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What Then Shall We Sing?

Teaching Notes by Ken Puls
Taught at Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral, Florida
August 22, 2010

 This morning we begin a brief study of music. This week and next, I want to share with you some thoughts on music and consider how we can use and enjoy music both in our times of gathered worship and in all of life.

I have 10 questions that I want to address and answer: 5 for today and 5 for next week.

The questions for today relate to music in general—music that we employ and enjoy in all of life. The questions for next week relate specifically to music in the context of gathered worship.

So you will know where I am headed, here are the questions we will consider:

Part 1: Thoughts on Music

1)    What is music?
2)    What does music communicate?
3)    How does music communicate?
4)    Can music be evil or worldly?
5)    What music can we enjoy as Christians?

Part 2: Thoughts on Music and Worship

6)    What is the relationship between music and worship?
7)    Can all music be used equally well in worship?
8)    What does music add to our worship?
9)    What should worship music sound like?
10)  Should all Christians sing the same music in worship?

As we progress through the study, these questions may raise more questions. If you have additional questions, feel free to write them down and give them to me. If there is time, we will include some questions and dialog near the end of class.

But let's begin with the first questions:

Part 1: Thoughts on Music
Part 2: Thoughts on Music and Worship

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