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Doing Family Worship Right

Key Bible Verse: I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 119:9-16

After reading, praying, and singing and while the family is still together, if time permits, consider using one of more of the following tools in order to more deliberately bring your children up in “the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4, ESV).

Catechize. Used for centuries by Christians in virtually all traditions, catechizing is a question-and-answer approach to teaching biblical doctrine. For example, “Who made you?” is the first question asked in one catechism for very small children. Then the children are taught to answer, “God made me.” The questions are reviewed and new ones are learned incrementally so that over time the children absorb a tremendous amount of biblical truth.

Memorize Scripture. If your family participates in a church-wide Scripture memory plan, family worship is the ideal setting for working on the current verse together. [Or] consider developing a simple [plan] of your own. Some families do this by working on one or more verses from the book of the Bible they are currently reading. Some work systematically on a long-term project to learn a larger section of Scripture.

Read Other Books. Again, time permitting, you might begin your family gathering with some general family reading, after which you enter family worship. Or, at the close of family worship, you might take advantage of the opportunity to read a Christian book or biography to your family.

– Donald Whitney in Family Worship

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