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Summary: Mother’s Day 2005

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Tim’s Mom and Grandma

2 Timothy 1:1-7

INTRODUCTION... What Moms really want for Mother’s Day

10. To be able to eat a whole candy bar (alone) and drink a Coke without any "floaters."

9. To have a 14-year-old answer a question without rolling her eyes in that "Why is this person my mother?" way.

8. Five pounds of chocolate that won’t add twenty.

7. A shower without a child peeking through the curtain with a "Hi ya, Mom!" just as I put razor to my ankle.

6. A full-time cleaning person who looks like Brad Pitt.

5. For a teenager to announce, "Hey, Mom! I got a full scholarship and a job all in the same day!"

4. A grocery store that doesn’t have candy, gum, and cheap toys displayed at the checkout line.

3. To have a family meal without a discussion about bodily secretions.

2. To be able to step on a plane with toddlers and not have some pencil-neck-yuppie-geek moan, "Oh, no! Why me?"

1. Four words: Fisher Price Play Prison

Today is Mother’s Day and is a day that we celebrate the mothers and grandmothers and those who have filled those roles in our lives. One of the things most celebrated on this day is the influence mothers have over our lives. I would like to reflect on a passage today that talks about that very subject: the influence of mothers. The passage is 2 Timothy 1:1-7.

READ 2 TIMOTHY 1:1-7

I. THE CHARACTER OF PAUL’S COMPANION

This person that Paul writes the letters of 1 and 2 Timothy to is an important person in the life of the Apostle Paul. Timothy first appears on the scene in Paul’s second missionary journey when Paul visited Lystra (Acts 16:1-3). Timothy played a major role in the ministry of Paul when he was forced to leave Berea because of an uproar, Paul left Timothy and Silas behind to strengthen the churches. Paul also send Timothy to the church in Thessalonica to encourage them in their faith. Timothy was Paul’s man in Corinth during the third missionary journey and was the bearer of all the bad news about the happenings of that church. Timothy also accompanied Paul to Jerusalem and also stayed with him in Rome. Timothy was a constant and needed companion of Paul in all of the ups and downs of his ministry.

What was Timothy like?

* 1 Corinthians 4:17 tells us that Timothy was faithful to the Lord and a guardian of the Gospel Message:

“For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.”

* Philippians 1:1 and 2:22 tell us that Paul considered Timothy to be a servant of Christ Jesus and one that had proved himself in ministry:

“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons... But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.”

* Hebrews 13:23 tells us that Timothy preached God’s message and was even imprisoned for it:

“I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you.”


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