A better question would be who is the Silver Spring Church of Christ? We are a body of people who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord -- meaning that God lived on earth in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus Christ taught us how to live, died for our sins, rose from the dead (to demonstrate that He really was God) and now sits at the right hand of the Father.
Our congregation consists of people from every race, of many languages and nationalities (about 25 nations represented on a typical Sunday morning!), of all ages, educational levels, marital statuses, and economic levels.
We are all sinners who have thrown ourselves on the grace of God, and we live with a joy and peace because God graciously forgives. God's Holy Spirit lives in us, and changes us from what we should otherwise be without Him.
I LIKE TO HEAR YOU SING!
The Scriptures teach Christians to sing as part of our worship to
God (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). Notice closely that these passages
suggest that all of us should sing. The words say: “. . . teaching
and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.”
The expression “one another” requires that all of us sing; worship
is not a solo performance in which a few sing and others listen.
So, I like to hear you sing. Not because your voice is musically
beautiful, or precisely on key (some of us can’t carry a tune very
well), but because I like to hear you “teach and admonish me”
through the songs, hymns, and spiritual songs that we sing. Your
voices sometimes remind me of the life, death, resurrection, and
teachings of Jesus. They sometimes remind me that I need to press on
toward “higher ground.” They sometimes teach me that we need to
“love one another.” They remind me that souls are lost and we must
“let the lower lights be burning” so that those who have made
shipwreck of their lives may see our light and be res-cued. And in
my complacency, they urge me to be revived, that my spirit needs to
Some Christians do not seem to have caught the vision of how our singing can impact fellow Christians. Over the years, as I have sat in the audience with other Christians, I cannot help but observe a number of people who do not sing at all - - here one is chewing gum too busily to sing, there another reads the bulletin, so cannot sing. To use James’ expression, “My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:10)
But why would anyone not sing? Perhaps they feel they are not musically inclined, forgetting that musical excellence is not the point at all. James said that if anyone is happy, “let him sing.” (James 5:13) Maybe the non-singers are unhappy. One song says, “Let those refuse to sing who never knew our Lord . . .” Of course these have no reason to sing praises to God, nor do Christians who feel no gratitude to God, no reverence for our Creator, Redeemer, and Judge. In the words of still another hymn, “Come we that love the Lord and let our joys be known.”
Earle H. West,
Elder, Silver Spring
Church of Christ