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A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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.
Paperback, 126 pages
Published March 20th 2014 by Christian Focus Publications (first published June 30th 2013)
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Ray Perry
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great little book on family devotions. Family worship should include singing, Scripture reading, and prayer. Provided historical perspective, anecdotes, and practical tips.
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home, is a great little book by Jason Helopoulos that desires to be a gentle nudge to all Christians to actively participate in family worship. Jason sets out at the beginning of his book to make sure that his readers understand that his true desire is not for them to incur guilt because they don't practice family worship (or they practice it infrequently), but that they would be encouraged to overcome, by God's grace, every stumbling block that ...more
CJ Bowen
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent encouragement towards family worship, including a list of helpful resources and sample structures. There are a number of similar books, but this one felt most like it was written in the voice of a father, rather than the caricature of a stern presbyterian elder with a long flowing beard. He helpfully focuses on the idea that family worship is worship, not family time, and allows that insight to simplify things down to Bible, singing, and prayer. I'll be getting more of these to give aw ...more
Peter Stonecipher
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Short, solid, presentation of the need for family worship in Christian homes, and what family worship can look like. I read through this book in just a couple of hours, and was left greatly encouraged to incorporate much of what I read into my own home.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a good little book that introduces and describes family worship, a neglected grace. It's brief and accessible an provides some encouragement and tools to practice family worship but is also realistic and full of grace for us stumbling and bumbling our ways through.
Chapter two contains a strong admonition to fathers. The author does a good job of discussing the responsibility of the husband/father to not only care for the physical needs of the family but also the spiritual needs (cp. 1 Tim. 5:8).
Dan Sudfeld
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good practical book on the importance of family worship. Some helpful appendices at the end.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paper, 2016
Helpful, encouraging book.
Michael Boling
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The idea of family worship for some may conjure up images of the days of the Puritans or perhaps even the days of Little House on the Prairie. In an age where most families activities are centered on work, school, after-school pursuits with worship and Bible study often restricted to Sunday mornings, the idea of carving out time for consistent family worship and Bible study might seem impossible. Jason Helopoulos, in his book A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home, provides the ...more
Michael Sanelli
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really glad I picked this one up. Makes times of Family Worship quite simple and doable for any household. Men should read this to be encouraged to put God's word in front of their families regularly. If you've failed as a husband/father in the home, don't feel shamed to not pursue this. Helopoulos makes it easy. Read. Sing. Pray. You don't need to be a theologian to read the scripture with your family. You don't need to be a professional singer to sing simple songs of praise in the home. You do ...more
Andrew Ivester
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Helopoulos has a gift for presenting admonition and exhortation in an encouraging way. His book is a personalized version of Don Whitney’s Family Worship. He uses the combination of read, pray, and sing, along with other options depending on what works in a given family. He walks through what, in his experience, works and what doesn’t work. For a culture that struggles mightily with family devotions, we would do well to learn from those who have consistently practiced them over the course of the ...more
Hidi Gardner
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Practically, it is a good read. It starts off with the reasoning behind family worship and ends with how-to and how not-to and a grace-based mention that no one will do this perfectly. While acknowledging single mothers, the author puts such a heavy emphasis on male leadership that I nearly gave up reading. I'm glad I finished, though, because he does give helpful information. I also appreciated the reminder that "it is never a failure to run to God." pg103.
Joel Carter
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very encouraging and helpful book about leading one's family in worship at home.
Dan Glover
This was a really solid case for and practical introduction to the largely lost practice of family worship. I appreciated the author's focus on family worship as a gracious gift God has given to Christian families and the church, a "means of grace", rather than another duty to heap upon already busy families which weighs them down. Helopoulos makes a biblical case for family worship, then speaks of the practical benefits and rich spiritual blessings it brings to family life. He goes on to descri ...more
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a timely book. Family worship is a topic you rarely hear discussed. Many references to family worship are connected with the word legalism. You can make obedience to just about anything legalistic, but what Jason shows is, far from legalistic, family worship is joyful, grace-filled obedience. He says, “Family worship, like all kinds of worship, is a means of grace and is not to be viewed as a burden or a task to be accomplished” (75). He does this by not browbeating us and by showing how fa ...more
Joshua Schwisow
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has seriously considered the state of the church and the state of the family in 21st Century America has reasons to be alarmed. A laundry list of problems could certainly be created with a great variety of problems social, moral, theological, and so on. These problems all stem from both an ignorance and lack of faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and consequently we are not a nation who worships the Triune God of Scripture.

If we are to regain our focus in the family and church, then
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I do not know a more important and practical topic in Western Christianity than the topic of Family Worship. Most of those who have grown up in 20th century America are radically unfamiliar with the idea of the great tradition of an organized time of Family Worship. This is a tragedy that is stunting the spiritual growth of many Christians and, I believe, contributing to the exodus of many young people from the faith of their parents.

So, this being said, I was thrilled when I heard of a new boo
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This short book about family worship has been a great resource for me and my family and my wife and I think about what this needs to look like for our family. This is not something I grew up with. However, Helopoulos makes a great case for why this is so important to our families, to our churches, and to our communities. I'm more convinced than ever that our family worship time is an important part of our daily family life. I also really like the terminology of family worship time. It communicat ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
We all know that worshipping God corporately in church and privately through our "quite times" and personal prayer are essential aspects of the christian life. But what about family worship? This short little book was a great introduction to recovering and reclaiming the neglected grace of worshipping as a family.

Jason Helopoulos does not mince words here, and every chapter gets straight to the point. He tells us that our identity as worshippers is the basis for our worship in the home. He then
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Family worship in the home must take its place alongside corporate and private worship in the life of every believer. Worshiping is who we are, it is what we were made to do. As a head of a home, I must take this responsibility seriously, knowing that we are encouraged in Scripture to pursue such worship with joy.

Helopoulos, a minister in my presbytery seconded to a large RCA congregation in Michigan that will soon leave for the PCA, provides practical motivations as well: family worship centers
Kristopher Schaal
This is a good little book! Praise the Lord, most of the concepts were a review to me, because my parents did a great job modeling family devotions. However, I did learn some things that gave me some traction. One simple question that I came to the book with was, "What should we be reading in family devotions?" We had already read both "The Jesus Storybook Bible" and "The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes" twice, and I was getting tired of them. Helopoulos encourages his readers to read the Bibl ...more
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that convinced me that I needed to step my game up. I had heard my pastor preach about the importance of family devotions, but I never got around to it. After reading this book, I was certain that we needed more celebration of the Gospel as a family in our home. Nowadays, my wife and I end (pretty much) everyday with a time of prayer, singing and Scripture reading. Hopefully the Lord will bless us with children, and give us the honor of continuing this tradition with them. It ha ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a helpful read. I have been wanting to become more intentional and focused with daily family devotions, but I haven't been sure were to start. This short book does a great job of laying out the theology of family worship and how it fits into the larger Christian life. He lays out practical tips for approaching daily family worship. There is a great balance between encouraging families to step up and enter into this practice and also being gracious about how we fall short and often stumb ...more
Tj Freeman
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helpful and instructive

This short read provides Biblical support and practical application for family worship. The author does well to humbly advocate for beginning this practice while responding to many potential arguments against it. I especially appreciate the gentle and consistent reminder that family worship is for our joy! Thankfully the practice of family worship is not advocated as superior to corporate or private worship, but is discussed as dependent upon them.

I found this book convic
Peter Jones
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good, solid introduction to the reason for, worth of, and practice of family worship. I appreciated his pastoral tone and graciousness as he laid out why this practice is so valuable. The personal stories he told of other families were convicting. He described interviewing a young girl for admittance to the Lord's Table and she started quoting Habakkuk because she had memorized portions in family worship. His appendices gave several examples of different structures for worship, as well as reso ...more
Angelyn Vaughan
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-2014
A straightforward, honest look at why and how Christians should worship as families. I appreciate that the author acknowledges the practical concessions that must be made to be consistent with family devotionals in real life, but maintains that they must be done consistently and with thoughtful reverence. He includes sample structures and resources for the content of family worship meetings in the appendices, but the book itself focuses on what's essential and leaves the specifics up to each fam ...more
Matt Moran
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fatherhood
Helopoulos is advocating for a great concept and I think he is right that this is an area that has fallen into neglect among Christian homes. However, the last chapter of the book is called "Just Do It" and honestly the whole book could have been boiled down to those three words.

More helpful for me was Joel Beeke's sermon at DG on this topic:
Philip Mcduffie
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Family worship is a means of grace given by the gracious hand of the Almighty that we cannot afford to neglect. The spiritual benefit of praying as a family, reading the Bible as a family, and singing as a family is incredible. Family worship leads to our hearts being knit together with Christ more than ever. Also, this act of family worship is pleasing to the Father and brings great glory to His name. By all means, read this book and take heed to the applicable teachings within it!
Ellen Seltz
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This brief, accessible book is full of motivation and encouragement for spouses and parents who want to practice worship in their home, but don't know where or how to start.

The tone is friendly and engaging. The emphasis is on simplicity and "returning" over and over to active practice, rather than setting up rigid expectations that are likely to fail.

If you want your family worship to be realistic, resilient, and do-able, this is the book for you.
Rachel Powell
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A quick, easy read with some good points and practical ideas. I like the fact that he sets high expectations and says that "we too often underestimate our children." In addition to the basic elements of Bible reading, prayer, and singing, he encourages old-fashioned disciplines like learning the catechism. "Catechizing is a lost discipline in the evangelical church today, and we are suffering as a result."
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Rev. Jason Helopoulos (ThM. Dallas Theological Seminary) has served as the Associate Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan since 2012. He first pastored in North Carolina before moving to Michigan to plant a PCA church. He serves on the board of the Gospel Reformation Network and Twin Lakes Fellowship. Jason has contributed to a number of magazines, journals, and blogs. He ...more
“A Christian will find it most beneficial to practice secret worship, corporate worship, and family worship. They are all important for our life in Christ. They each bear a necessary weight, and they all inform one another. When my secret worship is lacking or even non-existent, then my worship in the corporate community and family will be affected. When my attendance at corporate worship is sparse, then my secret worship and family worship will suffer as well. These three spheres of worship are related, informed, and encouraged by one another, because in each I am meeting with the Lord and benefiting from His grace. As I grow in my enjoyment of the Lord in my closet, so my enjoyment of Him in corporate worship will increase. As I hear the preached Word of God in corporate worship, this informs and stimulates my heart and mind in leading my own family in worship. As I worship God with my family, my affection and love for the Lord increases, which encourages my secret and corporate worship. They all inform one another. If I am starving in one area, then as I function in the other spheres I will find that I am malnourished there as well. p. 27” 1 likes
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