In a previous post we looked at the biblical basis for Family Worship. It is my hope and prayer that you searched the Scriptures and found that God indeed wants our families to worship Him. Our God works through time, and as a result, history can become one of our greatest teachers. God thought history so important that much of the Old Testament, and a good deal of the New Testament, is recorded history.
Sometimes it is helpful to journey back through time and see how others lived. More importantly than cultural issues, our worship of God through our families is well-grounded in the history of the church. Tertullian and John Chrysostom, early church fathers, both believed and practiced the importance of Family Worship. Martin Luther, the Father of the Reformation, wrote, “Therefore such a house [in which family worship exists] is actually a school and church, and the head of the household is a bishop and priest in his house.” That is, the father is the ‘pastor’ of his ‘church’ (or home). Richard Baxter and Matthew Henry, both incredible men of God, were convinced that family worship was necessary for God’s glory. Jonathan Edwards, the greatest theologian produced by America, had this written about him, “Care for his children’s souls was, of course, his preeminent concern.” Edwards would ask his children age-appropriate questions about the Scriptures. Other men and women throughout history have invested in spiritual worship in their families.
I encourage you, as we work our way through the practical aspects of family worship in the future, to start praying and determining to begin Family Worship in your home. Make the care of your child’s soul your preeminent concern. Let it be said of us that, “I [God] have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice.” (Genesis 18:19)