By: Mark Baker
In a previous post, I outlined the three basic elements of family worship: Read, Pray, Sing. This final post in the Family Worship series will detail two other suggestions for a fruitful and substantive family worship experience.
Scripture memory can be a wonderful way for families to center their hearts on the Word. Fighter Verses, a program designed to help Christians memorize Scripture, explains, “Memorization works on our hearts to cultivate Christ-like character, it helps us to resist temptation, and it enhances our prayer and worship. Here are a few more reasons—straight from Scripture. Memorizing …
- Is one of the most effective ways to “meditate” on the Word of God “day and night” (Joshua 1:8).
- Helps us treasure God’s Word in our hearts that we might not sin against him (Psalm 119:11).
- Allows us to meditate on the Lord in the “night watches” (Psalm 63:6) so that we can regard all his ways (Psalm 119:15).
- Helps us in evangelism making the Word of truth readily available to build our own and others’ faith—since “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).”
Family worship can be the perfect time to rehearse the weekly memory verse and review previous verses. From my experience, if you say your memory verse once a day, you will have it memorized by the end of the week.
One of my favorite classroom activities at the school where I teach is intentionally “stumping” the students. I love asking really difficult theological questions just to see how they wrestle with the ideas. They will wrinkle their brows and toss around many ideas while trying to figure out the answer. Sometimes they will have some bright thoughts, while other times they will come up with some down-right silly ideas! Throughout this process I have noticed one common trend: whenever a student begins to articulate a truly profound idea, he begins by saying, “Remember the catechism we learned a few years ago that says…” Memorizing a catechism is a very simple way to become familiar with the truths of the gospel.
Depending on your background, catechisms may seem strange or foreign to you. Even though you may not have grown up memorizing them, if you give it a try, you will soon find that a catechism is simply a 100-word road-map to right-thinking. Here are some resources to help you get started:
- Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism by Starr Meade
- Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way by J.I. Packer and Gary A Parrett
- Watch Michael Horton on the benefits of catechesis.
- Heidelberg Catechism Rap:
Just in case if you missed it here is the whole series on family worship.