|We use God's Word to guide our
Music Preference and Policy.
Our music style is described as a blended kind of service. It is not all Traditional, nor is it all
Contemporary. We use several different kinds of music in our worship of Him. From Praise
and Worship to simple Choruses to even holding on to the use of the Sacred Hymns.
You will also not hear the same olds song every week. We play new and fresh music every
week that takes us to His throne in Worship!
We also base our decision about the music we chose from the 2 different places in the Bible
where Paul writes about 3 different types of music. They are found in Colossians 3:16 and
Ephesians 5:19. In Colossians chapter 3 verse 1 it tells us to seek those things above (to
seek God) and verse 2 tells us to set our mind on the things above (God and His Word). You
see, we can not trust our own mind to set itself on Godly things! We have to fill it by reading
His Word daily. Paul begins this idea with the fact that the responsibility of a Christian is to
make sure that God’s Word is important to us. In Colossians 3:16 it says, “Let the Word of
Christ dwell in you richly.” If we literally let His Word dwell (live) within us, it will cause us to
walk closer to Him in all that we say and do. In other words, we have to literally fill ourselves
with the Word of God (letting it dwell richly) down to the very depth of our soul!
I. There Are Different Kinds of Music:
Ephesians 5:19 says, “...psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…”
Colossians 3:16 says, “…psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…”
We find 3 different kinds of music listed here. Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. This gives
us confirmation that we need and have the freedom to have a broad range of music in the
local church today. With that freedom, there are also principles of God's Word that must not
One reason for the need for different kinds of music is the obvious. What ministers to one
person may not minister to the hearts of another and vice versa. Also, if we sing only one kind
of music, then we leave out other kinds of music that please Him.
Psalms = This is literally singing scripture (the book of Psalms are songs).
Hymns = Songs of Praise meant to exalt God, His Character, or His principles.
Spiritual Songs = Songs of Worship directed toward God.
II. There Are Different Purposes to Music:
Ephesians 5:19 says, “…making melody in your heart…”
Colossians 3:16 says, “…singing with grace in your hearts…”
How important is pleasing Him in our use of music in different ways? More important than
pleasing our own selves and our own preferences! When our singing honors God and
pleases Him, He will show up with His presence in a mighty way!
Look at what happened when the children of Israel dedicated the first temple (2 Chronicles 5:
11-14). Their singing pleased Him so much, that His Glory filled the temple so much so that
the Priests could not even minister to anyone. We can please Him with our music in 2 different
ways (when we sing when there is melody in our hearts and when we sing when it is filled with
III. There Is Only One Object To Our Music:
Ephesians 5:19 says, “...to the Lord…”
Colossians 3:16 says, “…to the Lord…”
Even though God's Word gives us the freedom to use different kinds of music, and even if
there may be different reasons to make music, there is however only one Object / Focus of
our music and praise, it should be to the Lord...Jesus Christ Himself!