Summary: A mother’s greatest work is that of instilling the knowledge of Christ into their children
A MOTHER’S GREATEST WORK
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."