Home Church (Singing)
Home Church (Part 2—Singing)
Church (Greek, ecclesia) is a gathering of people, but for a Christians it is a gathering of “called out ones.” Cf. Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28-32; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 2:20-22; Colossians 1:18
The power of music – Music is a gift from God that can communicate messages and emotions that sometimes words cannot express.
1 Samuel 16:14-23
15 And Saul's servants said to him, “Behold now, a harmful spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord now command your servants who are before you to seek out a man who is skillful in playing the lyre, and when the harmful spirit from God is upon you, he will play it, and you will be well.” 17 So Saul said to his servants, “Provide for me a man who can play well and bring him to me.”
21 And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer. 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight.” 23 And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.
Cf. 2 Kings 3:15
3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
The power of singing — Singing is a gift from God that comes in many styles, dialects, and phrasing. United individuals’ voices foster a collective sense of hope and joy.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Ephesians 5:19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart
Psalms – songs generally accompanied by an instrument. Cf. Psalms all of them
Hymns – a direct praise to God. Cf. Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26; Acts 16:25; 1 Corinthians 14:26
Spiritual Songs – general term for lyric poetry; "spiritual" is added to imply they are about sacred subjects. Can also refer to exhortations and prophecies. Cf. Amos 8:10; Revelation 5:9; 14:3
making melody in your heart / Thankfulness in your heart – not just with the tongue; but the feeling of the heart accompanying the singing of the lips (Cf. 1 Corinthians 14:15). The contrast is between the heathen, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirt” (Cf. Ephesians 5:18).
How does it become worship? Music and singing are good gifts from God. When we can offer it back to God to honor and praise Him, it becomes worship.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Questions On Song Selection:
Is the song doctrinally sound?
Is God honored?
How will it reinstate in the church?
Will we follow through on what we say?
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! 3 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Discussion Questions For Later:
Do I worship better in private or public? Why?
What styles of music or singing helps me worship God? Why?
What does my Apple Music/Spotify playlist say about what I believe?