A Family That Worships Together Is A Characteristic Of A Godly Family1
James W. Alexander (1823-1858) was a pastor during the nineteenth century who is not well-known among Christians today, but this does not mean that the things he wrote have no relevance for our lives. Everyone knows that Sunday morning is a time for the shepherd to feed his sheep, but the question should be asked, what are we congregants to do during the other six days? In researching Alexander, I noticed that in 1847, he published a book titled, Thoughts on Family-Worship and there is no doubt that this is an excellent reminder of the need for Christian families to worship together in their homes throughout the rest of the week. Therefore, in this small blog post, I want to challenge the parents in general, and the men in particular, to lead their
families in worshiping the one true God.
Parents need to ask themselves, are we worshiping as a family during the week? Can we say with Joshua, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15)? Of course, it is easy to judge ourselves by Scriptural examples, like that of Cornelius’ family. Cornelius the centurion was a devout man, and his whole household feared God. The Bible says that Cornelius prayed to God continually (Acts 10:1-2). People may say, this is not probable and it is an unrealistic expectation for my family. But this is no excuses. Are we too timid and cowardly in showing our faith to our family? Remember that the Spirit of God that raised Christ from the dead lives and indwells in you (Rom. 8:11). Christians, by the power of God, must live boldly for the glory of Christ even among their families. There is no doubt that family worship will be a struggle for some and it may be awkward at first, yet families must be intentional about worshiping God in their homes, because if they are not, then it is easy to slip back into the individualistic lifestyles that we all enjoy.
Ask yourself, is our family taking time out of the day to come together with the aim to
pray for one another, read the inerrant and authoritative Scriptures, and sing a hymn or
Christian song? Parents should take joy in training “up a child in the way he should go” (Prov. 22:6) and bringing “them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Worshipping God does not stop after Sunday morning service.
The beauty of family worship is it will grow the relationships between your family
members, as well as it will build your relationship with Christ. Christians are not called to fight the battles and hardships of life alone, but to rejoice with those who are rejoicing and mourn with those who are mourning (Rom. 12:15-16). Christians are to live in community, knowing that we have spiritual brothers and sisters who care for our well-being and sanctification. Scripture teaches us to worship God daily (Ps. 92:2; 1 Cor. 10:31), and what better way of doing this then with your family?
Christians have been doing family worship ever since the start of the church and it is of
the utmost importance for Christian families to worship together in spirit and in truth throughout the week.