Paul says in Colossians 1:28-29: “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” This is my pastoral North Star. It’s my aim: proclaim in order to present. I endeavor to use every bit of energy that the Lord works in me to warn and teach you towards maturity in Christ.
Music is one of the means of teaching and proclaiming.
Gordon Fee once said, "Show me a church's songs and I'll show you their theology." This is true because songs help us remember. We all know this by our experience with nursery rhymes and alphabet memorization. We all know this when our song from High School Prom comes on the radio. We all know this from the experience of trying unsuccessfully to get that song out of our heads!
Melodies make words memorable. God has created us this way. He has created us, wired us, to remember through song. When God's people crossed the Red Sea, what is the first thing they did? They wrote a song to remember God's promise kept (Ex. 15:1-18) and to look forward to future grace (v 17-18). When Mary held the Word made flesh, she sang (Luke 2:46-55) to remember God’s promises kept and look forward to future grace (v. 48, 50). This is why we, as a worship ministry, use our energy to plan gospel-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, God-glorifying songs for our weekend services. We want to put songs in your mouths and hearts that help you believe, and hope in the gospel today.
On Sunday, January 22, 2017, we sang the following truths in our worship gathering:
“How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in His excellent Word, what more can He say than to you He has said, to you who for refuge, to Jesus have fled”
“Fear not, He is with us, O be not dismayed, for He is our God, our Sustainer and Strength He’ll be our Defender and cause us to stand, upheld by His merciful, Almighty hand”
-Jesus, Firm Foundation
“What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus”
“This is all my hope and peace, nothing but the blood of Jesus
This is all my righteousness, nothing but the blood of Jesus”
-Nothing But the Blood of Jesus
“Guilty vile and helpless we, spotless Lamb of God was He
Full atonement, can it be? Hallelujah, what a Savior!”
“When He comes, our glorious King, all his ransomed home to bring,
then anew, this song we’ll sing: ‘Hallelujah, what a Savior!’”
-Hallelujah, What a Savior
Today, you may be fighting the good fight. You may need to be reminded of God’s promises, and pointed towards future grace. Let me encourage you to sing to remember and believe. Sing to hope in God. Sing to look forward to future grace.