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Southern Baptist Statement on Family Worship


I was just browsing the wonderful resources on http://ministry-to-children.com and I came across this post about the emphasis of family worship from the Southern Baptist Convention in 2010.  2010!  Five years ago this part of the church recognized family worship as something families are called to do.  This was really informative and encouraging.  When investigated about family worship my husband found that it was a requirement stated in the PCA (Presbyterian Church of America) book of church order.  This is not a new thing, but it is new for families to rediscover this practice.  Our culture has gotten away from Truth and away from worshiping God in the home.

In my heart of hearts I want to encourage and help equip families to participate in a regular time of worship in the home!  “God has shown us how faithful He is when we trust in Him and allow His Word to be active in our hearts and in the heart of our child.”  He is worthy of our time and our worship!  If you know families you could share this with, send them to this blog (http://wearethebranchesfamilyworship.com).  It’s nothing fancy, but it has plenty of resources and information to help anyone get started.

Here is the link to the page about the Southern Baptist Convention:  http://ministry-to-children.com/sbc-statement-on-family-worship/.  I also copied the text bellow so you can just read it here as well.

2010 Southern Baptist Resolution on Family Worship

Orlando, FL
June 2010,

WHEREAS, The Bible teaches the spiritual discipline of family worship for the glory of God, the strengthening of the church, and the spiritual nourishment of the family (Deuteronomy 6:1-18; Psalm 78:1-8; Ephesians 4-6); and

WHEREAS, Scripture pictures the Christian home as a place in which parents are instructed to teach and disciple their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:1-18; Ephesians 6:1-4); and

WHEREAS, Family worship has been a cherished Southern Baptist principle reflected in church covenants which have called believers “to maintain family and secret devotions” and “to religiously educate” their children; and

WHEREAS, In recent years, family worship has been emphasized in The Baptist Faith and Message, which states that “Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth”; and

WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have launched major initiatives which have brought to the forefront the need for families to pray, read from the Bible, memorize scripture, and give praise to the Lord within their homes; and

WHEREAS, In 2009, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention included family worship as a key catalyst for a Great Commission resurgence calling on Southern Baptists “to build gospel-saturated homes that see children as a gift from God and as our first and primary mission field”; and

WHEREAS, Family worship is integral to laying a foundation for multi-generational faithfulness to the gospel (Psalm 145:4) and a necessary complement for the strengthening of the local church to fulfill its commission (Matthew 28:18-20); and

WHEREAS, Family worship serves as an important preparation for the corporate worship of the local church on the Lord’s Day (Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:25); and

WHEREAS, In recent generations, the act of family worship has been neglected, evidenced by the breakdown of the family in our time; and

WHEREAS, The embracing of the spiritual discipline of family worship in the Christian home has the capacity to nurture stronger families, a stronger church, and a stronger nation; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 15-16, 2010, encourage churches and families to rekindle the spiritual discipline of family worship; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we define family worship as the regular meeting together of a family for a time of prayer and Bible reading, which may include other activities such as scripture memorization, singing spiritual songs and hymns, and discussing biblical truth and Christian mission; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage families to cultivate not only structured times of worship together, but also ongoing intentional and informal conversations about the things of the Lord; and be it further

RESOLVED, That as we call families and churches to embrace family worship, we urge fathers particularly to fulfill their divinely mandated responsibility to lead their families toward spiritual maturity (Ephesians 5:22-6:4; Colossians 3:19-21); and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage all parents to consider times of family worship to be an opportunity to introduce their children to the gospel, to train their children to seek the salvation of their friends and neighbors, and to pray for the nations; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage churches and families to make use of the many resources produced to aid in family worship; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we urge the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention and their pastors to promote family worship and encourage the families of their congregations to place the highest priority on embracing this foundational spiritual discipline for the well-being of families, the spread of the gospel, the making of disciples, and the glory of God.


A T T I T U D E Check!


I got an e-mail from mistry-to-children.com today titled, Attitude is Important.  I’m so thankful for the help of this ministry this morning so I wanted to share it with you as well.

We’ve been struggling with some bad attitudes in our house lately.   I asked my daughter Gracie what she thought causes us to have bad attitudes.  She said without having to think at all, “When we don’t get what we want.”  That pretty much sums it up.  We talked about Philippians 4:8 and what we should be setting our minds on.  If we start our day thinking about ourselves, pleasing ourselves, thinking about our stuff, or what we need to do, we will inevitably struggle with a bad attitude because we will not remember who we are (God’s loved one’s!), who God is (Holy and Good!), or what we are here for (to glorify Him!).  Our minds need renewing constantly or we do go back to thinking that life is about us.  This little acrostic poem they suggested on their website is a great tool to use to discuss attitude at home.  Maybe take each verse/letter and talk about attitude with your family during an entire week.  Make a cheer to memorize it and shout it out!  Play a game called bad attitude/good attitude where you have to take turns acting out one or the other and decide which it was!  It can be fun!

Who of us does not need an attitude check pretty much every day?!  =)

Here is the link:  http://ministry-to-children.com/attitude-poem/