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Some Helps for "Family Worship" — Every Family as it Were a 'Little Church'

Recently, we concluded going through the Book of Joshua with the men from Christ Fellowship Bible Church . We spent an additional week working slowly through Joshua 24:15 and talking about Joshua's resolve: "As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." What is family worship? What does it look like? How does one get started? Is it really doable in our 'fast-paced society'? This is the outline that I provided our men to guide us in our discussion through this important topic. FAMILY WORSHIP — an outline And verily there is one spring and cause of the decay of religion in our day, which we cannot but touch upon and earnestly urge a redress of; and that is the neglect of the worship of God in families by those to whom the charge and conduct of them is committed. ( Preface to the Second London Baptist Confession, 1689 ) Joshua 24:15 — Breaking it down for study: [see also: Deut 6:4-9; Ps 78:1-8; Gen 18:19; Prov 2:1; Eph 6:4; 1 Tim 3:4-5] 1. The Father'

Praying for Families in Your Local Church. Some Helps.

Praying for families in your local church. Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church The Lord calls all believers to pray at all times in the Spirit … and to be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints (Eph 6.18). What a privilege. But it may appear to be daunting and a bit impossible to pray for everyone in your local church. Where do you begin? How do you start? What could be a helpful guide to aid you in praying for your local church? In what follows, I provide some ways to pray for the families in your local church.  Pray for... 1. For marriages to be holy.  Consider praying for the marriages to be holy. This refers to the husbands and wives fulfilling and pursuing their God-given roles as laid out in Scripture. Pray for marriages in your church to be godly representations of the gospel of Christ. Pray for set-apart, other-worldly, heavenly-minded marriages at church. 2. For singles to be faithful.  Earnestly seek God in intercessory prayer f