Dover Assembly of God
2.24.2019 | Acts - Week 32
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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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February 24, 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 ~ Spaghetti Lunch
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

Tuesday
6:30 pm ~ WOP Bible Study @ Dee’s

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT

Saturday
8:00 am ~ Men’s Breakfast @ O.C.B

UPCOMING EVENTS

Men's Breakfast
The men will be going to Old Country Buffet this Saturday, March 2 at 8:00. Please sign up in the lower foyer and bring a friend!

Wednesday Night Adult Group
We have begun a new Wednesday study based on the evangelistic training course. “The Way of The Master”. It is an 8 week video & discussion session to help equip the church to be intentional and effective in our desire to share Christ with our friends and family. We encourage everyone to attend!

BGMC Sunday
We will have our annual BGMC Sunday on March 3. It is the 70th Anniversary of BGMC, so we want to bless that ministry in an awesome fashion. Our goal last year was $1500. We will reveal how we did on the 3rd.

WOMEN OF PURPOSE EVENTS
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Ladies Book Club
"Dancing to Darkness" was postponed due to inclement weather this past week. The rescheduled date is THIS Tues., Feb. 26, 6:00 p.m. at Dee D'Agostino's. Please see Anna with RSVP and food you are able to provide that night. Anna will leave the church around 5:40 p.m. for those who would like to ride with her to Dee's house. Just meet in the church parking lot!

Ladies Bible Study ~ Part 2
“Finding Healing ~ Part 2- Chapter 10” 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.

emergeYTH EVENTS

Hot Dog Grab N Go Fundraiser
Our teens will be selling hot dogs and soda on Sun. Mar 3, following the service. Please be sure to support our youth group as they continue to raise money for convention. Thanks in advance to our Grill-Master, Keith Housseal! And to Pete D’Agostino for donating the hotdogs!

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
This is a new venture for our teens and our church. On Sun. Mar 17, we are going to cancel Sunday School and in it’s place we will offer an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast designed to help the teens make their fundraising goal. This will be open to the community, so be sure to invite as many as you can. Sign up in the lower foyer.

District Fine Arts - April 17-18
Katlynn Havens, Lakelynn Wilson & Ally Anthony will compete in Districts, which includes the states of PA & DE.

"Hope Now" Youth Convention
This is the annual event that has been our fundraising goal. It’s a great weekend of fun, fellowship and spiritual transformation. Keep the teens in constant prayer to be open to what God has for them!

BODY NEWS

Nursery Needs
As our church continues to grow, we are in need 1 MORE dedicated adult who would be willing to rotate as leaders in our infant 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!

Congratulations!
~ To Taylor Bender and Kristofer Jati on their recent marriage on Friday, February 22, 2019. Lord bless you Taylor, Kris and Lincoln!
~ To Lynette & Keith Miller on the birth of their new baby! Elora Renee Miller was born Thurs., Feb 21. She was 7lbs, 14 oz and 20” long!
~ To Bill Myers on being inducted into the York / Adams County Bowling Hall of Fame
~ To Katlynn Havens, Lakelynn Wilson & Ally Anthony on their success at the recent Fine Arts Competition. All 3 will move on to the District Competitions!

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!

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.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
March 1 ~ Dustin Wible
March 3 ~ Lois Perry
March 3 ~ Reid Vought
March 5 ~ Myiah Eaton
March 8 ~ Bonnie Portner
March 9 ~ Beulah Shellenberger
March 9 ~ Linda Schoppe
March 13 ~ Xander Wible
March 17 ~ Mary Stephens
March 18 ~ Angel Landis
March 19 ~ Loralei Wible
March 19 ~ Sherry Sheely
March 20 ~ June Tolbert
March 22 ~ Lee Jones
March 22 ~ Cele Kress
March 25 ~ Eric Miller
March 25 ~ Harry Portner
March 30 ~ Gil Tunney

March 6 ~ Chad & Angel Landis
March 17 ~ Keith & Robin Housseal

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-Ins
~ Helen S.
~ Beulah S.
Prayer Needs
~ Robin H.
~ Rose K.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Marian T.

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We left off 2 weeks ago extolling the virtues of studying and knowing God’s word.

The verse we focused on was Acts 17:11...
A challenge to each of us to not just take what we hear and read for absolute truth until we search it out for ourselves.

The local believers sent Paul to Athens quickly because they feared for his safety.

Now we pick it up at Acts 17:16...
Let’s take a quick glance at the situation in Athens. It was at one time a famous city and was known for it’s temples the Acropolis and the Partheon.
Named after the Greek goddess Athena, it was a city known for it’s culture and education, however, it’s significance and importance was fading.

It was no longer as influential as it had been. It had a famous university and numerous buildings but as one commentator puts it, “it was a city of cultural paganism nourished by idolatry, novelty and philosophy”.

Athens was living on it’s former glory. They had less than 10,000 inhabitants and nowhere near the wealth and power it once had.

Even though they had these universities and buildings, their influence was taken over by Alexandria in Egypt. They were shadows of their former selves.
It also tells us that Paul was greatly distressed about the spiritual condition of that town.

The word distressed is the same word used for “provoked” or almost angered.

So Paul did what Paul does.
He was still waiting for Silas and Timothy to get there, but it didn’t keep him from going to the synagogue on Saturdays and using that time to reason with those who were also there.

He also couldn’t just sit around and wait for this friends to get there, he knew he had to also redeem the time by reaching out.
This sounds similar to what we have been studying on Wednesday nights--Going into a populated area and just talking with people as you walked along.

It was the marketplace, so there were undoubtedly many people there doing business, and yet it seems that he approached them one or two at a time or maybe a small group.

Even though he was in a town full of idolatry, it didn’t deter him from reasoning with people.
So who were these groups?

The Epicureans were followers of Epicurus. His teaching was that feelings and emotions trumped everything else and that sensations, feelings and what we anticipate should be the tests we use to determine truth.

If it was pleasurable, it must be true and good. If it causes pain, then it must be bad or evil.

Pleasure was to be the chief goal in life. Freedom from pain, disturbing passions superstitious fears and the anxiety about death--In other words “If it feels good, do it!”

Epicureans were materialists and atheists at their core, so there was no outside forces to dictate right and wrong. Their lifestyle was based solely on making themselves feel good.

Stoics on the other hand rejected pagan worship and taught that the world was god. This is called Pantheism--that everything is god. That tree is god, those bushes are god. The cows are god. Their reality was based solely on logic and reason.

The most important thing in life was to follow your own reasoning. To be self sufficient. Not to need anything outside of yourself, like maybe God. They were not to be motivated by feelings or outward circumstances. Pleasure wasn’t always good and pain wasn’t always evil.

Like the intellectuals of today--the smartest people in the room and definitely smarter than you. That attitude begins and ends with pride.

These philosophies existed 1000’s of years ago and they exist today.

To show their contempt for Paul, we see the next verse...
Intellectuals and pleasure only people will always show contempt for someone who dares to offer a different answer to life’s situations.

Because they both believe we are the dumbest people in the room.
The word babbler literally means “seek picker” or a slang word for parasites and ignorant plagiarists.

So when they say he is advocating for foreign gods, they are saying that he is just miss-plagiarizing what others have said.

That this Jesus and resurrection isn’t something they know so he must be foreign (we don’t know them) and demonic (BECAUSE we don’t know them then by association they must be of the devil).
The Areopagus was named after the God of thunder and war and is actually the court house.

This wasn’t a real “we want to know what is truth, meeting”. It was a “we’re going to make a fool of you in court meeting”.
Here we have a change of attitude. The people bringing him wanted to ridicule and deride him.

However, those in charge were now asking the questions and in a more serious tone.

Remember, the city had once been the mecca for jurisprudence, politics and commerce and the city fathers took this seriously and wanted to debate what Paul was saying.

It wasn’t so much to find out truth, but to spend time just talking.
Remember the city was pagan in nature. So they weren’t debating to find truth, they were debating to debate.

Many don’t ask questions to get a real answer, but ask them in order to provoke a debate or argument. The answers don't really matter, they just want to argue.

And it sounds like they would grasp onto any fine sounding issue and believe it until another one came along.
Paul gives us an example of how to share with people when you get the chance.
1. Don’t be negative or antagonistic.
Instead of Paul jumping on what they believe and ridiculing them or calling them pagans, he starts where there were. He appeals to what they believe. He is respectful. Too often Christians are known for what they are against, instead of what we are for. Do we get antagonistic when sharing?
Paul gives us an example of how to share with people when you get the chance.

2. Know your audience.
Notice that Paul doesn’t start out with the Jewish history or Jewish law. These were Gentiles and probably knew nothing of either of those. He didn’t even quote scripture from a book that they never read. He approaches them on their turf talking about what they seem to be interested in.
Paul gives us an example of how to share with people when you get the chance.

3. Start from their vantage point.
How does faith and the gospel tie into something that is important to them? Look for ways that the 2 can go together. Instead of downing them, use their thoughts and likes into a springboard.
Everyone at some time or another has asked the question :”Where did I come from: or “Why am I here” or “where am I going”

Science tries to answer the first question, Philosophy tries to answer the second, but Christianity is the only thing that can answer all 3.

Paul explains God in a way that subtly tells them that everything else isn’t true. If God can’t be housed in temples, why does Athens have so many different temples.
He is active in the affairs of people. He didn’t just wind up the earth and let go. He works in such a way that men would be drawn to him. That we should know about him and desire to KNOW him.

And he is easy to access. He doesn’t live in temples, but he is great enough to care about individuals.
It is God who gives us everything we need. Life, breath, food, and all good things.

The very ability to wake up, or go to a job, or to actually know how to do the job. All from God.

For IN HIM, we live, move and have our being.

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