St Stephen's Presbyterian Church
22nd November 2020 - Maturing Disciples of Jesus (2 Corinthians 12:14-13:14)
Locations & Times
  • St Stephen's Presbyterian Church - Surrey Hills
    650 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127, Australia
    Sunday 10:15 AM
Hymn - When Peace, Like A River
Words by Horatio G. Spafford (1873), music by Philip P. Bliss (1876)
Public Domain.
Bible Reading - Galatians 5:16-26
16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.

18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions

21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Memory Text - Amos 5:14
Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.
1. Church Service Outdoors this Sunday 22 Nov 6pm
There will be an outdoor service in our church carpark this coming Sunday. If you are interested in joining us this Sunday, you may book your place online.
This is helping us prepare for meeting back in person indoors the following week.

It is out in the carpark, so bring your picnic rugs or camping chairs. Arrive early to be checked in. Book at

2. Church Service Indoors 29 Nov at 10:15am and 6pm
Our plan is to return to church with two services on the 29th Nov. The spots will be limited, so booking is required from our website.
For those who prefer to remain at home for the time being, we have not forgotten you and will be streaming the Sunday service live, so please join us online.

There will be another email that will be forthcoming after we get confirmation that the lifting of restrictions will happen by then.
Please stay tuned.

3. Soul Searching Series - 29 Nov to 13 Dec
We will be beginning a new series “Soul Searching” to invite all of you to engage with each other and with your family and friends about life's important questions. We know that what God teaches is timeless, and the truth of the gospel is always relevant and in fact speaks to our deepest longings.

29th Nov - Life, what’s the point?
6th Dec - Happiness, can we find it?
13th Dec - Hope, is it a lie?

You will be able to find resources on our website as well.

4. Women’s Event - Christmas Night In - 5 Dec 7:30pm
Join us as the women of St Stephen's gather to celebrate a Christmas Night In. We'll enjoy dessert together, hear encouragement from women our church, and hear from God's Word. It'll be a great opportunity to invite those you wish to hear about the good news of Jesus.

For recipes and the Zoom link, please RSVP to Margaret at

5. A Call for Helpers with Cleaning After Each Service
With plans to return to physical church, we are calling for volunteers to help with some simple cleaning after the morning and evening services. Many hands will make work light, so if you are able and willing, you will be placed on a roster to help serve our church family. Please inform Lina if you are willing to.

6. A Call For Helpers with Live Streaming
The tech team at our church have been doing an excellent job in keeping us all connected online. We can thank God for them. However, as we make plans to move back to physical gatherings, we are in need of extra helpers willing to be trained up to help with the sound desk, camera operation, managing the computer for streaming. No experience necessary, only a willing heart.

If this is you please be in touch with:
Steeve Quadros: email to help with computer tasks and streaming
Shaun Siriweera: email to help with sound desk and camera operations

7. Weekly activities:
a. Watch the Service together over Zoom, 10.05am for Morning Service, 5.50pm for Evening Service
b. Prayer Meeting every Sunday at 9am Zoom.
c. Morning Tea every Sunday at 11:30am Zoom
d. YOSHi every Friday at 7:30pm. Email Oli for details.
e. Q&A Live on Facebook at 7:15pm. Facebook page

You can email to for the Zoom link.

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

11. 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.

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

13. 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.

14. 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,

15. 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<>

16. 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 - Jesus Thank You
Pat Sczebel CCLI Song # 4475341
© 2003 Integrity's Hosanna! Music (Admin. by SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia)
Sovereign Grace Worship (Admin. by SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia)
Used by permission.
Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:14-13:14
14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

15 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less?

16 Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you. Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!

17 Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent you?

18 I urged Titus to go to you and I sent our brother with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not act in the same spirit and follow the same course?

19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening.

20 For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarrelling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.

21 I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.

Chapter 13
1 This will be my third visit to you. "Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses."

2 I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others,

3 since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.

4 For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you.

5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?

6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.

7 Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. Not that people will see that we have stood the test but that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed.

8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

9 We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is for your perfection.

10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority-- the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.

11 Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

13 All the saints send their greetings.

14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Sermon - Maturing Disciples of Jesus(2 Corinthians 12:14-13:14)
God’s Power and Human Weakness - 2 Corinthians
1. Maturing disciples of Jesus
2. The warning of discipline and judgement (13:1-4)
3. The need of self-test and examination (13:5-8)
4. The pursuit of maturity and unity (13:9-13)
Song - Undivided
Emu Music, © 2010 Rob Smith, CCLI Song No: 5881312

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