To What Importance Should We Give Singing?
“Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:19, NKJV.
It is not very difficult to see what importance the Holy Spirit has placed on our singing to God. We can see the importance of all that Paul said to the Ephesians. Let us note what is said in Ephesians 4:1. Paul “beseeched” the Ephesians to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” Is not walking worthy doing our very best? Does Paul also tell us, along with the Ephesians, to “be imitators of God as dear children” in Ephesians 5:1? Would it not be true that if we are to be imitators of God our very utmost best still will not be any way near to His equal? I think not. We will fail miserably, but try we must.
Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
It would seem to me that anyone who would say that God is not expecting the very best we can do is not understanding the emphasis that these verses place on our service to God.
With these thoughts in mind, one should realize that in regard to singing we no doubt should strive to do our very best job at accomplishing what the Scriptures tell us we should do.
Allow me to offer one way any congregation can improve their singing, not only to God, but to each other also.
Late last year we contacted Brother Tommy Tucker of the Bridgeport congregation and asked if he would be able to help the Mannington congregation to be better singers for the Lord and for our members. Due to the fact that Tommy has been successful in teaching congregations and song leaders alike over several years, his schedule was fairly full for a “retired” brother.
After some discussion, a plan was devised to afford Tommy and the congregation time to (1) Refresh our current song leaders and train some new ones, and (2) To help the congregation as a whole to improve our singing to God.
Mannington has for some time used the third Sunday evening service of each month for singing emphasis. This third Sunday was scheduled for the next six months of 2008 as singing emphasis for the congregation with Brother Tucker presiding. The Thursday night preceding this 3rd Sunday was used for Tommy to conduct training sessions with the song leaders.
This method of improving our singing is highly recommended to any congregation that is interested in making your song service more pleasing to God and fulfilling to the membership.
Do not hesitate to call me (304) 376-1926 or Tommy (304) 366-4012 for more information. –Rt. 4 Box 19, Mannington WV 26582. (Editor’s note: Brother Pete Cole serves as one of the elders of the Mannington church of Christ.)
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