Worship certainly includes more than music but Jesus’ words, “those who worship Him must worship in spirit in truth” (Jn 4:24), certainly applies to music. Spiritual worship is impossible for those who are not saved (1 Cor 2:14-15) but is a requirement for believers in their offering of God-pleasing music. Our lyrics must be in line with the truths of God’s Word (Jn 17:17).
Our primary purpose for the music of Faith Bible Church is to have a God-centered, Christ-focused ministry. Our theology drives the lyrical content of the music we sing and play (See FBC Statement of Faith). We choose music that encourages us to think high thoughts of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. These thoughts then lead our emotions to respond worshipfully in God-honoring ways.
The other Biblical purpose for music is teaching one another (Eph 5:18-20; Col 3:16). This includes the content of what we sing and play. (The definition of a “psalm” is a “sacred song sung to musical accompaniment” – Abbott-Smith, A Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 487.)
Our preference in music tends to be traditional in our singing of old hymns of the Faith as well as modern hymns and choruses that contribute substantively with their lyrics. While we use a variety of styles, we hope to encourage worship and not distract from it with secondary issues of style. Whatever style is chosen, the music needs to be in harmony with the lyrical content. (While “Amazing Grace” can be sung to the theme from “Gilligan’s Island,” this tends to distract due to the incongruity of the music with the lofty themes of God’s amazing grace.)
At Faith Bible Church, we have a small orchestra that plays and various singing groups (adult choir, children’s choirs, ensembles, duets and solos).