Jared Bridges gives three reasons….okay plus one more to make it four good ones why you should sit with your kids on Sunday.
I bet you must be asking under your breath, Oh Jared, have you ever seen your own flesh and blood save the biggest and fattest tantrum for that one solemn moment – just to give mum and dad a red face? But give him a moment he seems to be honest in his discussion:
Taking your child to a Sunday worship service can be jarring. Trust me, I know. It once gave me a concussion.
Years ago, we began introducing our four-year-old son to the worship service, with all the potential misbehavior that entails. During corporate prayer he decided to lay down on the floor. Like a good dad I knelt over and told him to get up. Like a good son he obeyed, immediately and enthusiastically. A little too enthusiastically.
As he jumped up, the full weight of his 95th-percentile-sized head drove directly into my semi-opened jaw….
The incident (indeed) gave me a new perspective on impactful worship.
Not every instance of bringing our kids to the worship service is like that, of course, but it can be a difficult transition, both for our little ones and for us. So if it’s that hard, why would a church encourage kids (not necessarily babies) to sit in worship with their families? Here are four areas why I believe this is helpful: discipleship, education, tradition, and opportunity.
At the core of Jesus’s Great Commission to his disciples (Matt. 28:18–20) is the call to make disciples of all nations—that is, all people groups. The “all” includes the very people within our own families, and the commission is not restricted to age. An making of disciples is never an abbreviated event.
Hearing the gospel preached and seeing its effects in the worship of a local church family is a powerful way to make disciples. What better way for a child to be introduced to what it means to be a disciple than to experience life with disciples of all ages and levels of maturity?
Moses tells God’s people, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 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” (Deut. 6:6–7).
The words of God should be taught to our own children today. A corporate worship service in which Scripture is read, sung, prayed, and preached helps us as we educate our kids. …Read More!