We have put together “Family Worship Guide” that provides parents with some helpful thoughts and practical resources on how to lead a family worship service in your own home. No need to stress it! This practice can turn into a wonderful daily or weekly rhythm that draws your family closer to the Lord and each other.
FAMILY WORSHIP GUIDE
Family worship is not merely a religious discipline; it is a meeting with the triune God in a spirit of adoration. This can be done with four steps.
- Read. When we read the Bible, God preaches about Himself and the
indescribable gift of Jesus, his son, to a needy world. This message is not
just for information, but for exaltation.
- Sing. It is inescapable: God’s people sing! Family worship brings glory to
God. If your family isn’t musical, you can sing along to The New
Testament’s call to admonish one another through song applies well in the
context of the home (Col. 3:16).
- Pray. Prayer is a way to show thankfulness to God, our prayers must be
worshipful, not merely formal. We can pray following the acronym
ACTS (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication). Give every
family member a chance to pray.
- Memorize scripture. Psalm 119:11, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you”. Families, even the littlest of children can learn to memorize small passages of scripture and store that for the course of their lifetime.
Be consistent, be brief, be flexible and HAVE FUN!
Strive for consistency, not perfection. If you have small children, sometimes you can only get two of these done. Make the best of those two with them. Have fun with it, enjoy the time together, and help to make it a habit.
Family worship is like a great friendship. It has its bumps, but it is forged through regular meaningful interaction. William Gouge observed that “a nail that at one blow barely enters, with many blows is knocked all the way in.” So it is with consistency in family worship.
For an additional resource on Family Worship, check out this sermon from Pastor AJ.
RESOURCES FOR FAMILY WORSHIP
Here is a currated list of books we recommend and links if you are interested in purchasing them for your family.
- Family Worship: In the Bible, in History & in Your Home (Donald Whitney). This short, but potentially life-changing book covers the motivation and importance of family worship. Once you’re convinced of the value of family worship, here are some resources that could be useful for family worship…
- The Big Picture Story Bible (David Helm). If you have young children, this is a must have resource. Simple but gospel-rich storytelling. Great pictures.
- The Jesus Storybook Bible (Sally Lloyd-Jones). Another must have for those with youngchildren. Beautiful pictures and writing. Like Big Picture, the author connects each Bible story to the Bible’s central character and central message, Christ and His saving work.
- God’s Very Good Idea (Trillia Newbell). A wonderful explanation of the gospel! This book will help children see how people from all ethnic and social backgrounds are valuable to God, and how Jesus came to rescue all kinds of people.
- Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing (Sally Lloyd-Jones). Sometimes a great sign of maturity in faith is seen through one’s increasing ability to connect the gospel to everything in life. This book is a primer on seeing how the gospel relates to everyday life.
- The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New (Marty Machowski). An excellent book to help kids of all ages understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to him. While this book is very helpful for kids, parents will gain a lot from it as well.
- The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden (Kevin DeYoung). an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth. This book has great illustrations and is best for elementary age children.
- Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God (Marty Machowski). A one-stop-shop resource. Gives brief Bible reading, brief devotional thought, asks good questions for family discussion. Offers helps for family prayer. Gospel-centered.
- The Big Book of Questions and Answers: A Family Devotional Guide to the Christian Faith (Sinclair Ferguson). Ferguson does a good job making big truths accessible to little children.