To clarify: music in a local church is a relevant issue when it comes to outreach and/or personal ministry. The concern here is that we affirm & adhere to the biblical perspective of music in the church. The following observations are more of a prologue rather than a comprehensive outline for discussion on music in the local church:
1) The local church is a gathering of God’s people (i.e. those who have been saved through Christ Jesus).
2) A church’s worship–of which music is a form–is fundamentally a response/reaction to who God is and/or what He has done for His people.
3) Assuming #1-2 are true, music in the church isn’t about outreach. Outreach is horizontal (man to man) but worship is vertical (man to God).
4) So long as a church’s music ministry is about worship, it’s difficult to see how anyone but a Christian would be able to have a share in that kind of music.
As always, but especially on this topic, your comments are welcome.