Parents often say they are too busy to do it. When my parents commemorated their fiftieth anniversary, all five of us children decided to express thanks to our father and mother for one thing without consulting each other. Remarkably, all five of us thanked our mother for her prayers, and all five us thanked our father for his leadership of our special Sunday evening family worship. At the age of three God used you in family worship to convict me that Christianity was real. No matter how far I went astray in later years, I could never seriously question the reality of Christianity, and I want to thank you for that. Family worship will require some preparation.
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I found the book stimulate my desire to worship God with my family. Beeke also provides practical suggestions for what to do in family worship. Its a small book, but it is packed with helpful material. In this book Joel Beeke makes the case that family worship is a concept rooted in the Bible and which should therefore be practiced by Christians. This simple, practical, and soul-stirring book provides the stepping stones so many of us fathers need as encouragement and guidelines to lead our families in daily worship.
I have been encouraged, admonished, rebuked, equipped, and warmed by the ancient and once revered practice of family I have read several books on family worship and male headship by now, and I did not think I would find something refreshingly new in this book to help my endeavors as a family governor, but I was wrong. I heartily recommend it to every Christian parent, both husband and wife, to read it and keep it close at all times.
Appendices 1 and 2 alone are worth the whole book the former admittedly and obviously not written by Beeke. I give it four stars simply because of the fact that paedobaptism does form part of his plea and argument to parents in a couple of parts of the book.
But it is a book worth reading over, and over again. Its brevity makes it a great gift idea to others. In Family Worship he brings out the necessary duty of the Christian family to be engaging in family worship. Many of the tips seem really helpful and broad enough in application to assist you in structuring your own family worship.
What is Family Worship?
Teaching Your Family to Worship
How to Do Family Worship