Thoughts on Family Worship

I am convinced that fellowship around the Word of God is absolutely necessary for the survival of today’s family.  The souls of our children are at stake in today’s world and parents must be at the front-lines of the battlefield.  The only way I know to fight this war and win is with the Sword of the Spirit (Hebrews 4:12), the Word of God.

In many Christian homes the Word of God is taught, learned, and celebrated through an ancient tradition called family worship.  Family worship is not a church service in your home every night but it is a reverent, important, set-apart time to fellowship around the Word and to teach children about worshiping the Triune God of the Bible.  Other important elements of this time are prayer, singing, and thanksgiving.

Rob Reinow has an important word for us on the importance of family worship and teaching our children about corporate worship.

Family Worship is a foundation for corporate worship on Sunday.  If children do not regularly experience worship in their homes, how can we expect them to feel comfortable in church on Sunday morning? Without family worship as a catalyst, worship in church on Sunday can be a rather bizarre hour of their week.  All of a sudden they are expected to sit, listen, sing, follow along in their Bibles, and turn their hearts to spiritual things. The reason many children cannot sit still in church services has nothing to do with a so-called short attention span. It is most often a lack of training.

This thought was another great reminder this week to my wife and I.  It reminded us to pray about and work on our family devotion times.  We were both convinced that this is the time to talk to our young children about corporate worship and how to worship.  It is an important time for us to disciple our children (Deut. 6:4-9).

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