Why the Style of Worship Music Doesn’t Matter

Many people have an opinion on what style of music churches should play during praise and worship. Some claim hymns are the best; some like anything without a drum beat; some like anything with a drum beat. Some like smoke, lights, and contemporary music while others prefer traditional music and an organ.

I want to encourage you that no matter what style of music your church currently has, you can still connect with God. Worship isn’t about a style of music or entertainment. It is about the attitude of the heart.

Entertainment has value; the lights, smoke, screens, and style of worship can draw the unbeliever, minister to the soul of man, and open the soul of man to the heart of God. Worship, on the other hand, isn’t related to light and music. It is a connection with the heart of God.

Listen to the words of the songs you are singing. Whether fast or slow, if the words are Bible-based, God-filled words, you can always turn entertainment into worship. Take those words and think about what you are saying. Allow your heart to turn what you are singing into worship so you can connect with God and change your life.

So the next time you or someone you know has a question about what type of music should be in a church service, remember it’s not about the style of song or the way it is sung. You can always put the Word of God in your mouth and establish a connection with Him.

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About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

4 responses to “Why the Style of Worship Music Doesn’t Matter”

  1. Shirley Tuttle says :

    So true! Singing and praising God is what we are suppose to do in church, at home, in the car too!

  2. Gergana Popova says :

    It is true that worship is a matter of internal experience. However, as a worship leader I have come to realize that Heaven is the standard, and that moved me to check the songs we sing, the music, the lyrics, and drop what is not in line. Worship is a very vertical experience and pleasing only one Person is the goal. Thank you for many wonderful insights in your posts I`ve been blessed many times, and very much so by the book “Simplifying Your Life”.

  3. Gina says :

    Love the praise and worship… wonder if they ever take requests. sometimes i’m really in the mood for SHOUT. I could sing that song for hours. o0o0o0o0…. LWCC should have a total praise and worship day. All day and all night…. 24/7 praise and worship for a few days. (I suppose it would take its toll on the worship bands…but still, ever so cool.)

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