2Being a Mother Not a walk in the park… Proverbs 31:28, “Her children arise and call her blessed…”Proverbs 31:30, “a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”A Grandmother, a Mother, and a Boy
3A Mother’s Influence Lead Them to the Savior Instill a Respect for ScriptureShow Them a Faith That Is RealInstill a Desire to Minister
4I. Lead Them to the Savior and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus2 Timothy 3:15 (NASB)
5I. Lead Them to the Savior Introduce them to JesusEunice led Timothy to know the Lord Jesus ChristShe taught him about Jesus, and expected that he would accept Christ as Savior"leads" speaks of anticipationWhen a mother anticipates, prays and leads toward Christ, she has every right to expect the cooperation of God in bringing her child to the LordSounds simple; but it is not easy...or cheap
6Introduce them to Jesus Susannah Wesley, mother of 19Six rules for teaching children the priority of the SaviorSubdue self-will in a child and thus work together with God to save his soulTeach the child to pray as soon as he can speakGive the child nothing he cries for and only what is good for him if he asks for it politelyTo prevent lying, punish no fault, which is freely confessed, but never allow a rebellious, sinful act to go unnoticedCommend and reward good behaviorStrictly observe all promises you have made to your child
7Introduce them to Jesus Susannah WesleyThese rules are exactly the way the Lord treats us!Children should learn the love of the Father in heaven first by seeing it in their mother
8II. Instill a Respect for Scripture 2 Timothy 3:14-15 2 Timothy 3:12 - Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecutedv. 14 “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it”Timothy could do this because he saw it modeled in his mother, in his grandmother, and in Paul himself
9Teach them when youngand that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus2 Timothy 3:15 (NASB
10Teach them when young “childhood” = infancy, a newborn baby Eunice and Lois taught the Holy Scriptures to Timothy from the very beginning!They read to himThey talked about Samson and Samuel, David and Ruth, Abraham and Noah
11Deuteronomy 6:4-7“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
12Teach them when young!It is never too early to start teaching the Bible to your childrenAnd, it’s never too late to start if you haven’t already
13Bible Translations Four scholars King James Version - beauty and eloquent old EnglishNew American Standard Version - literalism and accuracyNew Living Translation - contemporary English captures the meaning of difficult ideas“I have personally preferred my mother’s translation”“Yes, she translated the Scriptures. My mom translated each page of the Bible into life. It is the most convincing translation I have ever read.”
14Bible TranslationsWhat kind of Bible is your child reading when he or she observes your life?They will learn what you live!
15III. Show Them a Faith That Is Real Modeling Faith2 Timothy 1:5“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”Faith is not hereditary, it is learned!
16III. Show Them a Faith That Is Real 2 Timothy 1:5 “sincere” faith = “unhypocritical” faithFaith that is real, without any pretenseThey were serious about their faith - and Timothy knew itNo one knows better than a child whether a parent’s faith is genuine
17Lois to Eunice to Timothy No grandfather or father in this equation!A father is important!But a mother can make a significant spiritual impact on her children with or without the help of a fatherIf you want to instill sincere faith in your children, then you better take your own faith seriouslySend a strong message to your childrenReading the BiblePrayingWorshipingServing the Lord
18“What Convinced You?”Pastor - long conversation about becoming a believerWhen he was done the young man said he was ready to accept ChristThe pastor, “What did I say that convinced you to join the church?”“It was nothing I ever heard you say. It was the way my mother lived.”
19IV. Instill a Desire to Minister 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Acts 16:1-3 “He came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was a Jewess and a believer, but whose father was a Greek. The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. Paul wanted to take him along on the journey…”
20Three qualities passed down He was a discipleHe had a good reputationHe was available
21He was a discipleLuke could have referred to Timothy as a believer or a Christian, but he chose to call him a discipleA disciple is a learner and a followerA disciple was one who was serious about Christ, not just one who was going through the motionsTimothy’s mother modeled this lifestyle of a learner
22He had a good reputation The believers in Lystra spoke well of himTimothy was a man of integrity and as a man of the WordTimothy’s mother and grandmother had a lot to do with this
23He was available Paul wanted to take him along on the journey Timothy was eager to ministerLeaving home meant facing hardshipPhilippians 2:20 “I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare”This kind of commitment has to be encouraged at home!
24He was available A Mother’s Job To lead them to the SaviorTo instill a respect for the BibleTo show them an authentic faithThe most important job - instilling within your children a desire to ministerChildren are to learn and grow in their faith so that they can become disciple-makers!Share their faith with othersHelp others grow in the LordServe those who are hurtingReach the world!
25The Truth We are saved in order to serve We are discipled so that we can disciple othersWe are equipped so that we can equip others and evangelize the worldWe are sanctified so that we can be sent to a lost and dying worldWe are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others!
26The Testimony of Many G. Campbell Morgan - four sons All became preachersAt a family reunion a friend asked one of the sons, "Which Morgan is the greatest preacher?"With his eyes beaming with delight, the son looked over to his father and said, "Why, it’s Mother!"
27Is your child ready to serve God? Mother and Father are not honorary titlesThey are working job descriptionsDon’t leave the spiritual teaching to the pastor or Sunday School teacher.A Spanish proverb says: “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy”YOU lead them to the SaviorYOU teach them the ScriptureYOU model a real faith for themYOU prepare them for service