By   •   August 12, 2013   •   Topics: ,


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I know many churches have experienced similar debates in recent years because of new styles of worship and music. I’m not a musician, of course, but I’m grateful that God has raised up a new generation of composers and musicians who point us to Christ.

That doesn’t mean we should throw out what previous generations have done, however — not at all. If I were a pastor today, I’d probably try to avoid making sudden, radical changes that might cause some to feel they were being ignored or put down. The Bible says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).

I actually hear less today about these so-called “worship wars” than I did a few years ago; many churches seem to have found ways to bridge the gap between older and newer styles of worship. Some, for example, try to blend the old with the new in their services. Larger churches often have two services — one traditional and one contemporary. Encourage your church’s leadership to explore all options — not just for your sake, but for the sake of the whole congregation, including your youth.

Before you consider changing churches, look beyond this issue to a more important question: Can you grow spiritually through this church’s activities? Is Jesus Christ and His Word, the Bible, at its center? Does it offer opportunities for service? The Bible says, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).

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  1. Sharon says:

    Why does it have to be just one or just the other? Sadly, this issue has caused great damage to many. That is the real tragedy! It is possible to include “modern” and a “hymn”. The world is attracted by AUTHENTIC Christianity—not just style.

  2. Sherry says:

    Chuck Swindoll refers to some of the contemporay music as 7-11 songs, 7 words sung 11 times! This still makes me smile. I love all music and mwas savmed under the cotemporary music era.

  3. JoEllen says:

    It doesn't matter to who' music you are singing along with it is who are you worshiping in the music. Music is different for all generations. Let's make sure all have a chance to worship no matter the style. Find what feeds you and where you can ser

  4. Sarah says:

    Our pastor is trying really hard to please everyone by having a mixture of hymns and worship tapes.Isn't working as far as I can see and several families have left the church. Satan is really having a hayday with this.

  5. Mr.Ed says:

    God did not somehow get stuck in the 1700's.But not everyone is a teenager either.Personally I like both forms of worship and I believe our Father does too!

  6. Sam says:

    I just changed churches to one that sings more hymns but also some contemporary music. I find it hard to worship to screaming guitars like you hear in rock bands.

  7. Jack says says:

    Church and BIBLE HYMNS are the best because words are like a SERMON, Places I PREACH, I sing HYMNS, People need to hear The WORDS, SALVATIONS WORDS telling the LIFE, LOVE and SOUL SAVING from JESUS CHRIST, The TRUE WORD.

  8. Wendy says:

    I've worshipped in both traditional and contemporary services, and enjoy both. Either one can be subject to pride, lack of balance, poor quality, etc. I'm sure God is pleased with any worshipper whose heart is in the right place.

  9. Vic. says:

    I was raised on hymns.I go to a church that has 2 services .One traditional one contemproary.What really matters isn't weather I like the music or not.The praise ,in whatever style ,is to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ . NOT TO ME !!!

  10. Freda says:

    i attend a church where 11 am service has the contemporary traditional music and the 9 am service has the loud rock music. They have smoke coming from the stage and the music is so loud you cannot hear what they are singing. No anointing.