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The Importance of Personal and Family Worship

06 May

The Importance of Personal and Family Worship

Text: Psalm 95:1-11

Purpose: The Psalmist is calling his audience to worship the Lord because He is worthy of our worship.

Proposition: God wants us to worship Him.

Interrogative: How can we worship God correctly?

Question 1: What is family worship:

It is the deliberate, habitual, and corporate practice of worshiping God through song, prayer, and Biblical instruction as a family.  This does not take the place of corporate local church worship; however it prepares the family for those times of corporate local church worship.

Question 2: Why should we worship as a family?

  • We were created to worship
  • Question: What is the chief end of man? Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31), and to enjoy him for ever (Ps. 73:25–26).[1]
  • It involves daily instruction
  • It has historically been the practice of the church
  • To the Puritans, family life was enormously important, for ‘a family is the seminary of church and state and if children be not well principled there, all miscarrieth.’35 So ‘keep up the government of God in your families: holy families must be the chief preservers of the interest of religion in the world.’36[2]
  • It emphasizes the authority of fathers in the home.
  • It emphasizes the authority of scripture over fathers in the home

Question 3: What are the most basic elements of family worship?

  • Sing praise to God: 95:1-2 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
  • Pray as a family: 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
  • Study God’s word: 95:3, 8 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.  To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation,

 Question 4: What are we teaching when we worship as a family?

  • We are teaching our children how to reverence God.
  • We are teaching out children how study the Bible.
  • We are teaching our children Bible doctrine.
  • We are teaching our children how to teach.

Question 5: What are some family worship considerations?

  • Be age appropriate.
  • More time is not always better.
  • Ask your children questions to keep them engaged.
  • Teach your children doctrine.
  • Encourage focused discussion.
  • Prepare the heart of your children for the gospel.
  • Pick a time that you can make the practice common.
  • Start as soon as you are a married couple.

Questions to Consider:

  • Are you living your life as an expression of daily worship to God?
  • Are you having a consistent time of personal worship?
  • Are you having a time of family worship?
  • Are you emphasizing the three key elements in family worship?
  • Are you teaching doctrine in family worship?
  • Are you being age appropriate in your teaching?
  • Are you engaging your children with good questions and illustrations?

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (2009). A Catechism, With Proofs (p. 3). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

35 35.‘Mr. Thomas Manton’s Epistle to the Reader’, The [Westminster] Confession of Faith (Free Presbyterian Publications: Glasgow, 1973), p 8. The Geneva Bible’s note on Genesis 17:23 says: ‘Masters in their houses ought to be as preachers to their families, that from the highest to the lowest they may obey the will of God.’ The thought of the husband and father as spiritual instructor to the household recurs constantly.

36 36.Baxter, Works, IV:229. Baxter wrote The Poor Man’s Family Book (1674) and The Catechising of Families (1683) as resources for the instructional side of family government.

[2] Packer, J. I. (1990). A quest for godliness: the Puritan vision of the Christian life (p. 270). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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