Presentation on theme: "Instrumental Music in Worship?"— Presentation transcript:
1 Instrumental Music in Worship? What Saith The Word?Regarding...Instrumental Music in Worship?
2 Congregational Singing What is Right?Praise TeamsInstrumental MusicCongregational SingingIs it really important?A capella SingingSoloistsChoirsQuartets
3 God Says it is…1 Peter 4:11 “ If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God”John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”Col. 3:17 “And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”
4 The Penalty of Disobedience… Nadab and Abihu (Lev. 10:1-3)Offered sacrifice with unauthorized fireGod had commanded which fire to use“Burning coals from off the altar” (Lev. 16:12)Fire to be continually burning (Lev. 6:12, 13)They offered unauthorized worshipSuch does not sanctify nor glorify God
5 The Penalty of Disobedience … King Saul (1 Samuel 15)Commanded to utterly destroy AmalekitesListened to the people instead of GodPeter and other apostles: “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29)Saul saved: King, spoils, sheep, and oxenSheep and oxen were to be sacrificed to GodHuman wisdom says: “It’s for a good cause”What does God say?
6 God Said…To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.(1 Samuel 15:22)
7 In Order To Be Like The Church We Read Of In The New Testament We must… Speak where the Bible speaksBe silent where the Bible is silentDo Bible things in Bible waysCall Bible things by Bible namesAccept the Scriptures as our sole authority in matters of faith and practiceLeave human opinion at the door
9 “ 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)
10 “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 Antioch Around 110 A.D.
11 “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 in Christian worship, and the music was given to choirs…” Donald P. Hustad, Moody Bible Institute
12 “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)
13 “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)
14 What Saith The Word?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 )
15 What Saith The Word?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)
16 Teaching and Admonishing One Another Psalms, Hymns, Spiritual Songs Eph. 5:19Col. 3:16Speaking to YourselvesTeaching and Admonishing One AnotherVocalCongregationalReciprocalPsalms, Hymns, Spiritual Songs
17 Hasn’t God Made It Plain? We are told what to do and how to do it“One another” - Each person teaches and admonishes the other by singing“Speaking to yourselves” – singing in unisonThe whole congregation “speaks” to each otherExcludes choirs, quartets, solos, etc.
18 Eph. 5:19 Col. 3:16 a&|dw “Ado” – To sing (using voice) Singing/Making melody in your heart to the LordSinging with grace in your hearts to the Lorda&|dw “Ado” – To sing (using voice)ya&llw “Psallo” – To pluck or twangSing with voice To strike the chords of your heart
19 Eph. 5:20 Col. 3:17 Thankful heart = Obedient heart Giving thanks to God in the name of Jesus ChristDo all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to GodThankful heart = Obedient heartIn the name of = By the authority ofIn the name of Jesus…or man?
20 We Are To Submit“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God” (Eph. 5:21)The “pericope” of Eph. 5:18-21Applies to the act of singingThe fear of God involves submission to othersSinging must be done in submission to othersExcludes any “special music” in which one is not on the same level as others in singing
21 Why Do We Gather To Worship? To please man? Do as you wish!To please God? Do as He commands!True worship seeks to magnify GodGod is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.(John 4:24)