Today's post is by long-time church music leader Chuck Bridwell. Chuck continues to utilize his gifts in music to encourage and strengthen church music programs. His advice is well worth heeding, particularly for those in church music ministry.
What is it about music that brings people together? There are musicologists and music philosophers that could give very detailed scientific answers about this topic, but that is not my point today. I'd like to relate some of my personal experience with how music has connected me to people. As you will see, some of these people are quite different from me in their background, worldview, culture, and lifestyle, but we still found a common denominator in music.
Here are ten tips for church singers in regards to communication. What is the best way to communicate the message of your music to a congregation? Here are some fabulous ideas from my teacher and mentor, Ray Gibbs.
God has given man many incredible gifts, including the gift of music. Music, especially singing, is one way that man can communicate to God and praise God. This truth is referenced many times in the Psalms and other Bible verses. But why should Christians be concerned with studying the voice and singing? Isn't it really the heart that matters anyway?
One point to consider is the worth of the One to whom we sing. God is infinitely powerful, but incredibly merciful; he is all-knowing and perfectly holy. If we are truly singing for this amazing Lord, doesn't He deserve our best? When we view God correctly and view our music as a sacrifice of praise to God, we can begin to realize the importance of having the best music possible. When Abel brought an acceptable sacrifice, God was well pleased; but when Cain brought something that was second best, God rejected it.
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