Dover Assembly of God
3.31.2019 | Biblical Evangelism
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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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March 31, 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
Today
9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donuts
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

Monday
6:30 pm ~ WOP Bible Study
7:00 pm ~ Deacon Board Meeting

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT

Thursday
6:30 pm ~ Men’s Dinner-Mission BBQ

UPCOMING EVENTS

Men's Dinner
The guys will be going to Mission BBQ on Thurs. April 4 at 6:30. Please sign up in the lower foyer.

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

Youth Convention - April 18-20
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!

Easter Egg Hunt
Our annual egg hunt will be Sunday, April 14, following the morning service. We have sufficient plastic eggs, but are in need of small individually wrapped candy donations with which to fill them. Please bring all candy donations to the church and place them in the blue bucket in the foyer.

Sunrise Service
Be sure to join us for the annual Sunrise Service that is held lake-side at Pinchot Park. Service begins at 7:00 am and Pastor Keith will be sharing the message.

BODY NEWS

VBS
We would like to offer a VBS this year, but are in need of some volunteers who would be willing to assist in decorating and helping to plan this ministry. Dustin Wible has volunteered to lead and emcee it provided we have enough workers to prepare for it. If you want to be a part of this, please fill out a blue card with your name and VBS and put it in the offering plate. If we determine that there is enough help, we will have a kick-off meeting.

Online Giving
In the age of smart phones, websites, social media and electronic banking, our church wants to be sure that we are exploring every technology that will ultimately benefit the work of God here in Dover Assembly. We have partnered with the company Tithe.ly.com and put a link on our website and phone app that will permit online giving. We will describe it in more detail during the upcoming morning services.

Human Life Services Update
We received an update on our giving through the baby bottles that each of you filled and returned. The change collected in all the bottles amounted to $246.93. PTL!

Nursery Update
We are pleased to announce our new (and current) workers for our nursery department. Welcome Emily Baiarunas, Connie Landis, Tara Miller, Linda Schoppe as the newest additions to our awesome staff which is currently led by Deborah Dobbins and Laura Brehm. Welcome ladies!

Easter Offering
A.K.A. SANCTUARY CHAIRS-PART 2
As we are all aware, our first attempt to purchase chairs met with some problems. We are still waiting for the final resolution to this but have been in prayer concerning what our next step should be. After some time and prayer, the board and pastor feel it’s time to finish what God had started. During our time of prayer God had confirmed our decision by having two donations arrive that have been designated for chairs. Between those and some chair donations we have received from the church body, we have $4107.00 already raised for the new chairs.
We would like to receive a special offering over and above our regular tithes and offerings this Resurrection Sunday that will go towards the purchase of the chairs.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
April 14 ~ Palm Sunday
April 17-20 ~ Youth Convention/Fine Arts
April 21 ~ Easter
May 6 ~ Deacon Board Meeting
May 12 ~ Mother’s Day
May 14 ~ Dover Township Meeting
May 19 ~ Graduation Service
June 2 ~ Girl’s Ministry Caping & Crowning
June 16 ~ Father’s Day
Sept 1-8 ~ Dover Fireman’s Fair
Sept 17 ~ “Fearless” Youth Event
Oct 5 ~ Dover Parade

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
April 1 ~ Marian Tunney
April 4 ~ Connie Landis
April 5 ~ Jalon Johnson
April 8 ~ Yvonne Combs
April 8 ~ Paul Jones
April 11 ~ Rosy Nunez
April 14 ~ Ioan Miller
April 14 ~ Linda Crone
April 19 ~ Anna Bender
April 22 ~ Robin Housseal
April 23 ~ Kathy Jo Gilbert
April 25 ~ Pastor Luis Nunez
April 8 ~ Andrew & Yvonne Combs

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 have been studying Biblical evangelism on Wednesday nights and next week is the last session. It has really been an eye-opener to all who have been in the class.

It is so important, that we're going to try to encapsulate the whole class into one sermon today...a Reader's Digest version if you will.

If I were to ask you, whenever you hear an invitation given at any church and even from me, what phrase or promise have you heard from the speaker?

- Jesus has a wonderful plan for your life.
- Every person has a God shaped hole in their heart that only Jesus can fill.

Those sentences and others like them have been used for as long as I can remember and I’m sure I’ve said them as well.

Do you know that Jesus never said either of those things? He never used the blessings and promises of God as a tool to save anyone.

What was his approach when talking with people?
1) THE WOMAN AT THE WELL
We know the story, a woman comes to the well to draw water while Jesus was there, they strike up a conversation and Jesus brings it back around to salvation-if you knew who you were talking to, you would ask for living water (salvation).

Jesus tell her to go get her husband and come back-she says she has no husband and Jesus calls her out on it.

He shows her her sin. And basically says that he is the Messiah and that she needs to repent.
2) THE WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY
They catch this woman (no mention of the guy). Jesus tells them he who has no sin shall throw the first stone. They all realize they are sinners and walk away.

Jesus then tells her to repent of her sin.
Did Jesus lie when he said that these are necessary to have eternal life?

No. What he is saying is that he needed to keep the commandments.

Eternal life requires perfection in obeying God’s moral laws.

He was telling this guy that even though he thinks he has, he really hasn’t.
Money was his God. He was an idolater. And he couldn’t put God first.

In all these and many more, what was Jesus doing?
He was pointing out the person’s sin, to show them that before God they are guilty and therefore not qualified for heaven, which means what? HELL!

Then he could show them the remedy for the sin.

What was Jesus’ ministry all about?
Why did he die? Was the purpose of his death to give us a better life? Was the purpose of His death to make us happy?

The purpose of His death was to forgive us of our sins because we are sinners in need of saving. The joy and peace are by products of our relationship, not the reason Jesus died.

We have joy, not because our lives are going well, but we have joy because we know we will go to heaven.
If we have come to Jesus so we can have a better life, how will we react when it doesn’t go the way we think it should go? When our family rejects us, when we get a bad diagnosis, when our job is outsourced?
Where is the wonderful plan in this statement?

When you are a Christian baker and you are put out of business by a couple of guys wanting a wedding cake and you don’t want to make it?
Are you going to tell yourself, this isn’t what I signed up for, I was told Jesus came to make my life better and it’s not?

The reason Jesus came was to save us from going to hell.
Everyone will eventually die and everyone will face the judgment of God.

When people come to Jesus because they want joy and not forgiveness of their sins, and they don’t understand the need for righteousness, they don’t have a relationship.

They attend church, they might even read their Bible, but if they haven’t seen their need to be right with God, then they won’t make it.

Jesus makes it very clear.
Notice it doesn’t say that they preached the gospel and people were saved.

It only mentions outward actions designed to garner attention and praise from people. Drawing attention to themselves.

They should have said something to the effect . . .
How many have ever heard what we call the Roman Road?
It is several verses in the book of Romans that spell out the way and the need to be saved.
That one isn’t technically part of the roman road, but it just adds to it.

This tells us that everyone has sinned. Paul even doubles down by saying, “not even one”.

So we understand that we are sinners!

What’s next?
Death here is eternal separation from God-in other words, hell.

The penalty for sin is being in hell after we die. It’s not ambiguous, there is no exception. If we sin, the penalty is hell.

The rest of that verse tells us the remedy.
Everyone has a terminal disease that will result in our being in hell.

That is our default position. If we don’t change course (through Christ) then our destination is hell.

But God has the cure-Jesus.
You know what justified means?
It means you are righteous in God’s eyes. That because of your acceptance of Christ’s death, your penalty has been paid.

God through Christ offers a way out of judgment!

Jesus paid the debt that we rightly owed.
Does this seem like semantics? That people get saved using the wonderful life scenario, or Jesus came to give you joy scenario.

That is how I got saved or at least drawn to Christ-Needed peace. That isn’t what kept me. It’s my recognition that I needed forgiveness to avoid judgment when I die.

Knowing that I had been forgiven and was guaranteed of heaven, that allowed me the peace I needed.
How do you convince someone who has a pretty good life now without Christ, that “adding” him will make their life better?

They don’t need a parachute because their plane is gonna land just fine.

Because neither of those reasons are why Christ died. They may be the result of knowing Christ, but that is not why he died.
Why is this important? We’re all believers, we already know this stuff.

But do we?

How many of us came to Christ under the premise of a better life? A wonderful plan? Or the promise of joy?

The problem is that those really don’t focus on the issue at hand. The need for us to be righteous! To be free from the guilt of the sins we have committed.

Our sins are what will keep us out of heaven. Unless we have repented of these things and quit doing them, we have not been saved.

Paul told the Corinthians . . .
If there is no noticeable difference in your life after you started going to church or after you said some prayer at an altar, then you have failed the test.

And more importantly, when we talk with someone about Christ, we need to focus on the same things. The person’s guilt before God and God’s remedy.

When Peter preached at Pentecost, he went through a history lesson of Israel’s sinful past then brought it home to them.
Acts of the Apostles 2:36-38 NLT

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