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Music Ministry

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Sermon shared by Stephen Ward

April 2003
Summary: Music is Ministry! Sanctification, Submission, Sensitivity and Skill.
Denomination: Christian Church
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
There are four things that summarize requirements for musicians: Sanctification, Submission, Sensitivity and Skill.


Musicians were chosen and appointed for service.
1 Chronicles 15:16, "And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy."
2 Chronicles 29:25-26, "And he set the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king’s seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the Lord by his prophets."
Musicians and singers were chosen from the tribe of Levi. Music was regarded as a priestly ministry which was reserved for the Levites.

Musicians were seperated for the ministry.
1 Chronicles 25:1, "Moreover David and the captains of the host seperated to the service of the sons of Asaph and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals..."
1 Chronicles 9:33, "And these are the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free: for they were employed in that work day and night."
Seperated means "to set apart"

Key worship personnel need to free themselves to spend more time in worship and their musical instruments.

Musicians were organized into an orderly structure.

1 Chronicles 23:5-6, "Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith. And David divided them into courses among the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari."
1 Chronicles 25:6-7, "All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the Lord, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king’s order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman. So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the Lord, even all that were cunning, was two hundered fourscore and eight." (which is 288)

David appointed 4000 musicians. The musicians were divided into 24 courses (groups) under the 24 sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun. The 24 sons were over 288 who were instructed and skillful in the song of the Lord.

Musicians were clothed in a white linen ephod.

1 Chronicles 15:27, "David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. david also wore a linen ephod."
Nehemiah 12:30, "Then, the priests and Levites purified themselves and purified the people, the gates and the wall."

Clothing with white linen, putting on the righteousness of Christ.

Levites purified themselves, this refers to daily cleansing.

The life of ministry is inseperable from a life of righteousness.

Musicians were required to enter an oath of holiness.

Nehemiah 10:29, "They joined with their brethren, their nobles and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God’s Law, which were given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our God His ordinance and His statutes."

The oath committed them to obey all the laws of Moses. Failure to obey the oath would bring a curse.

Musicians were skillful.

1 Chronicles 15:22, "Chenaniah, the leader of
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