Training Parents at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky, to Practice Family Worship.
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The purpose of the project was to teach the fundamental truths of God’s Word for His design for the Christian family, to increase the knowledge of God’s expectations on parents resulting in faithful practice of Bible reading, prayer, Bible principles (catechisms), and Scripture memorization, and to equip the parents to lead their children in the daily practice of worship with confidence. The project was designed to lay the biblical foundation for the parents clear understanding that God has commanded for parents to lead their children in their spiritual growth. The Scriptures selected clearly reveal God’s design and imperative to the parents to purposely and faithfully teach God’s truth to their families. The project reached into history to reveal that from the early church of Acts, through the churches of the reformation and puritan periods, and into contemporary churches of the present age, that family worship had been a vital part of the Christian home. For some, family worship is a foreign element, but church history reveals that it was a faithfully practiced discipline that yielded spiritual fruit in the lives of the children, the homes, and the churches. The project offers a variety of formats for future use that can be followed to equip parents and to engage God’s Word in the life of the home and in the lives of the children. The project revealed the increase of knowledge of God’s design for the family through the process of preaching on Sunday mornings. The project developed and equipped the parents with a practical guide for leading in basic family worship as well as offering additional resources to go deeper in their walk with Christ as individuals, couples, parents, and as a family.