St Stephen's Presbyterian Church
10th January 2021(Evening) - The Investment You Should Make (Matthew 25:14-30)
Locations & Times
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  • St Stephen's Presbyterian Church - Surrey Hills
    650 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127, Australia
    Sunday 6:00 PM
Song - All Creatures of Our God and King
Bible Reading - 2 Peter 1:3-11
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3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;

6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;

7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,

11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Memory Text - Micah 6:8
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Announcements
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1. Our upcoming preaching series: The Investment You Should Always Make
We’re currently in the midst of our 6-week series: Stories with Purpose. This Sunday we will consider The Investment You Should Always Make. You may wish to pre-read the passage, Matthew 25: 14-30.

A friendly reminder to register for the services, to come early for check in and to wear your masks at church. Registration on our church website.

For volunteers: If you are involved in the service, you will not need to book, as spots will have been reserved for you.

2. Come along to the Engage Conference on the Saturday 23rd Jan 2021
This year’s Engage Conference will be streamed online. We’ll together watch two live-streamed sessions at church on the book of Deuteronomy by Gary Millar, Principal of the Queensland Theological College. The cost is free. We’ll also have dinner together, which will be $12. If you’d like to come along, please let Kath Moody (katherinebmoody@gmail.com) or Melly Tan (tanmelly@gmail.com) know.
About Engage Conference: Each year, a training conference in Victoria is held with the purpose of equipping Christians to engage, handle and teach God’s Word.
Date: Sat 23rd Jan 2021, 3:30pm at church.
Website for more info: http://engageleadersconference.com

3. Join a Growth Group if you’re not part of one
Growth Groups are a great way to renew our minds in Christ, as we study scripture together in fellowship. If you’d like to be part of a Growth Group, please let Grace Wong (ms.gwong@gmail.com).
Growth Groups align with the school term, and thus will start in the new term.

4. Read the Bible in one year
A new year provides a fresh opportunity to establish new habits and goals. If you’d like to aim to read the entire Bible (or just the New Testament) in 2021, may I commend the 5-day Bible reading program to you. The great benefit of this plan is that it covers the text of the Bible in the order that the events happened (with the exception of Job). For example, the Psalms come at appropriate moments in the life of David, and the books of Kings and Chronicles are read in harmony. Further, the New Testament readings space the Gospels out throughout the year to keep the reader constantly coming back to the life and teachings of Jesus. A free schedule of the plan can be found http://fivedaybiblereading.com

5. 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 carers@shp.org.au

6. Connect with us
If you are new and would like to find out more about Jesus, please get in touch with our pastor minister@shp.org.au.

7. 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.

8. Meeting 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, michelle.gerungan@shp.org.au.
Hymn 218 - When I survey the wondrous cross
Bible Reading: Matthew 25:14-30
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14 "Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.

15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.

17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.

18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.

19 "After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.

20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.'

21 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

22 "The man with the two talents also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.'

23 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

24 "Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.

25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.'

26 "His master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?

27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 " 'Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.

29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.

30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
Sermon - The Investment You Should Always Make (Matthew 25:14-30)
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We should always be using the skills and talents that God's given us, for the building of his kingdom.
Song - Behold The Power Of His Word
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