“They who daily pray in their houses do well; they that not only pray, but read the Scriptures,
do better; but they do best of all, who not only pray and read the Scriptures,
but sing the praises of God.” – Matthew Henry
“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.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
One of the most important habits your family can develop is a pattern for family devotions. It is foundational for developing a family of faith, centered around God’s Word.
The start of the new year is a chance to also start new habits. Why not start this year with a new strategy for family worship?
I published a seven-month guide for your family worship, and made it available in the foyer this week. Feel free to pick up as many copies as your family needs.
The Worship Guide has three primary elements: a short reading from the New Testament, a monthly hymn, and a memory verse. The reading from the Bible should get you through the New Testament in a one-year period. The monthly hymn will create familiarity with the greatest songs of the Christian faith. The memory verse will strengthen your mind, and put God’s word in your heart.
Family Worship is not easy, but it is rewarding. It may look daunting, but you will see it build fruit in your life, and your family’s life. So why not start today?
- Singles – You can use this guide for personal devotional life. You can also use it when you have guests to dinner. Just use the parts that are most helpful for you.
- Parents – You can use this before school, or at the end of dinner.
- Homeschoolers – I have seen the importance of a consistent bible program within homeschool, including scripture memorization. If you don’t already have something, this family worship guide might give you some helpful guidance for your homeschool children. Why not sing a hymn in your homeschool day? Think about testing memory verses and even rewarding students as they do well.
- Ministry leaders – Maybe you’re looking for a scripture memory verse to use in your program. You can use this guide to help you with the decision making.
- Can’t sing? Well, I understand this, because I can’t either. My family covers for me when we sing, but if it’s too much, just skip this part and do the things that you can.
- Like I said earlier, we’ve made these guides available in the foyer; I encourage you to pick up one for every member of your family. May God bless you and your family and your spiritual growth in 2021.