1. Biblical Principles for Music and Worship, Part 3

    March 11, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    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:

    1. I believe preaching is central in worship and evangelism.
    2. I believe music is to reflect the holiness of God.
    3. I believe there is a true danger in over contextualizing church ministry.
    4. I believe sacred music is for the purpose of worship, thanksgiving, rejoicing, consecration, edification, evangelism, and preservation of our faith.
    5. I believe in the priority of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as taught in the Word of God.
    6. I believe a hymn is a celebration of God based on Scripture.
    7. I believe Christian music should reflect the orderliness of God in its melodies and rhythms.
    8. I believe the CCM movement as a whole denies the scriptural teaching to come out and be separate.
    9. I believe music can be used in a moral fashion to glorify God or in a worldly fashion to glorify man.
    10. 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…)


  2. Biblical Principles for Music and Worship, Part 2

    March 10, 2017 by Paul Chappell

    piano-keyboard

    In part 1 of this post, we set the context for wanting our music to be honoring to God, and we looked at three principles related to music:

    1. I believe preaching is central in worship and evangelism.
    2. I believe music is to reflect the holiness of God.
    3. I believe there is a true danger in over contextualizing church ministry.

    Before reading this post, I’d encourage you to go back and read part 1 if you have not read it already.)

    In this post, we look at seven more biblical principles for music and worship: (more…)


  3. Biblical Principles for Music and Worship

    March 9, 2017 by Paul Chappell

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    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…)


  4. 7 Biblical Purposes for Music

    February 8, 2010 by Paul Chappell

    The music program in the local church is vital, and it’s impact—for good or bad—on a church service is immeasurable. While some may view music as simply a form of entertainment and emotional conditioning, godly music plays a much larger role in a church.

    Scripture gives at least seven purposes for Christ-honoring music. Use these principles as a gauge to evaluate the biblical soundness of your music ministry:

    1. The Purpose of Worship“And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished” (2 Chronicles 29:28).
    2. The Purpose of Thanks—“Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God” (Psalm 147:7).
    3. The Purpose of Rejoicing—“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm” (Psalm 98:4–5).
    4. The Purpose of Consecration—“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts” (Psalm 139:23). (Spoken in song!) “Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation” (Psalm 111:1).
    5. The Purpose of Edification“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
    6. The Purpose of Evangelism“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord” (Psalm 40:3).
    7. The Purpose of Preservation of Faith—“One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works” (Psalm 145:4–5).

    May the music of our churches bring glory to the Lord and lift our hearts in His praise.


  5. In the Fullness of Time

    December 16, 2009 by Paul Chappell

    Each December our Christian school performs a Christmas play. This year’s presentation is at 7:00 tonight—”We Worship Him.” Parents, grandparents, and family friends come to watch the children’s production. From before the play begins until the last child in costume exits the stage, one can feel the enjoyment of the audience.

    But the play really begins long before the audience arrives. Months before the performance, teachers have begun the work of preparing for the play—writing the script, selecting the cast, practicing with the choir, constructing the costumes, and preparing the props.

    With far greater precision than the most elaborate school production, God meticulously and precisely prepared and set the stage for the birth of Christ. From eternity past this event was planned. Prophets foretold it; Old Testament saints watched for it; and God’s people longed for it. (more…)