15th May 2022 (Morning Service) - What Kind Of People Does God Use? (Genesis 38:1-30) :: YouVersion Event
St Stephen's Presbyterian Church
15th May 2022 (Morning Service) - What Kind Of People Does God Use? (Genesis 38:1-30)
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  • St Stephen's Presbyterian Church - Surrey Hills
    650 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127, Australia
    Sunday 10:15 AM
Hymn 222 - Yours Is The Glory! Risen, Conquering Son
Bible Reading - Matthew 1:1-16
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1. A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:

2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,

3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,

4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,

5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,

6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife,

7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,

8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,

9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,

10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,

11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.

12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,

13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,

14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Eliud,

15 Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,

16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
Memory Text - Ephesians 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Announcements
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1. Prayer With An Elder After Our Services
After each of our services, you are welcome to seek prayer with an elder who will be waiting towards the front of church. One of the privileges we have as Christians is that we can bring to God our cares and concerns, and trust that He will answer our prayers.

2. Men’s Convention
Date: 20th-21st May 2022
The annual Men’s Convention at Belgrave Heights is one for men to be encouraged by God’s word and other men. The theme this year is ’Standing Firm’ as men of God. The speakers this year will be Mike Baird (former Premier of NSW), Andrew Grills and Ben Pfahlert.
Where: Belgrave Heights Convention Centre
Register: https://www.bhc.org.au/mens

3. Engage Leaders Conference
The Engage Leaders Conference is for anyone wishing to further be equipped to faithfully engage, handle and teach God’s Word. It is for everyone, but those involved as the kids church teachers, youth leaders, Growth Group leaders, and mentors are strongly encouraged to attend. The heart of Engage is the strand groups, which you progress through each year you return. They are:
Strand 1 - Exegesis (NT)
Strand 2 - Biblical Theology (OT)
Strand 3 - Systematic Theology
Strand 4 - Christian Ethics
Strand 5 - Teaching a whole book of the Bible.
Date: 10-13th Jun 2022
Where: Belgrave Heights Convention Centre
Speaker: David Cook will speak on the book of Judges
Website: www.engageleadersconference.com
Registration: See Linktree

4. Holiday Club
Giraffes and elephants, lions and tigers, walruses and eagles. Noah’s Ark is all about the animals – two of every kind… or is it? While the animals and the ark might be the part of the story we’re familiar with, there’s more to it than that.
Join us in the Term 2 school holidays for the annual St Stephen's Presbyterian Holiday Club. Over 3 days, your children will discover that God is a God who graciously provides salvation and rescue. Featuring games, craft, activities, songs and Bible stories.
Date: 28-30th June
Register: www.trybooking.com/events/landing/900253 or see Linktree
More Info: Barb Hinkins or Oli Blythe

5. Join A Growth Group
One of the ways in which we grow in our love and knowledge of Jesus, and have opportunities to give ourselves to loving service of each other is to be part of a growth group. Our growth groups are weekly Bible studies in fellowship with one another. We have growth groups each night of the week (except Sundays), and we would love for you to join one if you are not yet in one. You may do so from the Linktree link ‘Join a Growth Group’.

6. Prayer Meeting Starting Sun 9am
Join us for our weekly prayer meeting each Sunday at 9am either in person in the church hall or online over Zoom. It is a wonderful way for the church family to bring together to the Lord our prayers of praise and thanksgiving, along with the needs of the church and the world. You can find the Zoom link from the LinkTree below.

7. Yoshi - Friday 7.30pm (During school term)
The Youth Group is at church on Fridays from 7:30-9:30pm. If you are in high school or know of anyone in high school, then this is for you. In a world that exposes our youth to all sorts of ideas, we want to make sure that all of us will be living in this world with a rigorous and firm faith in Jesus Christ.
This term the youth will be studying about Joseph in the book of Genesis, and so provides a wonderful opportunity for parents to discuss with your youth what we are learning together as a church. Parents, if you are not in a growth group, why not join the Friday one which is at the same time at church.
Please keep our youth leaders in your prayers. They serve our youth so joyfully and faithfully.
If you would like further information, please speak to Oli.

8. LinkTree
This is a site for you to bookmark, it will contain all the links to our current and upcoming events, as our weekly prayer meetings, and online services. https://linktr.ee/surreyhillspc

9. Weekly activities
a. Mainly Music - Thurs 9:30am & 10.30am - contact Dawn Millsteed
b. YOSHi - Fri 7:30pm - contact Oli Blythe
c. Kids Church - Sunday 10:15am - contact Ian Jones
d. Prayer Meeting - Sun 9am or via Zoom Link is in the Linktree.
e. Growth Groups - various times - register to our church website.

10. Connect With Us
New here? We would love to get to know you and be able to welcome you further. To help us out, we encourage you to fill out our connections form (tinyurl.com/shpvisitor) and we’ll be in touch soon.

11. 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.
Song - 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
Song - My Hope Is Built (The Solid Rock)
Bible Reading: Genesis 38:1-31
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1 At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah.

2 There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and lay with her;

3 she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er.

4 She conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan.

5 She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to him.

6 Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.

7 But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the Lord 's sight; so the Lord put him to death.

8 Then Judah said to Onan, "Lie with your brother's wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother."

9 But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother.

10 What he did was wicked in the Lord 's sight; so he put him to death also.

11 Judah then said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, "Live as a widow in your father's house until my son Shelah grows up." For he thought, "He may die too, just like his brothers." So Tamar went to live in her father's house.

12 After a long time Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah, to the men who were shearing his sheep, and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him.

13 When Tamar was told, "Your father-inlaw is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,"

14 she took off her widow's clothes, covered herself with a veil to disguise herself, and then sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife.

15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.

16 Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, "Come now, let me sleep with you." "And what will you give me to sleep with you?" she asked.

17 "I'll send you a young goat from my flock," he said. "Will you give me something as a pledge until you send it?" she asked.

18 He said, "What pledge should I give you?" "Your seal and its cord, and the staff in your hand," she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him.

19 After she left, she took off her veil and put on her widow's clothes again.

20 Meanwhile Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite in order to get his pledge back from the woman, but he did not find her.

21 He asked the men who lived there, "Where is the shrine prostitute who was beside the road at Enaim?" "There hasn't been any shrine prostitute here," they said.

22 So he went back to Judah and said, "I didn't find her. Besides, the men who lived there said, 'There hasn't been any shrine prostitute here.' "

23 Then Judah said, "Let her keep what she has, or we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn't find her."

24 About three months later Judah was told, "Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant." Judah said, "Bring her out and have her burned to death!"

25 As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. "I am pregnant by the man who owns these," she said. And she added, "See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are."

26 Judah recognized them and said, "She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn't give her to my son Shelah." And he did not sleep with her again.

27 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.

28 As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, "This one came out first."

29 But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, "So this is how you have broken out!" And he was named Perez.

30 Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out and he was given the name Zerah.
Sermon - What Kind Of People Does God Use? (Genesis 38:1-30)
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Joseph - Our Dreams and God’s Plan
2. A Messy and Messed-Up Person (v1-24)
Strike 1: Abandons God’s P2romises (v1)
Strike 2: Marries a Canaanite (v2)
Strike 3: Wicked Sons (v6-10)
Strike 4: Broken Promise (v11, 14)
Strike 5: Sexually Sinful (v11-23)
Strike 6: Fails to Pay His Debts (v23)
Strike 7: Merciless Hypocrite (v24)
3. A Glimpse of Something better (v25-30)
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