I am convinced from the Word of God and convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit that music in the church should be used to accomplish specific goals. These goals are: 1) to glorify God first and foremost; 2) to help us learn how to grow spiritually and live Christ-centered lives; 3) to teach and train us to be disciples; and 4) to send us outside the walls of the church prepared and equipped to spread the Gospel. Psalm 150 is a great example in the Bible telling us who the object of our praise is, where we can praise, why we need to praise, how we can go about praise, and who should praise. There are also many verses in Scripture that command us to go out and spread the good news of Christ. Therefore, my philosophy of music ministry is that music in the church is to be designed to strive toward these ends. If we as music ministers do not work towards these goals and do not allow God to use us as vessels for the work of His church, we will not be obedient servants in ministry.
I believe that bringing glory and honor to God through music is the most important reason that we should have music in our churches. “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.” (Ps 95:1-2, NIV) These verses tell us to come together to sing to the Lord and exalt Him with music. We are gathered as a body of believers each week to worship God and that is why we sing and make music in the church. It is not because we are singing songs while we are at church that move us emotionally, and then as a result we begin to worship.
There are many beautiful, soul-stirring pieces of music that we hear all the time. For example, many of us purchase soundtracks to movies and we allow those songs to put us into differing emotional states. I can also put on my CD of Handel’s Messiah and tears of exhilaration flow when I hear the moving violin... [continues]
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