Why We Value Family Worship

1. Corporate Worship on Sunday morning is the primary activity that the church engages in together. Therefore, our children should be included in this crucial aspect of life. (Acts 2:42)

2. Our children benefit by being where the Word is preached, the ordinances are observed, and corporate prayer is practiced. These are the chief means by which God pours out grace upon His people. Why knowingly rob our children of this blessing? (Romans 10:14, Matthew 26:26-30; Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:42-47)

3. Our children benefit greatly by being in the presence of Christians of various ages. They are able to see that faith is important to all of these people who are gathered around them on Sunday morning. This reinforces what Mom and Dad are modeling/teaching when they see this incredible gathering of people reading the Word, praying, confessing, and singing together. They need to see the body in action!  (Deut. 31:9-13)

4. Worshipping together as a family helps to counter the current trend in our society of fragmenting our families. If our children join us in worship from three years of age until they are eighteen they will worship with their parents in 780 Sunday morning worship services! Think about the cumulative effect of a family worshipping together, in the midst of the means of grace, meeting with God for 780 Sundays in a row.

5. It is the Biblical role of parents to disciple their children in the faith. What a benefit there is when children witnesses their mother or father singing with conviction, praying in reverence, listening intently to the sermon, or receiving the Lord's Supper in joy. There are few greater encouragements to a child's faith then seeing their parents worship God with reverence and joy. (Deut. 4:9-11, Deut. 6, Eph. 6, Psalm 78, Ezra 10:1, Nehemiah 12:43, Joel 2:12-17, Acts 16:33)

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