Dover Assembly of God
9.8.2019 | Operation Andrew
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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
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This Week's Bulletin
September 8, 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

6:30 pm ~ Women’s Bible Study
7:00 pm ~ Deacon Board Meeting

6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT

8:00 am ~ Men’s Breakfast-Lyndon’s Diner
6:30 pm ~ Saturday Night Spanish Service


Invite Your One Is Here!
We have announced this event over the past few last weeks. Your deacon board and several others have already been in prayer for this for a few weeks now. We have designated Sunday, September 22 as the day where we invite one (at least) person to church.

Grab an invitation card from the church & feel free to use this when you invite someone.

Wednesday Night Kids' Ministry Change
Beginning this Wednesday, our Children’s Ministry will transition from our current Royal Rangers and Girl’s Ministry to become part of our Sunday R.O.C.K. Kid’s ministry. Dustin & Jamie Wible will lead the Wednesday night team of volunteers to reach and teach kids the Word of God. All children ages Kindergarten through 6th grade will meet in the fellowship room downstairs.

Worship Night
Join us on Friday, Sept 27 at 6:00 pm for a night of worship.

All-Church After Church Picnic
We have started to plan an all-church picnic. It will be held immediately following our morning service on Sunday, Sept 29. If you want to help organize this, please see Michelle or sign up in the lower foyer.

Fifth Sunday Family Church
Beginning on Sunday, Sept. 29, we are introducing our 5th Sunday Family Church. We desire our children and youth to be a part of our “adult” morning worship service. Instead of meeting in Children’s Church downstairs, our R.O.C.K. kids will join us for the entire service. In the months where there is a 5th Sunday, the R.O.C.K. children will join us in “Big Church”. The upcoming dates are: Sept 29, Dec 29, March 29, May 31, Aug 30, Nov 29

See You At The Pole
The annual student gathering at their local school’s flagpole for prayer is Wednesday, Sept 25. Each school district has differing times, so be sure to check with your school. We want to blanket every school with prayer and protection for the upcoming year. Even if you do not have students in school, your prayers will be appreciated. Be a part of this outreach! This year’s theme is “IF” based on the scripture:

2 Chron 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. NIV

Men's Breakfast
The guys will be going to breakfast at Lyndon Diner on route 30 Saturday, Sept 14. Be sure to join us at 8:00 for a great time of food and fellowship. Plus it’s a great opportunity to bring a friend! Sign up in the lower foyer.

Men's Conference - Oct 18-19
The annual men’s conference is fast approaching. The deadline for sign-ups is Sept 27. Cost is $55 per person with discounts for Seniors and Teens. Please sign up in the lower foyer if you are able to join us.


Water Baptism
If you have been a Christian for a while and have not followed the Lord in Water Baptism and would like to do so, please stop by the Information Desk for a form. The date for the water baptism is Sunday, Oct 6.

Church Membership
If you have been attending Dover Assembly for at least 6 months and would like to become a voting member, please stop by the Information Desk for a form. We will have our new members class on Saturday Oct. 5.

Special Thanks...
To June Tolbert for weeding and cleaning up our landscaping around the church. Thanks June!

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~ Beulah S.
Prayer Needs
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~ Rose K.
~ Gladys J.
~ Marian T.

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September 8, 2019 - Pastor Jeff Bender

As we approach our Invite Your One day, I wanted to show the importance of what we are trying to do.

By bringing people to introduce them to Christ and Christianity, not only are we fulfilling the Great Commission, and fulfilling the first part of our church’s vision of “Connecting (People) to God, we may also be bringing someone that may have a great impact on the gospel.

The title of today's sermon is actually a ministry of the Billy Graham Crusade. If you were a counselor at one of his crusades, you had to attend several classes and those classes were entitled “Operation Andrew”.

It’s based on John chapter 1 and that’s what we’ll look at today.

Let’s look at what is going on up to this point. John basically starts out with John the Baptist’s ministry.
He starts out preaching about the coming Messiah and gathers a following of his own. He keeps telling them that he is not the Messiah, but just a “voice in the wilderness, saying clear the way for the Messiah”.

Those are John’s words, as he quoted them from Isaiah.

As he out doing his thing, along comes Jesus.
So Jesus is introduced to the world at that point and begins His public ministry.

So what happens at first?
Jesus’ first 2 disciples come to Him because of John’s ministry. John clearly told them I’m not the guy, but if you stay with me, I’ll take you to him.

Here we have the first example of someone following Christ because of the life and ministry of another person. Because John the Baptist was faithful to do what was asked of him, we have 2 men who would be very influential in the world of Christianity.

Who were these first 2 disciples? John (it doesn’t mention his name, but some commentators believe it was the author of this book) and Andrew.

John’s gospel is arguably the most referenced book in the bible when talking to people about Christ. John 3:16, when people first come to know Jesus, we encourage them to start by reading John’s gospel.

All because John the Baptist brought John the apostle to Jesus.
Then we have Andrew. We don’t hear a lot about Andrew and the only times we hear about him is when he is bringing people to Jesus.

We may never have notoriety or any big ministry or any other claim to fame. But what we do in bringing people to Jesus could have a monumental effect on Christianity.

Who knows the name of the person who led Billy Graham to Jesus? Or DL Moody or Spurgeon?

But the world would be less if not for those men...because somebody brought them to Jesus.
Not only did he bring Peter to Jesus, and we know the impact Peter would later have, he also brought others . . .
Before we get into the miracle part, look at this. Andrew met Jesus first and was the one responsible for bringing Peter to Jesus and yet Peter still gets top billing.

You don’t know Andrew-well he’s Peter’s brother and we all know Peter. If it weren’t for Andrew, Peter wouldn’t even be there, but it never tells us that it bothered him.

Because Andrew wasn’t in it for recognition, he was in it to bring people to Jesus and whatever happened after that, was God’s job.

By Andrew bringing someone else to Jesus, Jesus was able to do a miracle.

Think of it this way, If we have experienced a miracle, we were probably in a service where someone prayed for you, or you had the miracle happen at home or in a hospital, but the point is, the person praying for you or the people praying for you were at one time introduced to Christ.

Someone at some point had to “bring them to Jesus”. If someone, somewhere did NOT bring them to Jesus, they would not be able to be praying for you.

Who else did Andrew bring?
Who is Philip? Philip was another person who we don’t hear about often but he was like Andrew. He was a bringer.
Even though Philip encountered some resistance from someone he was trying to bring, he didn’t give up. People may be hesitant to come with you to church on that day or any day, but our response can be the same as Philip's!

Come and see. He didn’t try to persuade him or argue with him. He simply put the offer in his court. Come and see for yourself if what I am saying is true..

Philip wasn’t about to save anyone and knew that the ultimate change would come from Jesus. His job was simply to bring him.
When we planned this day, the ultimate goal was to help us understand what our mission as believers is. It is to bring people to Jesus.

Our job isn’t to save anyone, or to convince anyone or even argue with anyone. Our job is to bring them to Jesus and let Jesus do what he’s going to do.

Asking someone to come with you is probably the least confrontational way to being people to Jesus.
I understand the nerves and worry that come during those times, but those are things that we need to ask God to help us overcome.

When we allow the worry and nerves to get the better of us I have to ask why. Because I believe we all had points in our lives that those things didn’t get the better of us--Times when you couldn’t shut us up, even to the point of being embarrassing or even foolish.
When John writes to the church in Ephesus in Revelation . . .
I believe our first love was the not the ability to endure and persevere, that comes with time, but the excitement and desire to be back at the point where we can’t shut up about it.

There’s an old Keith Green song-“Create in Me a Clean Heart”.

Look at Psalm 51 David’s repentance psalm after Nathan the prophet busts him.

One line says it all: “Restore unto me the joy of my salvation”
Where are you at on this Christian road? Do we need to be re-energized? Do we like David, need to have our joy of salvation restored?

Because I believe that is we need to be able to be the ones who bring others to Jesus . . .

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