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Today's Worship Guide

July 23, 2014

Read:   Ezekiel 18:21-24, 30-32

When we are wronged and deeply hurt our initial response probably sounds a lot like this:

“I will never forgive you for what you’ve done.”
“What that person did is unforgivable.”
“I may be able to forgive, but I’ll never forget.”

God tells us the desires of His heart in Ezekiel 18:21-23.  He demands obedience from His people, and because sin cannot be in the presence of God in His holiness, He judges sin with death.  But, it is repentance that God desires.  He tells us all is forgiven and  not held against us when we turn our hearts to Him.

We all struggle with forgiveness.  We want people to get what we think they deserve.  We want to see justice served.  Even when we are justified in our offended spirit, God shows us that everyone has the opportunity to be forgiven.  We mustn’t be consumed by the desire to seek justice when we’ve been wronged.  As Christians we know everyone will be judged one day.  Our hearts should be consumed with God’s desire - that all would come to salvation through Jesus Christ, and that those who are committing transgressions would repent and be restored.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God to help you be a faithful steward of your time, talents, possessions, and relationships.  Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.  Intercede for your local, state, and national governments.  Pray for spiritual revival in the nation and offer prayers regarding any current events and concerns. 

Sing: Let My Words Be Few

Verse
You are God in heaven
And here am I on earth
So I'll let my words be few
Jesus, I am so in love with You

Chorus
And I'll stand in awe of You, Jesus
Yes, I'll stand in awe of You
And I'll let my words be few
Jesus, I am so in love with You

Verse
The simplest of all love songs
I want to bring to You,
So I'll let my words be few,
Jesus, I am so in love with You

Chorus
And I'll stand in awe of You, Jesus
Yes, I'll stand in awe of You
And I'll let my words be few
Jesus, I am so in love with You

Verse
You are God in heaven
And here am I on earth
So I'll let my words be few
Jesus, I am so in love with You

Chorus
And I'll stand in awe of You, Jesus
Yes, I'll stand in awe of You
And I'll let my words be few
Jesus, I am so in love with You

And I'll stand in awe of You, Jesus
Yes, I'll stand in awe of You
And I'll let my words be few
Jesus, I am so in love with You

So in love with you,
Jesus

  • About:

    A biblical understanding of worship grows from the reality that God is the One True God who sits on the throne of all creation. His mercies are new each morning. His excellences are inexhaustible. When confronted by His Holiness, like the prophet Isaiah, the only response could be to fall down and worship Him.

    Christian worship is an intentional response to the One True God as revealed in His Word, made known and accessible to us through Jesus Christ, and witnessed and affirmed in our hearts through His Holy Spirit. Worship is not only an integral part of every corporate gathering of the Body of Christ, it is also a vital part of spiritual stewardship for the individual believer and for the Christian home.Our goal is to produce multi-generational faithfulness. Therefore, helping individual believers grow in their understanding of personal worship and helping families discover the beauty of worship in the home assists parents in modeling faithfulness to Christ and building a legacy of faithfulness through their families.

    This Family Worship Guide is a tool to equip families to worship the One True and Living God together in order to create a foundation for multi-generational faithfulness.

  • How to Use:

    The idea of worshiping together as a family, whether that family has three elementary children, one highschooler, no children, an empty nest, or is a single adult, can be both exciting and a little intimidating. We hear of others who have wonderful experiences of worship at home, but the thought of starting something new oneself can seem overwhelming. This tool is designed to put the pieces into your hand to adapt and use in a worship time in your own home with your family, whomever makes up that family.

    This worship guide is built off of several components including a scripture passage to read, a brief devotional thought, a guide for prayer, and a suggested song to sing. Depending on the family and the context, one may be able to go through the content in the guide “as is” each day. For other families, it may require the spiritual leader in the home to read through the guide and adapt it to the needs of that particular family. This may look like a scheduled time each day for some families and for others it may work better to intentionally incorporate the content of the worship guide throughout the day (perhaps an adaptation of the devotional thought at the breakfast table, singing the song in the car, etc.).

    No two families will worship the same. This guide is only a tool to help families begin the pattern of worshiping together.

    What if the father is not a Christian?

    The commands regarding family discipleship in the Bible assume a believing father in the home. Of course, this is not always the case. In those instances where the father is not a believer, the mother will need to assume this role. Donald Whitney rightly reminds us that this initiative on the part of the mother must be done in a non-offensive and non-threatening way.

    What about a single parent family?

    Again, in this case the responsibility falls to the single parent. This is a heavy burden to bear in addition to many other duties, but know that God will supply great grace and will more than make up for any natural deficiency we may perceive.

    What if my kids are very young?

    Having very young children will change the dynamic of family worship considerably. Remember, however, that the goal for every child in the family is not the same. With very young children, the goal is probably not understanding of all matters of doctrine. A more “modest” goal of impressing upon them the importance of family worship (and God) is more reasonable and beneficial at their particular age.

    How do I keep things interesting if the age of my children varies widely?

    For young children, try to include them as much as possible and appropriate. Of course, all members of the family can pray and sing (at least some songs). Furthermore, allow younger children to read when possible. For the older children, try including them in the teaching and application of the Scripture reading for the rest of the family and in the leadership of prayer and singing on occasion.

    What time of day is best for family worship?

    The time of day is not the most critical element of family worship. Some families prefer to worship as the day begins. For others, the morning hours are simply too hectic for family worship. In these cases, evening may work best. Many families prefer to adjoin family worship to the evening meal since all the family may be present at that time. In short, timing is far less important than consistency.

  • Additional Resources:

    • Voddie T. Baucham, Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God, 2007.
    • Ware, Bruce, Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God, 2009.
    • David R. Helm, The Big Picture Story Bible, 2004.
    • Susan and Richie Hunt, Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God, 1999.
    • Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name, 2007.
    • Sally Michael, Lord, Teach Us to Pray (a sample)
    • David Prince, Family Worship
    • Donald S. Whitney, Family Worship: In the Bible, in History, and in Your Home, 2006.
    • John Younts, Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children, 2005