Household Worship Guide – 8/18

Below you will find the “household worship guide” that I presented yesterday as a means to equip fathers and mothers with resources to instruct and guide their children in the Lord. In addition, we intentionally chose the title “household worship” because it is intended to be used by all of Emmaus, not just those with children, to worship God throughout the week. If you were unable to attend Sunday, I would encourage you to listen to the sermon to better understand the goal of this resource.





“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

Address God and Praise Him for Who He Is (Matthew 6:11)

  • Praise God for His sovereignty. “To say that God is Sovereign is to say that He is supreme over all things, that there is no one above Him, that He is absolute Lord over creation. It is to say that His Lordship over creation means that there is nothing out of His control, nothing that God hasn’t seen and planned. It means that even the wrath of man must ultimately praise God and the remainder of wrath God will restrain (Psalm 76:10). It means that every creature on earth, in heaven and in hell must ultimately bow the knee and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10)” (A.W. Tozer, Attributes of God).
  •  “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel” Jeremiah 18:6 (ESV).

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Pray For the Gospel to Spread Among All Peoples (Matt. 9:37-38)

  • Country: Morocco
    Description: In March 2011, King Mohammed VI was forced to enact reforms and agree to revise the constitution in response to popular protests, but authority remains in the hands of the monarch. A moderate Islamist party won the majority of the parliamentary seats, becoming the first Islamist party to lead the government. The Moroccan government is committed to the preservation of Sunni Islam as the religion of all Moroccans.Category: Restricted Nation
    Religion: Muslim 99.9{e0b72a53c242df1424785628340537005f8b2ebeecfbb0205a95286f7b4c8fc9}, Christian 0.1{e0b72a53c242df1424785628340537005f8b2ebeecfbb0205a95286f7b4c8fc9}
    Ideology: Islam
    Head of State: King Mohamed VI

    All Christian activity is carefully monitored by the government. Although talking about Christ is legal, “proselytism” and converting from Islam to Christianity are illegal. Muslims who convert to Christianity may face severe punishment. They endure ostracism from their families, loss of employment and imprisonment for their faith. Anti-Christian sentiment is common in the media. Since March 2010, Morocco has deported at least 135 foreign Christians for proselytism. The government justified the deportations by claiming the Christians posed a threat to the state. VOM has distributed food, clothing and school supplies to children of families undergoing persecution in Morocco.

    *Information taken from The Voice of the Martyrs,

Give us this day our daily bread”

Pray for Yours and Your Family’s Needs (Matthew 6:11)

Pray For One Another (James 5:16)

  • See the CITY for a list of families to pray for this week.

Pray For Those Who Feed, Lead, And Care For The Flock (Col. 4:3; 2 Thess. 3:1)

  • Elders: Joe Anady, Steve Bovee, Kris Vanderschuit
  • Deacons: Dave Anady, Mike Thezier

Pray For Kings and Those in Authority (1 Timothy 2:2)

  • Local: Hemet Mayor – Robert Youssef
  • State: Governor – Jerry Brown
  • Nation: President – Barack Obama

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

Ask Forgiveness From God And Others. Forgive Those Who Sinned Against You. (1 John 1:9)

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Pray That God Would Strengthen Us From Giving Into Temptation (James 1:12-17).


Worship through Song

Song of the Month Encouraged To Be Used In Family Worship

  • The song “Speak, O Lord” by Keith & Kristyn Getty is one of the songs we sing during the service on the Lord’s Day. Mike provided a link to the specific version he uses to lead us into worship. I would encourage you to begin to incorporate musical worship in some way within your household worship time.
  • Click here to purchase and download from iTunes.


Preparing For the Lord’s Day

Our Sermon Text For This Week Is:

  • This Sunday’s sermon will be topical and will not focus on one particular scriptural text.


Catechism – Instruction of God’s Word

Doctrinal Standard WSC #84

  • Q. What does every sin deserve?
  • A. Every sin deserves God’s anger and curse, both in this life and in the life to come.

Memory Verse(s)

  • “For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them” (Galatians 3:10, ESV).


  • Study Passage: Ephesians 5:3–7
  • Support Passages: Ephesians 5:6; Galatians 3:10; Lamentations 3:39; Matthew 25:41
  • Bible Story: Revelation 20:11-15


  • Doctrinal standard 83 explains that the Bible teaches us that not all sins are equally evil.
  • “In the eyes of God some sins in themselves are more evil than others, and some are more evil because of the harm that results from them” (WSC #81). While not every sin is equally evil, all sin is equally punishable by death. Yes, murder is more heinous than a single lie but both transgress the Law of God requiring the righteous punishment of death. James explains this truth eloquently in chapter two verse ten, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” In order to gain acceptance before God apart from Christ one would have to live obediently to all of the Law. We know this is an impossible feat. James explains that if we fail in even one area we are guilty of all the Law. This is why some sin can be more evil than others but all deserving the same curse.

Discussion Questions

  • What does every single sin deserve?
  • Last week’s catechism asks: Are all sins equally evil? The answer, in the eyes of God some sins in themselves are more evil than others, and some are more evil because of the harm that results from them. Discuss how these two doctrinal standards complement each other.
  • Do you think it is fair that the smallest infraction of God’s law requires death? Explain.
  • What would it reveal about God if he deemed “minor” sins acceptable?
  • The fact that even the “smallest” of sins require death, who must we depend on for salvation?
  • Explain what it means to depend on Jesus for Salvation.

This Week’s Catechism – 4/14

Doctrinal Standard #64 & 65

  • Q. What does the fifth commandment require?
  • A. The fifth commandment requires us to respect and treat others, whether above, below, or equal to us, as their position or our relationship to them demands.
  • Q. What does the fifth commandment forbid?
  • A. The fifth commandment forbids being disrespectful to or not treating others as their position or relationship to us demands.


Memory Verses

  • Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4, ESV)


  • Study Passage: Ephesians 5:22-6:9
  • Support Passages: Genesis 4:20-22, 45:8; Numbers 12; II Kings 13:14; I Corinthians 4:14 21; I Peter 2:13-17, 3:6; Romans 13:1-7; Colossians 3:18-25
  • Bible Story: 2 Kings 2:12-25


  • “The Bible teaches children how to treat their parents. It tells them what they should not do as well as what they should do. As children are commanded to honor their parents, so they are forbidden to dishonor them. They must not show disrespect in any way. Unfortunately, we see all around us children of all ages who demonstrate disrespect for their parents. Such attitudes have become so ordinary that we hardly notice them when we see them. God considers disrespect toward parents as something very serious. God gave the Israelites twelve curses to pronounce as soon as they entered the Promised Land. These were curses for people who would do any of twelve very wrong things. The curses were for things like killing innocent people or worshiping idols. One of the curses was for anyone who treated his parents with disrespect.
  • Children are forbidden to dishonor their parents by attaching them physically, by cursing them, by refusing to obey them, or by mocking or making fun of them. Children also dishonor their parents when they refuse to learn from their teaching. Almost all parents want the best for their children. They teach them what they believe they should know. Children do not always see why their parent’s teaching is so important, yet they should believe that their parents are wiser than they are. They need to be diligent to learn what their parents teach them. Especially when children have Christian parents who will teach them the truth of God’s Word, they should work hard at learning what their parents want them to know.” [1]

Discussion Questions

  • How should parents be treated? Be specific.
  • What expectations does God have for parents?
  • What expectations does God have for children?
  • Why is it that if we disobey our parents we are disobeying God?
  • In what way(s) have you dishonored your parents?
  • What does this reveal about our heart?
  • How does scripture teach us to deal with this?

"Him we proclaim,
warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
that we may present everyone mature in Christ."
(Colossians 1:28, ESV)

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