When I first became a Christian believer in college, I attended a church that had an excellent music worship team. During my youth, my only exposure to Christian music was hymns, which I did not find very interesting. This church focused upon contemporary Christian music which was becoming very popular among evangelical Christians and continues to this day. The music infused my spirit and I was encouraged to being playing these songs on my guitar and leading worship in my own small groups.
With time, however, this church began to change. The time devoted to worship by music became longer and the sermons became shorter. In fact, one service had a perfunctory sermon of about 10 minutes then the pastor stated, “We want to take as much time to worship the Lord in song and spirit.”
I was very young in my walk with Jesus Christ. As much as I enjoyed the music, I needed solid teaching and preaching, something that my soul hungered for and was expecting when I first attended that church. Finally after a few months of this, the Pastor made an announcement that the church was changing affiliation and joining a denomination known to be immersed in charismatic worship and music. As he stated, “This is the path that I believe God is calling our entire church body.”
I left the church soon after that and found a Bible-believing church with a pastor dedicated to teaching and preaching the Word of God. The music worship service was uplifting but supported the sermon, rather than becoming the focus of the entire service.
...for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
Hebrews 6:13-14 (ESV)
At every stage in my Christian walk, I need the solid food of God’s Word. But especially at that stage in my early Christian walk, I needed to hear the Word of God taught and preached. Music is an important part of any act of worship but the heart of worship must be God’s Word.
This is the path! Read and live by God’s Word, the Bible.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.