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Singing to edify

Some helpful thoughts on serving one another through singing from Greg Gilbert at the 9Marks blog:

“I think we ought to encourage every member of our churches to sing every song in the service with gusto, even if they don’t particularly resonate with the song. Every Christian has a certain set of hymns and songs that deeply resonate with them — the melody, the words, an experience they had when they first heard it — and our natural tendency is to give those favorites everything we’ve got . . . but then sort of check out when the next song is one we don’t particularly like.

But here’s the thing: When you sing in a congregation, you’re not just singing for yourself; you’re singing for every other member of the congregation, for their edification and building up in Christ, too. In I Corinthians 14:26, Paul tells us that when we come together, everything we do — including our singing — is done for each other.

Singing hymns is not just an opportunity for each of us, as individuals, to worship God in our own way. It’s an opportunity for the church, as a whole, to worship God together.”

For more on this subject, check out Bob Kauflin’s recent talk, Gathering to Edify and this brief article by John Frame.

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