What Does the Bible Say About Family Worship?
Family worship as we know it is not directly commanded in the Bible, but the importance of discipling at home is prominent throughout the Scriptures. In the Old Testament, fathers are commanded "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" (Deuteronomy 6:6-7); and Psalm 78:5-7: "He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments." In the New Testament, fathers are given the command to bring their children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
Clearly, the family is central in passing along our faith. Family worship in the Bible is rooted in the idea of responsibility. Parents--especially fathers--are primarily responsible for the spiritual instruction and vitality of their families. The task is great and weighty, but God's grace is greater and the eternal rewards are beyond anything this world can offer.