Thank you, First Baptist New Orleans, for the warm welcome! Our senior pastor, administration, staff, and members have all been so kind and gracious in extending their love and prayers. I believe that this day is the result of many answered prayers, and I am filled with excitement in anticipation of what God has in store for us at FBNO.
I am a firm believer in the practice of congregational singing and participation in our worship gatherings. The Bible talks about the power of unity and being in one accord with our Christian brothers and sisters. It has also been said that “We cannot all talk together, but we can all sing together.” The unified and joyfully harmonious act of corporate worship unto God is the paramount goal of our music ministry.
Secondly, the Bible talks about music accompanying the teaching of the Gospel message. Paul writes, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” (Col. 3:16) Truth be told, our theology is often intimately connected to our hymnology—the songs we sing offer insight into what we believe. For this reason, singing music that is biblically sound is a necessary goal of our music ministry.
Lastly, the Bible talks about music that soothes the heart. Our music ministry plays a major role in helping to heal those that are emotionally and spiritually wounded. Singing music that inspires and encourages is a major goal of our music ministry.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you in the coming weeks. Singers and musicians, I’d like you to consider joining with us. And I ask that all members of FBNO would feel free to enthusiastically and exuberantly express your gratitude to God on Sunday mornings with our music ministry as we all seek to worship God with our lives.