Family Worship Guide

Did you know that Family Worship and Discipleship has been occurring for thousands of years within the history of God’s people? Building upon the institution of marriage given to us by God in Genesis chapter 2, Family Worship is a part of the very plan that God has for drawing the nations to Himself (Gen 18:17-19). Training children to love and fear the Lord is written of by Moses (Deut 6:4-6; 11:18-21), recorded in the psalms (Ps 78:1-8), given application by Solomon (Prov 1-9), and encouraged by Paul to be implemented for faithful Christian living (Eph 5:25-26; 6:1-4; Col 3:18-21; 2 Tim 1:5; 3:14-15). Family Worship is also a rich part of Church History as it is prescribed daily in the Second (Baptist) London Confession of 1689, and by faithful Christian giants ranging from Tertullian to Martin Luther, and from John Chrysostom to faithful Puritans like Richard Baxter, Matthew Henry, and Jonathan Edwards. The great Baptist preacher, Charles 1 Spurgeon, noted, “If you want to bring up a godly family, who shall be a seed to serve God when our heads are under the clouds of the valley, let us train them [children] up in the fear of God by meeting together as a family for worship.”2

At First Irving, we are praying and asking the Lord to bring about faithful ministry and discipleship in our families. We want to encourage you as parents to commit to the process of intentionally and faithfully building a culture in your home that is set on glorifying God in all things. This Guide to Family Worship is meant to help provide resources to get you started on this journey. It will be difficult, distractions and scheduling issues will arise, but we want to encourage you to keep going, remain committed to the imperatives of Scripture that urge you to entrust the glorious gospel to your children. The essence of parenting is to make disciples, and remembering that Christ, who has been given all authority by the Father, promised, “I am with you” throughout your whole life and family ministry. There is a cosmic 3 battle that occurs each time you train your child to know and love God at the kitchen table or their bedside–engage in it! Christ is most definitely worth it, and there is no greater treasure that you could entrust to your children than Christ and getting to know Him through years of intentional Scripture study and memorization, prayer, mission, confession, and family singing.

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