Dover Assembly of God
9.16.2018 | Acts - Week 18
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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
September 16, 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 ~ Women’s Bible Study

6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT!

7:00 pm ~ Joyce Meyer — departing church @ 5:30


Men's Conference
Attention all men of Dover. Mark your calendars for the upcoming conference 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 and is included in the price.

Sanctuary Chairs - UPDATE
Our chairs are ordered and are en-route!! However, due to the current hurricane, and many ports being temporarily closed, our shipment has been delayed. We will keep you updated as we receive information.

See You At The Pole (SYATP!)
We encourage all of our young people (and parents) to attend the SYATP event at your local schools. This is a great opportunity to pray protection and blessings on our children and their teachers. It is also a great opportunity to share the gospel. Mark your calendars for NEXT Wednesday, Sept 26. Check with your local schools for exact times.

Women of Purpose Women’s Ministries – upcoming events:
~ Fall Bible Study ~ THERE IS STILL TIME! All ladies are invited to Part 1 of our Fall Bible Study. We are studying the book, Finding Healing. Continuing Mon., Sept. 17 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 Bundles are $10.00 per bundle which includes a book and study guide.
~ The Annual Women’s Conference is scheduled for Nov 9-10. Please see Donna for more information.
~ Next WOP get together is Friday Oct 19 — More information to follow.
~ WOP Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Friday, Dec 14 — More information to follow.


Faith Pledges
We are almost there! Only $658.50 more to our first goal of $10,000. Praise The Lord! Please help us reach this first goal. 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!

Prayer Chain
We are updating our current prayer chain this week. If you would like to be a prayer partner with needs of our church, fill out the blue card in the pew rack write “Prayer” on it and give it to Pastor Jeff.

Pastor Appreciation - DATE CHANGE
Each year the Assemblies of God designates the month of October as Pastor Appreciation Month. On Sunday Oct 14 the Deacon Board will officially kick-off Pastor Appreciation month at Dover Assembly of God. As we recognize Pastor Jeff, Pastor Keith and Pastor Luis and their wives. Paul Jones will be our speaker that day! We would like to encourage everyone to participate in this month-long celebration in your own special and unique way. We hope that you can use whatever skills or abilities God has blessed you with to bless Pastor Jeff, Pastor Luis and Pastor Keith. Let’s keep this going the entire month of October to show them how much we appreciate everything they do for us. Please mark your calendar and start planning how you might use your talents to say Thank You to our Pastoral Team.

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2 weeks ago, we talked about Peter’s vision and trip to bring the gospel to the gentiles. Something that had not been done before and was new even to Peter.

God gave him the vision of the sheet of unclean animals and declared to Peter that everyone is to hear the message of the gospel. No exceptions. So he brings the good news to the house of Cornelius.

The rest of chapter 10 is Peter recounting how he came to be there, how God was now including gentiles in His family and Peter offered that choice to Cornelius.

That chapter concludes with the Holy Spirit baptizing everyone who heard the message.
The Holy Spirit interrupted Peter’s message to baptize these new believers in the Holy Spirit.

This was probably not on Peter’s sermon agenda. He probably didn’t plan in advance for this to happen. He also didn’t stop what God was doing. He could have said “Hey, I’m not done here yet”.

This is one reason we need to leave room in our schedules for the Holy Spirit to move like he wants. It is entirely possible for God to show up and interrupt what we have planned to do what He wants to do.
This is also an example of someone being baptized with the Holy Spirit at the point of conversion.

The point at which these folks heard and believed, they were instantly baptized.

This doesn’t happen all the time as we discussed earlier, but it can and I know of a few that this has happened to.

Even the apostles couldn’t believe that it happened.
The speaking in tongues was also a proof to Peter’s friends who came with him that this was genuine.

They had not seen the vision that Peter saw and they needed this proof to convince them that God wants everyone to be saved, not just Jews.

This is our second example of the evidence of being baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Our third example will come in Acts 19.

So what happens next?
We are planning a water baptism service in the near future. If you haven’t been, you need to plan on being a part of that service.

Baptism did not save Cornelius and his family. They were already saved before they were water baptized. This was just a testimony to others of what had already happened in their lives.
These were new believers and needed some instruction and guidance. Peter stayed to help mentor them and prepare them for when he did leave.

This was a fulfillment of the Great Commission.
It doesn’t say make converts, it says to make disciples and teach and train them in the ways of God.

Each of our different ministries exist to train everyone in the ways of Jesus.

So right after all this happened, human nature kicked in with the people.Word spread fast about God accepting people that weren’t like them.
That news really traveled fast. The Christians back home found out that outsiders got the same blessing of salvation that they got.

And they weren’t happy about it.
How are we ever to share the gospel if we never hang with people who aren’t believers.

Or do we think there are people that don’t deserve the gospel?

They were mad that Peter hung out and ate with folks and allowed them to share in the blessings that they received as Jews.

We don’t need outsiders in or camp, besides, that’s not what God would want.

Peter goes on to explain exactly how God set it up.
But the point is, Peter is explaining his testimony of how God directed him.

This goes back to a point that we made a few weeks ago. If you trust the spiritual walk of someone, if you know they love God and know his word, and spend time in prayer and seriously want His will done, then we should trust what they tell you God is doing in their life.

Not only did Peter have this testimony, he also had vindication by the Holy Spirit, since they spoke in tongues.
When we believe that God is directing us, we should see confirmations along the way.

Not just confirmations that only we see, but that others see as well.

He had 3 different confirmations:
1. His vision
2. The witness of the Holy Spirit being poured out
3. The witness of God’s word
If you think you are being directed by God, you should experience these confirmations.

What was their response after they heard Peter’s testimony?
Christians are to accept each other and not dispute over cultural differences or minor matters of personal conviction.

Gentiles wanted the Jews to become more Gentile and the Jews wanted the gentiles to be more Jewish.

Verse 19 marks a break in this chapter. It means starting at v 19, we are beginning a different account.

Peter’s story was done and now we are looking at something else that was happening.
This takes us back to Acts 8:1...
So we have one group of people fleeing the persecution, ministering and bringing Jesus to the Jewish people.

This group may have been like Peter-ministering to the Jewish people, the next group was like Paul, going to the gentiles.
Each of us has a certain sphere of influence from which we are better able to minister.

We may feel totally comfortable with our co-workers, but not your neighbors or family.

God will use us in an atmosphere that uses your best gifting and abilities.

One commentary suggests the next verse applies to both sets of people.
So you have 2 separate people groups who have differing cultures and beliefs forming different congregations. They would have differing styles of worship, maybe preaching, how they socialized, what they ate.

But the point is, both sets were true Christians. Those perimeter items didn’t make one better than another.

Today, we have several denominations here and various churches in different countries, all doing things a bit differently, but we all believe in the same Jesus.

We read the same bible, believe in the death and resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of sins, so what we have today, isn’t much different from the early church.

So let’s do what the early church did. Let’s not wait for persecution to scatter us and drive us to preach. Let’s not sit around all comfortable, not wanting to work too hard, just waiting for the rapture.

Let’s carry out the great commission and “We can see a great number of people turning to the Lord”.

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