Mother’s Day in review

Little late to the party, but the previous Mother’s day my pastor actually just walked the congregation through the Scriptures.

It was the first time I’ve seen that happen, ever, so I was impressed. Took a few notes on what was taught too.

Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth. 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord

  • Be concerned about not just “rules” but the heart of the child.
  • Help them to understand why they are obedient, so that when they get to high school and college they will make better choices.

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 4 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

  • Heart > rules.
  • Also, you can’t expect children to be in school for 8+ hours a day and then be able to teach your children at home in the 1-2 hours aside from dinner and homework.
  • Strong case for having a wife/mother stay at home so she can teach her children godly and family values.
  • God is more concerned about character than career.
  • Sacrifices are worth it.

Titus 2:1-5 But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in [a]perseverance.3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may [b]encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

  • Re-emphasis on family > career
  • Reverent/not malicious gossips – Kindness is important​ when things are not going well
  • Submission — Order not two headed, not politically correct but that’s what God’s Word teaches
  • 50/50 statistical divorce makes men and women think long and hard
  • God’s Word is dishonored if you act in a non-Christian manner

1 Peter 3:1-6 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and [a]respectful behavior. 3 Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right [b]without being frightened by any fear.

  • Chaste and respectful behavior matters to win husbands. “There’s hope, don’t nag.” It’s possible even when it doesn’t feel like it
  • A gentle and quiet spirit shows you’re sold out for Jesus to do it His way… Confidence in trusting Jesus
  • Culture tells us to demand our rights, assert ourselves, and to yell and nag. This is not the answer.
  • Can’t be good enough or religious enough to be holy. Only by trusting in Jesus and being obedient.

Proverbs 31:10-31 –Didn’t get time to go over this part of the passage.

As I mentioned earlier, I was quite shocked and impressed. However, my fiance said she had heard similar sermons before, but all I know is it’s not common.

Never did I think I would hear Titus 2 and 1 Peter 3 instruction on Mother’s day, but I can’t say never anymore.

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2 Responses to Mother’s Day in review

  1. donalgraeme says:

    Neat. Sounds like a good sermon. Unfortunately you don’t have the Book of Sirach- that book has a lot of great teaching when it comes to acting towards parents.

  2. Pete Vidins says:

    Proverbs 22 really fits these themes perfectly too – character is more important than career.
    “6 Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
    I’ve heard it argued that this verse is more of a warning, rather than a feelgood promise. When read in reverse, it’s a stout warning to dads. “Listen fathers, you’ve got one shot at this. Your kids will mirror you – what kind of reflection are you giving?”

    Refreshing post, thank you

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