Think! Music as Worship to God
John 4:24, Ephesians 5:18-19, Colossians 3:16,
Hebrews 2:12, 1 Corinthians 14:15, Acts 16:25

God teaches us what is acceptable to Him as worship both through direct commands and through examples of what others did in the Bible. One of the things He tells us is what kind of music He wants for the church.

In the old testament, the children of Israel worshipped God using various musical instruments such as timbrels and harps. King David wrote about such in Psalm 150. When Jesus died on the cross, He nailed the old law that the Israelites followed to the cross and set up a new law for us to follow. (Hebrews 8:7-13, Colossians 2:13-14) The church today is to follow this new law and not the old one. (Galations 5:4) This is why we do not sacrifice animals, burn incense, or use musical instruments today in our worship to God.

Write "T" next to the true statements and "F" next to the false ones.
  1. The Israelites worshipped God with musical instruments. (Psalm 150:3-5)

  2. Since the Israelites worshipped God with musical instruments, we can too. (Galations 5:4)

  3. God's new law tells us to play songs. (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16)

  4. The only examples of church music are of singing. (See verses at top)

  5. It doesn't matter if we change God's commands. (Rev. 22:18, Matt. 15:8-9)

  6. We can worship God any way we choose as long as we are sincere. (John 4:24, Matthew 5:8-9)

  7. We must worship God in both spirit and truth. (John 4:24)

  8. We can sing any kind of song we want. (Ephesians 5:19)

  9. We teach each other through singing. (Ephesians 5:19)

  10. We should pay attention to the words we are singing. (Ephesians 5:19)
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