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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

The Power of Godly Grandparents



Key Kingdom Concept (Sermon in a sentence): Kingdom grandparenting is a multigenerational mission to launch, live and leave a Godly legacy

2 Timothy 1:5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.

 

6 Kingdom Principles of Godly Grandparenting

1. Children are good BUT grandchildren are better

 

2. You don’t have to have biological grandchildren to be a Godlygrandparent

a. Be an adoptive grandparent—Naomi

b. Be a spiritual grandparent—in your church family

 

3. Godly grandparents earn honor

Leviticus 19:32 You shall stand up in the presence of the grayheaded and honor elders, and you shall fear your God; I am the LORD.

Proverbs 20:29 The glory of young men is their [physical] strength, And the honor of aged men is their gray head [representing wisdom and experience].

1 Timothy 5:3-4,8-10,16 3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. 8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 9 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds. 16 If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.

 

4. Godly grandparents pass their faith to their grandchildren, through the word of God 

Psalm 71:17-18 17 God, You have taught me from my youth,and I still proclaim Your wonderful works. 18Even when I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me. Then I will proclaim Your power to another generation, Your strength to all who are to come.

2 Timothy 1:5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

2 Timothy 3:14-17 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correctingand training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

5. Godly grandparents testify (share their stories) about what God has done

Deuteronomy 4:1,9 1 “And now, Israel, listen carefully to these decrees and regulations that I am about to teach you. Obey them so that you may live, so you may enter and occupy the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 9 “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.

Judges 2:6-13 6 After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to their own inheritance. 7 The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel. 8 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. 9 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the LORD’s anger 13 because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.

 

6. Godly grandparents live and leave a legacy

Proverbs 13:22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren.

Job 12:12 Wisdom is with the aged, And with long life comes understanding.

Psalm 103:17-18 17 But from everlastingto everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

Disclaimer: Everyone is entitled to their opinion. We believe and teach that the Bible is God’s Word — His opinion — and provides His instruction for how to live life under His rule (i.e., the Kingdom of God).