SPF 078: Q & A What is Family Worship?

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Family Worship is a dedicated time of teaching our children the Word of God and helping them worship the Lord together with the entire family. Andy Hlushak is our guest today sharing why family worship is important, explains the paideia of God, and we share what we do with our family around the breakfast table that is helping them know and worship the God of the universe. 

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Family Worship

Family Worship is the parents of the home taking initiative of setting aside a time to teach and instruct their children with the Word of God and songs and prayer. That formal instruction then lends to continual instruction throughout the day.

Family Worship is about instructing the next generation about the Lord for their good and the glory of God!

Family Worship unifies the family and puts God at the center of the family.

Is it biblical?

  • Deuteronomy 6
  • Psalm
  • Ephesians 6

Family Worship Helps Build a Christian Culture

Ephesians 6:1-4

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),  “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."

Paideia = discipline and instruction of the Lord

Paideia is creating a culture of following God within your family which in turns impacts the world!

Q and A

Who should lead family worship?

What if the Father is a Christian but not leading family worship?

What if the Father is not a Christian?

What if the mom is single?

How We Do Family Worship with Little Ones

  • Read the Bible (we use ESV Family Devotion Bible)
  • Discuss the Bible story we read
  • Review or teach a catachism (we use New City Catachism - free app!)
  • Review or teach Bible verse
  • Sing a Song
  • Pray

Three Reminders for Daily Family Worship

  1. Brevity
  2. Regularity
  3. Flexibility

Here's a peak into our Family Worship Time

 

Recommended Family Worship Resources

ESV Family Devotional Bible
By ESV Bibles by Crossway
Family Worship
By Donald S. Whitney
Family Worship Bible Guide
By Joel R Beeke Ph.D.