August 22, 2015

#6 Worship God in Your Home

This next point takes us to Deuteronomy.  But, it is an area I felt strongly led to include with this message.  And that is the point that you should…


In Deuteronomy 5, Moses recaps the Ten Commandments.  Listen to the words in the very next chapter.

Deuteronomy 6:6–7
6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

This passage clearly shows the importance of passing down God’s teachings from one generation to the next.  I think the men of the home could also add the word LEAD in front of this point.  You should “LEAD worship in your home.”  God has placed a huge privilege and responsibility for men to lead their families.

What does that look like?  Well, that could be a whole series of sermons that someone more qualified than me should probably teach.  But if you look back at that passage, there is great encouragement to simply talk about God and His Word at every opportunity that you can.  It says you shall talk when you sit, when you walk, when you lie down and when you rise…that’s pretty much all the time!

This could look very different in different settings.  For us, with a 3 year old and a 4 year old, we talk about God by thanking Him for ice cream and sunshine and swimming pools and doggies and just about everything else we see in a day.  We also attempt reading Bible stories every night with our kids.  This typically consists of Madelyn telling me what she sees in the pictures while Theo is hanging off the side of the bed.  It doesn’t have to be overly formal, but we want our kids to see the importance of regularly being in God’s Word.

And little by little they are picking up more and more from the stories.

I’ve also greatly appreciated the help with this through Awana.  I’m sharing this not as a pastor of the church to promote a program, but as a Dad who has greatly appreciated the help and resources for training our kids.  Madelyn, who started Awana last year as a 3-year old, memorized a Bible verse every single week through Awana.  The Bible stories and lessons are great resources to read with your kids at an age-appropriate level.  Theo is old enough to join this year and we’re looking forward to that starting back up at the end of September.

Matt Boswell, a worship leader from Providence Church in Texas said, “Worship begins in the heart, is cultivated in the home, and is displayed in the church.”

I think that’s so true….worship begins inside our heart and with the renewing of our minds, it’s cultivated at home and all week long, and then we get to publicly worship together at the church on Sundays.

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