Our first interview was 5 months after Saddleback started canceling youth worship once a month to have families worship together, appropriately called: Worship Together Weekend. As expected, everyone was excited about the change…at first….
In this second interview with Josh, we talk about the importance of kids in worship, what Saddleback has learned and how they have adjusted since starting Worship Together Weekends.
PS. My wife corrected me. Our boys were 3 and 5 years old…Not 5 and 7… 🙂 How time flies.
Homes Devoted™ wants to encourage your child(ren) to memorize scripture in our Sword Scene Challenge II and you could be taking them to Sea World on us! Show your children this video invitation from our kids.
It’s easy to enter:
YOU pick a verse to memorize. Ask your kids what verse to memorize (or refresh and get creative with presenting one they already know) and work on it this week. Just 5 minutes every day, even in the car! It can be fun.
Record it. Get creative! Sing it! Act it! Take a look at the video below of our kids reciting Matt. 5:3-12.
Post it to our Homes Devoted™ Facebook page or paste a link to it in the comments below. Receive a drawing entry for every verse recited (five verses equals five entries)!
There are lots of reasons to memorize scripture. Here are just a few:
1.) The Bible is called a SWORD (Ephesians 6:17: “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”) and
2.) Psalms 119:11, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
The small print:
Submit a video of your child(ren) saying the verses by heart by August 25 and you will be entered into the drawing! Yes, a parent can help with hand motions.
Drawing will be done Monday morning, August 26th at 9am.
Yes, you can post scripture you already know. One verse per video post.
Plan on going to Sea World by the 31st (Tickets only valid thru August 31.)
Get this: When college students, with a strong faith, were asked, “Looking back, what would you say attributed to your lasting faith?” A huge percentage of them referred to having faith conversations in the home.Connecting your children to the heart of God, doesn’t just happen by having family devotions and prayer times. Those times are vital, but it also happens as we, throughout our daily routine, talk about the things of GodWe connect our child’s heart with God’s:
When we discipline and then pray together.
When we play and then apologize for being too competitive.
When we bring God into our decision making and ask for help.
When you turn off the TV, because it isn’t pure, noble, praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8)
When we do chores and work and mention how great heaven is going to be.
When we catch ourselves worrying and then remind the family that God is in control.
When we serve our neighbor, just because God compels us to love in action.
When we see a strange looking animal and wonder what God was thinking.
When we sin and talk about how easy it is to do wrong and how in need we are of a Savior!
This is what God intended when He said, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
When we do these simple things, we bring God into the daily routine of life. We live out constant communion with God. We show our children a dependency upon God. We demonstrate a real relationship with Him. Do not be afraid to be bold and blunt with your children about the things of God. They need to see you live out your faith and they need you to lead them until they decide to (hopefully) follow Him for themselves. Then they will see what it means to be “in Christ”…a real Christian.
To help you on this journey of talking about God throughout life, look in your email every Tuesday for a conversation starter; a discussion on a scripture verse to help you some time throughout your week to help you devote some time to thinking about God. It can be around the dinner table, in the car, at a restaurant, at bedtime, etc. The point is to talk about God whenever & wherever; just do it. When you do, you will be impacting the next generation and the generations to come; your kids, your grand-kids and your great-grand kids. It starts now.
Welcome to the Family ministry minute. I’m Jonathan Cronkhite and we are talking about the reasons kids should attend worship services with their parents…
Let them catch you! Let them catch you worshipping…. We all know that our kids catch more of what we DO than what we say. Someone said that our faith is caught more than it is taught. So, let them catch us worshiping. We have a great opportunity and privilege to show our kids how important worship is! Where else do they see dad closing his eyes and singing to God? Where else does mom and dad get taught from God’s word? (it has to be good for our kids to see mom and dad “get instruction”, since they never see that happen anywhere else.)
It shows them we are serious about God; that we really do desire to follow Him. It shows our kids that we can humble ourselves before our Holy God. It shows them that we are in need of forgiveness, that we are not perfect.
Until our kids decide to follow God on their own, I want them to follow me and my example. I want to be like Paul, so I can say to my kids (my disciples), “live as I have before you, follow my example.”
Besides, my kids love snuggling with me during worship and I enjoy it too! It isn’t always easy with little kids. In the beginning, it was difficult to get them to sit still during the sermon, but just like training them in other areas, we had to train them, discipline them and give them consequences for misbehavior. Just a couple weeks ago, I had to take our 8 year old out in the middle of the sermon to remind him why we were there and what I expected of him. Honestly, now the biggest issue we have is that they fight over who gets to sit next to daddy!
So, next Sunday, bring your kids with you to worship. It may be uncomfortable for them and for you, they may fight back, but it is so worth it.
I hope you come back for more encouragement and inspiration.
Thanks for listening. Post a comment or question and I promise to answer!