Mother's Day is just around the corner (May 9), and should you decide to offer a message for the occasion, Steve Mathewson's look at Proverbs 31 might provide some helpful direction for your own preaching. If you're not planning on preaching a sermon about mothers, motherhood, etc, I would still suggest filing this one away for your records. Steve offers some great thoughts for preaching on parenting in general! Click here to listen to the audio.
Introductory remarks from Steve Mathewson:
Mother's Day is notoriously challenging for preachers. Do I preach a Mother's Day sermon or not? If so, what text should I use? We often press Proverbs 31:1–9 into service on Mother's Day. But what about preaching a sermon on the "other" Proverbs 31 woman? I did exactly that on a recent Mother's Day, preaching Proverbs 31:1–9.
Now, why choose Proverbs 31:1–9? To be sure, there is a certain interest factor attached to texts like this—texts which rarely, if ever, get preached. But my decision to preach this text grew out of a more substantial reason. The more I studied what seemed to be a rather odd piece of wisdom, the more I realized how critical its message is for the community of faith today. Proverbs 31:1–9 touches on a matter which is integral to living a gospel-driven life—the matter of caring for the poor and needy.
One of the challenges of preaching wisdom texts is preaching them in a gospel-centered, Christ-centered way. I am not referring to drawing artificial lines from a wisdom saying to Jesus. Rather, I am referring to understanding these wisdom sayings in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the overall storyline of the Bible. Thankfully, it is not difficult to see how the ...
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Steve Mathewson is pastor of the Evangelical Free Church of Libertyville, Illinois, and teaches preaching for the doctoral programs at Denver Seminary and Western Seminary, and the Master of Divinity program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.