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Summary: The lasting influence of a mother upon the life of her children.

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A Mothers Influence

2 Timothy 1:5

May 09, 2004

2 Timothy 1:5 (NIV)

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.

Instill A Respect For Scripture

• Creates a foundation of truth - 2 Timothy 3:14-15

– Establishes moral absolutes

– Respect for the scriptures internalizes knowledge

2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NLT)

But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. [15] You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.

Instill A Respect For Scripture

• Creates a foundation of truth - 2 Timothy 3:14-15

– Establishes moral absolutes

– Respect for the scriptures internalizes knowledge

• God commands it – Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NLT)

"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. [5] And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. [6] And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. [7] Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again.

Instill An Authentic Faith

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.

2 Timothy 1:5 (NIV)

Instill An Authentic Faith

• Our children need to come to faith in Christ

– Faith is not hereditary…it is learned

• When mothers model genuine faith, an environment is created that motivates children to a similar faith

A Mother’s Priorities

• Her children’s souls vs. their clothes

• Her children’s eternal life vs. success in life

• Her children’s relationship with Jesus vs. popularity in the world

• Her children’s standing with God vs. their social status

• Her children’s spirituality vs. their intellectual, musical or athletic accomplishments

The Hallmark of a Godly Mother

• Prayer

– The mother of John Mark opened her home for prayer while Peter was imprisoned (Acts 12:12)

– Mary, the mother of Jesus “joined together constantly in prayer” with the disciples (Acts 1:14)

Instill A Desire To Minister

Paul and Silas went first to Derbe and then on to Lystra. There they met Timothy, a young disciple whose mother was a Jewish believer, but whose father was a Greek. [2] Timothy was well thought of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium, [3] so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey…

Acts 16:1-3 (NLT)

Instill A Desire To Minister

• 3 Qualities passed down from mother to son

– Timothy was a strong believer…he is referred to as a disciple

– Timothy had a good reputation

– Timothy was available

• Commitment to ministry does not develop if it is not encouraged at home

Parenting Guidelines of

Susannah Wesley

• Subdue self-will in a child and thus work together with God to save his soul

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