What Kind of Music Does God Like?

Heads up! This post was published about 12 years ago.

I think just about every worship pastor I know has occasionally had to deal with disagreements about music style.  This seems to be a debate that is of far more concern to churches in the United States than in other countries, probably because we seldom, if ever, need to worry about responding to 75% of our congregation being unemployed, or fearing government raids in which we could be arrested for meeting to worship, or living in the middle of a war zone where our congregants are being killed/terrorized/tortured, or wondering how we are going to care for the AIDS orphans in our village.

I am not making light of worship style issues or suggesting that we shouldn’t discuss them; we certainly should have open conversation on the subject.  I am simply suggesting that it might help to approach these discussions from a larger perspective—globally, historically, culturally, and biblically.  And that is why I finally bit the bullet and preached a sermon on music style.  In it, I try to provide some of that perspective.

You can listen to the message here:

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Also, here is the video we showed at the beginning of the message:

2 thoughts on “What Kind of Music Does God Like?

  1. Tristan,

    What a great message. Wish my church could have heard that 2.5 years ago when we changed the styles of our services. Worship is so much bigger than music styles, hymns vs. contemporary songs. It’s a lifestyle and one that we must live in light of a holy, sovereign and mighty God. Thanks for your ministry.


  2. Thanks, Ryan! I think you’re totally right about worship being a lifestyle of living sacrifice. That’s one of the things that we’ve found to be critically important as we’ve made difficult changes, whether they are stylistic changes, staffing changes, methodology changes, whatever. When people begin to shift from a going-to-church mindset to a doing-life-together-as-we-fulfill-God’s-mission mindset, it changes everything.

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