I recently completed some research over the growing percentage of young people (ages 18-29) who are departing the faith and some of the primary factors contributing to the issue. Parents, ministers, Bible class teachers, and church leaders all across Christendom are deeply concerned with this dilemma. Depending on which research you find to be most viable; it is estimated that between 60-75% of Christian young people will graduate from high school and walk away from their relationship with the Lord.
It is not my intent during this post to get into the reasons given by those who were once on fire for God but now do not feel the need to follow Jesus. That will be another post at another time. But I do want to say that I know with every ounce of my being that Biblical home training MUST become a priority once again if our children are ever going to live a life of faith and holiness.
From the beginning of time, God ordain the home to be THE primary place for spiritual training and developing godly character. Please notice.
Genesis 18:19 – “For I 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.”
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.”
Psalm 78:1-11 – “Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God. The Ephraimites, armed with the bow, turned back on the day of battle. They did not keep God’s covenant, but refused to walk according to his law. They forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them.”
Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Ephesians 6:4 – “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Many parents understand the command for home training but still chose to ignore this decree from the Lord. Many others understand their responsibility but are not sure where to begin or who to implement faith training within their own home. The need for spiritually mature men and women to help train the younger generation (Titus 2:1-8) how to live and leave a Godly legacy is at a very high level. Churches can aid in this need by providing resources and encouraging these two groups to come together and minister to one another with a humble heart and spirit.
Even though I am a father of a young family, my wife and I am constantly working daily to impress faith and to live our relationship for our children. We have come to quickly realize the value and blessing in fulfilling the command from the Lord within our own home.
Family Worship bonds the family together in the Lord (2 Timothy 1:5)
It is a very exciting time for our family to be able to gather around our son’s bed at night and read the Word of God together and spend time in family prayer. You will be hard pressed to find something more meaningful and heartwarming than hearing your children pray. Not only is it a time of worship but it can easily provide a great avenue for laughter. Our son has prayed for some very unique and interesting things. As a minister, it has provided me some opportunities to talk to my son about preaching, prayer, service, fellowship, and song leading to name a few. He gets excited when we spend time with other Christians who love him and provide a godly example for his to see.
Family Worship makes the father the spiritual leader (Ephesians 6:4)
Sadly, far too many men are not heeding the call from the Lord to be the spiritual leader of the home. Many of them are intimidated or discouraged. By implementing family worship when your children are small, it allows the father to grow in his spiritual walk and abilities as his children grow. Many times the children will not remember what their parents said but will remember the example they set. Family Worship allows the father to grow in his role as the spiritual leader of his home.
Family Worship is What God commanded (Deuteronomy 6:4)
Scripture is very clear on what the Lord expects of us as parents. We are not to live a life of fear, but a life of power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). Regardless of what other parents/families are doing. We have chosen to take the Lord at His word and are doing our very best to live our His command to teach/train our children about Him and His Ways.
Family Worship Helps us to Learn God’s Ways (Psalm 119:97-103)
What a delight it is to spend in God’s Word. To realize it has the power to encourage, mold, and help us to become more like Jesus is so refreshing and exciting. The more time we spend with Scripture the better our relationship will be as a family and as members of the household of God.
Family Worship Will Save Your Family (2 Timothy 3:15)
As parents we go through so many measures to make sure our homes and vehicles are safe. We do our very best to make sure they are always in a safe environment when they are not in our sight. Why? Because we want to protect them from harm and those who could hurt them. As important as these measures are, they fail in comparison to our role in helping save them from spiritual sin. When we implement Family Worship, we are doing our part in helping save them from themselves, a life of trouble and heartache, and an eternity of punishment and despair.
By no means is this list exhaustive but I do hope you can see the value and benefits of Family Worship. May the Lord bless each of you richly as we all strive to develop families of faith and holiness.