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Summary: Music matters... 1. Because it helps educate God's people. 2. Because it helps encourage God's people. 3. Because it helps exalt our God.

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Music Matters!

Colossians 3:16

Sermon by Rick Crandall

Grayson Baptist Church - Aug 27, 2014

*Think of some of the things we tend to take for granted. There are many things, but with the focus on music tonight, I want to mention the music program of our church. Our Sanctuary Choir rehearses every Wednesday. Our Children's Choir also practices every Wednesday during the school year. Our Grayson Baptist Youth Band practices every week, and they play for Orange every Sunday night. By the way: When I left about 8:00 last Sunday night, I noticed a light on in the middle building, and part of our Youth Band was still there practicing.

*Also think about all the behind the scenes effort to learn how to play instruments and new songs, all the effort to get the sound system right, all of the prayer and planning that goes into worship services, and a lot of extra for special days like Christmas.

*What we hear in the worship service is maybe five percent of the time it took to get us there. So it's easy for us to take our music program for granted. But what Herb, Anita, and all of our people involved in music do is very important. If you are involved in our music program in any way, would you please stand and remain standing, so we can show our appreciation.

*What you do is very important. And tonight we are going to look into the Word of God to see why. Let me ask everybody to please stand with you in honor of God's Word, and open your Bibles to Colossians 3:16.

*In vs. 16, Paul tells us to: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."

*Musicians and singers: What you do is vitally important to the Lord's Church. Music matters.

1. And it matters first of all, because music helps educate God's people.

*Paul said: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom." But that can't happen unless we learn God's Word. God wants all Christians to grow in godly wisdom, affection, grace, love and goodness. He wants us to grow up to be more and more like our Savior Jesus Christ.

*But that can't happen unless we learn God's Word. And one of the best ways to learn these things is through music. So Paul tells us to be "teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs."

*We know what "teaching" means. "Admonishing" means to gently caution or warn someone, and godly music can do that too. That's why we sing hymns like this:

"Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.

Are you grieving over joys departed?

Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.

Have you sins that to men's eyes are hidden?

Tell it to Jesus alone.

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,

He is a Friend that's well known.

You've no other such a friend or brother,

Tell it to Jesus alone." (1)

*Paul tells us to be "teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." Think of one of your favorite psalms, hymns or spiritual songs. What does it teach us about God or salvation or prayer or the cross?


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