Emmanuel Faith Community Church

Honoring Your Mother

Small Group Starter Video (from 5/12/13) - Mother's Day Message

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May 11/12, 2013
Honoring Your Mother
Ephesians 6:2-3
Pastor Dennis Keating

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The biblical meaning

Give your mom great respect. (See Exodus 21:17)

“. . . he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.” Exodus 21:17

The spiritual enabling (See Eph. 5:18)

THE POINT: Being controlled by the Holy Spirit’s power is the prerequisite for consistently obeying this command. (See 5:22; 25)

The practical steps

Honor her . . .

1. By listening to her wisdom. (Eph. 6:1; Luke 2:52)

“Jesus continued in subjection to them.” Luke 2:52

2. By walking in her wisdom. (See Prov.1:8; Prov. 10:1)

“Do not forsake your mother’s teachings.” Proverbs 1:8

“A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish son is a grief to his mother.” Proverbs 10:1

3. By leaving her. (Eph. 5:31)

THE POINT: Honor your mom by making your spouse your priority!

4. By staying tender toward her. (See Matt. 15:3-8, p. 833; Prov. 23:22)

“Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” Proverbs 23:22

5. By providing financially for her. (See 1 Tim. 5:3, p. 1013; John 19:26)

He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” John 19:26

6. By speaking well of her. (Prov. 31:28)

“Her children rise up and bless her.” Proverbs 31:28

The promised reward (Eph. 6:2-3)

THE CONCLUDING POINT: Honoring a mother is the pathway to life’s blessings.

“I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother.” Abraham Lincoln

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