Growth in the Home

Family Worship

In one of the most important portions of the Bible, immediately after Moses recounts the ten commandments and the greatest commandment, he says 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. (Deu 6:7) In accordance with this command, we ask our members to commit themselves to daily family worship (as stated in our covenant). If you have a family (spouse and/or children)  and have no current routine, we recommend you start by reading a passage together, singing one song together and a parent finishing with prayer (15 minutes).

Free resources available at NWCC include:

Personal Worship

The personal spiritual disciplines of daily bible reading/meditation, prayer and memorization are the most important practices of a Christian. Although they are not God’s only means of sanctifying grace in our lives, they are the primary means. Firstly, the word of God is said to be our direction and guidance (Ps 119:105), our greatest tool against temptation and sin (Ps 119:9), our sustenance and life (Matt 4:4) and the most important means of being useful to others (2 Tim 3:16-17). Secondly, prayer is our spiritual power, both in our own lives and in the lives of others. The scriptures are replete with shocking promises about the effectiveness of prayer (Mark 11:22-25, Jas 5:16,1 Jn 5:14-15). Each believer must give himself to prayer and put aside lesser things in order to make it a priority. As James 4:3 says you do not have because you do not ask.. Thirdly, memorizing scripture is an important discipline so that we are ready in moments of temptation, witness, or confusion to receive what we need. If you currently have no daily routine of personal worship, I recommend you start with 15 minutes (one chapter?) of bible reading and 10 minutes of prayer in the morning when you first get up.

Free resources available at NWCC include:

  • chapters 4 and 5 in the “Just for Starters” booklet,
  • M’Cheyne’s Calendar for Daily Readings (on display),
  • Pastor Paul’s sermon “Blessing through the Lord’s Instructions” (Psalm 1:2-3).
  • Other resources can be found in the “Growth in the Home Resource List” booklet in the foyer display.
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