MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016
God deserves to be worshiped daily in our homes by our families. – Donald Whitney (Professor of biblical spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Key Bible Verse: We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders. (Psalm 78:4)
Dig Deeper: Psalm 78:1-8
Various studies, as well as our own experiences in local church ministry, bear witness to the reality that a high percentage of churchgoing teenagers leave the church once they finish high school. One of the leading [causes of] this issue is that most of these young people have no early, sweet memories of family worship. Such recollection, if they had them, might help prevent their departure from the faith in the first place. Or if they do walk away, the memories might be the means to turn their hearts to seek God again later.
Having your family in a Christ-exalting, gospel-centered, Bible-teaching local church is crucial to Christian parenting. But it is not enough for conveying to your family all you want to teach them about God and your beliefs. Moreover, it is unlikely that exposure to the church once or twice a week will impress your children enough with the greatness and glory of God that they will want to pursue him once they leave your home.
This is why family worship is so important. But even more importantly, God deserves to be worshiped daily in our homes by our families.
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