Worshipping together as a family is an essential practice of many Christians. We are reminded of the importance of influence that we have on our children from the writings of the Apostle Paul as he encourages and reminds Timothy of his upbringing. Paul writes, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:5). He continues to remind Timothy that, “from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). There is no doubt that Timothy would not have been the leader that he was at the church in Ephesus if his mother and grandmother had not modeled worship and invested in his spiritual upbringing.
But is that truly applicable today? With the busyness of life and the hectic pace that drives our culture today, it can seem almost impossible to take the time to invest in our children and grandchildren. But there are places and times when the hurried pace of our lives take a back seat and we come and gather as the body of Christ to worship. Unfortunately, many churches take this time of the worship gathering and separate the family into different environments. Now, don’t get me wrong… I am a firm believer in churches having effective preschool, children, and student ministries that provide worship experiences that will “incite wonder, provoke discovery, and fuel passion” in our children and grandchildren. I have seen the effectiveness of this model in the churches I have served in the past as well as here at Stetson. But there is an amazing and exciting outcome and impact that occurs where the entire FAMILY OF GOD comes together for worship.
One of ways that we model worship to our younger generations at Stetson Baptist Church is through our Family Services. Every month that has five Sundays, we specifically design a worship service on one weekend during that month that we include our children and grandchildren in the Modern Service. When a grandmother holds the hand of her young grandson and she sees him singing the words to “Blessed Assurance”, there is a beauty in seeing that the worship of our God transcends the generations in our church. When a teenage daughter begins to lift her hands and sing the truth of Chris Tomlin’s anthem “Good, Good Father” as her dad is weeping tears of joy at hearing those words come from her mouth (even though they got into an argument that morning because she was in the bathroom for too long putting on her makeup and doing her hair). All of the cares of the hurriedness of life can melt away as the generations worship together.
THIS SUNDAY (April 23rd), I invite you to come to Stetson Baptist Church as we worship God together as a family. We will be having a multi-generational expression of worship with the leadership of some of our younger worship leaders at the church. Hope to see you at our 10:30 Modern Service for Family Worship @ Stetson.
 The phrases below come from the book “Think Orange” by Reggie Joiner.