Don Whitney has recently come out with some helpful videos to help you lead your family in Family Worship. I want to share these with you and express why I think that Family Worship is important. This is from the first video:
A survey by the Barna Research Group found that 85% of parents with children under age 13 believe they have primary responsibility for teaching their children about religious beliefs and spiritual matters. And yet, a majority of parents don’t spend any time during a typical week discussing religious matters or studying religious materials with their children, instead relying on their church to do all the religious training their children will receive.
I often have parents come up to me and comment about how secular public school has become. Usually in this conversation there is a comment about not allowing prayer. I agree that we need prayer in schools, but we also need it in the homes! In seminary my evangelism professor shared a very sad stat. Over 90% of professing Christians surveyed admitted they do not daily pray with their children. This is alarming.
This also lets us know if they are not praying together then they are probably not reading the bible together. However, families are sharing meals, watching TV, shopping, and doing much more together. Parents, your children are watching. What you spend time doing the most with (or without) your kids will be seen as the priority. Make spiritual formation a priority, and spiritual formation primarily takes place at home. Parents, you are the primary disciplers of your children. Don’t rely on one or two church services a week to be sufficient for your family. We must daily pursue holiness and daily seek to grow in our knowledge about God.
I love how Whitney ends each video:
God deserves to be worshiped daily in your home by your family.
Family worship is simple: Read the Bible, pray, and sing. Show your children that God is worthy of worship. Show your children that this is the most important thing that you do each day. If you want children who continue to walk with God years from now start by being the example.
I read this quote today from David Platt, President of the International Mission Board:
“Privatized faith in a resurrected King is practically inconceivable.”
How true this statement is. In that same seminary class we learned that 90% (though most studies show upwards of 98%) of professing Christians will never share their faith. How tragic and what utter disobedience to the command of Christ. Share your faith with your kids daily and let this lead to boldness for you at work and for them at school. Be a family on mission for the gospel of Christ.
I hope you will find these videos and the 30 day Family Worship starter helpful. As always, please contact me with any questions you may have. We have been given Great Commission from a worthy God. Let is start in our homes.