Music is an integral part of the worship of God, and at Piedmont Bible Church one of the ways that we offer worship to God is through music. At PBC our emphasis is on congregational singing and we believe that music in the church should reflect the congregation’s heart of worship. In other words at PBC we sing our theology. This conviction works itself out in a number of ways.
- Because our musical emphasis is on offering worship to God through congregational singing, we focus on songs that everyone can sing. Furthermore we focus on familiar songs and hymns, so that everyone can focus on offering worship to God in song, not on learning new songs or keeping up with a hard to sing tune.
- Because we sing our theology, the songs and hymns we sing have rich biblical lyrics that extol the triune God and celebrate the grace He has shown sinners through the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross. If we wouldn’t preach it in the pulpit, we won’t sing it from the pews.
- Because we stand in a long line of believers, we embrace the timeless truths about God found in older hymns. If God was a mighty fortress to Luther, He remains a mighty fortress to all believers, and 21st century believers worship the same God as the apostles, the church fathers, the reformers and all believers have for the past two thousand years.
- Because we sing our theology, we evaluate the content of all songs in the light of Scripture. Just because a song is old doesn’t mean that it is theologically correct or God honoring, and if it is not we don’t sing it.
- Because our congregational singing is worship, the sole intended audience is God. Because we are singing to God, we sing with reverence.
Music is not just a matter of biblical conviction however; it is also a matter of preference. Scripture is absolutely silent on style of music, other than a general commendation of variety (Colossians 3:16), therefore PBC esteems no one style of music above another. But we do have a preference. At Piedmont Bible Church, we tend to prefer more traditional modes of musical worship (on Sunday mornings) and we usually sing traditional hymns accompanied by a piano (although we do occasionally sing theologically rich contemporary hymns and songs).
If you have a different musical preference, we would love for you to join us, and want you to know that you are entirely welcome at PBC. As believers, we are called to prefer others to ourselves, and one of the ways we grow in love for one another is by practicing preferring one another.
If you prefer traditional worship music, we want you to know that you are welcome at PBC, but we also want you to know that we are a multi-generational and multi-cultural body and our focus is not on music, but on the faithful preaching of God’s Word and growing together in love for one another and more importantly love of God.