Family Shepherding- Corporate Worship as a Spiritual Discipline (Part 2)

Two months ago we began implementing Corporate Family Worship on the last Sunday of the month. (We already cancel age-graded ministries on the last Wednesday Night of the month for Family Worship.) Specifically, this is where our Kindergarden-6th grade worship alongside their parents in Corporate Worship. Personally, this is a good balance that allows us to practice family corporate worship and age graded ministries side by side.

Here are a couple of reasons for Family Worship:

1. It promotes biblical discipleship in the home (Family Shepherding).

2. It engages families in discipline of corporate worship.

3. It helps balance the drift churches have to become program oriented.

Here are the notes from my Sermon, “Implementing Family Worship: Corporate Worship as a Spiritual Discipline”

Ground Rules:

1. Identity trumps Your Past.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Un-resolved guilt and shame will paralyze you.

2. Family Shepherding is not Optional.
Deuteronomy 6:4–9 (ESV)
4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Head of House Must Lead (Engaging and Participating- Not A Philosophy Issue)

How Sinner’s Implement Family Discipleship (Corporate Worship)

I. Recognize Corporate Worship is A Spiritual Discipline.

Spiritual Disciplines are those personal and corporate disciplines that promote spiritual growth. They are the habits of devotion and experiential Christianity that have been practiced by the people of God since Biblical times. -Donald Whitney- Spiritual Disciplines for The Christian Life

Church hitchhikers have a telling vocabulary: “I go to” or “I attend,” but never “I belong to” or “I am a member.”

 Personally, the doctrine of the Church ought to tell us that we are part of the grandest institution the universe has ever known, and that we are tragically diminished by non-participation in Christ’s Body. Correspondingly, the Church is diminished by our nonparticipation as well. You and I need the Church! The Scriptures are most explicit regarding this: “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

Men, on the most elementary level, you do not have to go to church to be a Christian. You do not have to go home to be married either. But in both cases if you do not, you will have a very poor relationship.

If the grand and great doctrine of the Church tells us anything, it tells us that whoever you are and however busy you may be (whether U.S. President, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a Fortune 500 business executive, or leader of a parachurch organization), the Church must be at the very center of your life. Church hitchhiking is an aberration! And so is mild commitment.

Men, honestly, are you a hitchhiker, kind of a “free agent” looking for a tentative place on the roster, here for a season, there for another? If so, you will never attain to your full spiritual manhood, nor will your family reach its spiritual maturity.

Men, at the end of the twentieth century both the Church and the lost world need men who practice the discipline of Church. – Kent Hughes- Disciplines of a Godly Man

“The church is not an audience of spectators; we are a fellowship of disciple-makers.”- David Platt

II. Model Devotion In The Essentials of Corporate Shepherding.

Colossians 3:12–16 (ESV)
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

1. See you love Others. (Genuine Relationships)
14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

2. See you love the Word.
16a Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,

3. See you participate in Worship.
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

16b singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

4. See you respond to the Spirit.
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

 

 

 
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About George Ross

I am a pastor, church planter, husband, and father of four.
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