As goes the home, so goes the church, and so goes the nation. Therefore it is of vital importance to us that we, the ministers of the Word, promote family worship in our congregations.
Of course, family worship is not a substitute for other parental responsibilities such as personal prayer, a solid marriage, setting a godly example, and exercising righteous and compassionate discipline in the home. But just as the Word is the foundation of the church (Eph. 2:20), so family worship is the foundation of biblical child-rearing. For in family devotions children regularly hear the sacred words of God from the lips of their own father and mother.
Brothers, Christ has laid upon us a commission to teach Christ’s disciples “to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:20). Surely this includes the responsibility to teach parents to bring their children to Jesus (Matt. 19:13–14).
First, let us begin with ourselves. Are we faithful fathers bringing up our children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”? Robert Murray M`Cheyne observed that a congregation will rarely rise above the level of holiness of its minister. If perhaps you have seldom (or never) gathered your family for worship in your home, then let this be a time of new beginnings. Then say to your flock with humility, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1).
Second, consider preaching on this important subject. Surely this is worthy of a sermon. We are charged to preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). Is not one of the great tasks of the church the evangelization and edification of its children? Who is better positioned to do this than their Christian father and mother? If you need instruction yourself, then read one of the books featured on this website and dig into the Scriptures.
There are other means of promoting family worship in addition to preaching. Give away a book on this vital topic to each family in the church. Have the couples’ class listen to a sermon downloaded from sermonaudio.com and discuss it. Do something to encourage families to turn off the TV, sit down together, and meet with God.
Third, be willing to train families in their homes. What I mean is this. Let your congregation know that you would be happy to visit any of their homes to help them start worshiping as a family. When you go, lead them like the father in family devotions. Keep it simple, interesting, and no more than 15–20 minutes. Then pass the baton to the head of the household to do what you did. Perhaps visit again in a month just to observe. Some parents desire to start family worship, but need more than teaching. They need to see it done.
Promote family worship and then pray that every household may become a little temple, and every family a seed-bed for future servants of the living Christ.