Sermon notes – Pastor Milton Vincent – Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church
May 9, 2010, Mother’s Day
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Six Observations About Eunice’s Child-Rearing Victory with Her Son, Timothy
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grand-mother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. (2 Tim 1:5)
Look at Timothy’s Mother, Eunice, and be encouraged.
The name Eunice: Prefix EU can be translated “Good” (Koine Greek); NICE (as in Nike) can be translated “Victory”
EU + NICE = GOOD VICTORY
1. Eunice experienced many challenges (obstacles) in raising Timothy for God.
-She was in a racially mixed marriage (Acts 16:1). Eunice was a Jewish believer and married to a Gentile. It is likely that the couple was never really quite accepted by either circle, Jew or Gentile.
-She probably did not have her parents’ permission and blessing to marry a Gentile. This could indicate that she was not in a good place, spiritually speaking, when she first married.
-Being married to a non-Jew, it would have been difficult to teach her son the Judaeo ethic.
-Her husband was unsaved. She had to raise her son alone in regard to Christianity.
-The city where Eunice lived was utterly pagan (Acts 14:11-19).
-The Jews in the region where she lived were hostile towards Christianity (Acts 16:3).
-It is likely that Timothy was a timid and sickly child (2 Tim 1:7-8; 1 Tim 5:23).
-Also, like all of us, her son had a sin problem, and so did she (Ps. 51:5; Prov. 22:15). Indwelling sin worked against her being a good mother.
2. Eunice experienced victory in raising Timothy for God.
-Timothy was young and a disciple (Acts 16:1).
-Timothy was well spoken of by other believers(Acts 16:2)
-Paul wanted Timothy to travel with him as a missionary (Acts 16:3).
-Timothy was willing to step out of his comfort zone for the cause of Christ. Timothy knew that Paul had a history of facing many dangers and getting into trouble and yet he still agreed to partner with Paul in ministry. He also allowed Paul to circumcise him (Acts 16:3).
-Timothy became one of Paul’s closest and beloved associates in ministry.
-Timothy became a pastor and an evangelist (I Tim 1:3; 2 Tim 4:5).
-Timothy was willing to suffer for Christ (Heb. 13:23).
3. Eunice contributed to this victory by modeling for Timothy a sincere faith in Christ (2 Tim 1:5).
-She believed Christ.
-She had a sincere faith (non-hypocritical).
-She trusted Christ.
4. Eunice contributed to this victory by teaching Timothy the Scriptures (2 Tim 3:14-15).
5. Eunice contributed to this victory by making use of the help of others.
-“Knowing from whom you learned it” (2 Tim 3:14)… The “whom” here is plural signifying that Timothy not only learned from his mother but from others as well. Eunice’s husband was not a believer so she must have taken advantage of the help of others when it came to teaching her son the Scriptures.
6. Eunice contributed to this victory by releasing Timothy to serve the cause of Christ.
-Even though she knew there was pain and danger involved, Eunice allowed her son the freedom to serve Christ.
Eunice gave her faith to her son, then gave her son to the faith.