The understanding of music in the church is important to any believer. For worship, through music, to be what God intended it to be, one must understand the important role of music and how to biblically apply it to a service. The Bible, however, does not give strict guidelines on this matter. Therefore, the church must interrupt what the Bible does say about worship into their routine. The issues discussed in the chapters to follow are the author’s position of issues within the church. This conviction will then be examined by the Bible and discussed.
Part three of the book discusses the modern day issues churches face with worship. Chapter sixteen brings to light the issue of compensation for the musicians. The author gives illustrations of both a paid and unpaid music leader. Most churches do not have a luxury of a full time musician. The book brings up an excellent in the way that God structured Israel in the Old Testament. The Levites did not have to paid for anything because there role was to lead the nation spiritually. The other eleven tribes were to provide for the Levites. This would allow the Levites to solely focus on leading the nation. The problem within churches today is that the congregation does not always have faithful tithes and offerings. This puts churches in tight positions forcing them not to be able to pay for full time staff. The Bible and the author both give a good defense in support of more “professional” musicians.
Chapter 20 discussed the issue of the organ. Paul Jones discussed the declining use of the real pipe organ and other true instruments. They are being replaced by electronic keyboards that are far less expensive for churches but one can sense Jones is not in favor. He gives the illustration that a foreign king would be picked up in the best car available. However I believe he is missing the bigger picture. Jesus clearly spent his time and ministry with the outcast and poor. It is important to bring our best before the Lord but our best is the worship. Weather it is on an expensive organ or an electric keyboard, it is the praises that are important. My fear with expensive organs is that people may find something to boast in and pride themselves in. The mission of the church is to win souls to Christ and then growth as a body of believers. It does not take expensive instruments to do that. Jesus said no man will know the time of the return. If this is the case should we not use our resources to be best of our abilities to service the Lord by advancing the mission of the church? By no means is a nice instrument wrong but most churches are not in the position to acquire one so we must not let it be a distraction if this is the case.
Chapter 23 discusses the...