PASTOR Woods Message Notes


PASTOR WOOD’S Message notes

Message Notes: Father’s Day 2022
Title: “Teaching Table Manners”
Text: Proverbs 22
1A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
6 Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
9 The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor.
17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
apply your heart to what I teach,
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
and have all of them ready on your lips.

Getting Started: Meals are about being with friends and family.

I. A good name and training children.
A. Built one moment at a time making all moments valuable.
B. The grumpy server becomes an opportunity to witness.
1. Respect.
2. Learn their name.
3. “Please” and “Thank you.”
4. Be gracious.
5. To love the Lord is to love that individual.
C. You’re the Christian.
1. Brings some good to a bad day.
2. Goodness is one of the fruits of the Spirit.
3. We don’t have to participate in his/her bad day.
D. But the best payoff is for your child to bless someone else with the love of Christ.
1. Worth more than money or fame is when our children retain the eternal things.
2. When our child gets ‘it’ they cash in on the greatest of treasures.
E. Every time Jesus ran into great faith, He stopped everything and spotlighted it.
1 The woman healed of bleeding in Mark 5.
2 The great faith of the Centurion in Matt 8.
3 And celebrated the meager offering of the widow at the Temple in Mark 12.
4 Highlight your children’s faith when they act on it.
5 A good name before the Lord will be highlighted by the Lord for all to know.

II. Be generous. “A generous man will be blessed for he shares his food with the poor.”
A. Kurt Warner let’s his kids pick.

B. Tipping is always a part of dining out.
C. A big tip in Rhode Island.
D. Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason—”But if they get shorted by me on the tip, I think they’re less likely to attribute it to their poor service than they are to associate bad tipping with stingy Christian patrons (the after-church crowd is notorious for stiffing the restaurant help).”
E. Prayer is a good example too.
F. What we teach in our example….
1. What message does a big tip or a stingy tip give?
2. James 1:19–“to be quick to listen and slow to become angry.”
3. Make is memorable for Jesus’ sake.

III. Finally, dads build a house that can withstand the strains of life.
A. Verse, 17-18 tell us, “Pay attention and listen…, apply your heart to what I teach for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.”
B. Jesus ate with sinners and prostitutes and Pharisees.
1. It was a place of conversation and fellowship.
2. Eating with others is a time to bond and break down barriers.
3. Acknowledging your server by name.
C. Jesus teaches a grumpy Pharisee in Luke 7:36ff.
1. He remained patient.
2. He made it into a teachable moment for his disciples.
3. And once again highlights a person’s faith in the process.
4. Jesus loved and respected in spite of the Pharisee’s attitude.

Wrapping Up:
Faith is not about learning just knowing Bible stories and going to church. Faith is meant to be integrated into our day and shape our way of doing things. Anyone can do the eye for an eye thing. But it takes courage to act in faith in order to love our neighbor, or even an enemy. If we want our kids to know Jesus for real, we have to be real with faith. By the grace of God and the gifts we have been given, we get to teach our children. We get to stop everything for a little bit of time and highlight the truth of the Bible in real ways. We get to teach our children and through them our grandchildren. We get to show them how to love their mother, how to love our children, and how to love others; respect others. We get to show them—maybe not perfectly but we get to. The dinner table and eating out together is a great place to demonstrate Jesus in real life. It’s not the only place I realize. But lots can happen at the dinner table besides a good conversation. Take advantage of it…because we gotta eat! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Taking It Home
1. Dad’s- What are some of the deliberate ways that you train your child with Christian faith?
2. How have you blessed a server at a restaurant recently? Did you learn his/her name? Did you give a worthy tip?
3. How do you highlight or celebrate the faith of your children when they bless others?
Consider Reading the rest of Proverbs 22



Dear Grace Congregation

I am very humbled and grateful to have been in the Lord’s service for 25 years. I am grateful to have served here at Grace for twenty of those years. Thanks to all of you for making our family a part of Grace’s family these twenty years. Thank you for the kindness, the fun, and the joy of last Sunday’s celebration. Thank you for the great meal and fellowship. Thanks to the youth for remembering Michigan Jones so fondly. Thank you for your cards and gifts and for the many expressions of love. Thank you for putting up with all my VBS ideas and hanging in there with me each year. Thank you for your patience when I am a little slow or dull. Thank you for including us in your own milestones. Thank you for allowing me to continue to work side by side with you in this ministry. The family of Grace has been very consistent in its support of its staff and is a big reason I remain here as pastor. We love this congregation and look forward to many more years together with you.

Love in Christ

Pastor Matthew Woods (PW)