In part 1 of this post, we set the context for wanting our music to be honoring to God and offered three principles related to music. In part 2 we looked at seven more principles, for a total so far of 10:
I believe preaching is central in worship and evangelism.
I believe music is to reflect the holiness of God.
I believe there is a true danger in over contextualizing church ministry.
I believe sacred music is for the purpose of worship, thanksgiving, rejoicing, consecration, edification, evangelism, and preservation of our faith.
I believe in the priority of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as taught in the Word of God.
I believe a hymn is a celebration of God based on Scripture.
I believe Christian music should reflect the orderliness of God in its melodies and rhythms.
I believe the CCM movement as a whole denies the scriptural teaching to come out and be separate.
I believe music can be used in a moral fashion to glorify God or in a worldly fashion to glorify man.
I believe new songs are commended and helpful in worship.
If you have not yet read the previous posts (1 and 2), I’d encourage you to do so before reading this one.
Otherwise, here are five final principles as well as a few concluding remarks: (more…)
I thank God for the gift of music. I am particularly thankful for sacred, Christ-honoring music. Music is an integral part of worship and edification. It can draw our hearts closer to the Lord and reinforce scriptural truths in our minds, or it can weaken our walk with God and pull our flesh toward the world.
Because the church is an ekklesia—a called out assembly—our philosophy of church music should be cultivated scripturally and should provide a “certain sound” of distinction.
For all the blustery discussions regarding music, however, I have been surprised to find few of my friends who have written a policy or philosophy of music. This lends credence to my sense that much of the discussion is based on personal paradigm and preferences.
In truth, everyone has a paradigm. Some view music as a musician. Some as a listener. Some as a “joyful noisemaker.” Of course ultimately, our paradigm should be biblical. Mine in this article is simply from a pastor’s heart trying to rightly interpret and apply Scripture. (more…)
One of the greatest joys of my life is training young men and women in the ministry through West Coast Baptist College. It is a privilege to make a joint investment in what parents, home pastors, teachers, and others have already poured into our students’ lives.
It seems that wherever I travel to preach (including foreign mission fields), I am either preaching for or meeting with WCBC alumni who are faithfully serving the Lord in that area. I so appreciate the labor of our graduates and the spirit with which they serve.
In just a few short weeks, the graduating class of 2017 will also be scattered around the world spreading the gospel of Christ. In a senior chapel service this past Wednesday, I shared with our seniors what we pray to see in their lives as they graduate. (You can watch a video clip here.) Although not every graduate of any college follows in the tradition they have been taught, I thank the Lord for these commitments I see in the lives of our alumni and their ministries:(more…)