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Why do you sing at church? It’s a question we almost never ask out loud. Yet, this is a question that is central to the lives of Christians who regularly gather together for worship. Do you sing to God? Or do you “address one another in hymns and spiritual songs,” as the Scripture says? Do you close your eyes? What is your posture in worship? This book is designed with these questions in mind.
Or maybe you don’t sing at churchor if you do, not with very much enthusiasm, hoping to hide behind a wall of sound. After all, not everyone sings at the same skill level, same rhythm, or pitch. Authors, lyricists, and worship leaders, Keith and Kristyn Getty write to church members to remind them why the Church should sing, when the Church should sing, and how the Church should sing. A congregation that gains a greater understanding of why they sing won’t dread a worship service, with arms crossed and shoulders slumped, but see singing as an opportunity to proclaim the gospel together in obedience to God. Sing! guides individual church members together with their congregation on a campaign to declare with one voice, This is why we sing!
There is also a group discussion guide HERE!
“With a rare combination of theological insight, the lessons shaped by years of practical experience, and remarkable readability, this book is simultaneously evocative, informative, and accessible.” D. A. Carson, author, president, and founder of e Gospel Coalition
“Keith and Kristyn have served the church for years through their songs. Now they’ve gone one step further and served us with their book, Sing! It’s a treasure trove of biblical, practical, and gospel counsel for those who love to sing, want to sing, or don’t think they can sing.” Bob Kauflin, director of Sovereign Grace Music
“As someone who seeks to communicate the Word of God I’m so aware that songs have great power to teach. They reach into the heart and mobilize the will in such a profound way, and I’m therefore deeply grateful for the faithfulness to Scripture that characterizes Keith and Kristyn’s hymns. Songs bring us to the truth or cause us to sway from the truth and, therefore, we must celebrate those whose musical gifts are so wonderfully under the authority of Scripture.” Rico Tice, senior minister, All Souls Langham Place, founder, Christianity Explored Ministries, and author of Honest Evangelism and Capturing God
I like this book. On one level nothing in it will surprise you - it's just wonderfully faithful teaching on what the Bible has to say about singing, why we do it and how we can do it better, together. But that's what I like about this book. It is an 'everyman's' theology of singing - and one that is fantastic to read together in small groups, as a church music group or leadership/eldership team. We'll worth investing in multiple copies.
Yes, a very helpful and encouraging book as far as it goes. Certainly, the book provoked me to look further at the many biblical references to singing - and perhaps it would be useful to list the many references. However, several areas appeared to be missing: Firstly, the rich heritage of hymns, particularly after the Reformation, provide us with a depth of wisdom and experience that most of us would find difficult to articulate. And yet, through the repeated singing of these profound hymns, we can begin to internalise and reflect upon the greatest of theological issues. And, of course, we are memorising beautiful Godly words and phrases which would not be regular parts of our daily vocabulary. Secondly, as a writer and student hymnist, I feel that often there is a lack of awareness or respect for these hymns which are genuinely Holy Spirit inspired. Time and time again we read of authors who have suddenly experienced the Holy Spirit's inspiration to suddenly write verse upon verse without hesitation. They write of experiences of the words 'just flowing from my pen'. Thirdly, there is the whole issue of harmonies and parts-singing. Almost all human beings are gifted with voices but we do not all sing in the same register. I love the rich harmonies of so many of our classic hymn-tunes and bewail the fact that very few people are willing to sing the alto line of classic 4-part harmonies. And yet it is the alto line which is the very 'anchor' that binds the soprano line to that of the tenors and basses and thus enables the male voices to pluck up the courage to sing their parts 'poco maestoso'. Finally, an observation concerning public concerts: I also sing in a choir both as a choir-member and as a soloist. Yet one thing concerns me, that of audiences who applaud the performances as if what they were watching was a stage-show rather than hearing the proclamation of the Holy Gospel. Maybe it's because the authors are American but I can't help feeling that there is a cultural difference that needs to be addressed?
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