Friday 5: “Secular” Music at Graystone Church

ZZ-Top-462-MRGod has blessed Graystone with incredibly talented musicians and vocalists.  I am blown away each week with the songs they pull off.  Whether it is playing a feature song (sometimes “secular”) to reinforce the message or a worship song to lead us into the presence of God, our bands do an incredible job.  I cannot wait for the live worship album to come out.

I have no musical talent whatsoever.  When Jennifer and I were engaged, she embarrassingly took me to her voice coach and had me sing to determine if I was tone-deaf.  I am NOT.  Sometimes when I am singing in the car or at church, Jennifer just looks at me and laughs. Hey Jack, I am making a joyful noise to the Lord.

Last Sunday and this upcoming Sunday at Graystone Church, we have quite a variety of music which includes feature songs by the band, video background music and random quotes of obscure song lyrics in my sermons. I hope you enjoy all of this as much as I do.  Almost everything in our Sunday experiences is done to help us learn a practical message from the Bible and remember it for weeks to come.

Here are 5 (6) songs from last week and this week at Graystone:  

1.  “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones

2. “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top (BTW, I saw ZZ Top in concert at Reunion Arena in Dallas in 1986.)

3. “C’mon, Get Happy” by Jamaican artist Jimmy Cliff

4. Keith Urban…You’ll have to come Sunday to find out what song the band is playing.

5. I quoted 2 random 80’s songs during my message last Sunday.  Most people recognized the lyrics from “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice.  This is a “go to” that appears in my messages once a year.  But I’m not sure anyone realized that I quoted lyrics from “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince?  BTW, I saw Prince in concert for the Purple Rain Tour in the New Orleans Superdome in 1984.  Sheila E. with her glowing drumsticks was the opening act.

Well, we have a lot of fun at Graystone and do not take ourselves too seriously.  I hope you will join us this Sunday as I teach one of the key ingredients to being happy, happy, happy.  Have a great weekend!

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  1. As someone who did not grow up on “secular music” I’m continually puzzled by the attraction. I’m not the norm – I grew up only listening to Christian music. I guess maybe the real question, if this is to be debated, is what kind of music is played in heaven? I don’t know, but unfortunately some of the artists whose music we play, may not be in heaven if they do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. The lyrics of the drug culture and other things most Christians regard as being from this world, will no doubt not make it into heaven’s music agenda. Is Sunday music designed to mirror that music in heaven? I don’t know, but we will need practice at showing excitement over God. Is God delighted when we sing? Not for me to answer, but when we enter the holiness of worship one should question whether our lives radiate God’s presence, purpose and power.

    • Interesting thought Dale. I’ve never considered what music we will listen to in Heaven. I wonder if I will be able to sing and play the guitar? I hope so. You might be able to beat me in tennis in Heaven. I can’t wait to find out.

  2. I believe we will be perpetually tied when we compete in heaven. Love – love – now that is corny. Or you win at tennis and I win at ping pong.

    Some argue that music is eternal and has existed before the foundation of the earth. Ezekiel and Isaiah point to the fallen Lucifer whose main purpose was that of music and exaltation of God. In Revelation we see the song of Moses. All in all, the music in heaven exalts God and praises Him continually. Even the instruments used in Heaven were made before creation. Heavenly music – can’t wait.

  3. From a comprehensive study of the book of revelation and the prophecies about the future in eternity, there is no doubt that we will be worshiping God forever (For the sake of time I wont provide references but I can if so requested). Although the Bible mentions music and songs and so on, worship is not just music, so it is perfectly possible we will be, forever, in His presence, singing and worshiping in other ways. Form that perspective, Yes, we get prepared by singing and worshiping on earth, and secular music doesn’t count. … but what if we are playing secular music, not to train believers for heaven, but as a component to bring non-believers into it?.

    Another angle: The earliest archaeological records from Christianity show that Christians in the first centuries gathered together, prayed, read scriptures, shared communion, and sung hymns. No mention of ‘secular; songs. Does that mean we should do the same? Maybe. Maybe not.There is nevertheless one thing to consider. Paul and other Bible writers often quoted extra-Biblical sources, sayings and poems and used them as tools to preach or explain the gospel. They quoted secular philosophers and authors. They didn’t preach these philosophies, but used them as common grounds to present the gospel. Wouldn’t it be the equivalent, and equally acceptable to use secular music as a tool to convey the message of Christ today?

    In conclusion, If I had my way, we would have 1 full hr of music solely directed and about God (AKA worship) -no time wasted in secular music; two worship songs are not enough for me. However, I have heard enough people who testify that those secular songs were components of the big hook that brought them into Graystone in the first place -now they are saved, growing and bearing fruit.

    So, if our ultimate goal of making disciples, is being accomplished, while not pleasing all my desires, likes and preferences, well,… that’s how life should be, isn’t it? Bring Keith Urban, and bring more people to Christ.

    • Thank you for your contribution Luis. Well said my friend. I think you and I have the same preferences. One of the things that people do not realize is that we are not planning the services for us (I.e. Kyle, myself and the creative team). If I was planning the service with my preference, Sundays at Graystone would look a lot different. But it’s not about me. And this is something I have to remind myself on a weekly basis as I am faithfully “preaching” each week.

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