Discussion Questions – Week of September 13, 2020

Message: MUSIC

  1. What are a few of your favorite songs to worship with, and why?
  1. Discuss the following quotes about music
  • Andrew Fletcher said: “Give me the making of the songs of a nation and I care not who makes its laws.”
  • David Jeremiah writes: “While we may not think we’re taking in the lyrics, our minds are always busy with work that passes beneath the personal radar. Ask the gurus of Madison Avenue about the power of repeated words and phrases. They affect what we buy and what we believe.”
  • L. Moody, the renowned evangelist once said: “Music is just as important as preaching, sometimes more.”
  1. Read Ephesians 5:15-21
  • How does wisdom fit the area of musical worship?
  • What are we to fill ourselves with, according to these verses?
  • What kind of attitude are we to have when singing in worship?
  • Beside God, who else are we to take into consideration in worship?
  1. Read Psalm 150
  • This is a song of praise the people of Israel used in worship. Why is it still appropriate today?
  • What is the emphasis of this Psalm?
  1. Why is it significant that God does not…
  • Tell us what style of music we have to use?
  • Tell us what instrumentation to use?
  1. Discuss these quotes…
  • John Wesley said: “I have no objection to instruments of music in our chapels… provided they are neither heard nor seen.”
  • Warren Wiersbe wrote: “Christians in the first 3 centuries prohibited the playing of flutes in their worship services because flute music was identified with pagan cults.
  • Rick Warren – Purpose Driven Life – “Perhaps most impossible to believe, Handel’s Messiah was widely condemned as vulgar theater by the church men of his day. Like the criticism of today’s contemporary choruses, the Messiah was panned for having too much repetition and not enough message – it contains nearly one hundred repetitions of Hallelujah.”
  • David Jeremiah – My Heart’s Desire wrote– “Hymns that seem normal and churchy to us might surprise us by their origins. Martin Luther and others actually took common everyday melodies and redeemed them with the truth of God’s Word. We must always be willing to wrap the age-old truths in the best of brand-new packages.”
  1. Read Colossians 3:12-17 and discuss the Next Steps that are associated with these verses…
  • Remember that the truths of God, from His Word, must be the basis for any worship music
  • Be patient and humble, offering love and forgiveness
  • Enjoy the variety of music and participate with joyful thanksgiving

PRAYER

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