The Marks of a Great Mother

Proverbs 31:10-31 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Virtuous Wife

10 Who[a] can find a [b]virtuous wife?

For her worth is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;

So he will have no lack of gain.

12 She does him good and not evil

All the days of her life.

13 She seeks wool and flax,

And willingly works with her hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,

She brings her food from afar.

15 She also rises while it is yet night,

And provides food for her household,

And a portion for her maidservants.

16 She considers a field and buys it;

From [c]her profits she plants a vineyard.

17 She girds herself with strength,

And strengthens her arms.

18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,

And her lamp does not go out by night.

19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,

And her hand holds the spindle.

20 She extends her hand to the poor,

Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,

For all her household is clothed with scarlet.

22 She makes tapestry for herself;

Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates,

When he sits among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,

And supplies sashes for the merchants.

25 Strength and honor are her clothing;

She shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,

And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She watches over the ways of her household,

And does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;

Her husband also, and he praises her:

29 “Many daughters have done well,

But you excel them all.”

30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,

But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,

And let her own works praise her in the gates.


SERMON NOTES:

INTRODUCTION: Today we celebrate our mothers. We thank God for all of them, whether they are still around or not. They are precious gifts to us. In this passage, we read the description of a great mother. The writer gives us 5 key virtues that make her so.

  1. She is _________________ (vs. 10-12)

  2. She is _________________ (vs. 13-20)

  3. She is _________________ (vs. 21-25)

  4. She is _________________ (vs. 26-29)

  5. She is _________________ (vs. 30,31)

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant!

Matthew 25:14-23 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Parable of the Talents

14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

SERMION NOTES:

Introduction: Our lives are a stewardship from the Lord. A steward is one who manages or administers the resources of another for the benefit of the person whom the steward serves.

3 Factors impact stewardship of all that the Lord has given us:
1. Perspective
Our view of God is the foundation of our stewardship.
2. Personal Character
Our heart toward God is the catalyst to our stewardship
3. Purpose
Our understanding of God’s purpose directs our stewardship.

Lord's Supper - In Remembrance

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 New King James Version (NKJV)

Institution of the Lord’s Supper

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, [a]“Take, eat; this is My body which is [b]broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 11:24 NU omits Take, eat

  2. 1 Corinthians 11:24 NU omits broken

SERMON NOTES:

Why the Lord’s Table? Jesus said “Do this in remembrance of Me”
The Lord’s table is to Help us remember Who we are.. Whose..we are.. and Why we are.. In Christ.

I. Who we are in Christ
To help us remember that -
1. We are LOST SINNERS apart from Christ.
2. We are LIVING SAINTS in Christ.
3. We are LOVED SONS in Christ.
4. We are LOOKED-AFTER SHEEP in Christ.

II Whose we are in Christ
To help us remember that -
1. As a CHURC we are the TEMPLE of GOD
2. As individual CHRISTIANS we are the TEMPLE of GOD

III Why we are in Christ
To help us remember that -
1. We are to GLORIFY the LORD.
2. We are to GO for the LORD.

Boasting in the Cross of Jesus Christ

Romans 5:6-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

Christ in Our Place

For when we were still without strength, [a]in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 5:6 at the right time

SERMON NOTES:

Introduction: Paul’s declaration seems odd but nevertheless significant and meaningful, not only to him but to all believers in Christ. The boasting is not so much in the cross itself but in what it represents. In Romans 5:6-11, there are 3 truths about the cross of Jesus Christ that should serve as reasons for Paul’s boasting in the cross as well as ours.

I The Cross of _________________ (vs. 6-8)
On that cross, Jesus died as our Substitute. he died on our behalf.

II The Cross of _________________ (v.9)
On that cross, Jesus paid the price for our salvation. He shed His blood.

III The Cross of _________________ (vs. 10,11)
On that cross, Jesus bridged the span that separated us from God and thereby removed the enmity that existed since the fall of man.