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Summary: A mother’s greatest work is that of instilling the knowledge of Christ into their children

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A MOTHER’S GREATEST WORK

2 Timothy 1:1-5

I. TIMOTHY - A FAITHFUL SERVANT

A. Won to Christ under the ministry of Paul - a beloved son

B. A faithful friend - followed Paul on every missionary journey, made special trips to visit Paul

C. A faithful servant - shy and timid but willing to step to the plate when needed, traveled to struggling churches to help out

II. TIMOTHY’S HERITAGE

A. Father a gentile, mother a Jew

B. Timothy was not born a Christian - something had been sown into the fabric of his being from his childhood

-2 Tim 3:14-15 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

-this played an important part in his conversion

C. Timothy had a genuine, sincere faith

-started in his grandmother, passed to his mother and himself

III. TRAIN A CHILD IN THE WAY IT SHOULD GO

A. Prov 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

B. This has been God’s plan since the beginning

-Exod 10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.

C. The testimony of God’s greatness and goodness is to be handed from one generation to the next

Ps 78:5-7 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

-will the circle be unbroken - I don’t want to be the one to break the family circle

IV. FRANKLIN GRAHAM - A MODERN DAY EXAMPLE

A. Sent to boarding school -"Whatever was expected of the student body, I wanted to do the opposite. I got a kick out of staying one step ahead of the law." If Billy was the ultimate preacher, then Franklin made a run at being the ultimate preacher’s kid: fighting, taunting the police into high-speed car chases and cultivating a fascination for firearms, rock music and a taste for hard liquor

B. Didn’t want to identify with Christianity - "I prayed and attended church, but I found the things in the world pleasurable and fun, and I didn’t like being around Christian people."

C. His life was still empty -"Something was missing. There was an emptiness you can’t explain. There wasn’t that joy; there wasn’t that fulfillment."

D. His encounter with reality -"You can’t continue to play the middle ground. Either you’re going to choose to follow and obey him or reject him."

E. His conversion (several days later in a motel room)

-he read Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

-"I put my cigarette out and got down on my knees beside my bed."


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