St Stephen's Presbyterian Church
18th October 2020 - Gratitude and Generosity (2 Corinthians 8:1-24)
Locations & Times
  • St Stephen's Presbyterian Church - Surrey Hills
    650 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127, Australia
    Sunday 10:15 AM, Sunday 6:00 PM
Hymn - To God Be The Glory!
© Public Domain - Frances J. Crosby, 1875
Bible Reading - Psalm 50
1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord ,speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.

2 From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.

3 Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages.

4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people:

5 "Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice."

6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah

7 "Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you: I am God, your God.

8 I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.

9 I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens,

10 for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.

11 I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.

12 If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.

13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?

14 Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,

15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."

16 But to the wicked, God says: "What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?

17 You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you.

18 When you see a thief, you join with him; you throw in your lot with adulterers.

19 You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit.

20 You speak continually against your brother and slander your own mother's son.

21 These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought I was altogether like you. But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face.

22 "Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue:

23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God."
Memory Text - Joel 2:13
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
1. Christianity Explored
What’s the best news you have ever head? Was it surprising? Did it change the way you think? Or was it something you wanted to be true but didn’t dare hope?

Christianity Explored is a relaxed and informed way of sharing the best news you can ever hear, and gives people space and time to think about the big questions of life. Over 7 sessions in Mark’s Gospel, we will find out more about the life and person at the heart of the Christian faith: Jesus Christ.

Each session will involve a short bible study, a short bible talk and a discussion based on the talk.
Please be prayerful considering who you could invite along, that they might hear the best news ever: the news about Jesus Christ.

When: Every Sunday from 25th Oct - 6th December
Where: Zoom
Contact: Oli for more info (, 0430 421 527)

2. Prayers to help you
Peter Adam was tremendously helpful at our church camp in helping us think about prayer and how we practice being in the presence of God. Peter Adam has kindly made available his personal prayers which you may find helpful in your own devotion. Please email for a copy.

3. Watch the Services Together Over Zoom
If you would like to watch our Sunday services together either from 10:05am or 5:50pm, join us on our Zoom link.

4. Weekly activities:
a. YOSHi every Friday at 7:30pm. Email Oli for details.
b. Prayer Meeting every Sunday at 9am Zoom.
c. Morning Tea every Sunday at 11:30am Zoom
d. Watch the Evening Service together at 5:50pm. Zoom
e. Q&A Live on Facebook at 7:15pm. Facebook page

You can email to for the Zoom link.

5. Resources
a. To stay up to date with current affairs in our state, nation and world, you can read of the Church and Nation Update.
b. Australian Presbyterian World Mission Prayer Update for prayer points.
You can email for a copy of the update
c. The National Journal of the Presbyterian Church of Australia is a site of helpful resources on current issues from a Christian perspective. You are also able to subscribe to their newsletter at

6. Carer’s Team
We would like you to remember that the church family is a family for you, and we want to ensure that everyone is well cared for in practical ways. If you are in need, please get in touch with Malini

7. Pray for Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes
In your prayers, do pray for the Age Care facilities around our State, and in particularly the Kirkbrae facility in Kilsyth, where there was an outbreak. It has been a distressing time for the residents, their families and the staff, and many have been evacuated. So please pray for the situation, that God may protect and comfort all those involved.

8. Invite a Friend to Church
While we are still meeting online, why don’t you consider taking every opportunity to invite your friends and family to join us for our Sunday service. There never has been an easier time. Just send them the link to our website, and church comes to them in the most unintimidating way, right into their lounge room.

9. Connect with us
If you are new and would like to find out more about Jesus, please get in touch with our pastor

10. Offering
It is important that we continue to be generous with all that God has given us. This time calls for generosity with our neighbours, those in need, and we want to continue to be generous towards the work of the gospel. If you are not already giving electronically, you can find the details below.

11. Meeting in triplets
would like to encourage you to meet in triplets to pray and share in fellowship. Many of you were a part of a triplet from Church Camp. If you are not in one but would like to, please let Michelle know,

12. Join a Growth Group
It is important that we take every opportunity to stay in fellowship and be nurtured by the Word of God, and spend time in prayer. Please stay connected. If you are not in a group, but would like to, please contact Grace

13. Love your neighbours
Let this difficult season in Australian life be the season where we as Christians shine for the glory of God. Let us all be conscious of how our love for our community can reflect the love of Jesus for us. You may like to consider being in touch with your neighbours and offering help and service.
Song - Magnificent Marvelous Matchless Love
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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-24
1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.

2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.

3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,

4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.

5 And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will.

6 So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.

7 But just as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us --see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

10 And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.

11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.

12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.

14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality,

15 as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little."

16 I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.

17 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative.

18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel.

19 What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.

20 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.

21For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.

22 In addition, we are sending with them our brother who has often proved to us in many ways that he is zealous, and now even more so because of his great confidence in you.

23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ.

24 Therefore show these men the proof of your love and the reason for our pride in you, so that the churches can see it.
Sermon - Gratitude and Generosity (2 Corinthians 8:1-24)
God’s Power and Human Weakness - 2 Corinthians
2. The example of generosity (8:1-4)
3. The extent of generosity (8:5-7)
4. The grounds of generosity (8:8-9)
5. The practice of generosity (8:10-24)
Song - My Worth Is Not In What I Own
"My Worth Is Not In What I Own (feat. Fernando Ortega)"
Album: Facing A Task Unfinished CCLI Song # 7024758
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