Family Worship (Church)

A family is a father, a mother and a child or children, ideally, from a biblical perspective. Worship is to honor the “worth” of God, or “worthship” if I may. Family worship is a family expressing the worth of God in the conscience of the family. God, of course is the Triune God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Christian worship is then giving the proper honor to our God in everything wherein He is God! He is Lord of all, so every aspect of life should be to His honor. 
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”, (1Co 10:31). There are many ways we can glorify God, but here Paul begins with the most basic acts of eating and drinking. Where does most of this ideally take place? In the family. Have you thought of the holiness of a meal? We have spent may hours in holy fellowship with brethren around the table. Perhaps you have never thought of fellowship around a table full of delicious food as glorifying God, but that is the standard Paul sets in this verse.
In our day we speak of the “house of worship” or the church building where we go to worship. We can worship almost any where. In the New Testament, and for centuries after Christ returned to the right hand of the Father, believers met in their homes normally to worship God in an assembly. Consider:
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. (Act 5:42)
WHEN?
WHERE?
WHY?
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, (Act 2:46)
And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in thy house: (Phm 1:2)

Where was the church? It was in Philemon’s house.

Note the simplicity here. When? Daily. Where? Every house. Why? To teach and preach Jesus Christ. You don’t need an organized clergy for this. You don’t need men with letters after their names to direct this. You don’t need the government to regulate it. It doesn’t take any extra money to make it work! Anyone who knows that he is a sinner, that Christ is the only Saviour, and that He can trust his whole being for time and eternity to God, knows enough to teach and preach Jesus Christ. Simply teaching is to present the facts and preaching is the exhortation or encouragement to live the facts. Family worship is simple.

 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward,” (2Co 1:12).

With some 450,000 churches in our country today, few people realize that there were no church buildings as we know them for centuries after Pentecost. Further, you will see in history, that shortly after the emphasis was shifted to buildings, and organized religion, the world went into what we call the Dark Ages for about a thousand years or until the Great Reformation. Through out the Dark Ages, God had a witness, usually in small home assemblies who were usually persecuted by the organized religion which was called by the world, Christianity. This is dark, but there are many good, well documented history books showing the horrors of organized christianity which had little or nothing to do with our precious Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now consider with me, what is the most basic reality of a family, something even more basic that eating and drinking? Marriage! “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge,” (Heb 13:4). The purpose of marriage is to honor or glorify God. The heart of the family is the marriage which produced it. In our culture, sadly, marriages are usually based on attraction. That attraction might be sex, tradition, ambition or even religion. Oh, how it would change things if, for instance, when a young lady was considering marriage, she would think first ask ,

  1. Would this young man be faithful in leading our young family in the worship or honor of God?
  2. Would he be able to lead in family devotions?
  3. Would he be able to pray in a crisis?
  4. Would he be able to trust God in all things financial?
  5. Would he shape our lives daily to honor my precious Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ?
The young man would ask,
  1. Would this young lady be an example for our children?
  2. Would she be able to follow me as I lead the family in serving God?”
  3. Would she pattern her life after Ephesians 5 and 1 Peter 3 and other scriptures?
  4. Would she be a woman of prayer?
  5. Would she be able to help in the ministry God has given us?
You see, the family is something like this: God has a purpose and he saves a young man to carry out that mission. He then gives him the darling of his heart to help him carry out His commission. “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him,” (Gen 2:18). Adam needed someone to help him tend the garden of Eden! Further, the father and mother need help, so children are given to help in completing the wonderful plan God has for the family. This is the ideal, and grace is given to recover from the failures of meeting the ideal.

Since the family is the heart of God’s purpose in the life of the mother and father, it is safe to say that Christ Jesus can provide everthing needed in the family by His infinite grace. He will provide every thing needed for Family Learning, Family Health, Family Birth, Family Business, and Family Defense. This ministry is devoted to showing how Family Worship is the bedrock or foundation for everything the family needs.

Family Business

 

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? (Luk 2:49)

Since the purpose of the christian family is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, wouldn’t it be wise to “follow in his steps”, 1 Pet. 2:21? On this subject we enter in to the finances of the family. How does God want us to “make a living”? If you ask a sample of people the question “What do you do?”, they will mostly answer by telling you their occupation or job, or basically how they make money. If our sample was from christians or non christians the answers would probably be the same. If you ask these people why do they live where they live, they will say something like “This is where I work.” Now let me introduce another factor. The Bible says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows,” (1Ti 6:10). Is it possible that the deep apostasy our nation is in is because we have peirced ourselves through with many sorrows because the love of money has dominated our motivations in living, and not the passionate desire to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ by depending on Him for everthing in life?

Let us make a comparison. We can earn money to sustain our families to be able to carry out the mission our Heavenly Father has given us. From another angle, we earn money so that we can fulfill the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. We want our children to have high paying jobs so they can have all “the things we never had when we were growing up”. Now I know we need money, and lots of it in our society, but I know that “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” (Php 4:19). Further, “And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful,” (Tit 3:14). I take it that this refers to an honorable job which allows one to take care of “necessary uses” so that they be “not unfruitful”.

Family Education

As with the problem of the “church” being a building, we have a similar problem with “school” being a place to go to get education. We have a church house and a school house. We think of a church as a building and we think of going to school as going to a building. That is why we prefer the term Family Learning to the term Home School. Everything about the family should be a learning process.
Public School A Recent Phenomenon
Do you realize that public school is a relatively recent phenomenon. A great preacher from South Carolina use to tell how he worked all week as a boy to earn fifty cents. He then gave that fifty cents to a school teacher in exchange for a Latin lesson. The public school system, as we know it did not exist. Can you imagine our world without public education? I can! Family learning, or home schooling enjoys it. Family learning has been very successful in our country and is the model closest to the Bible.
The Bible Is The Foundation of All Education
Now we go to the Bible. It is the authority on learning, because it is the Mind of Almighty God! The All-Wise God knows all there is to know of learning. The Family is His learning center. David says, “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts,” (Psa 119:99-100). This sounds rather arrogant to the modern ear, but none of our scholars will ever be used to write the Word of God!
He claims more understanding than all his teachers. The source of his understanding was the testimonies of God. But notice, he doesn’t just know about the testimonies, they are his meditation. They are meditated. He dwells on them. The ancient scholars were nothing to him, because he not only meditated on the testimonies, he obeyed them. The way of the very best education or learning is to meditate on the Word of God until it is so clear that you can keep it or live it. “For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart, (Heb 4:12).
A Simple Curriculum
I know this seems radical to some, but at least consider a simple curriculum. Use the McGuffey Readers. They are moral, well laid out, and when you get to volume six you are reading at a college level in our colleges today. Next, teach math by mastering addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fact sheets, which are readily available. Once the four basic elements are mastered there are many good materials to advance to college level math. Now the third part of a possible curriculum for a Christian family is the Bible. The Bible is the greatest source of true knowledge known to man. I’ll be even more simple. Have your children master Proverbs. If they master Proverbs, and Proverbs masters them, they will mentally be prepared for anything they face in life. Add to Proverbs the Gospel of John, to make the Person and Work of Christ clearly known. John is easy reading and has an excellent vocabulary. Faith in Christ produces the excellent atmosphere for learning. The Holy Spirit will actually, from the heart, help the learning process.
Our Purpose Is to Glorify God
Remember that the purpose of the Christian family is to glorify God. The parents and the children make that their purpose in life. I suppose that a good way to state the purpose of learning is to prepare the student to be successful in life, or to make them happy and successful in “making a living”. Paul considered this, “And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful”, (Tit 3:14). Paul wanted Christians to have good works (jobs) for necessary uses. Note that Paul’s emphasis is that we do not live to work, but we work to live, or produce the things necessary for life. He expands the need for work , “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth”, (Eph 4:28). The idea is to labor to earn means to have necessary things, with some left over to give to the needy. This is simple. Thus, isn’t it fair to say that the purpose of education is to produce such a lifestyle. This is a far cry from the modern education machine which seeks to turn out workers for the military industrial complex! We hope to develop these simple concepts presented here in Freedom In the Christian Family. We could avoid many, or most of the problems in our culture today if our lives simply centered around the family as described by the Bible.

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