The place music occupies in Christian worship varies from congregation to congregation. Martin Luther considered music to be second only to the Word of God and both he, and later John and Charles Wesley, used music extensively in conjunction with their reforming work within the Church. In the 19th century the Salvation Army founded by William Booth used music in spreading the Gospel, and Americans Dwight Moody and Ira David Sankey, the former preaching and the latter singing, evangelised Chicago and visited Great Britain in 1873 and 1883. One of their slogans was, Mr. Moody will preach the gospel and Mr. Sankey will sing the gospel . During Billy Graham s crusades music was used in conjunction with the preaching of the Gospel and the number of hymns that now exist is surely beyond an accurate count. But what is the scriptural position? What part should music play in our worship? These are the questions the author tackles and seeks to answer.
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Brian Sherring was born in Isleworth, Middlesex, England in 1932. Following a technical education, he took an engineering apprenticeship and worked for some years as a design draughtsman in agricultural engineering. He was one time Assistant Principal of The Chapel of the Opened Book in London and wrote regular articles for The Berean Expositor and several booklets. He then spent some 25 years in the food import business and worked with farm animals at weekends as a hobby. He now lives with his wife in retirement in Surrey. Other booklets written by Brian Sherring and published by the Open Bible Trust and currently in print are: Jesus: God and Man; Our Place in the Plan of God Salvation: God s Provision and our Response Introducing the Books of the Bible; Spiritual Blessings in Heavenly Places Apocalypse: An Introduction to Revelation The Song of Songs; The Greatest Love Song These, and other publications by the Open Bible Trust, can be viewed on the website of the Open Bible Trust
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