Dover Assembly of God
6.30.2019 | 2 Peter - Week 4
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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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This Week's Bulletin
June 30, 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.


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
3:00 pm ~ Worship Practice

7:00 pm ~ Deacon Board Meeting

6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT


6:30 pm ~ Saturday Night Spanish Service


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. Join us as Dee D’Agostino shares with us. 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.

Men's Breakfast
The guys will be dining at Dover Valley Restaurant on Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 am. It is a great time of fellowship. It is also a great time to invite a guy friend to join us! Sign up in the lower foyer.

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. You can register online at

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 We will have an informational meeting once we have sufficient interest.


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.

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 and put a link on our website and phone app that will permit online giving.

You can learn more and give online at

Many Kudos & Thanks!
To the entire team of people who helped to disassemble, remove, and load the dumpster with the old pews. Thanks also to the team that helped to clean up, unload and set the new chairs in place. It was a lot of hard work and we could not have accomplished it without you! We are grateful for your help!

And special thanks to Todd & Bobbie Jo Blanchard for removing and cleaning up around the old shed in the back of the church. Thank you so much!

July 11 ~ Taylor (Bender) Jati
July 14 ~ Mikhail Kholod
July 16 ~ Betty Ness
July 18 ~ Keith Housseal
July 20 ~ Juliet Johnson
July 23 ~ Kevin Nunez
July 24 ~ Lynette Miller
July 26 ~ Mary Fitting
July 28 ~ Tiffani Reed
July 5 ~ Gil & Marian Tunney
July 14 ~ Mikhail & Olga Kholod

July 13 ~ Men’s Breakfast
July 19 ~ WOP Women’s Summer Refresher
Aug 4-7 ~ VBS
Aug 9 ~ WOP Women’s 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 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

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!
~ Helen S.
~ Beulah S.
Prayer Needs
~ Robin H.
~ Rose K.
~ Lois P.
~ Marian T.

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Week 4 - June 30, 2019 - Pastor Jeff Bender

Last week we left off at the end of the Christian virtues or qualities that every Christian should strive to attain.
And Peter capped it off with this verse . . .
We talked about making sure that we grow and mature in our faith, because if we don’t we have the danger of falling away from our faith.

But we didn’t get to look at the last part of that verse . . .
Rich welcome literally means the welcome that Olympic athletes receive when they arrive home the winners. Think of the parades and parties that happen when a team wins the Super Bowl.

What happens to the losing team? NOTHING! They arrive home, but no fanfare.

We may think now, “that’s no big deal, as long as I get there, I don’t care about the welcome.”

2 things about that:
1) Remember the previous verse reads that we better be sure we are saved and not fallen away.

2) It will be an embarrassing time if we just make it by the skin of our teeth.
Peter is going to keep reminding them of something they already know to make sure it gets ingrained in their brain so they never forget it.

Why does Peter do it? Why do we do it? Why can we listen to the same sermons over and over again?
Because we all need reminders. Our memory fades over time and we need to be reminded! Maybe something we say or hear clicks that didn’t click before.
Another thing about this verse: He knows his time is limited. It doesn’t say how long he has, but he knows it’s coming.
And he wants to be as useful as he can and impart as much wisdom and knowledge that he can.

What good is it if we die without passing on as much as we can to the next generation?

We have the word of God and salvation. Do we want to keep that to ourselves until we die? Or do we want to give it to as many people that we can?

And we want what we say to them and give to them last long after we’re gone.

Thinking about salvation and praying for friends and family, our prayer is that they remember what we say after we’re gone.
Hopefully all that we are able to tell people while we’re alive has an effect while we are still here.

But in the event that it doesn’t, we want those left behind to remember what we said.

God’s word doesn’t return void.
The people we pray for and have heard God’s word, still have it in their spirit. And God will bring it back to their minds even after we’re gone.

So Peter continues with what he wants them to know . . .
Remember, Peter was one of the 3 that saw the transfiguration of Christ on the mountain.

He was an eyewitness to His majesty. He personally witnessed the miracles and even the resurrection.

His was not a hand me down story. He experienced it.
When we share our testimony, we are sharing what we have experienced for ourselves. What God did that was miraculous in your life?

Did he heal you? Did he save you from death? Did he transform your life from drug addiction and sin? Did he simply transform you from the inside out?

What experience did you have that you are confident was because of the power of God?

And while Peter is extolling the greatness of His experiences, he wants to make sure that we don’t use experience alone as the final arbiter.
What’s he saying? God’s word is more important than your experience. Experiences fade, the same experience may mean different things to different people, it is subjective.

God’s word is objective. If your experience lines up with God’s word, it helps you in your confidence of the truth.

But if your experience does NOT line up, then you need to let God’s word shine a light on the truth about your experience.

The WORD always trumps experience.

He also is saying that we trust God’s word up until the day when Christ does return.

We may not fully understand everything because we live in a dark world, but Christ IS coming back to make it known.
Peter then doubles down on the power and reliability of the word.
Above all means “Knowing this first”. Before we study any further or assume anything, or analyze our experience, we need to know that above all of those, God’s word is first.
And it is first because it wasn’t written by the whim or feeling of the writers. They only wrote down what the Holy Spirit instructed them to write.

And since it wasn’t their own thoughts or feelings, and since God was the ultimate author, God’s word is to be the ultimate authority on anything and everything.

The phrase “moved the prophets”, means “carried along like a ship directed by the wind”.

A ship will be blown by the wind, but each ship may travel a bit differently depending on size, sails, rudders, etc. They will all be blown and will probably end up the same place, but how they get there may be different.

And it also was NOT dictation, it was God using the Holy Spirit and the prophet’s personality to say what he wanted them to say.
Remember last week we mentioned that God doesn’t erase who you are. He grows you and makes you into what He knows you can be.

We don’t make our kids a certain way, all we can do is help them to be the best THEY can be. Train up a child in the way THEY should go. Their bents and abilities. Not ours.

All that to say this: God uses the prophets personalities and idiosyncrasies to get across what he wants to get across.

Mark was relational, more timid, probably an introvert.

Paul was confrontational. He had to be that way in order to make sure the churches ran correctly and to confront sin when needed.

Luke was a DR, so he more pragmatic and logical.

John was a people person.
The whole point of Peter’s 1st chapter is wake up-REMEMBER!

A sleeping Christian or a sleeping church is ripe for the enemy to infiltrate.
If we as believers or as a church aren’t fully alert and growing and maturing-apply each of those virtues or characteristics to our lives, using God’s word as the tool, we will be easy prey for those who wish to do us harm.

We will not know truth from error. Sin from doing right.

Peter is using his last chance to help this church.

We should use the chances we have left to do the same.

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