Contemporary Service

Opening Song – Raise A Hallelujah

Welcome

Worship Jesus Does

                  Less Like Me

                  Oh Come To The Altar

Scripture – 1 Kings 3:15-28

Teaching – Motherhood: The Gift And The Challenge

Closing Songs – Honestly We Just Need Jesus


Traditional Service

Prelude

Carrying the Light – Lighting the Altar Candles

Call to Worship – Choir – Learning To Lean – 534

Hymn – I’ll Fly Away – 779

Welcome – Worship Leader

Blessing Of Tithes And Offerings (Doxology)

Joys and Concerns

Hymn – For The Beauty Of The Earth – 793

Scripture Reading – 1 Kings 3:15-28

Sermon – Motherhood: The Gift And The Challenge

Closing Hymn – This Is The Day – 209

Benediction


Motherhood: the gift and the challenge

I. The Nature of Motherhood

a. 1 Kings 3:16-28 – a snapshot of a true mother’s heart

b. Dads versus moms

c. What scripture says

d. Proverbs 31:28

e. Isaiah 66:13

f. Isaiah 49:15

g. Exodus 20:12

h. Proverbs 1:8-9

i. 2 Timothy 1:5

j. We teach what we know…but we reproduce who we are.

II. Motherhood these days

a. Being a mom today is one profoundly challenging job.

b. Melissa Kearney: The Two Parent Advantage – How Americans Stopped Getting Married and Started Falling Behind.

c. Children raised by two parents have a much higher chance of success.

d. Whether parents are married or not also impacts their children’s success.

e. The U.S. has the world’s highest rate of children living in single-parent households

f. 23% of U.S. children under age 18, live with one parent and no other adults.

g. A very disturbing book – The Anxious Generation – Jonathan Haidt…

h. Gen Z (those born after 1995) has been hit hardest.

i. The first is about the decline of the play-based childhood.

j. The rise of the phone-based childhood.

k. Give children far more time playing with other children.

l. Don’t give a smartphone as the first phone.

m. Don’t give a smartphone until high school.

n. Delay the opening of accounts on nearly all social media platforms until the beginning of high school.

o. Smart phones and social media platforms are the perfect storm for young children.

p. Just over 30% of parents even care about their kids getting a spiritual foundation on which to build their lives.

III. Which script will you follow?

a. Moms…which script are you going to follow?

b. Proverbs 22:6

c. Ask the question…what is best for my child now?

d. A Childs purpose is to be a child.

e. Children must be shielded.

f. I have made the conscious choice to live in the real world.

g. Moms…go against the flow.

h. You want to know how to be a great mom? Be a serious follower of Jesus and teach your kids to be serious followers too.

i. Moms…the best thing you can give your kids is Jesus.