We love to come together as a church family in order to worship our risen Lord! When we gather on Sundays, we pray, sing, share our hearts with one another, and study God’s Word. Our weekly meetings encourage us to grow in Christ, respond in humility to God’s Spirit, and become disciple-makers in our community.
Gordon Fee wrote, “Show me a church’s songs and I’ll show you their theology.” This statement is as true today as it was in the days of Isaac Watts, perhaps more so. We live in a world where hundreds of new songs are written every day making music one of the most accessible products in the world today. Along with this buffet of music has come a diminishing definition of what it means to sing truth to God and about God.
There seems to be a profound consistency of ideas among the great Christian writers in history, regarding the important elements in worship. Piper uses the words, “gladly…His worth,” Bach says, “refreshment…glory of God,” the Westminster Catechism says, “enjoy…glory of God,” and Jesus says, “spirit…truth.” All are unified in two ways. Worship, especially music, must glorify God and delight in all that he is.
From the clear teaching of Scripture, we have distilled what we believe are five indicators which must dominate the worship music at North Hills:
Sovereignty (or Authority). God is both the source and aim of our music; we understand God’s desires for worship through his Word and not human wisdom (Psalm 150, 2 Timothy 3:16-17). God’s Word is completely sufficient to equip us to worship God.
Clarity. The lyrics of each song must be clear and the message clearly communicated (1 Corinthians 14:8).
Charity. The music ministry is one of exhibiting love to others. Music is not about any one individual or group (1 Corinthians 13:1, Philippians 2:1-4). We refuse to divide our worship services according to stylistic taste.
Sincerity. Worship must flow from the heart of the truly redeemed (Mark 7:6-7, Ephesians 5:19).
Diversity. Music should express the full range of God’s attributes and the believer’s experience (Psalms, Ephesians 5:19). Our goal is neither nostalgic traditionalism nor narcissistic innovation but worship that embraces the rich history behind us while pressing forward to the lessons that God has set ahead of us.