The church must maintain the divinely ordered role of the family to establish a godly heritage. In the Family Guidance series, Dr. Joel R. Beeke offers pastoral. Family Worship has ratings and 33 reviews. Dr. Beeke offers a heartfelt and solemn plea for families to return to Biblical, consistent and passionate. Dr. Joel Beeke | Heritage Reformed Congregation. Sermon Points: (1) The theological foundation for family worship; (2) The duty of family of.
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Family worship has fallen on hard times. Parents often say they are too busy to do it. When my parents commemorated their fiftieth anniversary, all five of us children decided to express thanks to our father and mother worsship one thing without consulting each other. Remarkably, all five of us thanked our mother for her prayers, and all five us thanked our father for his leadership of our special Sunday evening family worship.
At the age of three God used you in family worship to convict me that Christianity was real. No matter how far I went astray in later years, I could never seriously question the reality of Christianity, and I want to thank you for that. Christians have long recognized that God often uses family worship to bring reformation and revival to the church. Given the importance of family worship as a potent force in winning untold millions to gospel truth throughout the ages, we ought not be surprised that God requires heads of households do all they can to lead their families in worshiping the living God.
Family worship will require some preparation. Have your Bibles ready and a Scripture passage selected.
Catechisms and books of questions and answers for children are very helpful. Choose some psalms and hymns that are easy to sing.
Pick a place to gather, such as the supper table or living room. Whatever times you set, carefully guard those times like a precious jewel. During family worship, aim for brevity. If you worship twice a day, try ten minutes in the morning and twenty-five in the evening. It is better to have twenty minutes of family worship every day than to try for extended periods on fewer days—say, forty-five minutes on Monday, then skipping Tuesday. If you are tired, deny yourself out of love for God and your family.
Instead, begin family worship by confessing your sins to your family and seeking their forgiveness in the presence of God. Lead family worship with a firm, fatherly hand and a soft, penitent heart. Speak with hopeful solemnity. Talk naturally yet reverently during this time, wworship the familj you would use when speaking to a deeply respected friend about a serious matter.
Expect great things from a great covenant-keeping God.
Family Worship by Joel R. Beeke
According to Scripture, God should be served in special acts of worship in families today in the following three ways. God should be worshiped by daily reading and instruction from familt Word.
Through questions, answers, and instructions, parents and children are to interact daily with each other about sacred truth. When those words were first written, most believers did not worsgip access to a precious scroll of Holy Scripture.
They had to teach their children from passages of Scripture which they heard and memorized. In this age most believers have the tremendous privilege of having the Bible in their own native language. When reading and teaching the Bible as a family, consider these suggestions.
Have a reading plan. Read ten or twenty verses from the Old Testament in the morning and ten to twenty from the New Testament in the evening. Or read a series of parables, joeel, or historical portions. Just be sure to read the entire Bible over a period of time. Let the Word dwell in them richly. Give them the Bible, the whole Bible, even while they are young. Every family member who can read should have a Bible to follow along. Set the tone by reading Scripture with expression, as the living, breathing book it is.
Assign various portions to be read by your wife and your children. Teach your children how to read articulately and with expression. Teach them to read with reverence. Provide a brief word of explanation throughout the reading, according to the needs of the younger children.
Be plain in meaning. Ask your children if they understand what you are reading. Be plain in applying scriptural fami,y. The Church of Scotland Directory for Family Worship wisely teaches us that if a sin is rebuked in the Word, then call the family to keep watch against it; if a judgment is threatened, warn them of it; if a duty is commanded, press it upon them; if a promise is offered, then urge them to trust it and receive its comfort.
Read aloud with your family the thoughts for each Bible chapter each day. Talk about the thoughts expressed. Answer the questions asked. Especially encourage teenagers to ask questions; draw them out. Be pure in doctrine. Be relevant in application. Ideally, tie together biblical instruction with what you recently heard in sermons.
Be affectionate in manner. When you must administer the wounds of a friendly father to your children, do that with heartfelt love. My father often said to us, with tears: Soul love is the soul of all love. That may involve repeated statements at the beginning like these: Families eat and drink the daily provision of a gracious God at their tables. To do that in Christian way, a family must follow 1 Timothy 4: Tedious prayers do more harm than good.
Teach with your eyes open; pray with your eyes shut. Be simple without being shallow. Spread your needs before Worsihp, plead your case, and ask for mercy. Name your teenagers and children and their needs one by one on a daily basis. That holds tremendous weight with them.
Be natural yet solemn. Speak clearly and reverently. Use a prayer list to remember different persons and organizations on different days. Mix these ingredients with different worxhip to get variety in your prayers. Every Christian family should own a few copies of a good psalter psalms set to meter and music and hymnal from which to sing. If one of you can play the piano, all the better. But even recorded music is helpful. Sing doctrinally pure songs. There is no excuse for singing doctrinal worsgip no matter how attractive the tune might be.
Sing psalms first and foremost without neglecting sound hymns. Sing heartily and with feeling. On occasion discuss a phrase that is sung. John Paton served as a missionary over a century ago to a cannibalistic people in the islands of the south Pacific Ocean. Those people killed and ate the missionaries who had preceded Paton within minutes of their arrival.
Paton faced enormous difficulties and sorrows. But he persevered in the name of Christ. One earthly means by which God prepared him for his labors was his father in Scotland. In later years Paton looked back upon his father with great gratitude. Their family had a small room in their home which was their prayer closet. When John Paton left his ffamily to go to Glasgow to study theology and do urban evangelism, he had to walk forty miles before coming to a train station.
His father walked woorship first six miles with him. They spoke about the Lord, and his father gave him worshkp. Then for the last half-mile they walked in silence.
Beeke is president and wirship of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, MI, and a prolific author and frequent conference speaker.
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