Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
September 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM
The Obligations and Values of Grandparents
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday September 14, 2014
The Obligations and Values of Grandparents
“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Eunice, and I am persuaded that in thee also.” 2nd Timothy 1:5.
There are four family related worship services each 
year; they are Mother’s Day, Youth Day, Father’s Day and 
Grandparents Day. The times of occurrence as listed above: 
the 2nd Sunday in May, the 2nd Sunday in June, the 3rd 
Sunday, and the 2nd Sunday in September. While there is 
sentimentality associated with these days, Mother’s Day 
encompasses the widest ranges of expressions, cards, 
dining out and even visiting with children and other 
Grandparents Day was not part of the family worship 
Sunday until 1978. The time of its observance was 
designated to fall on the 1st Sunday after Labor Day. Since 
its beginning, Grandparents Day has been included into 
extra curricular activities in many school systems. In 
keeping with the contemporary emphasis on Grandparents 
Day, the sermon for today was written as a tribute to 
grandparents. It will include a brief history of the founders, 
purposes of grandparents day as lifted from the internet, 
some biblical teaching on the obligations and challenges 
of grandparents, and some guidelines for evaluating the 
status of grandparents. 
To anchor this sermon, attention will be called to 
the key concept which is grandparents. This term, as 
used in family sociology, denotes a configuration of at 
least three generations, namely: grandparent(s), parent(s), 
and at least one child owed through blood or adoption, by 
the parents, also known as the 2nd generation. With this 
definition of grandparents, attention will now directed to 
the earlier specified foci, the first of which is - the origin of 
Grandparents’ Day. According to an article on Foxfire, this 
event can be traced back to a couple known as McQuade. 
The couple had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-great 
grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. The couple, 
both now deceased, wanted to establish an annual time 
when grandparents could be recognized. Their desire 
was achieved in 1978 when Grandparents Day was 
formally added to the calendar, a time to be observation 
the 2nd Sunday in September. 
The founding couple was not concerned about cards, 
presents, nor dining out; instead, it merely wanted to be 
honored, received expressions of appreciation for its 
endurance, and share accounts of events long ago. Since 
the humble beginning of Grandparents’ Day, there have 
evolved a formal list of three functions of this day. They 
are: “ To honor grandparents.” 
“To give grandparents an opportunity to 
show love for their children's children.” 
“To help children become aware of the 
strength, information and guidance older 
people can offer.” 
Instead of elaborating on these function, the emphasis 
will be focused on the dimension of the sermon which is 
some biblical teachings on grandparents. The textual 
anchor of this sermon clearly discloses the need and 
value of grandparents to both provide and illustrate 
principles of biblical teachings. As noted in the text, St. 
Paul was reminding Timothy of his spiritual heritage that 
came first from his grandmother, Eunice, and his mother, 
Lois. He, therefore, concluded that Timothy had a faith 
anchored outlook on life. Paul carried that theme of the 
aged being spiritually upright, living righteously, and the 
teaching of young men and women ( Titus 2:1-7 ). Paul, also, 
called upon the young men and women to learn the 
Scriptures, avoid blasphemous words, be sober, love 
their spouse and children, and shew themselves a pattern 
of good works... 
In addition to Paul’s writing about the responsibilities 
of elderly persons, many of whom are grandparents, the 
Holy Bible have several references to the relationship 
and/or obligations of elderly persons to the younger 
generation. A few of them selected for this message 
include: (1) The account of Joseph bringing his sons to 
Jacob - his father - where they would receive a blessings. 
It is recorded in the Bible that Jacob said, “Bring them, I 
pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them” ( Gen 48:9 ). ( 2) 
The Psalmist asserts that “The mercy of the Lord is from 
everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and 
his righteousness unto children’s children” ( Ps.103:17 ), 
and (3) In Proverb 13:22 is found the mandate for a good 
man to leave an inheritance to his children’s children. 
Beloved, these few scriptural citations warrant the 
conclusion that grandparents should strive to leave three 
legacies for their heirs: social - having lived a respectful 
life, Christian - having taught and lived a life consistent 
with biblical standards, and economic - having set aside 
something for an inheritance: automobile, house, land, 
trust fund, or just a watch or ring. 
The concluding topic on grandparents is that of their 
needs during the later years. Whereas several references 
on grandparents were lifted from biblical history, the time 
for this analysis will be confined to America since the mid- 
fifties. Three major events have wrought major changes in 
the socio economic and health of elderly persons. First, 
there has occurred a significant increase in the longevity of 
elderly persons, next, the political and economic structures 
have created a great divide in the nation’s population. In 
this present fiscal climate, job eliminations, company 
restructuring, off shore manufacturing, and non benefit 
part time employment - all are creating barriers to legacy 
purchasing and even establishing accounts for the future 
generation. Thirdly, the escalating cost of medical services, 
the need for care giver services, and the reality of assisted 
living, if not nursing home residency - all are potential 
economic drains on the income of grandparents. Yet the 
grandparents are human beings with the need of food, 
clothing, shelter, recognition, emotional support, 
encouragement, and - in the later years - there exist the 
prospect of in-home care giving need or a return home of a 
family member to care for the elderly parent(s). 
In closing, an urgent appeal is made for you our 
hearers and or readers of this message to take a few 
minutes and reflect on your age today. It is one day older 
than yesterday and - in a like manner the days will 
imperceptibly turn into weeks, months, years, decades and, 
you will find yourself in the elderly group. So the somber 
question becomes - Lord, how can I commence serious 
preparation of the time when my useful days are gone and 
old age is stealing on? I shall venture in submit an answer 
for this question. It is to treat elderly persons ( grand- 
parents with respect, avoid assaulting us, make plans to 
cover or, at least, help with the increasing expenses of 
aging, and pray to the Lord for strength, courage, and 
faith to face whatever the future bring into my life. Amen!
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