St Stephen's Presbyterian Church
21st February 2021 (Evening) - Facing the Fire (Daniel 3)
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  • St Stephen's Presbyterian Church - Surrey Hills
    650 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127, Australia
    Sunday 6:00 PM
Hymn 25 - Great Is Your faithfulness
Bible Reading - James 1:2-18
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2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;

8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.

10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.

11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.

12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;

14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
Memory Text - Nahum 1:7

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
Announcements
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1. Sunday Services is back in person
Join us in person at either of morning or evening service this Sunday. Do remember to book for the service you will attend, and masks will be required indoors.

2. Baptism of Levi Blythe this Sun AM Service
Come and celebrate with us the baptism of Levi this Sunday, where we witness a sign of what God has done in Christ for our salvation, and we as a church receive him into our care to be nurtured and raised in the instruction of the Lord.

3. 'Discover Daniel Evening with Q&A' with Rev Dr Greg Goswell - Monday 1st Mar 7:30pm
The evening with Rev Dr Greg Goswell will be on Monday 1st March. No booking is required, however there will be limited seating in the church building, but the overflow room in the hall will be available. The evening will also be recorded and made available afterwards.
Location: Church building
Time: 7:30pm - 9pm

4. Connect with the Christian Union at Uni
If you or anyone you know is heading to Uni this year, let me encourage you to connect to the Christian Union on your campus. It was a formative time in my own Christian walk, and for many in our church. You can connect at cu.org.au.

5. Life Explored - Starting Sunday 21st Feb
Are you wrestling with questions about the meaning of life? Are you trying to figure out what life is all about, and how to make your life worthwhile? Or do you have friends who are trying to understand the purpose of life? If so, then we have a course for you: ‘Life Explored’ - a 7 week course designed to help people think through the meaning of life. It’s particularly aimed at those who are not yet Christians, and seeks to share the hope and meaning that we have as people known and loved by God. Please prayerfully consider who you could invite along.
We’ll meet at church on Sunday afternoons, from 3.30-5pm, every week from the 21st Feb - 4th Apr.

For more info, see the trailer: Life Explored Teaser - YouTube
And the website: https://www.ceministries.org/
Please RSVP to Oli (0430 421 527)

6. Session Seeking Input Into Changing Evening Service Time
Several members of our church have expressed to the Session the possibility of changing the evening service time to 5pm. The Session thought there is some merit, however we are keen to hear of your input, especially relating to how it might serve our mission at church of making and maturing disciples of Jesus together.
Please provide your feedback through a survey by 21st Feb.

7. Membership and Baptism Classes
Those of you who became a Christian in recent times but have yet been baptised, these classes are for you to consider deeply your newfound faith and to make that public profession of your trust in Jesus. These classes are also for those of you who have been part of our church family for sometime, and consider this to be your own church family where you are nourished spiritually and where you seek to serve. Consider joining the church as a member.

Classes will be on this Sundays 3:30-5:30pm (21 Feb, 28 Feb and 7 Mar)
Please see Michelle Gerungan if you are interested.

8. Women’s Event - Picnic Brunch - Sat 6th Mar
Come and join the women of St Stephen’s for a Picnic Brunch.
Location: Ruffey Lake Park
Date and time: Sat 6th March 10am-12pm
Contact Michelle for more info

9. Eat and Share Sunday - Sun 14th Mar
We are organising an ‘Eat and Share Sunday’ again and would love to see everyone sharing fellowship over lunch after the morning service. If you would like to be a host, please contact Mak Wee.

10. Mainly Music - Thurs 10:30am
Mainly Music has started up again for 2021 on Thursday Mornings at 10.30am. Mainly Music is a fun filled interactive learning time for parents with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. It involves 30 minutes of music activities followed by snack/play and chat time. It is an outreach to our community and we would love some families from our church to join in supporting the families from our community. If you would like to bring your children or if you think you could help in this ministry regularly or on a roster basis contact Dawn on 0407 046 491

11. Prayer Meeting - Each Sunday 9am
The weekly prayer meeting is on each Sunday at 9am. Join us to unite our prayers before our Father in heaven and committing to Him the affairs of our lives, our church and our world.
This Sunday it will be over Zoom.

12. 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.

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.
Bible Reading: Daniel 3
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1 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, ninety feet high and nine feet wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.

2 He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up.

3 So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.

4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed, "This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language:

5 As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.

6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace."

7 Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

8 At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews.

9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live forever!

10 You have issued a decree, O king, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold,

11 and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace.

12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon-Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego-who pay no attention to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up."

13 Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king,

14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?

15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?"

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.

17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your and, O king.

18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual

20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace.

21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace.

22 The king's command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego,

23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, "Weren't there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?" They replied, "Certainly, O king."

25 He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!" So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire,

27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

29 Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way."

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
Sermon - Facing the Fire (Daniel 2)
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Daniel - The True And Everlasting Kingdom


2. The pressure to bow (3:1-7)
3. The conviction to stand (3:8-23)
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