Our culture is drowning in knowledge and information. If you don’t know how to make, install or fix something just search the internet and bam you’ll be an expert in no time. You can search for ways to be successful in life, in parenting, relationships and even in ministry. There are lots of suggestions and very good practical help when it comes to ministry. These are not all necessarily bad and are probably good if Biblical, but nothing makes a greater impact in ministry than the gospel.
The primary focus for any ministry must be the gospel. Everything we do and the reason behind everything we do must stem from the gospel. Its the only message that brings about salvation. We can motivate but for a season, influence the masses for a moment, but only the gospel can bring about eternal life change.
D.A. Carson writes, “We are already at the stage where many evangelical leaders simply assume the message of the cross, but no longer lay much emphasis on it. Their focus is elsewhere.” We cannot assume the gospel. May we be as Paul, “to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). Let us not forget the most important thing and the only thing that sustains our ministry. The gospel must be at the center of our teaching, our serving and our leading.
In our sermons and in our conversations we cannot be satisfied with just saying the word gospel. This does not make it gospel centered. We must get to the part of the conversation about our sinful nature, the cross, godly sorrow, repentance and the resurrection of Christ. If our ministry does not extend from the gospel then life change will not occur.
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a Baptist pastor in London for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. His is one of the most recognized names in Christian history, but he’s best-known today as the Prince of Preachers.
An electronic search of the mountain of material produced by Spurgeon reveals that he often referred to family worship, which he also called “family prayer.” “I esteem it so highly,” he said, “that no language of mine can adequately express my sense of its value.”
Some may think that Spurgeon lived in a much simpler era that afforded him more time to practice family worship than Christians would have today. I’ve conducted a great deal of Ph.D. research on Spurgeon’s life and pastoral ministry, and can confirm this isn’t so.
Spurgeon’s autobiography, as well as many first-hand observers, tell us that Spurgeon. . .
Why is the doctrine of inerrancy so important?
Affirming the inerrancy of scripture is very significant. There would be many probelms arise if it were not for the Bibles inerrancy. If there were errors, Grudem puts it, “We begin to wonder if we can really trust Go in anything He says.” What parts are true. A sense of doubt would arise in every passage, I wonder if this is accurate. If I had recently purchased four new tires and one of the malfunctioned I wouldn’t trust any of them. I would go back and all new tires. There might not be anything wrong with the other three tires, I simply would not trust them. This would go the same way when it comes to trusting God and anything He might have to say.
Another reason it is so important. We would be claiming to know more than God does. First off why would we want to serve a God that we are superior to intellectually, and secondly who are we to think we know better than God? This way of thinking is sinful.
The doctrine of innerancy is vitally important. If the word of God is the foundation on which our faith is built upon, we shouldn’t have to figure out where to stand, we must embrace the entire word of God as our rock. We see this spelled out in 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” That verse clearly state “all” scripture is breathed out by God and profitable. If we accurately read what the scripture was intended to say it will not fail us.
What is general revelation? General revelation is general revelation of God. The beauty of sunrises and sunsets, the majesty of oceans, the magnificence of overpowering mountains down to the delicacy of the flowers and even the complexity of the human body. All of these things point to and reveal things about God and who he is. This revelation has left no one without excuse. We see this clearly in the Book of Romans.
Romans 1:19-23 “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things .” (ESV)
I am convinced atheists know there is a God; agnostics know there is a God deep down. Scripture clearly states that they are without excuse, but because they have rejected his goodness and instead of worshiping Him they worshiped His creation. Their hearts became darkened because of their pride.
This revelation is obvious however it is not salvific. Paul shares with us in Romans 10:14 “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” It is clear and urgent that the Gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be proclaimed.
When I hear the word religion, I automatically think of the Pharisees. Jesus spoke very boldly to them. Matthew 23:27-28″Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (ESV)
The Pharisees were very religious. They were all talk and no show. There are so many “so-called” Christians that would fall into this category. They are religious, but what does that mean? Is that a bad thing? To be labeled as religious? We tell our agnostic, atheist, genius friends that Christianity is not a religion. Maybe you’ve seen the “Why I hate religion, But Love Jesus.” I would have once said that, but is it accurate?
I was listening to Dr. Chad Brand from Southern Seminary, he said that Christianity is indeed a religion, because of it’s structure and organization. So why is there a struggle if both are true. Well scripture has a great answer. God defines religion quiet nicely. We see it in James 1:26-27 “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” What sets Christianity from all other religions? There are many things, mainly Jesus and his resurrection. But James describes that our religion, if we chose to use that word, should be “pure.”
What are your thoughts?
I read this from Resurgence.com. Great read!
Link here: http://theresurgence.com/2013/06/24/a-quick-guide-to-family-worship
“Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church.” –Jonathan Edwards
Evangelicals are beginning to rediscover the great blessing of family worship.
Family worship is simply coming together as a family and worshiping God in the home. In the same way we come together for a time of corporate worship in the church, we also come together in the home for a time of family worship that involves prayer, reading Scripture, and singing songs.
You may be thinking your family is too busy, but in reality, are you?
How do we spend our time? Maybe watching TV, playing video games, or shopping? Sadly, many families devote more time to these things than they do teaching their children about God, or just simply spending quality time together. There are moments to share our faith with our children throughout each day. The problem is we are too busy with other things to take advantage of them.
YOUR HOME IS LIKE A LITTLE CHURCH
The key is to start small and finish big. The truth is your home is like a little church. Christian parents can lead their home in family worship. It’s really not that hard. Teaching your kids about your faith and sharing in a time of family worship isn’t just for trained theologians or pastors with kids. It’s for all of us, including single parents, working parents, and parents who are new to the faith. Trust me, if my wife and I can make time to do it, you can do it, too.
Family worship is revolutionary, and it begins in the home.
I invite you and your family to discover the blessing of family worship. Family worship is revolutionary, and it begins in the home. It starts in our marriages, by loving our spouses with the love of Christ. It happens by teaching them the gospel and loving and disciplining them in the admonition of the Lord. When we bring the gospel back to the home, it will spread through our neighborhoods and into the communities where we live. If every family in every church got serious about making disciples in the home, it would change our world.
DON’T THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING, TAKE BABY STEPS
Here are a few practical ideas that may help you develop a time of family worship in the home:
- Find a good children’s Bible, such as My First Bible,The Adventure Bible for Young Readers, ESV Children’s Bible, or The Jesus Storybook Bible. Children love to have a Bible they can call their own.
- Have a daily time for family worship—morning, afternoon, or evening. Develop a routine for your child. Consistency is good for learning. It will show your child that this is an important part of the day.
- Remember to have fun with your children while learning the Bible. Memorizing and learning about the Bible doesn’t have to be boring. Make the time fun and special.
- Keep the time brief to hold the child’s attention.
- Recite a verse or question several times a day in your child’s presence so it becomes familiar to them. It usually takes repeating something several times before you learn it.
- Select a few short hymns or worship songs that your children can sing along with.
- Pray with your children. Teach them the power and importance of intercessory prayer. Let prayer become an important part of your home. Pray for your neighbors, your community, the nation, and the world. Let prayer be a way that introduces your child to the needs of others.
- Lastly, the home is where faith learning begins, but the real world is where it is lived. Take time to stop and teach your children faith lessons in the car, at the grocery store, or the street corner.