Corporate Worship w/My Children

Corporate Worship w/My Children

In a culture that tends to view corporate worship as something adults do while children are regulated to age appropriate activities, it is often good to remind myself of a few of the reasons I have for worshiping with my children corporately.

Reference Notes
1 Samuel Samuel, ’nuff said.
1 Samuel 1:4 Elkanah obeys Deuteronomy 12:17-18, includes children
2 Chronicles 20:13 Corporate fasting, the text particularly includes little ones.
2 Chronicles 34:1-3 Young King, worships God
2 Kings 11:21 Young King, worships God
2 Kings 12:2 Young King, worships God
2 Kings 22:1-2 Young King, worships God
2 Timothy 3:14-15 Timothy, trained from childhood
Acts 17:2 Corporate worship, on the Sabbath, was Paul’s custom
Deuteronomy 11:19
Deuteronomy 12:17-18 Corporate sacrifice to include children
Deuteronomy 29:10-13 Assembly of people of God explicitly includes children .. in this one the kids enter into the covenant.
Deuteronomy 31:10-13 Assembly of people of God explicitly includes children .. in this one we ensure no child goes more than 7 years w/out participating in the ceremony.
Deuteronomy 6:7
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Encourages early Piety
Exodus 12:24-27 Passover, corporate ordinance, for the sake of the children
Genesis 22:7 Wan’t Isaac’s first time to a sacrifice.
Hebrews 10:24-25 Professing Christians, regardless of age, are to meet regularly for corporate worship.
Joel 2:15-16 Holy fast, sacred assembly, specifically includes “children” and “nursing infants”
Josh. 8:35 The word proclaimed to the assembly, including little ones.
Luke 1:41 John the Baptist, in the womb.
Luke 18:15-17 Even Infants in the assembly with Jesus, rebuke for those who would prevent.
Luke 2:41 -50 Jesus in the temple as a child.
Luke 4:16 Corporate worship, on the Sabbath, was Jesus’ custom
Mark 10:13-16 Jesus receives Children in the assembly, and rebukes those who would prevent or limit the children.
Mark 9:36-37
Matthew 10:42
Matthew 18:10 “Little Ones” are especially important to God … Father and Son … and even the angels.
Matthew 18:2-6 Jesus has children readily available in his public teaching – and he has strong words for those that lead children into sin.
Matthew 19:13-15 Kids in the assembly with Jesus, rebuke for those would would prevent them.
Matthew 21:15-16 Children were in the temple, a place of worship, to begin with. Then observe how Jesus takes this opportunity to ‘exegete’ Psalm 8:2 for us, applying it to how these little children recognized the Son of David when the learned, self-righteous chief priests and scribes failed to discern who Jesus was. Calvin explains, ‘Since the praises of God are heard from the tongue of infants [in Jesus’ reference to Psalm 8:2], Christ infers from this, that it is not strange if He cause them to be uttered by children who have already acquired the use of speech.’ Jesus rebukes the religious leaders, not the children. This passage shows that Jesus gladly received the praise of children in the assembly.
Nehemiah 12:43 Children part of corporate worship
Proverbs 22:6
Psalm 148:11-14 Goodness, read more Spurgeon on this.
Psalm 71:5 Demonstrates taking comfort in God from early years
Psalm 8:2 Just read Spurgeon, Treasury of David, and weep.
Romans 10:17 “child like” faith? From hearing?

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