The Influence Of A Faithful Mother – Lesson Notes

(II Tim. 1:3-5)


Introduction: Mother’s Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the Battle hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace.

* 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day.

* 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day 2nd Sunday of May.

* We should honor mothers every day (Eph. 6:1-2; Deut. 5:16), not just once a year (Mt. 15:3-4).

* Lois and Eunice, Timothy’s Grandmother and Mother (II Tim. 1:5).


1. They instilled a sincere faith in Timothy.

   * Sincere: “Open, candid, and genuine. Not deceitful or phony. Worthy of the name.”

   * Faith is not shallow. Wouldn’t consider what Job’s wife suggested (Job 2:9). His faith was rewarded (Job 42:10).

   * Sincere faith is consistent. (Luke 9:23) Timothy was taught by Eunice who was taught by Lois.

   * Sincere faith takes God/Bible seriously. Commands followed (Acts 2:38; Rev. 2:10; Matt. 28:19-20; I Thess. 5:22).

   * Sincere faith resists opposition. We hold to God no matter what the opposition. (II Tim. 4:7-8; Acts 7:58).

   * Sincere faith puts Christ in the right place - center of life (Matt. 6:33).

   * Sincere faith is obvious. Not for show, but because we love Christ (II Tim. 1:12).

   * Mothers, how strong is your faith? How strong is the faith of your children?


2. They instilled an evangelistic faith in Timothy.

   * Timothy didn’t hide his light under a bushel (Matt. 5:15). He was taught better.

   * Preached in Ephesus. Was instructed to stop spread of false teaching (I Tim. 1:3-4).

   * Paul also told him to be strong and teach others so they could also teach others (II Tim. 2:1-2).

   * Was charged to preach the word at every opportunity (II Tim. 4:1-2).

   * Faith passed from Lois, to Eunice, to Timothy and to multitudes of others!

   * Lois and Eunice took their parental responsibilities seriously (Deut. 6:6-7).

   * Teach your children to have a saving, obedient faith. Most important gift you can give them! (Matt. 16:26).

   * The church needs more sound elders, deacons, and preachers.

   * Don’t limit the instilment of evangelistic zeal to sons. Daughters can also do much for the Lord.


3. Lois and Eunice instilled a personal faith in Timothy.

   * Paul recognized Timothy’s faith in addition to that of his mother and grandmother (II Tim. 1:5).

   * Nobody else’s faith will save you – no matter how strong it is! Faith & worship are personal responsibilities!

   * Eph. 5:19 – No one else can sing for me! I have to do it!

   * Matt. 26:26-27 – No one else can take the Lord’s Supper for me! I have to do it!

   * Acts 8:22Simon had to pray for his own forgiveness.

   * I will account for my life before God at Judgment (Acts 14:22). I will account for no one else’s.

   * We must still make a decision (Josh. 24:15).


Closing: It’s not too late to exert a positive, Godly influence on your children if you feel you haven’t done so. Apply the “Great Commission” to them. Start evangelizing with your own kids if you need to do so!

* Mothers are tremendously important, even to their grown children.

* Consider this poem, “Where’s Mother?”

   My wee one lay mid the snowy sheets, And smiled in peaceful slumber sweet. Soon he opened his blue eyes wide

And saw me standing by his side. His baby lips quivered, loud he cried, “Where’s Muvver?”

   Small Anne was playing in the yard; She ran too fast and fell so hard. Up the Steps she ran past me, With bleeding hands and aching knee. Tears in her eyes, she could not see, “Where’s Mother?”

   When Jack comes in each day from school, Throws his coat and cap upon a stool, Into the kitchen he strides, Thinking of cookies and apple pies, If she’s not there he always cries, “Where’s Mother?”

   My lovely daughter came up the steps, And right by my chair she swept, She asked not for sister or brother, But asked the same old question over, “Where’s Mother?” I was their Dad, so I could not see Why they asked for Mother instead of me. But the next day, when I came from town, Before I laid my burden down, I asked the children standing ‘round;

“Where’s Mother?”

* Proverbs 31:28: Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”