Touching on NT Principles for Music

Hi all, in my previous post we explored how there is no definitive Theology for “Worship”, that is, worship music.

There are however, principles on the use of music. Here’s one (from Bible Gateway):

Colossians 3:16 (Young’s Literal Translation)

16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing each other, in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, in grace singing in your hearts to the Lord;

Alternatively,

Colossians 3:16 (Contemporary English Version)

16Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

So we can say music either teaches and admonishes, or expresses thanksgiving, or maybe all three. The OT is more demonstrative as well as instructive.

There are biblical principles guiding us on the use of music. I hope to expand on this with later posts and in doing so help us who are involved in the music ministries to grow deeper in our understanding and be more excellent in our calling.

At the moment, I’m working on a summary of the meeting with Pastor-In-Charge and the Pastor overseeing the contemporary service in our church which sought to define (biblically) what “Worship”, the “Worship Service”, and “Worship Music” is.

Also, Chinhui is working on a summary of Gary’s sermon at Catalyst, “A Clue to Worship”.

Do you know of other instances of music in the New Testament? Share it with us!

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~ by jonhyz on February 17, 2009.

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