The Case for Music in the Church

All over the Bible, God's people are commanded to sing and make music to Him in praise and in worship.

"Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give  thanks to his holy name." - Psalm 30:4

"Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!  Praise befits the upright.  Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!  Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts." - Psalm 33:1-3

We believe, therefore, that worshiping our God through music is a necessary part of church life (see also Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).

Music Essentials

The music ministry at DBC exists to bring glory to God (Ephesians 3:21) by aiding the people of God in corporately singing to Him with songs that ...

  • are Biblically-accurate in text (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Timothy 3:15)

  • teach the truth of the Word of Christ richly (Colossians 3:16)

  • are done with excellence and skill (Psalm 33:3; Psalm 150:2).

Therefore, our music ministry at DBC does not serve to entertain, "fill time," or simply prepare us for something that is to come later in the service.  It is an intentional time of God's people worshiping Him through singing and making music.

What It Looks Like

READING OF SCRIPTURE: Because we believe that it is only the Word of God that has the power to change lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17), the public reading of Scripture is a regularly integrated element into our times of corporate singing and worship.  This follows the command that Paul gave Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:13, "Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching."

INSTRUMENTATION: While we believe that there is no presribed (nor prohibited) form of instrumentation in Scripture (see Psalm 150), the people of DBC are best served by a typically conservative instrumentation. The piano, organ, and electric keyboard are a regular part of services, and often a small orchestra will also
accompany our times of singing.  That orchestra can include acoustic guitar, violin, cello, flute, trumpet, baritone, and trombone.

Serving in Our Music Ministry

For our church body, there are many ways to serve in our music ministry.

Accompanying the corporate singing on the piano, keyboard, or organ.

Accompanying the coporate singing in our orchestra.

Adult Choir (7th grade and up)

Children's Choir (up to 6th grade)

Serving through an instrumental / vocal solo or ensemble in our services.

Delhi Baptist Church

18151 Church Lane

Jerseyville, IL 62052