Music Is Preaching

Monday, August 24, 2009

Carefully consider the following Bible verses as to the effect our music should have on the listener:
    "How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying." (1 Corinthians 14:26)

    "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." (Colossians 3:16)

    "And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name." (Romans 15:9)

    "And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD." (Psalms 40:3)

    "Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee." (Hebrews 2:12)
In these passages of Scripture, we see that singing fulfills many roles. It is said to:
  1. Edify

  2. Teach

  3. Admonish

  4. Glorify God

  5. Encourage the fear of God

  6. Develop trust

  7. Confess

  8. Declare

  9. Express a wide variety of emotions, joy, thankfulness, praise, etc.
Music is not neutral. Every song, sung or played on an instrument, communicates something. We must be careful that the message of our music, both in content and style, expresses a Biblical, Spirit directed thought.

The purpose of the Spirit-filled musician must be that of life change, causing both the singer and the listener to become more like Christ.

We ought to carefully consider the music that we use from a doctrinal standpoint. Who wrote the song? What religious movement is that person associated with? Does this song teach clear, Biblical truth? I am often amazed how often music containing unsound doctrine is embraced by a Bible-believing church. I try to practice the following principle: if I would not go to hear a certain person preach, because I know that he (or the denominational background from which he comes) misinterprets clear Bible teachings, then neither will I listen to his music. Music communicates doctrine.

The singer ought to consider how best to perform the song, so that it can become more clear and effective. Learn to direct the message of the song from your heart straight to the heart of the listener.

Music preaches. Be sure the music that you listen to, and the music you perform, preaches the true gospel of Jesus Christ as contained in the Bible

Curtis Hollembeak

Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.