MOTHERS DAY

 

EXCITING WOMEN

 

I began this message, preached on Mother’s Day, by asking the congregation to name some “exciting women” over the last fifty years. Then I asked them to name some exciting women throughout history.  God has made women to be exciting, and by following some of the examples of the following women, women (and men) today can be exciting as well (in  a good way).

 

EVE – THE FIRST WOMAN

 

Eve was unique. She was first. That made her exciting.

Every woman is unique. That makes her exciting!

 

Genesis 1:27 - So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

Psalm 139:14 - I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

 

Genesis 2:18 - And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

 

Genesis 2:21-24 - And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; [22] And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. [23] And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. [24] Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

 

RAHAB – THE FORGIVEN WOMAN

 

Rahab had been a prostitute.  She was forgiven.  I believe that the scarlet cord she let down represents the shed blood of Christ, sacrificed for her sin.  Every woman can find forgiveness in Christ. That’s exciting!

 

Joshua 2:1 - And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

 

Joshua 2:10-13 - For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. [11] And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. [12] Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: [13] And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.

 

Joshua 2:18 - Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee.

 

Joshua 6:25 - And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

 

 

DEBORAH – THE FORTIFIED WOMAN

 

Deborah was a woman who was fortified with courage.  Deborah led in a time when the men of Israel were generally at a Spiritual low.  Many a courageous Christian woman has led the way when the men wouldn’t do it.

 

Judges 4:1-4 - And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead. [2] And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. [3] And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel. [4] And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

 

Judges 4:6-7 - And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? [7] And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.

 

Judges 4:8-9 - And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. [9] And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

 

Judges 4:14-15 - And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him. [15] And the Lord discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet.

 

RUTH – THE FAITHFUL WOMAN   

 

Ruth would not forsake her mother in-law or her new found faith in the Lord God of Israel.  She stuck faithfully to Naomi.  She ended up being one of the ancestors of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Ruth 1:16 - And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

 

1 Corinthians 4:2 - Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 

 

HANNAH – THE FERVENT WOMAN   

 

Hannah was fervent in her prayers.  God answered.  It is exciting to think of what God has done in answer to many a godly woman’s prayers.

 

1 Samuel 1:12-13 - And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth. [13] Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.

 

1 Samuel 1:14-16 - And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. [15] And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunken neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. [16] Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

 

1 Samuel 1:17 - Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

 

1 Samuel 1:20 - Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.

 

THE FIRST WOMAN

THE FORGIVEN WOMAN

THE FORTIFIED WOMAN

THE FAITHFUL WOMAN

THE FERVENT WOMAN

 

 

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Selected Scriptures

MOTHERS WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

Give some of your own examples of mothers who made a difference in their children's lives.

Here are four examples from God's Word of mother's who made a difference in the lives of their children.

 

THE PROTECTIVE MOTHER - Exodus 2:1-4

Moses' Mother made sure that Moses was protected, even when Moses was in great danger.

Godly mothers protect their children physically, morally, emotionally and spiritually.

 

THE SUPPORTIVE MOTHER - 1 Samuel 1:24-28

Hannah had promised God that if she had a male child, she would give him to the Lord.

Samuel was born and at an early age taken to the Lord's house to be a servant.

Hannah continued to support the boy by providing for his needs. (1 Samuel 2:9)

Hannah is a model for all parents of Christian children.  Our children should be given over to the Lord for whatever purpose He has for them.  And whatever the Lord chooses to do with that child, we, as parents, should be supportive.

 

THE INSTRUCTIVE MOTHER - 2 Timothy 1:5 and 3:15

Timothy's mother and grandmother set the example of faith.

Timothy was taught the Scriptures at a very early age.

 

THE LOYAL MOTHER - John 19:25

Mary was loyal to her son to the point of death.

We need to be loyal to our children to the end.

This does not mean we should approve of our children's sin.

We should, however, be loyal to our children wherever they are, and whatever they are doing. 

 

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SPUNKY WOMAN

Genesis 24 etc.

 

Rebekah was a woman with spunk, tenacity, or courage.

In Genesis 24:1-9 Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac.

In Genesis 24:10-14 that servant is asking God to send a woman with spunk. This is exactly the type of woman he got for good and bad.

 

REBEKAH'S DETERMINATION  Genesis 24:14-26

   Watering the camels was no easy task, but she stuck with it.

 

REBEKAH'S DECISION Genesis 24:35-53

    She decided to go, and to go quickly to be Isaac's bride. She evidently

    knew how to determine God's will for her life.

 

REBEKAH'S DISCERNMENT  Genesis 25:1-3

    When Rebekah did not understand what was going on inside of her she

     went to God and asked Him.

 

REBEKAH'S DEVOTION Genesis 25:24-28

    There was unnecessary division in this family.

    Favorites should never have been chosen, but at least Rebekah was

    devoted  to the individual God had chosen.

 

REBEKAH'S DECEIT Genesis 27:1-16

     If spunky people are not careful, they can become deceptive people.

     Rebekah's deception resulted in Jacob running for his life, and never

     seeing his mother again.

 

 

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Exodus 2:1-10

WOMEN GOD USED (1)

 

A PROTECTIVE MOTHER Vss. 1-3

A WATCHFUL SISTER Vss. 4, 7

A COMPASSIONATE PRINCESS Vss. 5-10

 

God would use all of us if we were to be protective, watchful, and compassionate.

(Could be used as a Mother's Day message.)

 

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WOMEN GOD USED

Joshua 2 etc.

 

RAHAB WAS A CHANGED WOMAN - Joshua 2

DEBORAH WAS A COURAGEOUS WOMAN - Judges 4

RUTH WAS A COMMITTED WOMAN - Ruth 1:16-17

 

 

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Ruth 1:1-18

TALE OF THREE WOMEN

 

INTRODUCTION - Vss. 1-6

There are three women in this story.  Naomi had left the Promised Land with her husband during a time of famine.  He had died.  Naomi's two sons had married Orpah and Ruth.  The sons had died as well.

 

NAOMI CHOSE TO RETURN Vss. 6-7

She once left the promised land and was coming back to the place where she should be.  When we do what is wrong, we should return to the ways of our God by repenting of, and forsaking sin. 1 John 1:9, Revelation 2:5

 

ORPAH CHOSE TO RETREAT Vss. 8-14

Naomi told her daughters-in-law to return home.

There was much trouble ahead for her.  At first, Orpah was going to faithfully follow her mother-in-law.  Finally however she retreated to

her old way of life.  Many people make professions of faith or commitment and then retreat from them when the road gets rough.

 

RUTH CHOSE TO RETAIN Vss. 15-18

Ruth retained her commitment to her mother-in-law, and her commitment to her mother-in-law's God.  In the end, she was the one who was blessed. (She became great grandmother to David. Ruth 4:13-17)

 

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Ruth 1 and 3

MOTHER IN-LAW

 

There have been many jokes about mother in-laws (You may tell one or two, if you feel so led.), however there have been many good and godly mother in-laws.  My mother in-law, Grace Adams, was a Christian woman who quietly worked behind the scenes to help those in need.

 

In the book of Ruth we meet Naomi, who was by no means perfect, but in the end, had a positive witness on her daughter in-law, Ruth.  Here is her story.

 

SHE WANDERED FROM GOD - 1:1-5

In a time of famine Naomi went with her husband Elimelech into the land of Moab.

They should have remained in God's land among God's people.

During this time of wandering her sons married unsaved girls, Moabites.

Her husband died, and so did her sons.

 

SHE WENT HOME - 1:6-7

She was returning to God's land of blessing.  She was coming back to where she once had been.

 

SHE WITNESSED TO HER DAUGHTERS IN-LAW - 1:8-18

This was not traditional witnessing as we would think of it.

However, she must have talked enough about the Lord, that Ruth was willing to follow her and claim her God.

Naomi actually tried to send her daughters in-law back, and Orpah did return to Moab.

Her influence on Ruth was strong enough, however, that she stayed by Naomi and went to Israel with her. She also claimed the God of Israel as her God.

Mother in-laws can have a very strong influence on their daughters and sons in-law for good or bad.

 

SHE WORKED TOWARDS RUTH'S WELL-BEING - 3:1-4

It was Naomi who told Ruth to approach Boaz, seeking that he redeem her as a kinsman-redeemer.

It was her advice that led to the redemption of Ruth, her marriage to Boaz, and the birth of Obed, the grandfather of David. See chapters 3-4 to fill in the details.

 

 

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1 Samuel 1:1-10

PRAYER OF A GODLY WOMAN

 

Hannah was a Godly woman who teaches us to fervently ask God, and to

believe His promises of answered prayer.

 

THE PROBLEMS OF HANNAH Vss. 1-8

 

THE PERSON WHO CARED Vss. 9-10

Hannah cared enough to cry out to God for help.  If we don't care

about our problems, we won't cry out to God.

 

THE PETITION FOR HELP Vss. 10-11

 

THE PROMISE OF AN ANSWER Vss. 12-18

 

THE PROVISION OF THE ANSWER Vss. 19-20

 

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1 Samuel 25

A WISE WOMAN

 

Abigail was married to a fool named Nabal. Nabal foolishly refused to help David and his men who had been very kind to him.  It was her wisdom that samed the day.

 

SHE ACCEPTED GOOD ADVICE - Vss. 14-17

SHE ACTED QUICKLY AND DISCREETLY - Vss. 18-23

SHE APPEALED HUMBLY AND REASONABLY - Vss. 24-31

SHE ACHIEVED PEACE AND POSITION - Vss. 32-35, 39-42

 

 

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2 Kings 4:8-37

FOUND! - A VIRTUOUS WOMAN!

(A complete Sunday School Lesson)

 

Proverbs 31:10 - Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

 

·       Tell us about a “virtuous woman” you know or have known.

·       What qualities does a virtuous woman have?

·       How can studying about the virtuous woman be frustrating?

·       What benefits are there for men in studying the virtuous woman?

 

Although it is Proverbs 31 that describes the virtuous woman, I believe this passage before us gives us a live picture of the type of woman who is virtuous.  It is to our advantage to learn from this classy lady.

HER PERCEPTION OF CHARACTER - Vss. 8-9

 

·       Elisha probably traveled much in his role as prophet in Israel.  He was invited to stop in and eat once, and the woman evidently gave him an open invitation to continue to stop.

·       This lady was a good judge of character.  She could tell that Elisha was a “holy man of God”.  What qualities might there have been in Elisha that led her to this conclusion?

·       Why is perception of character an important trait to have?

·       How does one become so perceptive?

·       What must we avoid when trying to perceive the character of another?

HER PROVISION FOR GOD'S PROPHET - Vs. 10

 

·       Why is hospitality important? 1 Peter 4:9

·       Why is hospitality becoming a lost grace among Christians?

·       To you, how does each piece of furniture represent a different aspect of hospitality?

·       To you, what spiritual significance is there in the bed, table, stool, and candlestick?

·       How does one learn to become hospitable?

HER PEACE IN SERVICE - Vss. 12-13

 

·       This woman was obviously the type of person who anxiously wanted to meet the needs of others.  My mother in-law, Grace Adams, was like that.

·       What natural characteristic is Elisha showing in these verses?

·       Elisha asked if she would like to have some special favor from a general or the king.  Did she want special protection or favor?

·       The woman was content with her lot in life, even though she had a deep, secret hurt.  Although her situation was not perfect, she was contented.

·       1 Timothy 6:6 - But godliness with contentment is great gain.

·       Why is contentment such an admirable trait?

HER PROMISE OF BLESSING - Vss. 14-17

 

·       Elisha still wanted to help this woman.  Sometimes it is hard to do something for someone who is contented.

·       The lady’s husband was old. She had no child.  Why didn’t she mention her want of a child?

·       Elisha promised her that she would conceive and have a child about the same time in the following year.

·       What exactly was this woman saying?

·       Why is it hard for us to believe that God can do the impossible?  Luke 1:37

·       A child was born as promised.

HER PROBLEM WITH HER SON - Vss. 18-21

 

·       Notice the typical reaction, “Take him to his mother.”

·       What do you think was going through this woman’s mind as she sat with her son?

·       The boy eventually died. Why do you think she put the child on the man of God’s bed?

HER PILGRIMAGE OF FAITH - Vss. 21-30

1.    To Her Husband - Vss. 21-23

·       The lady didn’t tell her husband that the boy was dead. Why?

·       The husband wondered why a visit to the man of God was in order. It wasn’t a “holy day”.

·       The woman’s answer “It is well”, or “peace”, was either an indication of her faith in spite of a heart breaking situation or a realization that her husband could do nothing to help her, so he should be at peace.

·       For good reason the woman was in a hurry.

2.    To Gehazzi - Vss. 24-26

·       Inquiry was made by Gehazzi in Elijah’s behalf.  The prophet realized that something must be wrong with her, her husband, or her child.

·       Again the answer to the inquiry was, “It is well,” or “peace”.  Again, there was nothing that Gehazzi could do.

3.    To Elisha - Vss. 27-30

 

·       What does verse 27 tell you about the woman, Gehazzi, and Elisha?

·       What was the woman saying in verse 28?

·       Vs. 29 – Perhaps Elisha thought that a miracle could be wrought through the staff without his being present.  Or perhaps Gehazzi was to stand guard until Elisha arrived.  In those days bodies were buried immediately.

·       What does verse 30 say about the woman’s faith?

HER PLEASURE IN VICTORY - Vss. 31-38

 

·       Why do you think the staff failed to resurrect the child?

·       What can we learn about Elisha’s methods?

·       What does the woman’s reaction to her son’s revival tell us about the woman’s heart?

 

 

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Proverbs 11:16 etc.

THE GOOD WOMEN OF PROVERBS

 

THE GRACIOUS WOMAN - 11:16

THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN - 12:4, 31:10

THE WISE WOMAN - 14:10

THE GOD-FEARING WOMAN - 31:30

 

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Proverbs 31:10-28

THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN

 

HER VALUE Vss. 10-12

 

HER VOCATION Vss. 13-24

(Could these activities be the summary of a life-time, not just one day?)

 

HER VOICE Vss. 25-26

 

HER VICTORY Vss. 27-28

(If you normally use 3-point messages, you can tell your ladies that you added an unusual 4th point in their honor!)

 

 

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Proverbs 31:10-31

WHAT A LADY

 

Note these things about the virtuous woman:

 

HER WORTH - Vss. 10-12

HER WORK - Vss. 13-24

HER WORDS - Vss. 25-26

HER WITNESSES - Vss. 27-31

Those who praise her include her husband and children.

 

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Matthew 5:6-8

A GODLY MOTHER or MOTHER'S BEATITUDES

 

There is nothing like a godly mother! (Give examples that you know of.)

In our Scripture this morning we find 3 beatitudes to which Godly mothers adhere.

 

HER PURSUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS - Vs. 6 - "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."

 

HER PRACTICE OF MERCY - Vs. 7 - "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."

 

HER PURITY OF HEART - Vs. 8 - "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

 

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ONE WOMAN'S FAITH

Matthew 15:21-28

 

CRY OF THE HURTING Vss. 22-25

CONFIDENCE OF THE HOPEFUL Vss. 26-27

COMFORT OF THE HELPED Vs. 28

 

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Luke 1:26-38 etc.

MARY, MARY, MARY – GOOD FOR MOTHER’S DAY

 

A very common name for women in the New Testament appears to be Mary.  Three of the women named Mary have much to teach us about how to relate to our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

AN EXAMPLE OF LEANING - MARY, MOTHER OF OUR LORD

Mary leaned on God in faith.

Luke 1:26-38 - When Mary was told she would be Mother of the Messiah, she trusted God.

John 2:1-9 - When there was a need for wine at a wedding, she trusted Jesus.

 

AN EXAMPLE OF LOVING - MARY OF BETHANY

Luke 10:28-32 - She sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.

John 12:1-8 - She expressed her love for the Lord by anointing the Lord's feet.

 

AN EXAMPLE OF LIVING - MARY MAGDELENE

Luke 8:1-3 - Here is a woman who was under the bondage of sin.

The Lord Jesus changed her life.

She went on to live for Him.  2 Corinthians 5:17, John 20:11-18)

 

 

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Luke 2:36-38

ANNA - TOO YOUNG TO RETIRE

 

An older congregation might appreciate this mother in the faith.  Although she had no children, she is a godly example to those who wish to "retire" from Christian service prematurely.

 

HER AGE - Vs. 36-37

She lived with a husband for seven years and had been a widow for 80 years!

Assuming that she married as a young teen, she had to be around a hundred!

 

HER ACTIVITY - Vs. 37

She did what she could to serve God.  She fasted and prayed!

Most older people can't do what they once could.  But every Christian can do something.

One of the ladies in our church is 93 years old and still showed up for the Ladies Missions

Society work day on Tuesday mornings.  She and a younger lady (only 80) paste pictures on blank place mats so they can be used in nursing homes for special occasions.  She's currently sidelined with a broken leg.

 

HER ASSOCIATIONS - Vs. 38

She spoke of Jesus to those who were looking for His coming.  In our old age, may our associations be with those who are looking for Jesus' Second Coming!

 

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LESSONS FROM THE FIRST FAMILY

Luke 2:41-52

 

LESSONS FOR PARENTS

   1. Be Partners In Spiritual Things Vs. 41

       (Mary and Joseph both involved in Spiritual things.)

   2. Give your children Spiritual direction. Vs. 42

   3. Be concerned for well being of your children. Vss. 43-48

 

LESSONS FOR CHILDREN

   1. Devotion Vs. 46

   2, Submission Vs. 51

   3. Development  Vs. 52 (Mental, physical, Spiritual, Social)

 

LESSON FOR ALL - Be about your Father's business. Vs. 49

 

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Luke 10:38-42 etc.

SISTERS

 

SISTERS WHO WERE DIFFERENT - Luke 10:38-42

SISTERS WHO WERE DISAPPOINTED - John 11:1-6, 17-37

SISTERS WHO WERE DELIGHTED - John 11:38-44

SISTERS WHO WERE DEVOTED - John 12:1-8

Martha's Service - Vs. 2

Mary's Sacrifice - Vss. 3-8

 

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GODLY WOMEN

Luke 18:1-3 etc.

 

THEY WERE SAVED BY JESUS – Luke 18:1-2

THEY SHARED WITH JESUS – Luke 18:3

THEY STOOD WITH JESUS – Matthew 27:55-56

THEY WERE SURPRISED BY JESUS – Matthew 28:1-10

 

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Ephesians 5:21-33

HEAVEN IN THE HOME

 

I begin this message by reading the marriage vows.

The couple that keeps their marriage vows will be the couple that will experience a great marriage. They know what it is like to experience Heaven in the home. One of the Scriptures which shows us how to keep our marriage vows is Ephesians 5:21-33. Here are four ingredients for a happy marriage.

 

LORDSHIP Vss. 21-23

Christians are to be submissive to each other. This is a quality that comes from being filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18-21)

As husbands and wives submit to the Lord, and then to each other, there will be harmony in the home. The husband is the leader of the family, but that does not make him a dictator. He must still submit himself to the needs and desires of his wife.  That will mean doing things around the house, doing things she likes to do, and purchasing things (when feasible) which she wants.  The wife needs to be submissive to the leadership of her husband.

 

LOVE Vs. 25 (Colossians 3:19)

The primary lover in the family is the husband.

Most Christian husbands who love their wives as Christ loved the church will not need to worry about having a submissive wife.

 

LEADERSHIP Vs. 23

The husband is the "head".

This makes him a leader.

The husband is responsible for the Spiritual well being of the home.

A good leader is not a dictator, but a thoughtful, considerate person.

A good leader makes the final decisions, but consults those he's leading before making decisions.

See Ephesians 6:4

 

LOYALTY Vss. 22 & 24

In order for husbands to be great leaders, they need great followers.

A loyal wife, who is loyal first to her Lord, and then to her husband, will enhance the husband's service for the Lord. Proverbs 31:10-12

 

 

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T.L.C. FOR MOM

Ephesians 5 etc.

 

Mother's Day comes once a year. Here are ways husband and children can show Mom Tender Loving Care (T.L.C.) every day of the year.

 

1. LOVE HER (Ephesians 5:25-27

2. LEAD HER (Ephesians 5:22-24)

    The husband is not a dictator, but a loving leader, whose leadership

    will usually be accepted by the wife when she is treated correctly.

    A wise leader will include those he's leading in the decision making process.

3. LEARN FROM HER (Proverbs 3:11-12, 26)

4. LOOK UP TO HER (1 Peter 3:7, Ephesians 6:1-3)

5. LOOK AFTER HER (1 Timothy 5:8)

 

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1 Peter 3:1-7

A MARRIAGE THAT PLEASES GOD

 

God established marriage and approves of it. - Genesis 2:22-24, Hebrews 13:4

Christians should only marry Christians - 2 Corinthians 6:14-15

 

God has plans for your marriage.

Christian men will only be truly happy with Christian women that practice 1 Peter 3:1-6.

Christian women will only be truly happy with Christian men that practice 1 Peter 3:7

 

THE CHRISTIAN WIFE - Vss. 1-6

 

·        EXHORTATION - Vss. 1-2

Women are encouraged to live in submission to their husbands.

This does not mean that the man is superior to his wife, but for the sake of God's order, she is to submit to her husband's leadership.

Husbands need to remember, however, that they are to help the wives to be submissive by loving them as Christ loved the church. Ephesians 5:25

Women are also encouraged to win their husbands to a Godly obedience by their quiet, chaste conversation.

 

·        EXPLANATION - Vss. 3-4

Peter is not saying that is wrong to fix one's hair, or to wear jewelry or nice clothes.  He is saying that true adornment is that of a "meek and quiet spirit".

 

·        EXAMPLE - Vss. 5-6

Sara, and other Godly women of the Bible (Ruth, Esther, Mary) serve as positive examples for the women of today.

 

THE CHRISTIAN HUSBAND - Vs. 7

 

·        REQUIREMENTS

The husband is to understand his wife.

The husband is to honor his wife.

 

·        REASONS

The wife is considered to be the "weaker vessel".

The wife is a "joint heir" of the "grace of life".

A husband's prayers are hindered when he doesn't treat his wife properly.

 

 

 

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1 Peter 3:1-9

ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY

 

 

SUBMISSIVE WIVES Vss. 1-6

SUPPORTIVE HUSBANDS Vs. 7

SENSITIVE FELLOWSHIP Vss. 8-9

 

 

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1 Peter 3:7

A GODLY HUSBAND – GOOD FOR MOTHER’S OR FATHER’S DAY

 

WISDOM - It is the duty of the husband to understand his wife. He is to dwell with her according to knowledge. Ephesians 5:25

 

WORTH - The husband is to give honor to his wife. A Christian Husbands should not be constantly embarrassing their wives. Proverbs 5:15-21

 

WARNING - A husband who does not obey this verse will have his prayers hindered. God does not honor the prayers of a man who is sinning against his wife. Psalm 66:18

 

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A MODEL MOM (PARENT)

Selected Scriptures

 

Introduction - Titus 2:3-5 teaches that older women are to be good teachers and models for younger women.

Mary, the mother of our Lord, was not perfect or sinless, but she was a good example of sound parenting for moms and dads alike. Consider:

 

1. HER CHARACTER

   Highly Favored, or "Full of Grace" - She was a saved woman. Luke

   1:26-28

2. HER COURAGE  1:30-38

   She accepted what the angel had to say, realizing she would be falsely accused of immorality.

3. HER CONTEMPLATION Luke 2:19, 51

   Mary meditated on what was said about and by her son.

   She attempted to understand. Understanding is something all

   ourchildren need.

4. HER CONFIDENCE John 2:1-11

   Mary believed in her son. See Vs. 5

5. HER COMMITMENT  John19:25

   Mary stayed committed to her son right up to the cross!