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RESOLUTION ON FAMILY WORSHIP

Adopted by the Messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention in annual session on June 16, 2010 in Orlando, FL

WHEREAS, The Bible teaches the spiritual discipline of family worship for the glory of God, the strengthening of the church, and the spiritual nourishment of the family (Deuteronomy 6:1-18; Psalm 78:1-8; Ephesians 4-6); and

WHEREAS, Scripture pictures the Christian home as a place in which parents are instructed to teach and disciple their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:1-18; Ephesians 6:1-4); and

WHEREAS, Family worship has been a cherished Southern Baptist principle reflected in church covenants which have called believers “to maintain family and secret devotions” and “to religiously educate” their children; and

WHEREAS, In recent years, family worship has been emphasized in The Baptist Faith and Message, which states that “Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth”; and

WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have launched major initiatives which have brought to the forefront the need for families to pray, read from the Bible, memorize scripture, and give praise to the Lord within their homes; and

WHEREAS, In 2009, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention included family worship as a key catalyst for a Great Commission resurgence calling on Southern Baptists “to build gospel-saturated homes that see children as a gift from God and as our first and primary mission field”; and

WHEREAS, Family worship is integral to laying a foundation for multi-generational faithfulness to the gospel (Psalm 145:4) and a necessary complement for the strengthening of the local church to fulfill its commission (Matthew 28:18-20); and

WHEREAS, Family worship serves as an important preparation for the corporate worship of the local church on the Lord’s Day (Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:25); and
WHEREAS, In recent generations, the act of family worship has been neglected, evidenced by the breakdown of the family in our time; and
WHEREAS, The embracing of the spiritual discipline of family worship in the Christian home has the capacity to nurture stronger families, a stronger church, and a stronger nation; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 15-16, 2010, encourage churches

and families to rekindle the spiritual discipline of family worship; and

be it further

RESOLVED, That we define family worship as the regular meeting together of a family for a time of prayer and Bible reading, which may include other activities such as scripture memorization, singing spiritual songs and hymns, and discussing biblical truth and Christian mission; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage families to cultivate not only structured times of worship together, but also ongoing intentional and informal conversations about the things of the Lord; and be it further

RESOLVED, That as we call families and churches to embrace family worship, we urge fathers particularly to fulfill their divinely mandated responsibility to lead their families toward spiritual maturity (Ephesians 5:22-6:4; Colossians 3:19-21); and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage all parents to consider times of family worship to be an opportunity to introduce their children to the gospel, to train their children to seek the salvation of their friends and neighbors, and to pray for the nations; and be

it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage churches and families to make use of the many resources produced to aid in family worship; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we urge the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention and their pastors to promote family worship and encourage the families of their congregations to place the highest priority on embracing this foundational spiritual discipline for the well-being of families, the spread of the gospel, the making of disciples, and the glory of God.

For practical resources about how to practice family worship, see

http://www.BiblicalSpirituality.org

HT: Donald Whitney

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    These are a set of videos that are known as sermon jams, they are great! Enjoy!

    Paul Washer became a believer while attending the University of Texas studying to become an oil and gas lawyer. He completed his undergraduate studies and enrolled at Southwestern Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree. Paul left the states shortly after graduation as a North American missionary to Peru.

    Paul ministered as a missionary in Peru for 10 years, during which time he founded the HeartCry Missionary Society to support Peruvian Church planters. HeartCry’s work now supports over 80 indigenous missionaries in 15 different countries throughout Eastern Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

    An itinerant preacher, Paul also frequently teaches at his home church, First Baptist Church of Muscle Shoals, and is the author of The One True God: A Biblical Study of the Doctrine of God.

    At the present, Paul serves as the Director of Heart-Cry Missionary Society and resides in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with his wife Charo and two sons Ian and Evan, and one daughter Rowan.

    Learn More at HeartCry Missionary Society

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    I was going through some old handouts that the old directors of Campus Crusade for Christ at Eastern Kentucky Unversity gave to a group of us they were training to teach Bible studies.  I came upon a couple articles that were a good reminder to me about what my ministry with CRU and at church should be focused on, Christ.  It seems so simple but is that really the message of our ministry.

    In and article “Thoughts on Christ Centered Ministry” by Rick Howe he says

    I. The Key Question

    What is the “sub-text” of our ministries? That is, when are around us, our weekly meetings, our small groups, our conferences and projects, etc. what is the subtle, yet clearly heard message beneath our outward messages?

    This message can often be some like: “Aren’t I great?” or “Aren’t we great?” or “Don’t we do things great around here?” (Tim Keller, Redeemer Press)

    We need to strive to make the main text and the sub-text of our ministries: “Isn’t Christ great?”

    If we do not purposefully seek to keep Christ in the center of our ministry, something else will be there- small groups, evangelism, target areas, you name it.

    In fact, I think the number one question every CD(campus director) should ask himself, all the time, every day, is “what is the sub-text of my ministry? Are people walking away thinking “Isn’t Christ great!”

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         Here in a few days, I will be attending the New Attitude Conference in Louisville. Over that past week as I’ve been thinking about the conference coming up and about some other plans that I have for the summer, I began to think on my approach to these sorts of things.

         All through high school I attended church camps, mission trips, weekend retreats, and all that fun stuff. But, looking back on all those things, I approached them all wrong. So many times, we go into a conference or mission trip thinking that it’s going to be that extra boost that we need in our spiritual lives. We have this mindset that altough we may have been significantly struggling in previous weeks, this event was going to be just what we needed to get us going again. Please hear what I’m not saying; I’m not saying that it’s wrong to come out of a retreat or conference and be more motivated in your walk with the Lord. I think that type of response is very common; spending a few focused days with other believers under the teaching of God’s Word can be a rich experience that has a fruitful outcome. But, what I am saying is that we shouldn’t look to events to fuel our spiritual lives.

         The Christian life is not lived from conference to conference or from mission trip to mission trip, and annual events and conferences aren’t the fuel of our walk with God.  The Christian life is lived one day at a time, and the Holy Spirit is our fuel. Just think of how much more fruitful these retreats and trips could be if we would be consistently pursuing the Lord beforehand. We need to come worshipping, instead of coming to worship (Giglio, The Air I Breathe). May God lead us by His Spirit daily, and may He use these types of events to grow us spiritually for His glory.

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    The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood recently held a conference called Different by design and they have made the audio available for free online.  This is really worth listening to, all of the messages were really great.  There are 4 of the talks available by speakers C.J. Mahaney, Russel Moore, Lig Duncan, and Wayne Grudem.  Please listen to these.

     Monergism has a new ministry called Take Up and Read where they will give weekly reviews of books.  It looks promising.

    Joel R. Beeke tells us why we ought to read the puritans here.  This is really good.

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    Thabiti Anyabwile writes an excelent article giving tips for Christians heading to college.  I thought there was some really good advice.  Check it out here

    Find and Join a Good Church

     “This is task number one. In fact, if there’s opportunity to influence the list of prospective students, it’s wise to first pick the cities with strong churches and then consider schools nearby. Why should someone neglect their spiritual lives for four or more years simply because they’re going to college? Many don’t intend to inflict such neglect on themselves, but that’s what happens when they head off to college with no idea where they will receive regular instruction from the Word, spiritual care and fellowship.

    A good church is one where the exposition of the Scripture is central to the preaching and the life of the congregation. (Boones Creek Baptist Church– my insert)It’s a place where membership is practiced; that is, where pastors take seriously their responsibility for overseeing souls in their care and members submit to that care and care for each other, in part, by officially joining the church.”

    Read the rest here

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    Dr. Moore now has a podcast that will have audio from his Sunday morning Bible study at Ninth and O Baptist Church.  You can download the audio or get the podcast hereDr. Moore is Dean of the school of theology, Senior Vice President for Academic Administration, and Executive Director of the Carl F.H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement at SBTS.  I recently heard him speak at a conference, he is great, and this seems like it will be a excelent podcast.

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