Dover Assembly of God
10.7.2018 | Acts - Week 21
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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
October 7, 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!

Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study
Join us on Wednesdays as we are studying the study on the book, The Christian Atheist, Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist. Ask yourself, ‘Am I putting my whole faith in God, but still living as if everything were up to me?’ This study will challenge you to move from head knowledge to heart knowledge.
Men's Pinball & Pizza Night
The guys will once again convene at Mark Crumrine’s house for a night of great fellowship on Thurs. Oct 11 at 6:30 pm. Please sign up in the lower foyer and remember to invite a friend along!
Women of Purpose Women’s Ministries – upcoming events:
~ WOP Paint Night is Friday Oct 19 — Please join us for our first ever ladies paint night! Bobbi Jo Blanchard will be guiding us through a night of painting of a lighthouse. Each lady will need to pay only $5 for materials! This is a savings of about $25 for a paint night class! Please plan on joining us at 6:30 on Oct. 19 for a fun night of painting! Sign-up sheet is in the upper foyer. Light desserts. (if anyone would like to bring a dessert, designate it on the sign-up sheet) All materials of paint, canvas, brushes will be provided that night. If you need child care, please designate on the sign-up sheet and how many children and their ages.
~ WOP Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Friday, Dec 14 — More information to follow.

New Security In Place
As of LAST WEEK, our new security system in our children’s ministries is in place. Both doors leading into the lower level will be locked. The entrance on the right has a camera and buzzer system. You will need to press the alert button and someone on the inside will let you in. As part of our security, the church entrance and the lower doors have been re-keyed. Pastor Jeff and the deacon board will distribute replacement keys once the need has been assessed as we have a limited number of keys.
Pastor Appreciation - Next Sunday!
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.
Faith Pledges
We are almost there! Only $225.50 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!
To Erikah Ostram & Kevin Nunez on their wedding that was held yesterday, Saturday, Oct 6. We pray many blessings on your new life together!
Special Thanks!
To Mike & Leon Conley for refurbishing our fountains and doing some landscaping to our church. We appreciate all you do for Dover Assembly!
Deacon Board News
On Sun. Jan , 20, we will have our annual business meeting. There are some changes that need to be made to our constitution concerning board members and elections. Currently we are unbalanced in our election process. Due to various circumstances, we currently vote for 4 members one year and only one member the next 2 years. In order to balance this out, the deacon board has proposed suspending the requirement of having 6 members plus the Pastor to having 4 members plus the Pastor until we get back on track to voting for 2 members every year as our constitution currently states. We need membership approval for this modification, so we will be having a short meeting in 2 weeks (Oct 21) following church to discuss and vote on this temporary change.
Prayer Chain Update
As we update our current prayer chain, in addition to the phone chain, we are going to add the ability to receive prayer requests via text message. This way everyone will receive it at the same time and there won’t be a need to forward the information to the next person. If you would like to be a part of the text prayer chain, put your name and “TEXT” on a blue card and we will add you in.
In Sympathy
Remember the family of Diane Crumrine. Her uncle, Bill Campbell and cousin Bonnie Powell passed away September 27 & 28 respectively. Continue to lift up the family in prayer.
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
~ Rick C.
~ Robin H.
~ Rose K.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Beulah S.
~ Marian T.

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Last week we ended the account of Peter being released from jail as a result of the small group church praying fervently for him.
The keyword there is fervently, not just a flippant prayer and we’re done.
If we want God to move, we need to be fervent in our prayer life.

We’ll see that again in this next account. Acts 13 is the beginning of Paul’s first missionary journey. He has a total of 4 journeys and in each journey he writes to the churches. These are the books in the Bible that bear the names of the churches he writes to.

The timeline looks like this.
1) He attend the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15.
2) He writes his first letter to the church in Galatia-Book of Galatians

But today we are going to see how he got his start.
Remember this is the break from the Jewish Christians. This is where the believers were first called “Christians”.

God would be starting his mission to the Gentiles. The Jews for the most part had rejected it, so now God was reaching the Gentiles.

The center of ministry up to this point was Jerusalem with Peter as it’s leader, but here on out it would be Antioch with Paul as the leader.
We believe that every church has enough people within it’s ranks to accomplish what God wants to do. It’s up to us whether or not we heed that call.

This was a new church, but yet, it already had people that God would use. These men were building the foundation of that church. They were teaching and training the newbies that were getting saved.

Because it is about making disciples.
As we spend time in worship and deny ourselves during a fast, we become sensitive to the move of the Holy Spirit.

The message was probably given by one of the people there that God spoke through, not unlike when God speaks through one of us.

It’s always when we are in an attitude of worship. Again, God using people to do His will.

Notice that when the Holy Spirit spoke it wasn’t to tell them something that they had not been praying and had knowledge of.

Paul already knew his call.
And Barnabus was already with Paul and knew he would be his helper. Also, their call was to preach the gospel. It was not to do any social or political work.

They were called to include practical acts of kindness and love along with the gospel, just like Jesus did.
Whenever we attempt something of faith that God is leading us to, we should take some serious time to pray and fast about our decision, but then we have to make a choice to go.

You can’t just pray forever and not choose, or not go.

There has to be a point of confirmation in your spirit. And in some instances, like Peter’s last week, God will lead you to a choice, and leave you to use your mind to make it.

The angel brought Peter out of jail and left him in the middle of town. Peter now had to decide on his own, using what knowledge he had, what to do next.

The point is, you can’t just delay what God is calling you to do by saying you are praying about it.

Yes, take time to pray about it, but don’t use that as an excuse for inaction.
This is the beginning of their missionary trip. It tells us that the Holy Spirit sent them on their way, but it doesn’t tell us that the Holy Spirit directed them to Seleucia or to Cyprus.

Barnabus was from Cyprus, so it’s safe to assume that they started in a familiar location, then branch out to the unknown areas.

When God is directing us, it’s ok to start with something familiar then call us to go to the unfamiliar, using your experience there.

We gain knowledge and confidence while cutting our teeth in the familiar so we can call upon it in the unfamiliar.

They picked up John Mark on their way. John was Barnabus’ cousin and some feel that Peter led him to Christ. John was there to help them with tasks that allowed Paul and Barnabus to preach.

He had the gift of helps!
Invariably when we are doing the will of God, you will encounter people who the enemy will use to stop you or dissuade you.

Many times it will be people who are close to you, or close to the folks you are helping.

Where God will do the miraculous, the enemy will try to counterfeit what God does.

Guaranteed, that you will face opposition when you are doing the will of God.
There are people out there who are deceived, but they really want to know the truth. It’s just what they have been hearing or have been taught is what they think is right.

We should pray for opportunities to share the truth with them.

This guy, the proconsul, also, since he was the ruler in that town, needed to hear for himself what these guys were teaching.

They were making their way around town, people were gathering, so he needed to know what they were saying.

So when it says he sent for them, it probably wasn’t a request.
If you are facing difficulty or opposition, chances are good that the enemy is trying to turn you from the faith.

If you are involved in a ministry or something you feel called of God to, you will have seasons of hardship and opposition.

For me, that is a good sign that you are being successful.
From here on out, Luke uses the name of Paul, not Saul. Saul was obviously a Jewish name, same as King Saul.

Since he was now going to be in the Gentile world, his name would change to a gentile (Greek) name.
Paul was also baptized in the Holy Spirit prior to this, but it tells us that we will need fresh fillings of the Holy Spirit.

We will need them when faced with that opposition, advancing the gospel and in challenging the enemy’s authority.

Paul had the gift of discerning of spirits. And the gift of prophecy. He knew the power behind this guy, and he knew what God was going to do.
God does the miraculous to verify his authority and power.

Most times they are healings and positive things, but sometimes they are negative and judgmental.

Last week we saw Herod coming under judgment, we saw Ananias & Sapphira get judged and now we see this guy’s being blinded.

Both instances are for the welfare of the church and the advancement of the gospel.
God uses the miraculous to draw people to himself.

Since God is still in the business of saving people and he will use the miraculous to validate his WORD, in order to accomplish it, we should pray, share and live in constant expectation of the next thing God is going to do.

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