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A Simple Guide to Family Worship

June 4, 2011

[This article is not unique, as it is distilled from larger works for the use of my beloved people, with certain adjustments. Download PDF]

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A Simple Guide to Family Worship

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“Because the Christian is not his own, but bought with a price, he is to aim at glorifying God in every relation of life. No matter what station he occupies, or wherever he be, he is to serve as a witness for Christ. Next to the church of God, his own home should be the sphere of his most manifest devotedness unto Him. All its arrangements should bear the stamp of his heavenly calling. All its affairs should be so ordered that everyone entering it should feel ‘God is here!’ ” – A. W. Pink

I would like to set before you briefly the Biblical reasons and a few guidelines for family worship. Sadly, it seems that few Christians can remember having daily family worship times in their homes. Yet the thought of beginning this new pattern of worship can be daunting for those just beginning. This guide is written to address some of the most basic questions concerning family worship. I pray that you will feel more emboldened and more equipped to lead your family in worship through using this guide.

Our 1689 Baptist Confession highlights, “…God is to be worshipped everywhere in spirit and in truth: as in private families daily…which are not carelessly nor wilfully to be neglected or forsaken…” (22:6)

What does the Bible say about Family Worship?

The importance of the home in discipleship is prominent throughout the Scriptures, which includes Family Worship. In the Old Testament, we read that discipleship is something ongoing, throughout the day: (Deut. 6:6-7). More formal instruction is seen in passages such as Ps. 78:5-7.

In the New Testament, fathers are given the command to bring their children up in the nurture and admonition (i.e. discipline and instruction) of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). Timothy a disciple of Paul was discipled first by his mother, Eunice and his grandmother, Lois (2 Tim 1:5). In summary, family worship in the Bible is rooted in the idea of responsibility. Parents, especially fathers, are primarily responsible for the spiritual instruction and vitality of their families. We must also take special note, that the Lord openly rebukes the families who do not offer up worship in their homes, (Jer. 10:25). The 80 year old Joshua announced to all Israel, “As for me and my house we will serve [also means in Hebrew, worship] the LORD” (Josh. 24:15).

What are the Benefits of Family Worship?

Family worship brings glory to God. God is most glorified when His people value Him above all other things. Family worship is a visible reminder for all in the home that God is worthy of our time, attention, and affection. Furthermore, family worship glorifies God as His followers are conformed more and more into the image of Christ. The love of Christ will more easily abound in a home where worship is central. Through it we demonstrate that, as well as worshipping God privately and in the gathered assembly, we also worship God as a family. Taking the longer view, think about the incredible value of family worship in the lives of children once they are grown. They’ve heard thousands of passages read and explained, seen God answer countless prayers, sung so many songs of the faith and memorized more Scripture than many Christians do in a lifetime. This is a foundation that will stand the test of time and will bear gospel fruit in generations to come.

Who should Participate in Family Worship?

The participants are all who constitute a particular family. In other words, it may mean a young husband and wife without children, or an older couple whose children have already left home. It includes both believing and unbelieving spouses (as much as possible), and certainly family worship can be led by a single parent (Acts 16:1). It is to include all of the children who are at home regardless of their ages. All can derive great spiritual benefit, even the very young and this also helps to train our children to participate in our corporate gatherings of worship together. By just listening and watching, they are learning the priority of worship in their lives. Remember that the practice of family worship could blossom into the very instrument that brings them to Christ (2 Tim 3:15).

Key Elements of Family Worship

Worshipping with Scripture:

The Word of God is to be central in family worship. Our goal should be to help the members of our family to develop a love for God’s Word with the hope that they will begin to live upon every word of it. Do this by reading of the Bible methodically, and by wisely dividing sections of verses to read each day. Also with this include, Scripture memory and review, i.e. repetition of key verses over and over till learnt.

Worshipping in Prayer:

We are to teach our children to pray not only by example from the very words we use in our prayers, but also by supplying them with the information to be prayed about. Pray often for the needs of your family and extended family (especially the unsaved), for the needs of families in your local congregation, the spiritual needs of our nation, the persecuted church, missionaries, and for the dire needs of a lost world (both locally and internationally). The list is endless. This illustrates to our children our dependence upon God in every aspect of our lives. The Church Members’ Prayer Diary might be helpful here.

Worshipping in Praise:

The Lord is to be worshipped in songs of praise. In family worship we should lead our family in singing to the Lord because He is pleased when we praise Him! The Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs which are often sung in the public worship services of our church should be sung. Aim to memorize Psalms and Hymns as a family. This could be done by repeating the same praise each day until you can all sing them without the use of the hymnbook. You can then move on to the next, but remember to go back and review the previously memorized songs. This will be great help for the children to participate in public worship, and in any place you may be without your hymnbooks!

Time of Day:

In a general sense, family worship should be going on all the time in a spiritually healthy home (Deut. 6:6-9). It is crucial to have a specific regular time, which fits each particular family’s daily schedule. The key is to make it part of your family’s daily schedule to show that family worship of the Lord together is a priority in the home.

Some families worship each morning and evening, others have one specific time. However, whenever you might decide to worship God as a family each day, it should normally include reading, prayer and praise.

Finally, be flexible especially when children are younger, or when visitors and unconverted people who are not used to Family Worship visit your home. Yet do not neglect it, but use it as a means of witnessing and showing the reality of your walk with God. Always look for ways to make this time of worship meaningful and edifying to the family by being prepared and reading on the subject.

If you have any questions or need help or resources in getting started, please speak with the Pastor.

May the Lord bless you in your daily worship.

We will not hide them from [our] children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.” (Ps. 78:4-7)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2011 11:31 pm

    Has been a while since I have looked at your blog Pooyan, excellent to see you giving leadership to your people in this area of family worship.

    Paul

  2. Young Puritan's Friend permalink
    September 15, 2011 4:30 pm

    Thank you

  3. August 19, 2013 2:02 pm

    What’s up, I want to subscribe for this website to get hottest updates, so where can i do it please assist.

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