Summary: Moms can make a significant spiritual impact on their kids.
Being a Godly Mother in an Ungodly World
Mother’s Day Sermon
May 8, 2005 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A. Mother’s Day is a great day for some, a sad one for others (sad-Mom’s gone, not blessed with children and you wanted them, lost kids. Good-remember Mom, or you’re honored!). Being a mom is hard work!
a. By the time a kid reaches 18, a mother has had to handle some extra 18,000 hours of child-generated work
* Women who have never had children enjoy the equivalent of an entire 3
months of leisure time!
b. A jr. high teacher was teaching a unit on magnets and he asked his class a riddle: "My name begins with M, has six letters, and I pick things up. What am I?" Half of the class wrote "Mother" on their papers.
* Milton Berle said "You know evolution is false because mothers still only have two hands."
B. Today’s message: Being a Godly Mom in an Ungodly World
a. For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. 2 Tim 1:5 (NASB)
b. (ETS) Timothy’s walk of faith was influenced by his female family members.
C. (ESS) Moms can make a significant spiritual input on their kids
a. (OBJ) Moms, I hope you will decide to intentionally impact your kids for Christ with more focus than you came with to the service today.
b. (PQ) What are you going to do to more powerfully impact your kids’ spiritual life?
TS: Let’s look at two significant spiritual impacts that mothers can make on their children.
I. The first significant spiritual impact mothers can make on their child is...instill a respect for Scripture.
A. Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Tim 3:12 (NASB)In 2 Tim. 3:12, Paul reminds Timothy that everyone who wants to live a godly life will have a rough time (promised!)
a. You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 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 Jesus. 2 Tim 3:14-15 (NASB) Timothy had been taught the Scriptures by his godly grandmother (Lois) and mother (Eunice). "Whom" is plural.
i. His momma and grandmother had read/told the great stories of the Old Testament.
ii. "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 "These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 "You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Deut 6:4-7 (NASB) Lois and Eunice lived out the Shema!
b. Timothy was to continue what he had been taught as a child.
A. As soon as your child in born, surround him/her with God’s Word and prayer (you’ve got to do it when they’re a child, because you won’t have the opportunity after he/she grows up).
a. Mothers, it’s never too early (or too late) to start teaching the Bible to your children (God wants you to instill a respect for the Bible in your babies).
b. Thankfully, you do not have to do it all by yourself
i. We offer a well-thought-out, Bible-based Sunday School program for your children
ii. Week-long VBS (July 18-22)
iii. Kingdom Kids (40 weeks our of the year)
iv. Impact (Todd & Chris, June 5 John Lanier)
v. Sept. to May (Awana). We’ll always provide a children’s discipleship program from Sept. to May. ALWAYS (our job is to help supplement what you’re already doing-or should be doing-at home in way of instilling respect of scripture in your babies).
c. Four scholars were debating over the best Bible translation
i. KJV: beauty/elegance of the English language, NASB: accuracy and literal interpretation, MES: contemporary phrases and ability to put difficult spiritual concepts into easily understood truth
ii. Fourth scholar said, "I have personally preferred my mother’s translation. Yes, she has translated the Scriptures into my life. It is the most convincing translation I have ever read."
iii. Mom, what kind of Bible is your child reading when they observe your life? Are you looking for ways to instill respect for Scriptures into the lives of your babies?
TS: Falling in love with Scripture is no accident and neither is the instilling of our second significant spiritual impact mothers can make on their children.