Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

Acts 15:40-16:5
I & II Tim 1:5

A MOTHER WITH AN UNFEIGNED FAITH

May 9, 1965 am

THERE IS NO GREATER TRIBUTE TO A MOTHER THAN TO HAVE HER CHILD MAKE GOOD

  • Today I want to show you a boy that made good, and how it was attributable to his mother and grandmother.
  • Of course I have to base my material from the Book of Acts, then take off from it.
  • If mothers today will put the same ingredients into a child, they can expect similar results.

PAUL FOUND A YOUNG MAN THAT HE WANTED FOR GOD'S WORK - ACTS 16:1-

PAUL NEEDED A HELPER

  • Mark had failed on a previous trip; Barnabas took him, Paul took Silas.
  • The custom was, though, to have a young man, full of promise, to train.
  • Early systems of education consisted of a teacher and a pupil who became his disciple.

TIMOTHY NEEDED A TEACHER TO GUIDE HIM INTO SERVICE

  • Every young man should seek the best man in his field, and learn from him.
  • Timothy was to follow the footsteps of Paul and learn of him for many days.

BUT TIMOTHY NEEDED TO HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO FOLLOW PAUL

  • Paul was the greatest leader of the early Missionary program.
  • He wrote most of the New Testament, and 90% of the church doctrine and direction.
  • Timothy had to have something special to travel with Paul - Mark did not have it.

TIMOTHY HAD AN UNFEIGNED FAITH

TIMOTHY WAS COMMENDED TWICE BY THE APOSTLE PAUL FOR HIS UNFEIGNED FAITH

  • I Tim 1:5 - The end of the commandment is --- and of faith unfeigned - this teach
  • II Tim 1:5 --- the unfeigned faith that is in thee---
  • Paul challenged Timothy to stir up the grit of God with what is in thee...

WHAT IS FAITH?

  • Heb 11:1 Things hoped for - Heaven, not seen - Spiritual things, especially God Himself
  • Heb 11:6 Belief that God is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
  • Rom 10:8 The word of faith which we preach - 9,10,13

WHAT IS UNFEIGNED FAITH?

  • Heb 10:38-39 Just shall live by faith - draw back?
  • Feigned faith is a hypocrisy, pretense, playing, phony, counterfeit faith.
  • II Cor 13:5 tells us to examine ourselves lest we be phony...

WHERE DID THIS UNFEIGNED FAITH COME FROM?

Some have it, some do not - what makes the difference?

PAUL SAID IT WAS FIRST IN THY GRANDMOTHER, AND THY MOTHER, II TIM 1:5

  • Here the unfeigned faith is traced through the woman's side of the family.
  • Exod 20:5,6 tells of God visiting the iniquity of the fathers unto the third and fourth generation and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments (Mother led)

THE GREATEST GIFTS COME FROM MOTHERS - GOD'S ORDAINED PLACE FOR WOMAN'S INFLUENCE

  • Art Mehagian's list of gifts - cost no money - and most from the mother.
  • 10 rules from the wall of the Greenly County Sheriff's office - supplied by mothers, mostly.
  • Lois put it in Eunice, and they cooperated to put it into Timothy.  Priceless

THEY ALSO PUT IN THE MOST PRICELESS GIFT OF ALL -- UNFEIGNED FAITH

  • We today live in a world described by Aldous Huxley as "Organized Insanity"
  • Every person needs an anchor for the soul, a hold of something eternal, unchanging, secure.
  • There is only one ultimate reality that man can find - the Person of Jesus Christ.
  • You can find Him by faith, and Rom 10:17 says faith comes by the word of God.
  • Our church is going to to its best to give God's word to even small babies - but we cannot do the job that God wants the mother to do.  MOTHERS - WILL YOU DO IT?

GOD WANTS MOTHERS AND FATHERS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO HAVE UNFEIGNED FAITH

  • If you don't have it - will you come to Jesus right now?
  • If you do have it, will you help us to pass it on to others?

• Invitation