How God Honors Motherhood | Jim Hammond
 
Recap
 
Pastor Jim celebrated all the mothers with a special Mother’s Day message, making the point that no one enters this world without a mom. Even God the Son, Jesus Christ, entered into this world through the womb of His mother! He expressed an appreciation for the herculean effort mothers put forth in the taking care of and the nurturing of her children!
 
Dive Deeper
 
Adam called his wife “Eve,” which means “life spring.” Mothers are a spring of life because no one enters this world without a mom.
 
Even God Himself, Jesus Christ, had to enter this world through a mom. God used Mary’s womb to carry the Son of God for nine months to fulfill His promise of salvation. You could say God honored pregnancy and motherhood by bringing Jesus Christ into the world in this way.
 
Pastor Jim shared how he coached high school girls’ basketball for 17 years. He witnessed firsthand the devotion of mothers in how they were faithful in the raising of their children, and how mothers willingly and routinely sacrificed for their children.
 
He said 1st Corinthians 13:8 is reflected in a mother’s love: “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” He said he saw how a mother’s love never fails, never fades out or becomes obsolete, and never comes to an end.
 
Pastor Jim went over scriptures that reveal how God stands when it comes to your parents, with mothers.
 
The New Testament says if you honor your parents, you’ll have a long life. And if you flip that? If you don’t honor your parents, you’ll have a short life.
 
Pastor Jim asked the congregants to examine themselves with regard to how they treated their mothers. Examine your life. Are there things that are not going right in your life? Then look at your relationship with your mother. Are you treating her right?
 
A famous author once said, “I realized that when you look at your mother, you’re looking at the purest love you’ll ever know.”
 
God created mothers to have this sort of sacrificial love because that’s how He loves us. A mother’s love is married to the heart of God Himself.
 
Read About It
 
1st Corinthians 13:8, “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”
 
Leviticus 20:9, “For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.”
 
2nd Timothy 1:5, “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”
 
Discussion Questions
 
A good way to gain an appreciation for your mother is to make a list of all the ways your mother has loved you sacrificially. What are some of the things you might put on that list?
 
Pastor Jim encouraged us to examine ourselves on how we treat our mothers. What kind of grade would you give yourself?
 
After listening to Pastor Jim’s message, what is the main takeaway you received?

Recent Sermon Notes

Focus on Effect | Mac Hammond

Pastor Mac began a new series entitled, “Focus on Effect.” He started off by telling us the topic of the new series is something we probably think we already know about, but in fact, we don’t know enough about it as we probably should. The scriptural reference was 2nd Corinthians 4:17–18: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Though Pastor Mac has taught on this passage before, he said he’s “gotten a glimpse of a different side of this mountain. And I’m seeing it from a perspective that has really impacted me in a positive way.” He added, “And I want it to be that way for you all as well.”

Are We in the Days of Noah? | Jim Hammond

Jesus’ disciples asked Him what the signs will be of His coming. Jesus said it will be like it was in the days of Noah: “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Fellow believers, we are in the days of Noah. All they thought about in the days of Noah was eating and drinking and the like. They were not thinking about the flood that was coming. So it is today!

A Deception of Palestine | Jim Hammond

This past weekend, Pastor Jim ministered a special God-directed message for the congregation entitled, “A Deception of Palestine.” He talked about how there is a division in the body of Christ worldwide, where believers are allowing themselves to become deceived when it comes to the present and ongoing deception regarding the Jewish people and Israel. It’s important that Christians do not allow themselves to be persuaded by worldly and ungodly leaders and news systems. It’s important they know what the Word of God says and exalt it as God’s truth.

The Seven Mountains of Influence Lance Wallnau

This last weekend, we had a very special guest minister, Lance Wallnau, at our weekend services. Lance is well known for his revelation of the “Seven Mountains of Influence” and how these mountains of influence shape and change the world. He preached about how God is calling the church to make disciples of nations. And in order to do that, we need strong, territorial churches that are raising up believers to go out and become the “head and not the tail.” Lance basically taught on the same thing at all three services but much of the information he shared in each service differed. So in light of that, if you want to hear his full message, it would be beneficial for you to listen to all three messages.

A Symbol and a Source of God’s Blessing | Dennis Burke

This past weekend, Living Word’s Guest Minister Dennis Burke taught a message entitled, “A Symbol and a Source of God’s Blessing.” He shared that it is understood that as members of the body of Christ, we have a clear sense that we are living in the last days. And even if these are not the last of the last days, we understand that these are our personal last days. So we must treat this time with a sense of commitment and a sense of design from the Spirit of God for our lives to make an impact, to make a difference. In fact, that’s what we’ve been designed for!