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The Effect on Music in the Christian Church

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Title: "The Effect on Music in the Christian Church" Guiding Questioning: What Effect Does Music Have on Church Worship? Submitted To: Ms. Parker Submitted By: Ramon L. Jackson Date: January 22, 2010 Jim Hill High School Abstract In this paper, Church music is discussed to be considered as an outpouring of the heart; expressing (joy, grief, love, hope, despair, praise, faith, and gratitude). Also I will focus on the trained and untrained musicians; focusing on how they would both play Amazing Grace. Christian people need to sing songs to God. They need Jesus as an intercessor to come to them in the hymns and gospel songs. Church music does prepare the way. Not only does it open the door but often it is the door! Even the preacher himself is easily moved to greater heights of preaching by the Christian music of the service. Church music reaches our spiritual needs by serving as a powerful ally of the word of God. The quality of church music has a reflection of the total worship experience. Whether congregational singing, solo performance, small group ensemble, accompanist, or instrumentalist-vitality of church worship and its experience is reflected by the church music. Yes, church music does have an effect on Music in the Christian Church. It can serve either as a positive or negative factor .It is a matter of vital importance. Church music is pertinent in the spiritual growth, spiritual impact, expression, outreach ministry and quality of church character. Word Count: 207 Introduction Music is a universal language. It is designed to provide opportunities for people to advance to their highest levels of achievement. Music is a force within our daily lives; it is a part of our heritage. It provides us with a means of uniquely communicating through personal expressions. It is indicative of an expression, and form of communication. Music is everywhere and is pertinent to any program at anytime. ...read more.

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Singing God's praises turns up the temperature of our praise and moves us to praise God yet with more fervor, and allow an abiding spirit of God to enter into the believer's soul. Music serves the liturgy by leading its power. Though there are reasons for believing that the apostle intended the being filled with the Spirit in Ephesians 5:18 - 20 to be understood as preceding singing, we may also believe that the other order may take place. Similarly, feeling cheerful is cause for singing (James 5:13), but singing can also contribute to our cheer." Pg.29 Church music has the divine impact not only for teaching about God and the Christian life, but also helps Christians to understand and remember what they have experienced and the knowledge they will gain. Through church music and singing praises to an eternal father, the Christian confesses God before others (Ps. 20:1-10; Rom. 14:11; Heb. 13:15) acknowledgement, recitation and proclamation of God (1 Peter 2:9). Therefore, the total purpose of church music is not to replace evangelizing, but to edify, worship, exhort, and serve. Church music distinctly serves to save the lost and revive hearts. It has a message that serves as an outreach ministry and aids in bringing people in acquaintance with their supreme maker. Church music impacts and maintains a rich expressive flavor of sound, words, tunes, and worship. It seeks to have a secure effect on deeply felt words and feelings from the heart. Church music has a direct effect of the lost and those seeking to engage in personal evangelism. The total role of church worshippers is to assemble with a purpose to edify Christ. Church music serves as a mediator in the assembly of church songs both secular and religious songs. Shields in his research conclude, "We cannot discuss the music of the universe without recognizing the fact that man is a part of this universe, and a very important part. ...read more.

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Instruments when used as an accompaniment carry a unified, rich flow in worship service. Instrumentation is pertinent in elevating emotions, expression of praise, adoration and exhortation. Conclusion Church music is to be considered as an outpouring of the heart; expressing (joy, grief, love, hope, despair, praise, faith, and gratitude). Therefore, untrained musicians can negatively effect the worship service, while the trained musician has a positive effect. The untrained musician does not have the qualifications of true musicianship that is needed in the worship service. Christian people need to sing songs to God. The untrained musician cannot properly seek to serve and fulfill a congregation. The congregation needs Jesus as an intercessor to come to them in the hymns and gospel songs. An untrained musician cannot teach harmony, develop balance sounds between the vocal singers, and differentiate between presenting appropriate songs. The trained musician can present songs in appropriate ways, teach harmony and produce balance. The trained musician accommodates to the needs of the church. The trained music knows how to complement the preacher, they are mindful or their title and wears it well. Church music does prepare the way. Not only does it open the door but often it is the door! Even the preacher himself is easily moved to greater heights of preaching by the Christian music of the service. Church music reaches our spiritual needs by serving as a powerful ally of the word of God. The quality of church music has a reflection of the total worship experience. Whether congregational singing, solo performance, small group ensemble, accompanist, or instrumentalist-vitality of church worship and it's experience is reflected by the church music. Yes, church music does have an effect on Music in the Christian Church. It can serve either as a positive or negative factor .It is a matter of vital importance. Church music is pertinent in the spiritual growth, spiritual impact, expression, outreach ministry and quality of church character. ...read more.

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