Family worship and discipleship is something that I have been thinking about a lot recently.
As my children grow up, they are becoming more and more aware that following Jesus is really important to mum and dad. They are also are becoming more and more aware that most of their friends (and their parents) don’t follow Jesus and believe the same things that mum and dad do. This has led to some very interesting conversations after school and around the dinner table. These conversations, however, are mostly few and far between and I am constantly aware that I need to be far more deliberate in the way I prepare my children to live as exiles and strangers in a fallen world.
Trial and error has been the name of the game. Ultimately the only way to find out what works best for your household is to try different things and stick at them long enough to develop a routine.
Liz and I have tried quite a few different resources over the years and some have stood out very clearly above the others. Here are my top five resources for family worship and discipleship.
This has been by far the best option for our children when they were younger and remains a favourite to this day. It has been a pleasant surprise at every turn, showing great skill and insight in simplifying bible passages whilst also remaining faithful. The chapters are a perfect length for holding the attention of little minds.
This is suitable for older toddlers and features great artwork. It is based on the biblical theology of Graeme Goldsworthy and is great for teaching your children about how the Bible fits together. It’s more than a Bible overview. It’s an exposition of the Bible’s overarching storyline. I recommend it for adults and children alike as an introduction to biblical theology.
This is a little more in-depth than the others and the sections are slightly longer so it didn’t really work for us until our oldest children were 4-5 years old. Now they really love it. It is also fantastic for showing how the Old Testament characters point to Jesus.
We call this the “Breakfast Bible” in our house. Well we used to. It’s not a Bible so that nickname was slightly misleading and we have momentarily misplaced it. It got the nickname because we left it on our table in the kitchen where we have breakfast so that we could look at it over a bowl of Honey-Nut Crunch. It doesn’t take long and the kid’s love it which made it the perfect resource for our chaotic morning routine.
My son, who was about 4 at the time watched the “God Rocks” dvd for about 8 hours straight in the car on our journey from London to the south of France. This trend continued through the holiday and the return journey. I’m not kidding. Even now, years later, he is downstairs listening to the new easter album “Boss of the Cross” and singing along. It’s just awesome.
If there are other resource that you think should be on this list then I would love to hear about it.