Dover Assembly of God
1.20.2019 | Acts - Week 29
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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January 20, 2019

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
Sunday
9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donuts
9:30 am ~ Sunday Classes
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
12:00 pm ~ Business Meeting
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service
3:00 pm ~ Worship Practice

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT

Friday
6:30 pm ~ WOP Birthday Dinner

UPCOMING EVENTS

Human Life Services
On Sun, Feb 3, we will welcome Human Life Services to share the important work that is being done in the pro-life field to help women and unborn babies in York and the surrounding areas. This is a great opportunity to invite someone who may be struggling with an unplanned pregnancy.

Youth Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction
Mark your calendars for Sun. Feb 24 as our teens once again “dish out” a marvelous spaghetti lunch as a way to fund their annual trip to the district youth convention. Our dessert auction will also be making a return this year. We encourage everyone to attend for a great time of fellowship and fundraising! Please sign up in the lower foyer! Donations of lunch supplies would be appreciated and help defer the cost to the teens. Deadline for donations is Sun. Feb. 10! Thank you for your support!

Pastor’s Luncheon
If you have been attending Dover Assembly for less than a year and would like to get to know more about the church and it’s ministries, we invite you to a luncheon following the morning service on Sun, Feb 10. It will last approximately one hour and will give a chance to talk with Pastor Jeff & Anna and some of our leadership team. If you are able to join us, please sign up in the lower foyer.

WOMEN OF PURPOSE EVENTS

Birthday Dinner
Our annual Women’s Birthday Dinner will be held on Fri. Jan 25, 6:30 p.m. if we have enough interest. If you would plan on attending, please sign up at the ladies table in the upper foyer. Anna will be in touch with those who sign up.

Book Reading Club Dinner
Anna will be in touch with all ladies currently reading the winter book club book, Dancing from Darkness, about dinner and discussion that will be held on Mon Feb 12 at Dee D’Agostino’s.

Baby Sprinkle
On Fri., Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m., the ladies will hold a baby sprinkle for Lynette Miller. Please sign up at the ladies table. Lynette is registered at WalMart.

Ladies Bible Study – Part 2
“Finding Healing ~ Part 2” Begins Mon. Mar 4 @ 6:30 pm

Paint Day!
“The Wave” ~ That’s right, back by popular demand, the ladies will have another paint date on Sat. March 9 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, led by Bobbi Jo. Come prepared to be the next Michelangelo! Pizza and salad will be provided. Cost is $5.00 per person. Please sign up if you are able to join us.

Spring Tour Event
The annual sectional event of the A/G WOP is scheduled for Sat. March 23 at Harrisburg 1st A/G. Please see the ladies table to sign up and for more information.

BODY NEWS

Snow Cancellations
Should we have the need to cancel any of our services due to inclement weather, we will put that information on our Facebook page, our website, and the local TV stations [WGAL-CH 8, CBS 21, ABC 27, FOX 43, CW 15] If you would like to sign up for a TEXT on your cell phone that will indicate the status of our services, please fill out the blue & white card with your name and cell phone number. Please be sure to hand them into our Information Center and we will add you to our list.

Nursery Needs
As our church continues to grow we are need of dedicated adults who would be willing to rotate as leaders in our nursery. If would like to be a part of this vital ministry, please put your name and “nursery” on a blue card and put it in the offering plate. Thank you for your help!

Stage Design Team
We are also in need of a few men to help our platform decorators-Brad & Katie. This would involve about 2 hours every 3-4 months as they redecorate the stage area. Please see Katie or Brad if you are available to 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.
~ Beulah S.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Marian T.

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As we following the continuing saga of Paul & Silas, we find our heroes leaving Philippi and beginning chapter 17.
Why did they pass through these cities and not stop to preach to them? It appears that they went to Thessalonica because it had a synagogue. Maybe the others didn’t.

While that is partially true, why not stop in the previous 2 cities? Those cities were roughly 33 miles and 60 miles respectively from Philippi. Some have assumed they left them to the Philippian church to evangelize.

They were much smaller than Thessalonica. Thessalonica was a strategic city. It was the capital of Macedonia, a center for business, had an excellent harbor and was on the main direct trade route. Population of about 200K, many diverse people groups and a large contingent of Jews.

It was a happening place. Maybe like a Chicago or New York.

So why go there instead of the other 2? Were they not in need of the gospel? Here is where we see a fulfilling of a mission/vision of Paul & Silas.

Paul’s mission/vision was to preach in larger cities and make them the hubs for the church to evangelize. He started the church at Philippi and they were now the hub or center of evangelism for that area.

Thessalonica was going to be the hub or center for evangelism in THAT area.

When any organization has a mission or vision, what it does is focus or narrow their efforts to focus on the task at hand, on the vision and mission.

It allows businesses and churches to disregard good ideas and plans in favor of what their mission is. Paul probably would have done a bang up job in those 2 cities, but that was not his mission/vision.
Let me stop here and ask if we remember our church’s vision and mission statement.
A mission statement tells us what we should be doing. What is our reason for being?
What is our mission statement?
A vision statement is a short sentence or phrase that tells us how to accomplish the mission statement.

What is our vision statement?
Connecting to God. Building People. Offering Hope.

That’s a simplistic phrase that is easily memorized, but in a nutshell tells us how we reach people.

We want people to connect to God and we’re here to help that happen. Once connected to God, we build them up with love and truth.

Both of those can be summarized by the last-we are offering hope to people who are in desperate need of hope.

We have the answer that people are craving-that the God of the universe loves them and wants them to know and respond to that love.

It’s that simple.
That means our church’s reason for existing is to do those things. And not get distracted by other things that may be good, but not part of the vision.

If Paul had stopped in those towns, he may never have made it to Thessalonica, and what God had planned for him may not have been accomplished.

And the people in Philippi may not have reached out and became the church it needed to be.

There are a multitude of good things that are possible for any church to do, but every church needs to focus on their God-given vision and mission.

How about that? All that good info from one verse!

So let’s move on.
During the week, Paul made his living by tent making.
But on Saturdays (the Sabbath), he would go to the synagogues because that is when all the Jews went and he would have an audience.

Paul used his time effectively, rather than randomly preaching, or waiting for them to come to him, he would go to where they were.

Most times, evangelism requires us going to where the people are, rather than waiting for them to come to you.

Next it says he reasoned with them.
The word interrupt or reason is the word “dielexato” which means to converse with them. It was a Q&A session.

They wanted to know the reasoning behind what Paul was saying so they asked him questions about it and he was able to answer.

Are we able to answer simple and maybe complex questions that people may have?
He first explained what the prophecies were.

Do we know enough of scripture to know where things are found? If a Mormon or a Jehovah’s witness comes to your door, do we know what scriptures to refer them?

We do not have to be walking concordances, but we should have a working knowledge of some of the basics. Then Google can be your best friend if you need help.

Since these folks were Jews, they believed in the Old Testament, even if they didn’t know a lot about it.

So Paul had to show them where this stuff was written. To prove that it was IN their scriptures.
Once he showed them what was written, he had to prove to them that what was written was actually true in the case of Jesus.

The word “Prove” means to prove by presenting evidence.
We may encounter people who believe the Bible but don’t know what it says about things, or they have been taught wrong.

They might have certain convictions about things based on their feelings, personal experiences, or from how they were raised.

Most Catholics will tell you they believe the Bible, but couldn’t tell you what it says.

So you can use that as a starting point, using a source they say they believe to show them that what you are saying jives with the Bible.

You are proving by presenting evidence.

And the central point is that Jesus rose from the dead. The resurrection!

Then after proving the scriptures were true, that it does speak about their Messiah and all the things associated with their Messiah, answering their questions, he now lays down the conclusion.
How many here remember simple math...If, then statements?

If A=B, and B=C, then A=C. If the first part is true, then the conclusion is true.

If God prophesied a Messiah and told us exactly how, when, where, to whom (333 separate and distinct prophecies) then we conclude that the person who fulfills those prophecies IS the messiah.

Paul explained as much as he could, taught as much as was needed and then called for them to believe the conclusion.

Paul spent three weeks ministering to the same folks. He didn’t quit after the first or second week.

It sometimes takes time to persuade those who you have been praying for and witnessing.

After the three weeks, Paul saw the fruit of his labor.
Paul’s tells us who the gospel is for:
Paul offered the truth to all who would listen and notice the results: Some Jews-not a lot-were saved.

Paul’s own people were the least responsive. How often do we say that family is the hardest to reach?

But a large number of Greeks (gentiles) and NOT a FEW prominent women were saved.

Why? Because Paul was able to rationally and easily explain to the people the reason he believed.

Are we able to do the same?

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