1055 Gold Hill Road;
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Missionary in Residence
November 11, 2018
Who Are We? The One Question…
A statement often heard by one not a member of the church of Christ, when visiting our services is, “why do you not use instrumental music in your worship?” It is important for us to give an answer to those who question our practices.
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). To worship God correctly, we must worship in Spirit (spiritual worship with the heart), and in truth (according to the New Testament teaching). There are two kinds of music; vocal, and instrumental. If God said to “make” music then we could use either one or both of these. What has God decreed regarding music in New Testament worship? There are principles we must consider in this study in looking for a conclusion.
New Testament Teaching on Music in the Worship
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26). About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them (Acts 16:25). Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name (Romans 15:9). What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also(1 Corinthians 14:15) addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, (Ephesians 5:19) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:16) saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise” (Hebrews 2:12). Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name (Hebrews 13:15). Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise (James 5:13). (All references English Standard Version)
The following is offered as evidence to prove that mechanical instrumental music in the worship of God is without the authority of Christ.
The Lord Never Commanded It. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17).
The Holy Spirit Never Commanded It. The Holy Spirit guided apostles into all truth. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13). One cannot follow the Spirit and use mechanical instrumental music in worship to God (Galatians 5:16-17).
The Apostles Never Authorized It. They told us to sing (Matthew 26:30; Acts 16:25; Romans 15:9; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12; 13:15; James 5:13).
It Is Not in The New Testament. There is no command in the New Testament. There is no example of anyone using mechanical instruments of music in worship! Silence is prohibitive in this case since God has prescribed exactly what He desires: singing, vocal music.
Adding to God’s Word. Since the practice is unauthorized by the Bible, then it becomes an addition to the Word of God (2 John 9-11).
Conclusion: From Acts chapter 2 to Revelation chapter 22, there is no mention of the early church using mechanical instrumental music in the worship of the apostolic church! Our authority, the Bible, teaches that the kind of music God demands in worship to Him, is vocal music, congregational singing only! To use mechanical instrumental music in worship is without Bible authority.
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Autumn Leaves Worship Service
We conduct a worship service each Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm at the Autumn Leaves memory care facility next door. See Mark Walker with questions.
We congratulate Grant & Tessa Alumbaugh on the birth of Carabeth Louise who was born this past Tuesday weighing 5 lbs, 9 oz; 19 1/4” long. They are home and doing well.
We are missing several kitchen items. If you have borrowed anything please try to get them back to the kitchen.
SECH Christmas Collection
Gifts are due by November 25. Please include the child’s name with the gift and place in the bins by the men’s restroom. See Renee Miller or Angie Bedford with and questions.
World Bible School Meeting Today
Cathy Brooks would like to meet with all who are interested in helping with WBS today after service very briefly at the front of the auditorium.
Annual Food & Coat Drive
Our Food Drive distribution will be on Saturday, November 17 from 9am till 11am. Please bring any gently used coats to be given away. Collection bins are in the foyer.
Canned Vegetables and Canned Fruit
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Pasta and Sauce
Mac and Cheese, Rice, Instant Oatmeal and Grits, Pop Tarts, Cereal
Canned Meats and/or Canned/Dinners — (Beef Stew, Ravioli, Soup, Tuna, etc.)
Ladies Christmas Tea
Please join us for a Ladies’ Christmas Tea Saturday, December 1st from 2-4 pm at the home of PJ Inness, 351 Heritage Blvd. Fort Mill, SC 29715 ***In lieu of a gift exchange, please bring gift cards for the Southeastern Children’s Home. (Suggested amount=$10.Suggested places=Walmart, Target, Food Lion, Bi-Lo, etc.)
- Garry Burkhammer is home recovering from his recent valve replacement surgery.
- Ann DeJarnett continues to make progress following her surgery.
- Irene Miller continues to consult Dr.’s for her back which continues to cause her pain.
- Tim Bannister & Sandy Ibbetson are both continuing their treatments.
- Ken McCullough’s father is hospitalized and is in declining health.
- Susan Nunn’s grandmother fell and is very ill in GA. Treatment is uncertain at this time.
- Bonnie Hunter’s Uncle, Paul LaFountain is very ill in Vermont.
- Ed McClellan’s 2nd cousin has been diagnosed with epilepsy thought to be treatable with medicine.
- The mother’s of Barb Arbaugh, Rodney Grant, Linda Hill, Alan Jopson, Jim Passmore, Len Patterson, Ron Shepherd, and Mark Walker, are all dealing with various health issues.
Please remember our Shut-Ins in your daily prayers:
Gloria Girard, Jimmie Greene, Ruby Lett, and Lois Viera.
- The father’s of Jerry Brooks, Greg Gross, Michelle Hicks, Linda Hill, Jake Hunter, William Ireland, and Anthony Overton, are all dealing with various health issues.
- Roger Craig’s sister, Trisha Hudson, has a non-treatable lung disease and asks for our prayers.
- Len Patterson’s co-worker, Alicia Williford has cancer and has been given 2-3 years to live.
- Sympathy to Ken McCullough on the passing of his uncle this past week.
- Sympathy to Derrick Perry and family on the death of his sister DaVonna Perry who passed away suddenly. Her funeral was this past week .
Sermons & Classes
Steve will be teaching & preaching this morning at Clover. Tonight he will be preaching here; his lesson is titled: “Presumptuous Sin”
Sunday Fall Quarter Classes (September 2)
Sunday Adult Auditorium:
Questions From the Bible/ Jeff Trotter
Young Adult Class/ Mark Inness, Brett Pharr
Seed Sowers/ Chad Garrett
Wednesday Summer Quarter Classes (September 5)
Wednesday Adult Auditorium:
Sayings Of Jesus/ Steve Miller
Prepared/ Ladies Class (various teachers)
Schedule of Services
Sunday Bible School
9:30 am – 10:15 am
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Bible Study
1: Singles / Couples w/out children
Leader: Grant Alumbaugh & Andrew Chaney
2: Families w/ infants – Pre K
Leader: Jason Harvey & Clay Batts
3: Families w/ children K – 5th grade
Leader: Hampton Hager
4: Families w/ children 6th – 12th grade
Leader: William Ireland
5: Empty Nesters
Leader: Jerry Brooks
LEAD Institute Website:
Password: church / Recipient last name
Scripture: Cole Bitting
Preside Table: Jim Passmore
1 Assist: Doug Stallings
2 Assist: Norman Smith
3 Assist: Jon Stewart
4 Assist: Zach Stone
5 Assist: Charles Taylor
6 Assist: Joe Theado
7 Assist: Rocky Thompson
8 Assist: Caleb VanHamme
9 Assist: Pepper VanMeter
10 Assist: John Wade
11 Assist: Mark Walker
12 Assist: Wilson Walker
13 Assist: Ed Wampler
Opening Prayer: Alex Franklin
Closing Prayer: Ben Burnette
Usher: Barry VanHamme & Brian Moss
Greeters Up: J & T Theado
Greeters Down: M & B Rosener
Singing: William Ireland
Nursery: Ron Shepherd
A/V: Alan Jopson
Singing: Alex Franklin
Scripture: Jon Stewart
Opening Prayer: Chuck Dohm
Closing Prayer: Mark Ibbetson
Lord’s Supper: Roger Whytsell
Nursery: Tracy VanHamme
Singing: Charles Taylor
Closing Prayer: Jeff Willis
Comm. Prep.: Slauson
Pickup Cups: Kindergartners
Next Week (11/18)
Scripture: DJ Taylor
Preside Table: Tim Mastenbrok
1 Assist: Roger Whytsell
2 Assist: Jimmy Williams
3 Assist: Derrick Williamson
4 Assist: Jeff Willis
5 Assist: Augustine Akyaw
6 Assist: David Andrews
7 Assist: Daniel Beels
8 Assist: Rudolph Bishop
9 Assist: Cale Bradley
10 Assist: Jeff Bramlet
11 Assist: Jerry Brooks
12 Assist: Brian Buchanan
13 Assist: Andrew Chaney
Opening Prayer: Alan Jopson
Closing Prayer: Matt Guy
Usher: Jamie Ridenour & Josh Buchanan
Greeters Up: M. Hicks & DJ
Greeters Down: E & A Haskin
Singing: Brett Pharr
Nursery: C & Kelly Hunter
A/V: Justin Powell
Singing: Brian Moss
Scripture: Joe Manning
Opening Prayer: Brian Moss
Closing Prayer: Ken McCullough
Lord’s Supper: Mike Collins
Nursery: Velma Langford
Singing: Connor Gross
Closing Prayer: Roger Craig
Comm. Prep.: Slauson
Pickup Cups: Kindergartners
Sword Swallowers is back! during pm services for all 4th—6th graders. See the Bitting’s or Janes’ with questions.
Thanksgiving Box Packing
Come out and pack boxes for the food drive. Meet at the Church building Friday, November 16th @ 6:00 pm.
Save The Date Kannapolis Lock In
Save the date for the Kannapolis COC annual lock-in – This is held at the Kannapolis YMCA December 7-8 8 pm to 6 am. See Eric Haskin with questions.