Music at Trinity Bible Church
Preparing and leading God’s people to worship the Lord Jesus Christ through music
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:16-17)
Because the music at TBC is fundamentally meant for congregational participation, we apply a balanced approach to music by including edifying, convicting, and encouraging songs and hymns ranging in age from ancient to modern. Our goal is to provide an avenue for congregational worship of the Lord through music. Stylistically, our variety includes traditional and contemporary instrumentation, and various vocal combinations. Because our congregation is diverse in their musical preferences, our church music styles are also diverse.
What kind of music do you play?
We sing theologically sound and worthwhile songs – whether new or old – in both contemporary and traditional music styles. Song selection is primarily based on the textual content, with attention paid to doctrinal aspects, clarity, and appropriateness for a corporate worship service. We also enjoy a variety of instrumental accompaniment.
What’s the focus?
The focus, overall, of the music ministry is congregational/corporate worship. The musicians are playing to assist in congregational worship, not to play for an audience. Because of this focus, then, the focus of our music is primarily the content, and secondarily the accompanying music. Songs are selected primarily based on textual considerations. These considerations include, but are certainly not limited to, doctrinal teachings, clarity of the text, appropriateness for a corporate worship service, and how well it can be sung in a way that encourages personal expression. Personal expression does not refer exclusively to external shows of expression, but represents an attempt to guage how well those in the congregation can attach themselves to the song in such a way that when they sing it, they are able to worship God through the song and not simply sing words out loud. The accompanying musical style is also considered and may be changed to better fit the text or particular usage for that particular service.
Questions about our music ministry?
Any questions about the music can be directed to Danny Bonsell, including questions about our philosophy of music, more information on the music groups, rehearsal times, etc.
How do I get involved?
If you are interested in serving in our music ministry, talk to Danny Bonsell for more information. There is a friendly audition process, and sharing of information on the expectations of a church musician. All servants in the music ministry must be a member of TBC.
What about technical equipment?
Worshiping Christ using audio, recording, projection, and lighting equipment, the Technical Ministries team provides the vital “behind-the-scenes” support for regular worship services. This team has a critical role in making sure that the good news of Jesus Christ is clearly heard by those in attendance and that those in attendance are able to participate in corporate worship through song. For more information on Technical Ministries, please contact Jonathan Henthorn.
Teachings on the Church and the role and purpose of music.
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John Martin - February 11, 2023
Session 1: Why We Sing
Scripture References: Colossians 3:16