(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.18)
Sing to Nurture a Relationship with God
I believe that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the key to joy, satisfaction, fruitfulness,
and meaning, now, every moment, and forever.
I believe such a relationship is available to every human creature. Personality doesn’t matter.
Intellect and education don’t matter. Culture doesn’t matter. Age doesn’t matter. Financial and
social status don’t matter. Every person can have a satisfying and meaningful life through a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Further, God is always, everywhere calling everyone into this relationship with Himself. What’s
more, He gives us the privilege of participating in His call to others.
That’s why I believe so passionately in hymns. A personal relationship with Christ is the key to
life for every person, and hymns can nurture that relationship.
Some worship leaders focus on creating “an experience” for their worshipers or trying to “make
a moment” for them. Experiences with God can be important and formative, but only as they
contribute to an ongoing relationship with God. That relationship is the key.
I suggest that our hymns and worship services focus on nurturing our ongoing relationship with
God rather than on creating a temporary “experience” with God. Our services last one hour or
so. What about the other 167 hours? Sundays should focus on the week, not the moment. Their
purpose should be to prepare people for daily living. When that is the emphasis, substance
becomes far more important than style.