The Church Sings the Gospel
Every time the church gathers, we gather as a people who have been transformed by the Good News of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. The Church is a people created by the Gospel. Without the Gospel, we have no reason to meet. Without this good news, we are just a bunch of random people. Without the Gospel, we are a people who are to be most pitied (1 Cor. 15:19).
However, because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we have purpose in our gathering together. We are not just a random group of people. We are the redeemed, those who have been ransomed for God by the blood of Jesus (Rev. 5:9-10). We are a people of great hope. As we gather together every Sunday, we gather because of the Gospel.
Paul told the Corinthians, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The message of the finished work of Jesus is of first importance. There is no greater message. There is nothing more important than this. This message should be at the forefront of everything the church does. If the Gospel is of first importance (and it is), then we should treat it that way. As the Church gathers each week, one of the ways we center our gatherings on the Gospel is through singing songs that proclaim the person and work of Jesus.
We proclaim the Gospel through singing
Colossians 3:16 says, “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.”
"The Word of Christ" means the words of Christ and the words about Christ. This boils down to the Gospel; the proclamation of the person and finished work of Jesus. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the glorious announcement that brings dead men to life! It's what saves us from sin, death, and hell, and it is what fuels us to become like Jesus.
What's interesting about Colossians 3:16 is that Paul tells us to teach and admonish one another in all wisdom through singing. Singing! Singing is one of the ways God ordained Christians to teach each other. So when the church gathers together and sings songs of worship to God, we are praising God through song, but we are also teaching each other!
Singing is so important because:
- 1. God has commanded us to sing (Psalms 95:1, 96:1-2, 98:1).
- 2. Jesus saved us and for all eternity we will sing the new song of this great salvation (Revelation 5:9-10).
- 3. The church rejoices and celebrates the finished work of Jesus through singing (Psalm 96:1-3, Psalm 98:1-2).
- 4. We need to teach and encourage each other through singing (Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 5:19).
As the body of Christ sings, we point each other to Jesus.
Think about what this means for the brother in Christ who had a week of struggling. Over the past week, he had many failures. There were moments, when Satan tempted him to abandon God. He feels great shame and guilt as he sits down and the worship service begins.
Then he hears his brothers and sisters begin to sing, "Before the throne of God above, I have a strong and perfect plea; a Great High Priest whose name is love, who ever lives and pleads for me..." As the song goes on, he is encouraged even more, "When Satan tempts me to despair, and tells me of the guilt within; upward I look and see Him there, Who made an end to all my sin! Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free; for God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me!"
Every week, we have a great opportunity to encourage one another and remind each other of the Good News of Jesus.
So, lift up your voice and sing! You might not have the best voice. You might be able to carry a tune in a bucket, but don't let that stop you. Sing in order to encourage and teach your brothers and sisters in Christ. Sing because Jesus loved you and redeemed you. Sing because Jesus is worthy!
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” Psalm 96:1-3
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