Soli Deo Gloria
To God alone, be the glory!
God’s Word teaches us that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Cor. 10:31) Music is a precious gift given to us from our Heavenly Father. As we increasingly move to submit to God’s will in every aspect of our lives, we seek to use the gift of music to honor and glorify God in a manner that reflects His Holy character. “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (I Peter 1:16) In presenting musical offerings to our Lord we look not to appease our own fleshly desires, but to focus solely on matching the will of our heavenly Father.
The Scriptures alone!
The Bible is the Word of God and “all Scripture is breathed out by God.” (II Timothy 3:16) His Word is therefore the authoritative foundation for the faith and practice of the Christian. God tells us to “let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Col. 3:16) Singing is a time of Biblical instruction and admonition, as we sing to the Lord with grace in our hearts. Songs used in the worship of our Lord should consist of direct words of Scripture or the faithful exposition of Scripture put to music. Worship music should not purpose to create an artificial emotional atmosphere or mood, but should be based on the intellectual reality of a Biblically based text. It is from the Scriptures that we grow to understand the preeminent Lordship of Jesus Christ over everything.
The Image of God
“God created man in His own image,” (Gen. 1:27) and it is our responsibility as Christians to live every moment of our lives recognizing and glorifying God as our Holy, Sovereign, Creator, and Redeemer. As creatures made in His image, we are instructed to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is that good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2) As Christians, our music must avoid the confusion of worldly associations, preferences, amusement, or entertainment. God’s word tells us that as His children we are not to “love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (I John 2:15) Our music should in no way reflect the pagan world in which we live, because they walk, “in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.” (Eph. 4:17-19) “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”(Titus 2:11-13)
May our music, our worship, and all that we do, be done for the glory of God.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Music Ministry Opportunities!
Adults of all ages!
The Chancel Choir meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:15pm – 8:45pm in the Choir Room. We lead the congregation in worship each Sunday Morning during the 11:00am worship service, gathering at 10:40am to greet one another, adorn our robes, and warm-up our voices. The choir is delighted to give their best to our Lord and is diligently working to develop proper vocal technique as well as improve their sight-singing abilities. We are learning the concepts of breath support, resonation, tone production, musicality, and overall musicianship. We begin each rehearsal with a short devotion and prayer, as it is our desire to glorify our Lord through His word and His music as we seek to lead others into God’s glorious presence.
Elementary aged children (1st-5th grade)
Our Crusaders meet on Wednesday evenings, just after our church family meal, from 6:15pm – 7:05pm in the Choir Room. The children will explore the fundamentals of music through singing, movement, rhyme, and pitch exploration setting the ground-work for becoming musically literate. They will learn the basics of vocal production, learn to sing in unison and be introduced to 2-part songs that teach them about their Lord and Savior. They are excited to discover a new hymn each week to assist them in participation in worship, and will be blessed as they learn the teachings of our scripture based Children’s Catechism *. (see below)
Teens and Adults
If you are interested in being a part of the Handbell Choir, contact Dr. Irwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teens and Adults
We are excited to have youth and adults serving together as music leaders in our Praise Band. The group leads us in song during our Wednesday, Church Family Night activities, and rehearses Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm. If you are interested in this ministry email Russ Nicrone at email@example.com, or Dr. Irwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the talents and opportunities we have been given in life
were created by God for the purposes of glorifying and serving Him.
May we be used by God to proclaim in Darlington and to the world
that there is a loving Savior who has called us out of darkness
into His marvelous light!
(I Peter 2:9)
*Catechism comes from a Greek word used in the Bible, katacheo, that simply means “instructed” (Luke 1:4). Catechism is a question and answer method of instruction in basic Christian doctrines; it forms a framework for personal interaction with the Scriptures. The series of questions and answers develops a fundamental understanding of God, sin, salvation, prayer, the Bible, the church, and heaven and hell; each answer in the catechism is supported by Scripture references.
Here is an example of Question Number 1 of the Catechism:
Q: Who made you?
A: God made me. (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7; Ecclesiastes 12: 1; Acts 17:24-29)
Socrates and other philosophers made great use of this method of teaching. Martin Luther and other leaders of the Reformation dealt with the terrible ignorance of Scripture and doctrine prevalent in their day by making catechisms and catechizing. Charles Spurgeon urged and promoted the use of catechisms, saying that “if we could revive, more and more, the use of a good catechism…we should be doing a world of good. The way to secure the masses would be to secure them when young.”
Three Reasons To Catechize
Here are several good reasons to consider implementing a catechism style of teaching with your kids at home and at church:
1. A catechism encourages the unity of essential beliefs among God’s children. Many people want to know what constitutes a true Christian essential teaching. What are the primary teachings of the Christian faith? Catechical instruction can help promote unity among Christians by helping establish the fundamentals of the faith.
2. Catechism promotes a faster, deeper understanding as verses are tied to appropriate questions. Children are helped to tie verses to meaning through the use of questions and answers. Children begin to understand the usefulness of God’s Word as they see how clearly it answers important questions.
3. Catechism stimulates and motivates learning, because most children, especially younger ones, love to answer questions. Questions are a teacher’s most useful ally, because through them one gains access to precious minds. As Jesus showed, questions are invaluable when teaching truth!