Dear Church Family,
Yesterday morning we finished our seven week Newcomers Class with a time of question and answer. One of the questions that we addressed was the question of why we use the type of music we do in our church services. Of course this is a broad and particularly divisive issue in churches all across our nation. Some churches have responded by literally dividing their congregations according to musical preference and holding multiple services based on these preferences. Other churches have responded by attempting to read more into Scripture than is there regarding music, insisting that everyone in the church adopt a certain application. In both cases, the result is division.
The desire of the leadership of our church is to be faithful to Scripture--by not stopping short of what Scripture says on this subject, thus violating God's law; and by not going beyond what is written, thus holding people to a man-made standard. We also desire to earnestly endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3).
Towards this end, I have written a brief overview of what I presented to the class yesterday. It is certainly not exhaustive and there are better things written on the subject. But it represents my prayerful attempt to lead our congregation in faithfulness to Scripture with a spirit of charity towards each other. You will find it attached below. By God's grace, I trust it will be helpful.