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Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Christian Focus
|Publication Date: 2013|
A Firm Foundation: Building a Household of Faith on the Unchanging Principles of the Word of GodPaul ChappellStriving Together Publications / 2004 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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Pastor Jason Helopoulos calls parents and church leaders to reclaim the practice of family worship. This indispensable means of grace directs our children to seek Christ daily, preparing them to go out into the world as fully functioning Christian adults, who love Christ and see all of life in relation to Him.
This excellent little paperback is well titled... Helopolous strikes the right note- Just Do It- while giving enough practical hints to make worship enjoyable as well as profitable.
"What we need is precisely what Pastor Jason Helopoulos has provided: a wise, realistic, gospel-motivated (rather than guilt-driven) guide that all of us can use and put into practice. I am happy to commend it, and I am eager to see how the Lord will use it for his glory and the strengthening of families!"
"Just what I needed! An encouraging refresher on family worship that reminded me of the "Why?" and gave me lots of new ideas about "How?" Also a powerful motivation and perfect guide for parents just starting this much-blessed practice, with lots of practical and realistic tips."
"Do yourself and your family a big spiritual favor and read, mark, learn and apply the contents of this splendid little book! By God's grace, it could have an impact for generations to come."
"In A Neglected Grace, Jason lays out a biblical defense of family worship and provides plenty of wise and practical help for how to get started."
"If your family is not worshipping together in the home, this may be the most important book you read this year."
"If you are looking for a good, helpful introduction to family worship, one that provides both a biblical basis for family worship as well as guidance on how to practice it in real life, then look no further. It is my hope that Jason Helopoulos' book contributes to the widespread recovery of the "neglected grace" of family worship."
"Jason Helopoulos' truly helpful book on this crucial subject is short, motivating, realistic, and practical."
contemplativereflections4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: A Neglected GraceApril 6, 2016contemplativereflectionsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In "A Neglected Grace," Jason Helopoulos writes on the importance of reviving the practice of family worship in the Christian home. In our busy lives, we tend to push off family worship either as being archaic or superfluous. However, the author argues that we are missing a valuable means of grace by which God and His Word can impact all the member of the family. Helopoulos begins by establishing the reasons for which family worship is edifying to the Christian family. Although the Bible does not explicitly outline what family worship looks like, there are many commands and examples in Scripture that calls for spiritual instruction to take place in the home. Furthermore, the author draws out the numerous benefits of family worship which include increasing in the knowledge of Scripture, strengthening familial bonds, and raising up godly children. Moreover, Helopoulos makes it a point to encourage readers to begin or restart family worship with small steps focusing on prayer, Scripture, and singing as the key elements to family worship. The appendix contains many helpful resources including samples of catechisms, worship structures, and readings that could be adapted to one's family worship.
I am happy to recommend this book to the countless fathers and mothers who either have not started family worship or have become disappointed in their attempts. This book is a great reminder and encouragement for me as I repeatedly fail to incorporate family worship on a consistent basis in our home. I appreciate how Helopoulos reiterates several times that family worship is a means of grace and not a burden on our backs. No one would doubt that family worship is vital to the spiritual life of the family and especially to the next generation. However, we often fail may it be due to lack of time, resources, or determination. Nevertheless, Helopoulos encourages parents, especially fathers, to not give up on family worship as a precious means of grace to experience a deeper spiritual life together as a family unit.
parkerj5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding Encouragement for Family WorshipJuly 1, 2013parkerjQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After seeing this book being endorsed by Voddie Baucham and Joel Beeke I was immediately excited and eager to read it. Baucham and Beeke have been very influential in my studies on family worship and both men are truly passionate about worshiping together in the home. So, seeing their names attached to this book brought great anticipation. I must say that I was not disappointed at all.
Jason Helopoulos is probably not a familiar name to many people, but he is a pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, where Kevin DeYoung (who writes the forward for this book) is the head pastor. He also is a guest blogger for The Gospel Coalition and I have read his work on their site before. However, an unfamiliar name does not mean that he does not know what he is talking about. This is a short 126 page book that is loaded with encouragement and hope for all of us who struggle with regularly implementing family worship. Many books on family worship are very systematic and detailed in what should and should not take place in family worship, often leaving the reader feeling unfit to lead and like a failure anytime worship doesn't "go well." This is not one of those books. Helopoulos does have guidelines as to what is beneficial and should make up family worship, but his exhortation and charge for men to implement family worship in their homes is also saturated with grace for if and when we do fail or fall into a rut.
Helopoulos urges his readers to remember that family worship is "nothing more than our response in the home to God's magnificent and infinite grace. And it is by that grace that we gather together with our family members to delight in His excellent goodness and eternal glory. Family worship is not something we have to do. Our right standing before God is not impacted by whether we lead our families in worship or not. Christ has already accomplished all for our salvation. Rather, family worship, like other spiritual disciplines, becomes something we want to do." Thinking like this transforms family worship into a delight instead of a duty. It should be our joy to pass down to our children what God has done for us and what He has taught us.
The goal of Christian parents "in raising our children is not to prepare them for going out into the world as fully functioning adults. Our goal, as Christian parents, is to prepare our children for eternity! This has to be the greatest desire of any Christian parent. Everything else in our children's life and world is a distant second in importance." A Neglected Grace is a wonderful tool in the hands of Christian parents for accomplishing this purpose. I was truly blessed by this book and will definitely be reading through it multiple times in the future.
I received a free copy of this book from Christian Focus Publications in exchange for an honest review.