The worship of God is the chief end of all human life. In accordance with this, the Lord has so ordained that each man lead his family in the worship of God, both in conjunction with other believers in the local congregation, and together as a family at home. A man is to ensure that his children are instructed in God's statutes (Deut. 6:7), and also that he wash his wife with the Word (Eph 22:26), in emulation of Christ's love for the church.