New Testament Instruction on Congregational Singing: An Examination of Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 (Part 3 of 3)
This post is the last of three in this brief series on congregational singing, and the points below are conclusions made from an examination of Eph 5:19 and Col 3:16. Read these posts here (Eph 5:19) and here (Col 3:16). -- A comparison and contrast of Eph 5:19 and Col 3:16 give us some helpful points of instruction as to how a congregation should worship in song. First, congregational singing is imperative. While the focus of Eph 5:19 is to detail how the congregation engages in Spirit-filled worship (cf. Eph 5:18), the focus of Col 3:16 is how the word of Christ is to dwell richly among them through their singing. In both cases, singing is not the primary command of either verse, but it is a means of how to let the word of Christ dwell richly in us and how to live a Spirit-filled life. Second, there is [more]