Let the Children Worship
Jason Helopoulos encourages the church to embrace the important part children play in the life of the church. In Let the Children Worship he unfolds the enormous blessings to be found in having them present in the congregational worship services. Jason points out how the struggles are temporary – whereas the blessings can be eternal.
“Many parents, pastors, and elders feel woefully unprepared for impressing upon our children the vital significance of Christian worship. This short book explains the importance of worship and then offers practical guidance on how to communicate this to our young people.” — Carl Trueman, Professor of Historical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
“In Let the Children Worship, Jason Helopoulous not only makes a biblical case for including children in worship. He instills a sense of anticipation of what will happen as children are blessed and bless us with their presence.” — Nancy Guthrie, Bible Teacher and author of Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament and What Grieving People Wish You Knew
About Jason Helopoulos
Jason Helopoulos is assistant pastor at University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan, and a guest blogger at The Gospel Coalition. He is also the author of Family Worship: A Neglected Grace. He and his wife, Leah, are parents of two young children, Grace and Ethan.
“In Jesus’ ministry, the disciples were at one point indignant at the presence of children. In this fine book, Jason Helopoulos makes a compelling Scriptural case for the inclusion of children in worship. It deserves serious and sustained consideration.” — Derek Thomas, Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
“Let the Children Worship presents an easy-to-follow roadmap on the joy and responsibility of incorporating our children into corporate worship. I wish I had this book ten years ago!” — Brian H. Cosby, Pastor, Wayside Presbyterian Church, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
“Sundays can be the hardest day of the week. I often find myself behind the piano, trying to focus on the tune instead of the visitors I invited for lunch. But one eye is on my pew-full of children. Jason’s book provides solid refreshment for parents and church leaders, encouraging us to think clearly – biblically! – about what worship is and why we do it. Theological framework and practical applications for parents and leaders make this a book useful not only as a how-to guide, but also as a guidepost, encouraging us to view worship as a foretaste of heaven along our earthly pilgrimage.” — Rebecca VanDoodewaard, Author of Your Future Other Half and Uprooted, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Table of Contents
- Why Does the Church Worship?
- What Should Church Worship Look Like?
- Let the Children Worship
- Blessings and Benefits
- Wisdom for Parents
- Wisdom for Church Leaders
- Not so Helpful Replacements and Objections
Appendix A: Testimonials
Appendix B: Helpful Resources