What Does the Bible Say. About. Music in Worship?. Which Way is Right?. Praise Teams. Instrumental Music. Congregational Singing. DOES IT REALLY MATTER?. A capella Singing. Soloists. Choirs. Quartets. God Says it Does….
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What Does the Bible Say
Music in Worship?
DOES IT REALLY MATTER?
A capella Singing
To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
(1 Samuel 15:22)
“ From the apostolic age singing was always a part of divine service, in which the whole body of the Church joined together; and it was the decay of this practice that first brought the order of singers into the Church.”(McClintock and Strong; Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature)
“Now all of you together become a choir so that being harmoniously in concord and receiving the key note from God in unison you may sing with one voice through Jesus Christ to the Father.”Ignatius of AntiochAround 110 A.D.
“The early worship of the Christian church was completely congregational, so far as we can tell. However … the increasing power and sophistication of the church was accompanied by the development of trained choirs and music leaders. Church history records that about the fifth century congregational singing was largely eliminated n Christian worship, and the music was given to choirs…” Donald P. Hustad, Moody Bible Institute
“It is scarcely necessary for us to say to our readers, that we regard the organ and violin worship, and even the fashionable choir singing of our country as mockery of all that is sacred.”Tolbert Fanning (Restoration Movement)
“The choir in a church is composed of artistic performers, who sing for the church; sing difficult pieces that the masses cannot sing, for music and musical display, to attract, entertain, and gratify the people – to charm them with music. These are professional singers, chosen without any regard to their moral character. They sing to show how they can sing, amuse, and entertain.”
Ben Franklin (1800’s)
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God
(Eph. 5:19 )
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. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Col. 3:16-17)
Speaking to Yourselves
Teaching and Admonishing One Another
Psalms, Hymns, Spiritual Songs
Singing/Making melody in your heart to the Lord
Singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord
“Ado” – To sing (using voice)
“Psallo” – To twitch or twang
Instruments are specified:Sing with voicePlay the chords of your heart
Giving thanks to God in the name of Jesus Christ
Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God
Thankful heart = Obedient heart
In the name of = By the authority of
In the name of Jesus…or man?
God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.