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Family Worship (Family Guidance) Paperback – April 1, 2009
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Dr. Beeke offers a heartfelt and solemn plea for families to return to Biblical, consistent and passionate family worship. With pastoral insight and care the author provides practical and valuable answers to the practice of family worship and at the same time addresses objections raised against it. In a world of impossible standards and idealism, this book is a helpful and motivating guide to implement or increase the depth of your family devotions.
About the Author
Joel R. Beeke (Ph.D. Westminster Theological Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Serminary, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, and author of numerous books.
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In Family Worship Beeke offers his constructive thoughts on the biblical importance for family worship, as well as providing practical application for how that can look for your family. Divided into five chapters, the book covers the following categories: 1) theological foundations of family worship, 2) the duty of family worship, 3) implementing family worship, 4) objections against family worship, and 5) motivations for family worship. The bulk of the books content is contained in the first three sections.
As someone who was already familiar with the concept of family worship, getting the biblical foundation served as a gentle reminder of the biblical reasons why this is such an important matter. In the opening page of the book Beeke states, “I believe one major reason for this failure [lack of church growth] is the lack of stress upon family worship.” With this as motivation, he goes on to show that God is our model and that families are modeled after the triune life & nature of God. Since we are created in the image of God, as families we ought to worship together because there is an integral relationship between family life and worship. This theme continues into the second section which focuses on many of the biblical passages that explain why and how we are to worship such as Joshua 24:14-15 and Deuteronomy 6:6-7. Beeke shows that according to Scripture there are three ways that we can worship as a family: 1) daily Bible teaching, 2) daily prayer, and 3) daily singing praise to God. These three acts of worship serve to frame how we worship together as a family.
In looking at that list again, you’ll notice one word that is repeated, the word “daily.” Beeke argues that family worship ought to be a daily event for the family, and I tend to agree with him. Worshiping the Lord must be a priority in our lives, not just individually but corporately. As the book states, the goal is to practice the principle of Matthew 6:33. With that in mind, the third chapter centers on steps to implement family worship in your household. As noted in the book, this chapter isn’t meant to be a legalistic means for how family worship ought to be done, but it is there to provide a pattern for those (like myself) who have no clue of where to even start. The key takeaways for me were: 1) prepare beforehand, 2) keep it short (no more than 20-25 minutes), 3) be consistent, and 4) carefully guard this time. The tips offered by Beeke are great and extremely practical, which leads you to believe that this is indeed doable for any family. Also, as two of my good friends who are already partaking in family worship have stated, brevity & singing are both of the utmost importance.
The final chapters are short and look at common objections to family worship, which is then countered with motivations for why you should desire to make this a part of your daily routine.
I am truly indebted to Joel Beeke for writing Family Worship because it is a book that I needed to read this year. I agree that family worship is important and this book gives me the confidence that I have all the tools necessary to make this happen, with the most important asset being God’s grace. If family worship isn’t happening in your family (whether you have kids or not), then I highly recommend purchasing this relatively inexpensive book that you can read in a single sitting. It’s my prayer that it changes my family dynamic, as well as for every other family that makes this a priority in their home.