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Family Worship
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Written by Toby Brillon   

Our God Mandated Responsibility




If you were to ask someone about family worship chances are they would look at you with "that look".  You know the one, confusion and dismay, and they would probably try to change the subject quickly as well.  So just what is family worship?



The Bible states that worship includes prayer (1 Tim. 2:1-2,8), singing (Eph. 5:19), teaching (Acts 2:42), preaching (Phil. 1:15-18), collection of offerings (1 Cor. 16:2), and public reading (1 Tim. 4:13).  You will also read that our worship is total surrender to God through Jesus Christ (Phil. 2:10-11) and obedience (1 Sam. 15:22-24).  Simply put worship is the life of a Christian.


If a Christian is truly surrendered to God and living a life of obedience, then his worship will overflow into his family too.   In the Book of Ephesians we read that a husband is commanded to love his wife as Christ loved the church (Eph. 5:25).  We read in Eph. 5:25-26 that Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it that He might "sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word".  A husband should so love his wife that he leads family worship with his wife and family as well.


In fact, the Bible has quite a bit to say on the duty of family worship.  In Deut. 4:9-10 God commands Israel to be "studied up" if you will so that they would not forget their heritage, but more importantly that they would not forget the God that delivered them from bondage and gave them the Ten Commandments.  God instructs Israel to teach "thy sons, and thy sons' sons... that they may learn to fear me... and that they may teach their children". You will also find God commanding Israel to teach their children to "love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy might" in Deut. 6:4-7.  It is in this same passage that God commands Israel to diligently teach the children in their homes, as they are going about their daily lives, and when they wake up and lie down for sleep.  God is serious about family worship.


How is your family worship?


So how goes your family worship in your home?  Our main problem today is time, time, time.  If you are currently neglecting family worship chances are the reason given for the absence of worship would be time.

I would like to humbly submit that you cannot afford to miss family worship.

Many might have the idea that they take their children to Sunday School or Youth Group and that is sufficient for their child's Biblical instruction.  However I state that A COUPLE HOURS A WEEK IS NOT ENOUGH!  If we posses a laissez-faire attitude then we are jeopardizing our family's spiritual health as well as eternal souls.  Here at Temple Baptist Church we typically have 4.75 hours of church meetings each week.  Contrast that to the average child that watches four hours of television each day and factor in the ungodly content and humanistic views they gather and I hope you will understand the necessity of DAILY family worship.


Typical Excuses


There are three main excuses which keep a family from daily worship:



Attention Spans of Children

Lack of Biblical Knowledge 


After a long day of work, soccer games, and shopping we as a society are exhausted and have trouble finding time for anything else.  This is the predominate excuse for lack of family worship.  I say that you can start with fifteen minutes a day.  Everyone can carve out fifteen minutes even to the extent of turning off the television for fifteen minutes.


Many would say that their children are too young or inattentive to sit still for any amount of time.  The answer to this dilemma is quite simple too.  Shorten the time and engage the children.  Try acting out Bible stories with your children and let them read the Scripture aloud as they are able.  Many years ago family worship was a time in which families taught their younger children to read as they fumbled through Scripture.


One final excuse that is used to negate family worship is knowledge.  A father might feel that he is ill-equipped to explain Scripture, but this should drive the father to study the Scripture even more in his personal time with God.  I would also add that no one knows every answer that would ever come from Bible study.  It is quite appropriate to tell the questioner that you are uncertain of the answer but you will find it and discuss the next time you gather for family worship.  This response will obviously hold the father accountable to find the answer through personal study and/or pastoral consultation.


There is nothing more critical and rewarding than the proper upbringing of our children.  Proverbs 22:6 admonishes us to "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it".  This verse truly amplifies the necessity of family worship today. 


Below I have included a list of some of the benefits of family worship:


- grows a family in their witness and discipleship

- antidote to carnality and worldliness

- medicine for the soul during trials and storms

- encourages children to be more active in their own personal devotion

- reminds children of God

- teaches children how to pray and what to pray for

- allows children to hear parents' brokenness in prayer

- facilitates the first genuine prayers from children

- engrains spiritual subjects upon minds and hearts

- allows parents to pray for children and children to know that they are being prayed for

- marks out paths of duty

- marks out dangers and sins

- gives more value to God than the world

- grows special love between family members

- creates security and peace




I would like to leave you with this thought.  Your children are the biggest responsibility you have.  God has blessed you with them and deemed you responsible for their upbringing.  Family worship is too important physically, emotionally, and most urgently eternally to toss away.  We cannot flounder on this issue any more.  If you are guilty of not leading or facilitating family worship in your home now is the time to repent and start being obedient to God's command.


Think on this...... 


As the family goes, so goes the church, and as the church goes, so goes the nation. 


Where is our nation today?  Are you happy with the morality of our nation?  Do your part and train up your child in the way he should go! 

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