Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Ligonier Pastor's Conference, Part Five

I had a rough night last night as I was battling a severe migraine. It is a little better now, but hasn't completely stopped its throbbing. Here is the outline on God-centered Music from Dr. Ligon Duncan that I promised yesterday.

1. Music in worship is to serve the praise of God.
2. Music in worship must serve the congregation's prayer and praise of God.
3. Music in worship is to save the congregation of the redeemed singing to the redeemer about the redemption.
4. Music often takes a more prominent role in our worship then it does in the New Testament (emphasis in NT is on singing, not music).
5. Musical style preference is often too important in unhelpful ways to many people.
6. Music, like every other aspect of worship, must pass the test of the catacombs (the early church worshipped God faithfully in the catacombs, if it can't be done in a tomb, it's not absolutely necessary).
7. Music, at least some of it, must pass the stake and the fire. (We need to give our people music they can sing when they die. Could you imagine the martyrs singing "Shine, Jesus, Shine" as they burned at the stake?)
8. Music must contribute to the communion of the saints, not sunder it. (It is a wicked thing that music has been used to drive a wedge between generations).
9. Music is not an element of worship, it is an aid to an element (singing is the element).
10. Music must be consonant with the text of Scripture.
11. All musical forms convey impressions, some more than others.
12. The purpose of music in worship is not to reclaim our culture or accommodate our personal preferences.
13. Music has powerful emotional associations and should be handled with grace and care.

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