Introducing Music Mondays - The Options in our Worship
As music has placed such an important and such a large part of my life, I wanted to take some time to dedicate Mondays to looking at some of the options that there are in regard to music. This may cover styles, practices, genres and, of course, artists.
Today, I wanted to look at Ephesians 5:18-20.
18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NLT)
The truth is, musical styles change. Concepts and approaches change. Tastes change. Could this be why this passage seems to cover everything? Ultimately, it seems to be inclusive as far as addressing everyone, be personal as the directive is something that an individual has to choose, and be focused and the ultimate audience is simply, GOD.
This article, and the blog posts that will follow, are not designed to necessarily push you in a particular direction. They are designed to encourage discussion. You can take this to your family, a leadership team, a small group, your peers or your students. You can totally just chew on it yourself, but God designed us to be a part of community. Sharing thoughts and ideas tend to stretch us. Here are some questions to ponder.
What options does this present to you?
What options might you have missed?
How might this affect your own personal worship?
How might this affect how one might lead others IN worship?
Let the discussion and brainstorming take off!
- JACKSON FONG