10.31.04 PM – Music

October 31, 2004

Approving Things Excellent (Phil 1.9-11)

The standard we want to reach in our music is the standard of God’s glorious excellence, the worth of His gospel, the beauty of grace and the perfection of His Son.

Proposition: Christian musical standards should be set by seeking that which most closely reaches the standard of true beauty: the image of God, rather than that which is free of the taint of corruption.

We want our music to go beyond the level of merely acceptable. We want our music to be the best it can possibly be. We want it to be excellent for the glory of our Great God.

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10.31.04 Study – Music

October 31, 2004

The Spiritual Ministry of Music (Col 3.15)

What is Christian music for? What place does it play in the ministry of the church?

The answers you receive for these questions varies widely depending on the philosophy of music that one holds. Is Christian music primarily a tool for evangelism? (Should it be a tool for evangelism at all?) Is it primarily focused on edification and praise? Is it primarily about worshipping God?

The purpose of this message is to outline a biblical philosophy for the use of music by Christians for Christian purposes.

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10.31.04 AM – Music

October 31, 2004

Is Music Evil? (Mt 15.10-20)

The question in our title speaks to a philosophy of music. One philosophy of music says that music is amoral – it cannot be intrinsically good or evil. Another philosophy of music says that music is moral – some music is morally good, other music is morally evil (and perhaps some can be ‘neutral’). In this message we answer the question by developing this proposition: The moral nature of man is such that it is capable of good and evil: the expressions of human hearts are not neutral. Music is one such form of expression from the human heart.

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