Music Ministry

“Make a joyful shout to the Lord all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving. And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His Name.”
(Psalm 100:1,2 and 4) NKJ

Worship with Grace:

Jesus said in John 4:23,24 “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” NIV

Although the manner of worship can vary with every individual, the following is a sampling from the Bible of ways to express worship to God:

Singing:

“Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; how pleasant and fitting to praise Him.” Psalm 147:1

Musical Instruments:

“Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet; praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with the tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.” Psalm 150:3-5

Clapping and Shouting:

“Clap your hands all you nations with cries of joy. How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth!” Psalm 47:1,2

Lifting the Hands:

“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.” Psalm 134:2

Dancing:

“Let them praise His name with dancing.” Psalm 149:3a

Bowing the Knee:

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture.” Psalm 95:6,7

Singing in the Spirit:

“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.” 1 Corinthians 14:14,15

Being Slain in the Spirit:

  • “Then he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to Him, Saul, Saul why are you persecuting Me?” Acts 9:4; 2 Chronicles 5:14
  • Scripture references for the following:
  • Prophecy or interpretation of tongues…1 Cor. 12:10, 1 Cor. 14:1-5
  • Lifting up holy hands… 1 Tim. 2:8, Ps. 134:2
  • Laying on hands… Mk 16:18, Acts 28:8
  • Being “slain in the spirit”… Acts 9:4, 2 Chron. 5:14
  • Speaking in tongues… Acts 2:4, 1 Cor. 14:18,39
  • Word of knowledge… 1 Cor. 12:8, 1 Cor. 2:11,12
  • Singing in the spirit… 1 Cor. 14:15, Ps. 149:1
  • Dancing before the Lord Ps. 150:4, Mat. 11:17

Spiritual Gifts:

As Christians, we are instructed to be informed about spiritual gifts and their orderly use, particularly in the local church. Some of the most common are:

Prophecy:

“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” 1 Corinthians 14:1,3,31

Tongues:

“For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified. If anyone speaks in a tongue, two or at the most three should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do no forbid speaking in tongues.” 1 Corinthians 12:10; 14:2,5,27,39

Prayer for the Sick:

“Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.”
James 5:14,15a