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It’s Mother’s Day and the Bible has all kinds of things to say about mothers! In fact, no book in the world extols and encourages moms like God’s Word. Pastor Jeff will talk about two women whose motherly teamwork served to raise up an exceptional young

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A Mother’s Influence

1 Timothy 1:15; Philippians 2:20; Acts 16; Corinthians 4:17

05-10-2020

 

 

Bible Verse

2 Timothy 1:1-5 (NIV)

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,

2To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.

4Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.

5I am 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.

New International Version (NIV)

 

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It’s Mother’s Day today and I’m aware that this is a difficult time for some of you. Maybe you want to be a mother but you can’t be for some reason. Or, perhaps some of you have not had the best mother in the world so it’s hard for you to celebrate them. Then some of you have had a mother who has died. And some of you mothers have lost a child to death, or are feeling the pain of a wayward child this morning. And, some of you are flying solo as a single mom and you’re working hard to raise your children in the faith without a man to help you. 

Well, I want all you moms to know today that, whatever context you’re in as a mother, the Lord Jesus is with you as your Helper! 

That said, I’d like to introduce you to a young woman from Scripture named Eunice. She was raised in a religious home and was greatly impacted by her mother Lois. She loved to learn the stories from the Bible when she was young and enjoyed going to services where she could learn about God. As she approached her teenage years, she was still focused on spiritual matters but she became attracted to a young man who was not into religion at all. 

 Against the best wishes of her godly mother, the teaching of her faith, and the tug of her conscience, she married the man. Don’t get me wrong ­ he was a nice guy but thought spiritual things were for weak people. 

After a couple years of marriage, Eunice and her husband had a baby boy who they named Timothy. As time passed, Eunice’s dad died so they asked her mother Lois to come and live with them. Meanwhile, little Timmy was a delight to everyone. Both his mother and grandmother spent hours with him, teaching him the stories of the Old Testament, praying with him and for him, and training him in the things of God. 

 While they didn’t have any Veggie Tale videos or a children’s ministry nearby, they created a spiritual environment where young Timmy could flourish. Then, one day, a preacher named Paul came to their town of Lystra and spoke about a man named Jesus. Both Lois and Eunice listened intently. They saw in Jesus the fulfillment of all the promises in the Old Testament and placed their trust in Him and were gloriously saved. The two women in turn focused on teaching Timothy all about who Jesus was. 

 We know from reading the book of Acts that Paul himself took a personal interest in Tim the teenager and, partnering with his mother and grandmother, led him to a saving faith in Christ. Later, Paul and Timothy partnered together in ministry as the gospel continued to spread throughout the area. Many years later, while Paul is in prison, awaiting his execution, he writes two letters to young Timothy.  The letters give instruction on how Timothy should behave as a church leader, and are also filled with some reminiscing on Paul’s part. 

As Paul writes the letters we know as 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy, he reflects on the mothers who made an impact in Tim’s life. He says, 

 

Bible Verse

2 Timothy 1:5 (NIV)

5I am 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.

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With this as a backdrop, I want to lift out three different passages of Scripture—two of them from Paul’s second letter to Timothy—to show how a mother ­ and a grandmother can make a significant spiritual impact on her children with or without the help of a father!

First we see that they taught Timothy…

  1. A Respect for God’s Word

 The first way a mother can influence her children is by teaching them a respect for the Word of God. In 2 Tim 3:12, Paul reminds Timothy that 

 

Bible Verse

2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV)

12In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

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Then in verse 14, he urges Timothy to hang tough when the tough times come by remembering what he has learned from the Bible: 

 

Bible Verse

2 Timothy 3:14 (NIV)

14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,

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So who were the “those” from whom he learned the Word? His grandmother and mother, the female dynamic duo that raised him!                 2 Tim 3:15 tells us they both taught him the word of God early on:    

 

Bible Verse

2 Timothy 3:15 (NIV)

15and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

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The word “infancy” is from a Greek word meaning “a baby, a toddler, a very young child.” It tells us that Timothy’s instruction in the Holy Scriptures began at a very early and tender age. 

Lois and Eunice teamed up to bring high-powered Bible Study classes to young Timothy almost before he could crawl! They read him the powerful stories of Bible heroes like Samson and Samuel, David and Ruth, Abraham and Noah. They did everything they could to provide Timothy with the opportunity to learn all he could about the Bible—and it went deep into his young soul.

The Bible says he “became assured” of what he heard, convinced that the Bible was the very Word of God! If you had met him later in life he would have told you that: 

 

Bible Verse

2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

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You see, Lois and Eunice were literally obeying the commands of Deut. 6:4-7 where God commands His people: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

 

Bible Verse

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NIV)

4Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

5Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

6These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.

7Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

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These two mothers had internalized the truths of Scripture into their own lives. So they could impress it upon young Timothy by talking about it throughout the day, showing him how the Scriptures are relevant to every area of life. And moms, I want to tell you today that it’s never too early or too late to start teaching the Bible to your children and instill within them a respect for the Bible!

Then secondly, they had instilled in Timothy… 

  1. An authentic faith

Authentic means “un-hypocritical.” We see this in 2 Tim. 1:5:

 

Bible Verse

2 Timothy 1:5 (NIV)

5I am 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.

New International Version (NIV)

 

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 Sincere means they were serious about their commitment to Christ. They walked what they talked. They weren’t perfect; They had their flaws like all of us. But at the end of the day, Lois and Eunice lived out their faith in front of an observant young Timothy with sincere hearts, honestly practicing the teachings of Christ. 

AND NOTICE—a genuine, real, authentic, heartfelt faith lived in Lois and Eunice FIRST. And like a baton is passed from runner to runner in a relay race, the baton of sincere faith was passed to Timothy! 

These two mother’s were more concerned with:

 *Timothy’s soul than whether he wore designer clothes.

*His eternal life than his success in this life.

*His relationship with Jesus than his popularity in the world.

*His standing before God than his social status

*His spirituality than his athletic accomplishments. 

And God honored their commitment!

And finally, they instilled in Timothy…

  1. A desire to minister

 We read in Acts 16 

 

Bible Verse

Acts 16:1-3 (NIV)

1Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek.

2The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.

3Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

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Notice, Timothy is not just called a Christian; he’s called a disciple. Secondly, he was well spoken of by the people of his town—his reputation as a follower of Christ was solid. And third, he was AVAILABLE for God’s work! The Bible says that Paul gave Timothy the high honor of becoming his special assistant in the place of John Mark. 

 

Note

He later comes to refer to Timothy as his “beloved son” in 1 Corinthians 4:17. 

 

Bible Verse

1 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV)

17For this reason I have sent 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.

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In 1 Timothy 1:2, he calls him his “own son in the faith.” 

 

Bible Verse

1 Timothy 1:2 (NIV)

2To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Bible Verse

Philippians 2:20 (NIV)

20I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare.

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Note

“I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.” (NIV)

 

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Moms, it’s super important to teach your children respect for the Bible, and to teach them authentic faith. But those two foundations are to get them ready for a life of service to the Lord!