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Nature and Purpose of Church Music Same as the church: Worship, Edification, Evangelism... expound.
Aesthetics The relationship between music and the human senses and intellect
Values of Music to the Christian Faith 1 - Abstract Art 2 - Develops People 3 - Multiple Levels of Involvement 4 - Group Participation 5 - Relates to all functions of church
Why Not Focus on Aesthetics Too much focus on Aesthetics Music may become an idol Aesthetics are subjective and highly subject to various opinions Can lead to legalistic regulations on church music (perfectionism)
Why Not Focus on Pragmatics To much focus on Pragmatics By focusing only on music that "works" you never broaden horizons, never experience new. Only focusing on pragmatics results in stagnant musicians who never grow, develop, or improve.
Functions of Music Found in the Old Testament 1. Worship 2. Impart Religious Conviction 3. Denounce Degenerate Spiritual Condition 4. Illustrate Creativity 5. Instruction
Matthew 26:30 Singing after the Lord's Supper
1 Corinthians 14:15 Singing with both mind and spirit.
Romans 15:9 Music and Singing as a witness
Ephesians 5:19 A Spirit-filled life sings!!! Psalms, Hymns, Spiritual Songs
Colossians 3:16 A Word-filled life sings!!!! Psalms, Hymns, Spiritual Songs
Hebrews 2:12 Congregational song in both the Old (Ps. 22) and the New Testament (quoted here).
James 5:13 Singing as an outgrowth of Joy
Acts 16:25 Paul and Silas singing in prison. Singing in times of stress, reliance on God.
Music as Functional Art Church Music has a functional purpose. We glorify God, we edify people, we reach the lost. We do music to do the functions of the church, otherwise we are a concert hall.
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