Music Philosophy

“Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints.” (Psalm 149:1)

PURPOSE: The first and most important purpose of our music is to give glory to God. This should be reflected by a deliberate choice of morally excellent music and scripturally sound lyrics which combine to communicate a high opinion of our Holy God. We are commanded in scripture to “sing unto the Lord” (Ps.33:3, 59:17, 101:1, Col. 3:16); therefore we seek to please Him first of all.

A second purpose is to edify and encourage fellow believers, “…teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…(Col. 3:16).”

A third purpose is to contribute to a worshipful spirit and attitude and to prepare hearts for the preaching of the Word.

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UNITY: Godly music has great potential to unify and encourage the Body of Christ as together we sing praises to our great God and declare His truth in song. Sadly, music can also be divisive and has the potential to bring worldliness, sensuality, and a “look-at-me”, entertainment quality to our worship, shifting our focus from God to man. As we strive for unity in this sometimes controversial area there may be times when those who minister musically will need to graciously submit to a standard with which they do not totally agree. It is the duty of the Church Council to interpret and provide guidance concerning the above purposes. [1] With the exception of the Faith Bible Church Academy and AWANA, this ministry of guidance and protection will normally be delegated to the Music Director. For FBCA, this responsibility is delegated to the Principal; for AWANA this responsibility is delegated to the Commander. Each of these positions are under the authority of the Council.

LOVE: Out of love for others and obedience to God we should never knowingly put a stumbling block in front of another believer. Therefore even if we personally feel no cautions about certain styles of music, if other members or regular attendees are offended by them, we should limit our own freedom of expression rather than force our brother to participate in something he sincerely believes is unholy.[2]

 

 

 


[1]“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy and not with grief; for that is unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17

[2] :Offend” defined (see Romans 14) as “cause to sin by deed or thought. Furthermore, that which hinders worship due to past sensual, base or profane associations with that type of music.” This would not include matters of taste or preference.