Summary: This is a Mother's Day Sermon based on the words in the Ten Commandments to Honour your father and Mother.

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Exodus 20:12; Matthew 15:1-9

Dorn Ridge Church of Christ May 11, 2014

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1.) On this Mother’s Day Sunday, I want to address an important theme from the Word of God on honouring our parents.

A.) Certainly in this room are represented various stages of our walk in life.

B.) The reality of the different stages of life can often make Mother’s Day an awkward time and subject to address.

ba.) For many people Mother’s Day is hard.

bb.) Many here today would no longer have mothers or fathers who are still alive.

2.) The theme I have chosen for today is that of giving honour to our parents.

A.) I have chosen to speak this Mother’s Day from a passage from the ten commandments.

B.) Honouring our parents is something we can do regardless of our age, or if our parents are living or deceased.

3.) In particular, I would like to specifically address three topics on this theme today:

A.) Honouring your parents is not always a value of society.

B.) Honouring your parents is a value given us from the Word of God.

C.) Honouring your parents means different things at each stage in life.


1.) Traditionally most societies have valued the previous generations, their values, and wisdom.

A.)This is not always the rule, and today it may even be more challenged than during previous generations.

2.) Today many forces seek to excuse us from the honour we owe our parents.

A.) Some of the music, videos, and games youth will take into their lives today can challenge the values of the family.

aa.) Prized qualities such as: Godliness, and traditional values are often mocked or ridiculed by television, and other stimuli that impact our youth and culture today.

ab.) This includes teachings directly from the Word of God including teachings on the honour we are to give to parents.

ac.) There are numerous individuals whose influence through song and video encourage young people to be disrespectful to their parents and not give them the honour that is rightfully theirs.

aca.) Past generations would have been shocked at the challenges to family in the 21st.century.

B.) Today there are just so many forces battling against the family, and traditional values of society.

3.) Perhaps this has always been the case.

A.) Maybe this is nothing new as the family and the church have always been the two strongholds upon which society has been guided, and given direction, and stability.

aa.) These two institutions have been backbones or foundation walls to establish the next generation into the best it can be.

B.) Because they have been powerful forces for the good of our nation Satan has always attacked, and tried to remove the parental honour that God himself has put in place.

4.) Today some would even argue one does not have to honour a parent if deemed by that person as unhonourable.

A.) The reality is that every parent who has been on this earth is not perfect.

aa.) Every parent on this earth including ourselves have had times we have failed in parenting and the way a situation may have been handled.

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