A Neglected Grace | Family Worship in the Christian Home

A Neglected Grace
An Interview with Jason Helopoulos on Family Worship | Ed Stetzer & Jason Helopoulos
A Neglected Grace
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As Christian parents, Donna and I have a responsibility to teach the gospel to our daughters. If you are a parent, you have that same responsibility with your children. The problem comes when parents entrust the church or children’s ministry to do this for them. Discipling your children is a daily task that should happen at home AND at church, not one that can be done in an hour or two of programming each week.
That’s why I’m encouraged to see a growing emphasis on family worship—and resources to promote the practice. Jason Helopoulos has written A Neglected Grace, a helpful new book on the practice, and graciously answered some questions for the blog.

How does family worship help teach children the gospel rather than just religion?
As we think about the difference between the gospel and mere religion, it is not that we obey and therefore are accepted, but are accepted and therefore obey. Maybe one of the greatest challenges in parenting is the temptation to raise our children to be religiously-minded little moralists. We want well-behaved children. Children that say, “yes sir,” “thank you,” and “please.” But as Christian parents, this isn’t enough. Our greatest desire for our children has to be that they know God, what He has done for us in the person of His Son, and be gripped by that truth.
Family worship provides one of the greatest contexts in which we can teach this reality to our children. They will see and hear the story of redemption unfolded each night as we read the Scriptures. They will hear this truth in song and confess it as they sing. Our prayers will testify to it. And that story is one of God’s acting on our behalf. As we read the Scriptures, pray, and sing, our families will continually be reminded of who God is and what He has done.

What are the practical benefits of family worship?
For the sake of brevity, let me note just two practical benefits that I most consistently hear from families, who practice family worship. The first is that it centers the home upon Christ. All of our homes are centered upon something. We may not know it or recognize it, but nevertheless, it is there. If we are Christians, it should be Christ. And daily family worship shapes our orientation and provides a continual reminder that we are worshippers of the risen Savior. The second is that it encourages our children in Christ. They will see from Mom and Dad that worship is not just something they do on Sunday mornings. It is something that is at the very core of their being and frames every day and every sphere of their lives.

How can a pastor help promote the practice of family worship in his church?
First, we would want to encourage pastors to practice family worship in their own homes. This isn’t a given. In fact, it is as much a struggle for most pastors as it is for the person in the pew.

Read the rest of the article here:  A Neglected Grace | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer.

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Perspectives on Our Children’s Education |The Gospel Coalition Blog

The Gospel Coalition recently posted a very thoughful, balanced and well-written series from three different perceptives on the subject of children’s education.  As Jen Wilkins points out in her article, we sometimes forget that the Bible does not endorse one of these choices above another.  The Bible does, however, admonish parents to take seriously and personally the instruction and training of their children. How this works out in practice is a matter for careful consideration.  Take at look at these three articles for yourself.

Gospel Coalition Editors’ note: We asked three moms of school-age children to share their families’ perspectives on education. Jen Wilkin, Jenni Hamm, and Amanda Allen are three friends who attend the same church and raise families in the same geographic area. All three share mutual respect for each other as parents trying to raise children with intentionality, in the fear and admonition of the Lord. In this series, you will see their perspectives on how and why they chose to educate their children through public school, private school, or homeschooling. 

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Perspectives on Our Children’s Education: Going Public by Jen Wilkin

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Perspectives on Our Children’s Education: A Private Enterprise by Jenni Hamm

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Perspectives on Our Children’s Education: Homeward Bound by Amanda Allen

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Guest Post – Dear Parents With Young Children in Church. | The Community

Guest Post – Dear Parents With Young Children in Church.

Posted on May 29, 2013 by Sharon Harding

Today I want to express my gratitude to *that Mom* for giving me permission to reprint her blog post “Dear Parents With Young Children in Church.“  *That Mom* is a stay at home mama to two little boys and a pastor’s wife. Her blog is well worth exploring.

This particular post really touched my heart. I would encourage you to read it carefully and prayerfully consider the questions afterwards.

“Dear Parents with young children in church,

You are doing something really, really important. I know it’s not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring.

I watch you bounce and sway trying to keep the baby quiet, juggling the infant car seat and the diaper bag as you find a seat. I see you wince as your child cries. I see you anxiously pull things out of your bag of tricks to try to quiet them.

And I see you with your toddler and your preschooler. I watch you cringe when your little girl asks an innocent question in a voice that might not be an inside voice let alone a church whisper.  I hear the exasperation in your voice as you beg your child to just sit, to be quiet as you feel everyone’s eyes on you. Not everyone is looking, but I know it feels that way.

I know you’re wondering, is this worth it? Why do I bother? I know you often leave church more exhausted than fulfilled. But what you are doing is so important.

When you are here, the church is filled with a joyful noise. When you are here, the Body of Christ is more fully present. When you are here, we are reminded that this worship thing we do isn’t about Bible Study or personal, quiet contemplation but coming together to worship as a community where all are welcome, where we share in the Word and Sacrament together. When you are here, I have hope that these pews won’t be empty in ten years when your kids are old enough to sit quietly and behave in worship. I know that they are learning how and why we worship now, before it’s too late. They are learning that worship is important.

Please continue reading the rest of this post here:  Guest Post – Dear Parents With Young Children in Church. | The Community.

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D6 Splink Family Devotions for 3/18 – 3/24


Click here for this week’s Splink!  Splinks are creative ways of interacting with your children with family devotional starters and ideas for family time.    Splinks can also help you use teachable moments to pass along spiritual truths and life lessons while making memories or just having fun together. No matter where you are, it can always be time for a Splink!


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D6 Splink Family Devotions for 3/11 – 3/17


Click here for this week’s Splink!  Splinks are creative ways of interacting with your children with family devotional starters and ideas for family time.    Splinks can also help you use teachable moments to pass along spiritual truths and life lessons while making memories or just having fun together. No matter where you are, it can always be time for a Splink!


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D6 Splink Family Devotions for 3/4 – 3/10


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D6 Splink Family Devotions for 2/26 – 3/3


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D6 Splink Family Devotions for 2/19 – 2/25


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D6 Splink Family Devotions for 2/12 – 2/18


Click here for this week’s Splink!  Splinks are creative ways of interacting with your children with family devotional starters and ideas for family time.    Splinks can also help you use teachable moments to pass along spiritual truths and life lessons while making memories or just having fun together. No matter where you are, it can always be time for a Splink!


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Lacking Integrity as a Parent

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5 signs you lack integrity as a parent: http://bit.ly/ytSPNl

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