Family Worship: Reading the Scriptures

July 15, 2008

J. W. Alexander once said,

The daily reading of God’s holy word, by a parent before his children, is one of the most powerful agencies of Christian life.  We are prone to undervalue this cause.  It is a constant dropping, but it wears its mark into the rock.  A family thus trained cannot be ignorant of the Word.  The whole Scriptures come repeatedly before the mind…No part of juvenile education is more important (Thoughts on Family Worship, pg. 62-63).

As parents/guardians we must understand that God’s words are powerful, and that they are more than capable to give us “wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3.15).  Not only do the Scriptures give us wisdom that leads to salvation, but they are good for “teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3.16). 

The reason that we read the Scriptures to our children is finally explained in 2 Timothy 3.17,

so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Therefore, we as parents/guardians are to read and integrate the Scriptures in the lives of our children on a daily basis (read Deuteronomy 6.4-9).  The integration of faith in the lives of our children is to be a daily affair that is based upon our involvement in their lives.  Since this is the case we cannot believe for one iota that sending them to school, children’s church, or youth group, will provide all that they need to become a Christian.  These should be a support to what is going on at home and not the primary means of instruction and discipline (read Ephesians 6.1-4)

Let me ask you parents/guardians, “What steps can you take right now to best incorporate the reading of Scripture with your family?”  “Does life need to be simplified?”  “Are there activities that need to be canceled to create more time for your involvement in the life of your children?”  “Should you go to bed earlier, missing the late night shows, so that you can get up 30 minutes earlier to read and pray together?”  “What steps need to be taken in order to have your family together for family worship in the evening?” 

These are just some preliminary questions.  I will provide some other thoughts on family worship later.

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