Why say what has already been said so well by someone else. “Family worship is simply coming together as a family and worshiping God in the home.” (taken from A Quick Guide to Family Worship by Winfield Bevins) Here are some links that are wonderful! They are each worth taking the time to read. I just want to stress though that while I feel a set aside time for family worship is wonderful, Godward teaching is an all day, every day, in every circumstance thing. “The home is where faith learning begins, but the real world is where it is lived. Take time to stop and teach your children faith lessons in the car, at the grocery store, or the street corner.” (taken from A Quick Guide to Family Worship by Winfield Bevins) This is not a new idea. Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” I feel so strongly about teaching our children, and ourselves for that matter, to have a Biblical worldview, to know how to apply His Word to our life, and to be in awe of who He is and what He has done in Christ Jesus.
A Quick Guide to Family Worship by Winfield Bevins (a great place to start)
Ligonier Ministries has a fantastic page, Family Worship 101, filled with how to’s, encouragement, and why you should do family worship as well.
The What, When, and How of Family Worship – on The Gospel Coalition’s website
Leading Family Worship – A great video with speaker Joel Beeke and article on desirggod.org.
A Simple Guide to Family Worship – Awesome read, very helpful.
THE BIBLE – Everything you need is there. A good acronym to use as a guide in studying personally and as a family is REAP (Read, Examine, Apply, Pray). It is a straight forward way to process what you’re reading, either on your own or with a small group of people. I borrowed this from this church’s website and found it very helpful. There is even a link that will take you to an example of REAP applied. http://austinstone.org/resources/bible-reading-plan
READ – Open your Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to teach, correct, and train you (2 Timothy 3:16). As you’re reading, ask these questions:
- What is happening in this passage? What things are emphasized, repeated, related?
- What do you see about God? What is God doing in this passage?
- What do you see about man?
EXAMINE – Spend some time reflecting. Ask yourself these questions, and write down your thoughts:
- How do you think the author wants his audience to respond?
- What do you learn about God’s character?
- What wrong beliefs about God and myself did I have?
APPLY – After examining the passage, apply the text to your own life. Ask yourself these questions:
- How do I need to repent? What truths do I need to believe? What false beliefs must I turn from?
- What can I do – empowered by the Holy Spirit – today to apply this passage?
PRAY – Pray through the passage and your application, asking God to change your heart and to change your life, based on the time you’ve spent in God’s Word.
Family Worship: In the Bible, in History & in Your Home by Donald S. Whitney. This little book shared by a lovely family in our church was what led us to begin our own family worship time. So thankful.
Neglected Grace – Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos.A great book about this important issue.
The Family Worship Book: A Resource Book for Family Devotions -“What is family worship? What have other people done? Why Should I do it? How can I start? A Valuable resource which you will not exhaust in years.”