Things Are True
by Dan Coburn
Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
The Challenge 1
You won't find the words "family worship" in the Bible, but you can trace its principals and practices from Genesis to Revelation. It is perhaps one of the most powerful forces in family life. I've seen remarkable transformations take place in families. They occur when a man (small letters) does the simplest thing. He picks up a Bible and reads it to his family. This is transformational because the Word of God is powerful (Heb. 4:12-13, and Psalm 19). When a man does this from the sincerity of his heart, it always changes his life. It also plants the flag of Christ's authority in the center of his home. Through the wellsprings of God's Word and the Holy Spirit, the family is refreshed and reformed. Our church strives to prepare her people for the task. I have personally trained many men and women for it by utilizing a four-point training course on how to conduct family worship. It takes about thirty seconds to deliver. First, simply open your Bible and read it to your family. Second, after you have read it, you should ask your family to share the spiritual truths that stood out to them. Third, have your family earnestly pray for one another, making requests of God for His favor, for family, church, community, nation and world, and to cry out for the souls of the lost. Fourth, sing together as a family. For when God and the Word of His grace are exalted, the fountains of living water begin to flow....... The worship of God is the only hope for the restoration of individuals, families, churches and ultimately, nations. "
Need a place to start? How about the above Psalm? You are officially challenged to do this for this week. We will examine something new then, but it is my hope you will recognize and Apprehend (take hold of) the benefits. We will begin on Sunday morning (Adult Sunday School) a lengthy study and instruction in Family Worship. Many have inquired about such but feel ill-equipped, unworthy or unprepared. This would be my fault, and something we will remedy beginning Sunday morning. Come join us as we drive a stake in the ground and "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus". God Bless.