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IntroductionFamily worship has been a well-established spiritual ritual or discipline in Christian homes for generations. More than a ritual, however, family worship can provide a solid foundation for connecting families to God, creating lasting family bonding, and leaving a spiritual legacy.
Our lives today are challenged by many forces which are pulling on our families – these forces are as strong as the winds of a tornado leaving many families destroyed or their lives filled with debris. These forces do not come to us unexplained or even as a surprise. From the beginning of earth’s history, Satan has launched an attack on God’s primary institutions — family and the Sabbath.
Read Ephesians 6:12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
Ask: What are some of the attacks on God’s family today?Possible answers from the audience: Drugs and alcoholQuestionable television and internet programmingExtramarital affairsPremarital sexDivorceBusynessOvereatingEtc.
Read Ephesians 6:13.As people of God, we must decide either to be swept away by these winds or build a protective shelter for our families and steer our families in the right direction toward the shelter. Family worship serves as a powerful shelter, armor, and protection for our families. Prayer and reading the bible are included in the armor: communicating with God, talking and listening to Him through prayer and studying the bible. Family worship provides a structured way for families to study God’s word, pray or communicate with God, and have fellowship together. Every Christian family has this armor available to them.
Early Beginnings of Family Worship Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 This passage of scripture is called the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). It is included in Moses’ farewell address to the Jewish people. It is the first prayer that a Jewish child is taught. Many Jews still recite the Shema at least twice daily; once in the morning and once in the evening. It is the last words a Jew says prior to death. Special emphasis is given to the words “The Lord our God, the Lord is One!” Jewish scholars suggest that the Shema is a testimony of the sovereignty of God. It is a pledge of allegiance to the only one God and a declaration of faith. (Parsons, 2010, Hebrews for Christians)
The purpose of the Shema is to:Teach our children about GodBond our family togetherAsk for protection for our families and our childrenLeave a spiritual legacy The Shema provides a wonderful framework for family worship. Having family worship is like putting the blood of Christ on the doorpost signaling that your family belongs to Christ.
Why Have Family Worship?Ellen White strongly encouraged family worship.“Fathers and mothers, however pressing your business, do not fail to gather your family around the family altar. Ask for the guardianship of holy angels in your home. Remember that your dear ones are exposed to temptations.” Ministry of Healing, p. 393
Family Worship Bible Times Abraham built an altar wherever he pitched his tentFamilies offered animal sacrifices on an altarIn Bible times, the altar was made of twelve stones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. A lamb was placed on the altar and slain, representing the Lamb of God (Jesus) who would die for mankind. This was a place of worship. It was a place where forgiveness of sins was possible through the substitution of one life for the penitent. Altars were also established as memorials as an act of celebration. They were temporary and were constantly being rebuilt.
Family Worship Today Dedicate our families morning and evening in worshipFamily timeThe term family altar today is used to refer to the act of gathering family members together to worship. As in bible times, the time should be used to give praises to the Creator and remind our families of God’s unconditional love and the great sacrifice He made and “gave His only begotten Son. . . ” (John 3:16), so that we could have eternal life. Today’s family worship serves as a time of fellowship and bonding between family members. It should be creative, and should give all members an opportunity to participate in this spiritual activity. We will discuss this in more detail later.
What is Worship? AdorationAcknowledging God as Lord and SaviorObedience to GodSacrifice of one’s self and timeHonoring and exalting God with praise, thanksgiving, and humilitySinging, praying, reading God’s WordReflecting on God’s Word
What is Family Worship? It is a time when a family:Expresses love and praise to God togetherPrays togetherInvites God’s presence into their livesRequests Divine protectionPrays for the needs of each other and othersHas Bible StudyHearing, reading, memorizing, and reflectingFellowshipsFamily bonding timeBuilds support and interpersonal relationship with each other
When should families have Family Worship? Morning and/or EveningSacrifices must be madeMake a schedule
Read quote from Ellen White. “In every family there should be a fixed time for morning and evening worship. How appropriate it is for parents to gather their children about them before the fast…when evening comes, to gather once more before Him and thank Him for the blessings of the day past.” Child Guidance, p. 520 When to have family worship depends on each family’s circumstances. Every family must review their family’s schedules and determine a set time for morning and/or evening worship. Family worship provides a forum for family togetherness; it is a time when thoughts, ideas, concerns, and spiritual values can be shared.
Ideas for Family Worship Keep it simple.Make it short and sweet.Make it age appropriate.Be creative.Use it as a time for sharing. There are many ways to have family worship — the main purpose being to connect to God as a family and pass on a spiritual legacy. Remember to consider the developmental stages of each family member and cater your worship to the youngest member of the family. Even if the messages are simplified, everyone still benefits. In today’s busy world, making a commitment to having family worship may seem like a daunting task. However, the promise of success is found in Philippians 4:13 — “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Trust God and see Him bless your family beyond what you could ever imagine.
Activity: Divide your audience into groups of four to six persons. Each group should choose a group leader/recorder (someone to write down the ideas). Allow each group 15 minutes to brainstorm and record creative family worship ideas by stages: Toddler/preschoolChildhoodAdolescenceCollege/young adulthoodIntergenerationalHave groups share their ideas.
Culto Familiar - Ministério da Família, Igreja Adventista
“Pois não é contra carne e sangue que temos que lutar, mas sim contra osprincipados, contra as potestades, contra os príncipes do mundo destas trevas, contra as hostes espirituais da iniquidade nas regiões celestes.” (Efésios 6:12)
Quais são alguns dos ataques à família de Deus hoje?
“Portanto tomai toda a armadura deDeus, para que possais resistir no dia maue, havendo feito tudo, permanecer firmes.” (Efésios 6:13)
Primórdios do Culto Familiar“Ouve, Israel, o Senhor, nosso Deus, é o únicoSenhor. Amarás, pois, o Senhor, teu Deus, de todo oteu coração, de toda a tua alma e de toda a tuaforça. Estas palavras que, hoje, te ordeno estarão noteu coração; tu as inculcarás a teus filhos, e delasfalarás assentado em tua casa, e andando pelocaminho,e ao deitar-se, e ao levantar-se. Também asatarás, como sinal na tua mão, e te serão por frontalentre os olhos. E as escreverás nos umbrais de tuacasa e nas tuas portas.” Deuteronômio 6:4-9
O propósito do shemá é:• Ensinar nossos filhos sobre Deus.• Unir nossa família.• Pedir proteção para nossas famílias e nossos filhos.• Deixar um legado espiritual.
Por que Ter o Culto Familiar? “Pais e mães, por mais prementes que sejamvossos afazeres, não deixeis de reunir vossafamília em torno do altar de Deus. Pedi aguarda dos santos anjos em vosso lar.Lembrai-vos de que vossos queridos estãosujeitos a tentações.” A Ciência do Bom Viver, p.393
Culto Familiar nos Tempos Bíblicos• Abraão construía um altar em todo lugar onde armasse sua tenda.• As famílias ofereciam sacrifícios de animais sobre um altar.
Culto Familiar Hoje• Dedicar nossas famílias cada manhã e cada noite em adoração.• Tempo para a família.
O que é Culto?• Adoração.• Reconhecer a Deus como Senhor e Salvador.• Obediência a Deus.• Sacrifício de si mesmo e de seu tempo.• Honrar e exaltar a Deus com louvor, ação de graças e humildade.• Cantar, orar, ler a Palavra de Deus.• Refletir sobre a Palavra de Deus.
O que é o Culto Familiar?É um momento em que a família: • Expressa amor e louvor a Deus em conjunto • Ora unida • Estuda a Bíblia • Se confraterniza
Culto Familiar…Quando?• De manhã e à noite• Sacrifícios devem ser feitos• Faça um planejamento
“Em cada família deve haver um tempodeterminado para os cultos matutino evespertino. Que apropriado é os pais reuniremos filhos em redor de si, antes de quebrar ojejum […] que adequado, também, emchegando a noite, é reunirem-se uma vez maisem Sua presença, pais e filhos, para agradeceras bênçãos do dia findo?”Orientação da Criança p. 520
Ideias para o Culto Familiar• Mantenha-o simples.• Faça-o curto e agradável.• Faça-o apropriado para a idade dos participantes.• Seja criativo.• Use-o como um tempo para compartilhar.