Dover Assembly of God
4.4.2021 | Easter Sunday - The Road to Salvation
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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April 4, 2021

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 - Happy Resurrection Day!
7:00 am ~ Sonrise Service
9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donut Hour
9:30 am ~ Sunday School
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministry
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

Monday
7:00 pm ~ Deacon Board Meeting

Wednesday ~ 21 in 21 PRAYER & FAST DAY
6:30 pm ~ Family Night

Thursday
6:30 pm ~ Prayer Night

Saturday
6:30 pm ~ Spanish Service
UPCOMING EVENTS

Girls' Night In!
Joyce Meyer is planning another in-church conference scheduled for Friday April 16 at 8:00 pm. If you are interested in joining Anna for this event, please sign up at the women’s table in the upper foyer.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
We are in the planning stages of our annual VBS. The theme is LEGOS and is scheduled for July 11-14. Before we order curriculum and begin advertising, we need excited volunteers. If you are able to commit to this tremendous outreach opportunity, please sign up in the upper foyer.
BODY NEWS

Prayer Warriors!
On the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, Pastor Jeff and Anna will have a time of prayer for 30 minutes in the church sanctuary. We will be praying for specific church needs. If you would like to join us, please sign up in the upper foyer! Next prayer meeting is Thursday, April 8!
Community Outreach
We are looking for some volunteers to help pass out fliers and pizza certificates in our community. We have made arrangements with Jim ‘N Nena's here in Dover to provide us with approximately 100 gift certificates that will each be good for a large 1-topping pizza. We will be distributing these fliers and gift certificates to our neighbors here in our community along Carlisle Road from our church to the Square. There are approximately 100 homes in this area. The fliers contain information about our church and have a QR code that can be scanned by a cell phone and directs them to our church website. Jim and Nena's agreed to partner with us and are letting us purchase these gift certificates at a savings of almost $4.00 per pizza. If you are able to assist us in this outreach there are three ways you can do so.

1)Prayer!

2) Join Pastor and Anna in distributing these to our neighbors

3)Purchase a certificate or more at $10 each. We need to purchase 100 pizza certificates. Please use an envelope located in the chair pockets and mark it 'outreach' and we will put all those funds to this outreach. We are excited to be 'the hand of Jesus' extended to our community! Thank you for your participation!
Easter Egg Hunt
Special thanks to Dick, Judy, Marlene and Diane for filling several hundred eggs with candy for our kids! And thanks to Anna, Juliet and the team of ladies who quickly adjusted our outdoor hunt to an “indoor” hunt and made it a great success!

If you happen to still have any of the plastic eggs, we would appreciate it if you could return them so we can use them again next year!

Thanks again to everyone!
Painting
We are looking for some folks willing to help paint 3 of our downstairs classrooms. If you would like to help us paint, please see Pastor Jeff!
Missed Birthdays
Oops! We missed your birthday in our list last week!

Robin Kurtz ~ March 7
Carter Kurtz ~ March 24
Frank Kurtz ~ April 30

JOIN US FOR 21 IN ’21!
God Answers Prayer

21 Wednesdays of Fasting and Prayer

Wed., Jan. 6 ~ Wed., May 26, 2021

We will fast Breakfast and Lunch and take time to pray for:

Salvation for our families, friends and community
1 Timothy 2:3-4
This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants allmen to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. NIV

Health for our families and church body
James 5:15
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick personwell; the Lord will raise him up. NIV

The Lord’s direction for our property
Proverbs 2:6
For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth comeknowledge and understanding. NIV

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April 4, 2021 - Rev. Jeff Bender

Happy Resurrection Day!

Singularly the most important day in the Christian faith.

Without this one event, everything else would be meaningless.
The resurrection is our only hope of eternal life.

Last week we discussed Palm Sunday-the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Less than one week before his suffering and death.

Things were speeding up for Jesus as his life was winding down.
Jesus was crucified, he spent three days in the tomb and on Sunday, God raised him from the dead.

That is basically the account of Easter.

So we now have Jesus raised from the dead, walking around town and meeting up with his disciples.

He finally meets Thomas who wanted to physically touch his wounds, remember that?

Thomas sees him, touches him and finally believes.
Then Jesus says something that wasn’t for Thomas’s benefit but was for ours. What is it and why?
This event sets up the next two verses that I want to look at today.
This may seem like an unusual verse for Easter, but stay with me for a moment.

NIV heading calls it “The purpose of John’s Gospel”.

NLT call is “Purpose of the Book”

One commentary refers to these verses as “John’s Statement of Purpose”.

That is what they describe these verses as.

For something to be labeled the purpose for something, that means that the entire reason for this book to be written, the reason that John recorded all these events, the reason that we spent a year studying this book a few years ago is summed up in 2 verses, the reason that the crucifixion, death and resurrection is written about in right here.

You want to know why it was written? These 2 verses tell you why it was written.

Let’s look at the first verse for a moment.
This tells me first that the entire 3.5 years of Jesus ministry was more than just what this book contains or even all four gospels contain.

When we read the Bible we get a sense that Jesus was a pretty busy guy. Traveling from here to there, healing this one and that one. Doing miracles, feeding thousands. All in the span of about 3.5 years.

But as busy as we think Jesus was by reading the gospels, he obviously did much more than anyone could record.

But think about this for a moment, if miracles and healings were the most important, why not record them all? God could have made the bible huge so we could know all Jesus did.

This verse also tells me that the miracles and healings were not the purpose of the Bible.

They were not the end in and of themselves.

The next verse explains it all in a nutshell. Why we celebrate Easter, why we study God’s word.
The things that are written have been written for one purpose: So that we believe that Jesus is the savior of the world.

That we believe it so we can receive the (eternal) life he promised.

The miracles, the healings, the crucifixion, His death and His resurrection have all been written, not to study as ancient history, so that we can record a bunch of historical data.

All these events, especially the Easter story was written so that we believe.

John is saying that all the stuff he left out isn’t important to the purpose of his book. The things that were recorded are enough to believe.

We do not need any more evidence, recordings of miracles, more detail, written differently, or even one more thing to help us believe.

In fact, if we don’t believe what is written, more info will not change that.

Remember Lazarus & the rich man? The rich man said, let me come back from the dead and then they will believe? God said if they don’t believe what is written already even that won’t change their minds.
When Jesus raised Lazarus . . .
What is recorded is sufficient. God’s written word is enough to have people believe.

People that ask for one more miracle or if God would do this, then I would believe, actually do not want to believe, they are making excuses or worse, looking for a debate.

Faith in the events recorded, be they healings or miracles or whatever, should be enough to lead us to faith in what is written and then to faith in Jesus.

We have to believe what is written.

These are written to show us proof that Jesus was who he said he was and the resurrection was God’s way of showing everyone that Jesus was true in all he said.

When we recognize that God’s word is sufficient, we understand that we do need to be saved and that we can’t do it by ourselves.
The name of Jesus is the stumbling block for many people.

Why do we need to believe in Jesus?

He was a good guy and all, but . . .

When we examine Jesus’ life and all he did, we have to come to a conclusion. Either he was insane, tricked, deceived or deluded, or he was in fact, the one true God, our savior.

Everyone has to choose one of these 3 options, there are no others.

Many say that he never referred to himself as God, so he isn’t God.

Wrong! He referred to himself as God on numerous occasions.
This wasn’t poor English, this was Jesus using the same name as God used to Moses.
The Jews would have known instantly what he meant...and they did.
If someone calls themselves God today, we think they are crazy, right?

No different. People thought he was crazy.

These things were written so that we would know that he was who he said he was.

He was not simply a good teacher, or a prophet or a good man.

Because if he wasn’t God as he claimed to be, then he was crazy, regardless of how good he was.

As we focus now on the resurrection, those accounts were also written that we believe in that.

Now we have to ask ourselves what we believe?

That verse answers that.
If we believe that Jesus was the Christ, then we have to ask ourselves, has that changed anything about our lives?

Has that belief resulted in any change whatsoever in anything we do, say or how we act, or believe?

Has that belief in the Resurrected Jesus changed our lives?

When you were saved, did your life change? If not . . .
Only you know if your faith is genuine.

John wrote many accounts of how his life and the disciples lives and most of those who received the miracles had their lives transformed.

The miracles were designed to get people’s attention and cause people to listen to what the healer was saying and then believe which in turn caused the change in their lives.

God still does miracles and healings today-for the same purpose-to allow us to listen to the Healer!

Zacchaeus had a transformation when he heard about the forgiveness and mercy of Jesus.
So let’s look at the progression of salvation.

God gets our attention through people we know, testimonies we have heard, or miracles that we may have witnessed or hardships in our lives.

Because God gets our attention, we come to believe what the Bible says.

We need a miracle or healing or deliverance from hardship, so we trust what others may have told us about God’s word.

And if that part is true, then what the Bible says is that Jesus lived, suffered and died for us is true too.

We believe that, we are saved and our lives are transformed.

Does that mean everything in our lives suddenly becomes perfect with no problems? NO

It means our reactions to them will be different.

We now are spiritual babies and as such, we need older people to help us to mature.

The difference is NOW WE WANT THAT! I went to church every time it was open.

Then we see the final event that happens in that progression in John’s account.
When we believe we now experience life.

What does that mean you may ask? I already am alive and I am experiencing my life.

But the truth is when God transforms you, that is the life we’re talking about.

The disciples were changed from fear to courage.

Thomas was changed from doubt to faith.

Nicodemus was changed from cynical Jewish leader to faithful follower.

Zacchaeus was changed from tax collector and thief to repentant believer.

Bottom line is: God can and does change lives.

When Jesus was raised from the dead, he in effect had a new life. One that was radically different from the previous one.

When we come to believe the same thing happens.
The reason for Easter, the reason for resurrection, the reason that any of this is written or relevant is for one reason!

Do we believe? And from that belief, has your life been transformed?

You know if you have been transformed, You think differently, act, talk and behave differently.

We’re not perfect, but we want to be!

Do you have the life of Christ giving us the joy and hope that we so desperately need and that others have?
Do you want life? Do you want to have hope, peace, assurance or joy?

The belief in the resurrection is the one event allows all of that to happen.

Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ-the Messiah-the one person who can make you right with God and transform your life?

If you’re not sure, I want to give you that opportunity today.

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