Thoughts on Family Worship
The author calls fathers back to seeing their families as “little churches” and shows how healthy and necessary it is for those in the same household to worship God together. He directs fathers to take note of families that worshiped God from the earliest days in Genesis, through family examples in the New Testament and in subsequent history.
A classic book on the importance of an often-neglected duty, Thoughts on Family Worship by James W. Alexander focuses on the many benefits of daily worship as it strengthens minds and cultivates personal piety among both parents and children. The author further shows how family worship influences our churches and society, perpetuating sound doctrine and leaving a legacy for posterity.
Alexander provides practical directions for conducting family worship, discussing in detail such things as the place of Scripture reading, prayer, and praise. He is aware, however, of the difficulties of maintaining family worship and answers several common objections to it.
If you struggle to hold times of worship with your family, or even if you simply desire some encouragement in the practice, this book is sure to provide the words of counsel you need.
Table of Contents
- The Nature, Warrant, and History of Family Worship
- Influence of Family Worship on Individual Piety
- The Influence of Family Worship on Parents
- Influence of Family Worship on Children
- Influence of Family Worship on Domestics
- Family Worship as a Means of Intellectual Improvement
- Family Worship Promotive of Domestic Harmony and Love
- The Influence of Family Worship on a Household in Affliction
- Influence of Family Worship on Visitors, Guests, and Neighbors
- Influence of Family Worship in Perpetuating Sound Doctrine
- The Influence of Family Worship on the Church
- Influence in the Commonwealth
- Influence On Posterity
- Practical Directions as to the Mode of Conducting Family Worship
- The Householder Exhorted to the Duty of Family Worship
- Difficulties and Objections / Conclusion
From the Author:
“In the hurry of our great cities, it is painful to observe the preference given to mammon over God. Look at the living tide which rolls every morning down such a thoroughfare as Broadway! A stranger might be forgiven if he supposed that the life of each breathless banker, merchant, or clerk depended on his reaching the commercial latitudes within a certain minute. But how many of these have prayed with their families? Some, I rejoice to believe; but the mass have no time for anything but the world. Unless men will lose their own souls, and jeopardize the souls of their children, they must take time for God. And the more busy, exhausting, and absorbing any man’s days are, the more he needs the deliberate abstraction of a quiet devotional hour, such as that of family worship.”
-— James W. Alexander