Why do we only sing traditional-sounding hymns?
Simply put, because they fit the pattern for worship laid down in scripture, while contemporary Christian worship music (CCM) does not.
- We believe that it is not just the lyrics we sing which communicate meaning, but the sound of the music, and how we sing and play it. Music in worship should have as much majesty and beauty as we are able to muster, and it is fitting that it sound different to the music of the world, especially when that music is trite and lacks gravitas.
- Just as our preaching should be accessible, while encouraging members to press upward in their knowledge of God, our music should be accessible, while encouraging members to press upward in their ability to glorify God through song.
- The purpose of singing in worship is to express the unity of the body of Christ in praising and adoring him, and to build one another up in his word. Therefore, members must be able to see and hear each other, and must be truly involved in the singing, not mere spectators. While the minister does lead the singing, he sings with the congregation, not at them.
- How should we worship? Part 5: body language & song by Bnonn Tennant