One of my favorite quotes about the music we use during our regular gatherings as a church is from theologian Gordon Fee. It’s a simple quote, but gets right to the point:
“Show me a church’s songs, and I’ll show you their theology.”
For those who are responsible for choosing the songs that a church sings, this quote shows the gravity of that task each week. There is significant value in choosing music that resonates with your congregations, and often the popular music from the local Christian Radio station holds a lot of influence in the selections Worship Leaders schedule in their local context. Even so, carefully examining the music we fill our car-rides, our homes, and our churches should be a regular part of our Christian walk.
In the coming weeks, here at “Worship Notes” and at the FEFC Video blog “From the Desk” we will be talking about what we believe, a brief explanation of our statement of faith and how some of the songs we sing reflect that belief. For churches throughout history, one of the signature aspects of their worship was a corporate declaration of what they believed in the form of “Creeds.” While many churches no longer incorporate this into their gatherings today, it still does us good to remember that THIS WE BELIEVE. It helps us refine what we say we believe and protects us from the false doctrine that so easily slips from the culture into our churches.
Join me in praying for this series as we dive in to God’s word and the music we sing!
For His Glory,