Family Worship

27 04 2010

A point that we are working on driving home with parents in our youth ministry is the necessity of establishing biblical discipleship in the home.  One thing essential to discipleship in the home is family worship! Now, family worship is not the only thing necessary for well-rounded discipleship in the home but it is vital for cultivating the work of Christ in the hearts of your children.

When children are taught to worship in the home, they can be taught to worship in the church.  When children are discipled in the home they can learn so much more from the preaching and teaching that goes on in the local church.  The importance of the local church cannot be overemphasized! Family worship should never take the place of corporate worship. Nonetheless, 3 hours a week at church must not be all the biblical teaching your students are receiving…

I’ve already wrote one blog about this subject (How we do family worship) but I wanted to share some more insight on this subject… Below is some information you can use to begin family worship in your home:

Three Main Steps to Starting Family Worship 

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How we do family worship

9 02 2010

This blog is not about ‘why’ we do family worship in our home, but how.  I hope that everyone reading this understands the biblical foundation for family worship found in Scripture. As mentioned in previous blogs, Deut. 6:5-7 clearly states that parents are responsible for teaching their children about the Lord and His commands.

First of all, I want to say that we do not have the perfect model; nor are we perfect in our current framework of family worship.  There are still things that we’d like to imporve on, but what we’ve started is a foundation for family worship in the home that we plan on lasting the rest of our lives.

We do our worship in the evenings right after supper.  This usually happens about 4-5 days out of the week, but sometimes can be only a few if we have to be gone several nights.  I want to take a side note here and say that families need to get back to eating supper together.  Make it goal in the near future to eat together at least 3 nights out of the week for starters.  I know families are busier and busier but the dinner table is a place we can laugh, cry, and bond together as a family.  Some of us don’t understand the value of family dinners because we didn’t grow up eating supper as a family.  If this describes you, I highly recomend that you start encouraging your family to eat supper together on a regular basis.  The time shared is truly invaluable!  This doesn’t mean you have to do family worship right after supper… This just happens to be the best time for us because we are all together (and we aren’t what you would call “morning people”!).  Also, even if you don’t do family worship after dinner, still make it a priority to cut out some of the extracurricular activities that are preventing your family from eating supper together.

Ok so, right after dinner we’ll clean off the table and then I’ll read a passage of Scripture.  We were reading through Bradyn’s Children’s Bible, but we haven’t been the last several weeks.  If you have smaller children a children’s illustrated Bible really does come in handy!  Lately, I’ve just been reading passages of Scripture that God has laid on my heart.  I try to balance Old Testament and New Testament readings.  Honestly, a reading plan would be better, and we are going to try and work on that in the future!

After I read the Bible I’ll aske a couple of simple questions.  Bradyn’s only 2 and Caleb is 4 months, so I know they aren’t technically “learning” but it does help build a foundation for how we will do things in the future.  Occasionally, Steph and I will discuss things from the reading on an adult level with each other.  After the reading and questions, we’ll sing.  We have an older Baptist Hymnal, but don’t use it every time.  I have a guitar, but we don’t use it every time either.  For about a year we’ve been really wearing out Jesus Loves Me! But it is important to sing different songs and I would encourage you to get a hymnal or other song book to help you sing with your family.

The last thing we do after 1-2 (sometimes 3-5!) songs is pray.  We don’t just pray a generic “bless our family” prayer.  Instead we try to pray according to the passage of Scripture that we just read.  For example, 2 Peter 1:21 was in our reading the other night, and we thanked God for His inspiration of the Holy Scriptures.

This whole process takes about 10-15 minutes! I think so many people don’t do family worship because they are worried about time frame… In the future we may plan on taking longer as we introduce more “involved” questions and even Catechism (similar to the Westminster Catechism) but still the whole thing doesn’t have to last longer than 15-20 minutes at the most.  Obviously don’t be looking at the clock ready to shut it down if kids are asking questions, but also don’t feel you have to give up your whole evening either.

So that’s basically it… The whole process of the Nelson Family Worship time.  My challenge to you is to just start.  Even if you can only plan on doing it 1 day every week right now, that’s fine.  Just begin.  If your kids are older it may take some getting used to, but still we must adhere to the biblical model of family discipleship.  Maybe you don’t have kids yet or they’ve already left home. In that case I would still challenge you to have a similar form of worship time in your home.  If you dont’ have kids yet, this is a great way to lay a foundation for one of the ways you will help raise godly children.  Think about this:

If we can’t worship in the home, how can we worship during church services?

Why we read the Bible

25 08 2009

Last week I began a new thing….Seminary online! So far things are going well, and I just thought I would write out some interactions that I have been having after watching the lectures.

My prof, Dr. Pennington, SBTS said the other day “there is a difference between reading the Bible, and reading Scripture.”  What he meant was that someone can just come to the Bible, read it as a text book, or history book, or sermon study book, or whatever, and walk away never actually reading Scripture.

The point is this (also from Dr. P) “the goal of reading the Bible is transformation”.  Wow! In the ministry I find myself many times coming to the Bible and pulling out truths to feed those I’m teaching. Or coming to the Bible and finding creative sermon ideas or titles and preaching.  If that’s all I’m doing when i read the bible or exegete a passage of Scripture then I’m missing the point…

Why do we read the Bible? Better stated, Why SHOULD we read the Bible? Why should YOU read the Bible? To be TRANSFORMED! To allow God’s word to sink deep w/in you and for the Holy Spirit to take those truths and draw you closer and closer to the image of Jesus Christ.


God bless!