The idea of Family Worship sometimes is presented as a way to re-create a church within the house. I have done my fair share of representing it in this way. Now I want to offer an alternate perspective which is really the flip side of the same coin.
Why is Family Worship a microcosm of the Church? We are not called to emulate a structure, institution, or organization. In the Bible, the Church is actually called a family. This is almost like the infamous riddle, “What came first? The chicken or the egg?”
I am not saying that the Family is more important than the Church or vice versa. However, I do believe that they are both more important than we have ever really dared to recognize. We should pay careful attention to the way Jesus viewed and talked about them.
How did Jesus use the two terms? He radically used them interchangeably. Remember that baffling passage where his mother and brothers are outside waiting on Him and they send a message? His response is that those He was with are His family.
The family is a great descriptor for the Church.
The family is a the strength of the Church.
The family is the chosen unit God set in place.
Both should be handled with the fear of the Lord. We are His and this is His family. When we come alive to this and begin to understand, pray, and live all of life in this way, our Father will be pleased.