go.

JUST DO IT!

And so began the greatest missionary that ever lived.

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