Worship by the Book: Music

We are using John Frame’s synopsis of the function of music for this message because I think it summarizes this passage perfectly. So we will examine the passage and then amplify it by examining Frame’s summary. His summary is this: The function of music is to glorify God by investing his word with the vividness and memorability that by his grace drives that word into the heart. 


Let’s look at Colossians 3 together to see how music fits into the life of the believer and the behavior of the church.


[3:1] [New Position] If then you have been raised with Christ, [New Preoccupation] seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. [3] [New Protection] For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. [4] When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

[5] [Perverted Pleasures] Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. [6] On account of these the wrath of God is coming. [7] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. [8] [Wrecked Relationships] But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. [9] Do not lie to one another, [New Journey: I know Jesus] seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices [10] and have put on the new self, [New Road: I grow in Jesus] which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. [11] [New Community: We go to Jesus together] Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

[12] [Chosen People] Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, [Changed People] compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, [13] bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. [14] And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. [15] [Peace of Christ] And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. [16] [Word of Christ] 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. [17] [Name of Christ] And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Details come tomorrow. Read the passage again and pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to work the truth deeply into your heart.


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