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2 Timothy 1:5 Sermon Notes

The Indispensable Role of a Godly Mother

2 Timothy 1:5


Proverbs 31:27; Titus 2:4-5

Genesis 3:20 Eve is of course granted the honorable title of “the mother of all the living.”

Genesis 21:21 providing a wife for her son, as Hagar did for Ishmael

Genesis 27:8-10 advising her children for their own advantage, as Rebekah did for Jacob

Ruth 2-3 directing her daughter-in-law after a son’s death

Exodus 2:1-3 protecting her child from certain death, as Moses’ mother did after he was born

Deuteronomy 22:15 participate in preserving the honor of her daughter

1 Samuel 1:11 praying for her children

2 Kings 4 go to any length for the well being of her children, as the Shunammite woman did in imploring Elisha

1 Chronicles 4:9 naming her children

Proverbs 1:8; 6:20; 31:1 teaching her children Biblical wisdom

Judges 17:3-4 making an idol

1 Kings 22:51-53 w/21:25-26 (Jezebel) practicing idolatry; 2 Chronicles 22 Athaliah

Theme: Three questions regarding passing on the Christian faith so you will appreciate the indispensable role of a godly mother.


Written to Timothy (1:1-2) AD 66 or 67

at Ephesus (1 Timothy 1:3)

writes from prison in Rome (1:8:16-17)

expecting the outcome to bring about his execution (4:6-8).

1. What is passed on?

“A sincere faith” (cf. 1 Timothy 1:5; 4:10; cf. Romans 12:9; Romans 8:11; 2 Timothy 1:14; Colossians 3:16).

In a 2010 essay out of Tufts University, titled “Preachers Who Are Not Believers,” the Abstract in the beginning reads as follows:

There are systemic features of contemporary Christianity that create an almost invisible class of non-believing clergy, ensnared in their ministries by a web of obligations, constraints, comforts, and community.”

In the Introduction to the essay, the writers ask and answer the following question:

Are there clergy who don’t believe in God? Certainly there are former clergy who fall in this category. Before making their life-wrenching decisions, they were secret nonbelievers. Who knows how many like-minded pastors discover that they simply cannot take this mortal leap from the pulpit and then go on to live out their ministries in secret disbelief? What is it like to be a pastor who doesn’t believe in God?”

2. Who passed it on? (cf. Acts 16:1; 2 Timothy 3:15; 14:5-6)

Susanna Wesley, the mother of the famous founders of the Methodist denomination, John and Charles, In a letter to her husband who was absent from her for an extended period of time, she wrote (See Wikipedia article, “Susanna Wesley”)

I am not a man nor a minister, yet as a mother and a mistress I felt I ought to do more than I had yet done. I resolved to begin with my own children; in which I observe the following method: I take such a proportion of time as I can spare every night to discourse with each child apart. On Monday I talk with Molly, on Tuesday with Hetty, Wednesday with Nancy, Thursday with Jacky, Friday with Patty, Saturday with Charles.”

She also taught her children general education beginning at age five; as one biographer wrote:

“Under no circumstances were the children permitted to have any lessons until they had reached their fifth year, but the day after their fifth birthday their formal education began. They attended classes for six hours and on the very first day they were supposed to learn the whole of the alphabet. All her children except two managed this feat, and these seemed to Susanna to be very backward.”[3]“The children got a good education. Daughters included, they all learnt Latin and Greek and were well tutored in the classical studies that were traditional in England at that time.”[4]

3. When was it passed on? (cf. 3:15)

Some practical ways mothers pass on the faith

1. read a portion of Scripture with your children and explain it to them

2. memorize a verse or two with your children and help them apply it to life

3. point out Scriptures that speak to the issues of life your child is facing in a particular circumstance

4. discuss the teaching your children learn on a Sunday morning and help them absorb it

5. expose them to Biblical and theologically sound music that communicates the truth of Scripture


The wife of Charles Spurgeon, the 19th century Prince of Preachers, was also named Susannah, more commonly called “Susie.” See Ray Rhodes Jr. “Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon”