Dover Assembly of God
6.16.2019 | 2 Peter - Week 2
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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
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June 16, 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 - Happy Father's Day!
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

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT

Saturday
6:30 pm ~ Saturday Night Spanish Service

UPCOMING EVENTS

Farewell...
Michelle Guillory will be moving to Indianapolis near the end of June. Next Sunday, June 23, will be her last week that she will be able to be with us. Join us as we pray for her as she makes this transition.

Women of Purpose
The next event for the women will be the Summer refresher that will be held at Diane Crumrine’s house on Friday, July 19 starting at 6:00 pm. Please be sure to sign up at the women’s table in the upper foyer. Please bring a favorite picture of yourself to share and be prepared to tell the memory that goes along with it.

WOP Fall Conference News
We would like to do an early registration in June so we are able to secure a group section for seating. If you plan on attending, please sign up in the upper foyer. We can register after June, but the closer we are to the right count, the better our seating will be.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Mark your calendars for this 4 day event. It will be held Aug 4-7. The theme is Video Games and the title we have chosen is “POWER UP”. Donations of $5.00 / $10.00 / $25.00 gift cards to purchase gifts and supplies are being accepted at this time.

Young Adult Ministry
We are beginning a Young Adult Ministry geared to young single adults, ages post-high school to 30. Katie Jones will be heading this up. If you would like to be on the ground floor of this new ministry, please sign up at doverassembly.com/youngadults. We will have an informational meeting once we have sufficient interest.

BODY NEWS

Saturday Evening Spanish Service
In addition to the regular Sunday afternoon service, Pastor Luis has started a Saturday evening service, beginning at 6:30 pm. Continue to pray for Pastor Luis and this tremendous outreach.

Girls' Ministry Thank You!
Thank you to all who supported our Girls Ministries spaghetti dinner last week. With the dinner ($339.00) combined with the hotdog grab ‘n go ($276.00) and anonymous donations ($165.00), we have raised $780.00 towards our goal of $1000.

Dover Assembly Talents & Giftings
Has God given you a unique talent or ability? Do you play an instrument? Do you sing? Do you do interpretive dance? If the answer to any of these is yes, then Anna is looking for you! Be sure to see her and let her know of you abilities!

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.

You can learn more and give online at doverassembly.com/give.

Special Thanks!
To Jamie, Donna, Jeff Stough, and the entire team who prepared and served the delicious spaghetti dinner last week. It was a tremendous success.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
July 13 ~ Men’s Breakfast
July 19 ~ WOP Women’s Summer Refresher (note date change!)
Aug 4-7 ~ VBS
Aug 9 ~ WOP Women’s Summer Book Club Dinner
Aug 29, Sept 2-8 ~ Dover Fireman’s Fair
Sept 6-15 ~ York County Fair
Sept 7 ~ “Fearless” Youth Event
Sept 9 ~ Women’s Bible Study Begins
Sept 14 ~ Women’s One Day Event
Sept 22 ~ “Invite Your One” Day
Sept 25 ~ See You at the Pole
Oct 5 ~ Dover Parade
Oct 11 ~ Women’s Cupcake Decorating Night
Oct 18-19 ~ Men’s Conference @ CLA
Nov 8 ~ Joyce Meyer
Nov 15-16 ~ Women’s Conference

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.
~ Lois P.

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June 16, 2019 - Pastor Jeff Bender

Last week we started our study on the book of 2 Peter. We mentioned that this was Peter’s last writing before his death.

In his youth he was impetuous, brash and kind of careless, but as time went on and he matured, he became a great man of faith and knowledge.

Now he is writing this letter to a group of people who he counted as friends and fellow believers. We assume that they were young believers and that Peter though this letter was trying to impart to them the wisdom he acquired over the years.

He didn’t want them to make the same mistakes he did and he wanted them to mature. In the time he had left, he wanted to bless them so he writes this letter.

Last week we saw him encouraging the people to receive the grace and peace that was available to everyone, thru the study of God’s word.

And through God’s word, we can avoid the temptations and evil that surrounds us all the time.

Now we pick it up at . . .
It starts out: For this very reason...

What reason? That goes back to the previous verse.
Remember he is talking to newer Christians. He is telling them that through God’s word you have all you need for life and godliness.

And for that reason, you need to do the following:

Becoming a new believer doesn’t rule out our own human activity.

God calls us to become sanctified.

We have the power of God to help us, but it also involves human choices and behavior.
It is by faith alone that we are saved, but faith is the only the beginning.

God gives us all we need to live godly, but we have to do the work.

Spiritual growth is not automatic. It requires cooperation with God and the application of spiritual diligence and discipline.

We all know . . .
So now Peter calls for progressive Christian activity.
First he tells us that it isn’t automatic-it doesn’t happen overnight or through osmosis: Make every effort to add to your faith. That is on us.

Faith is the starting point, we have the relationship with Christ. Our sins have been forgiven. We are going to heaven, but now we have to grow and mature.

Warren Wiersbe says, “Where there is life, there must be growth. The new birth is not the end, it is the beginning.”

So we start with faith and add to that faith goodness. Goodness here means “moral excellence or virtue”.

Once we come to faith, we have to start building our moral life.

In Greek times when this was written, excellence meant fulfilling your purpose. Or mastery in a certain field of endeavor.

When the land produces a good crop, it is thought to be excellent because it did what it was designed to do.

A tool that works correctly is excellent because it did what it was designed to do.

A Christian’s purpose in life is to Glorify God by their lifestyles.

Goodness is an attribute of Christ.
Do our lives glorify God? Do they see, not just a good person, but a person who is like Christ?

If you notice how this sentence is written, these attributes are in succession.
You have faith, and then you add goodness to it, once you have goodness, you add knowledge.

There is an order in which we acquire these attributes. You can’t begin to grow in goodness if you don’t start with faith. And you can’t expand your knowledge without a foundation of goodness.

Knowledge means “full knowledge” or “knowledge that is growing”.

Practical knowledge or discernment. Discernment of what God would want in your life.

How do I handle money? How do I handle relationships? How do I get involved in church life? How do I handle all of these from a Christ-like perspective?

God does not want us to be “so heavenly minded that we’re no earthly good”. It refers to the ability to handle life successfully. And to handle life successfully as a Child of God.

This kind of knowledge does not come automatically. It comes from obedience to God’s word.

As a believer, we can’t separate the heart, mind character and knowledge. They are all intertwined.

I like the way the NLT writes this verse . . .
So now we are at self-control . . .
When Paul keeps referring to being a Christian to being an athlete, he says those things in reference to being able to control our lives to win the prize.
Anyone in any sport or training or pursuit of a goal knows that you have to control your life.

You control your desire to sit around and waste time. You control what you eat, when you eat, when you exercise, when you study.

You are in effect, controlling what your natural man wants to do, and doing what you know has to be done to achieve that goal.

If we have knowledge of what God has planned for us, we exercise self-control to get to that goal.
Going back to our original premise, Peter is using his last days to pass on as much knowledge, encouragement and warnings to his younger brothers and sisters in Christ.

Peter was acting as their spiritual father.

The folks Peter was writing to, weren’t too old to learn from him and we aren’t too old to learn from those who have experienced more than we have.

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