by Melinda Savoy | Feb 22, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
The legacy of the Christian church is that the expository preaching of the Old and New Testaments is the biblical pattern. Moses preached sequential expositions; Old Testament priests taught verse-by-verse from the Scripture; Jesus Himself was an expository preacher; and the New Testament church taught verse-by-verse through the Scripture.
by Melinda Savoy | Feb 23, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
Our Lord Jesus Christ was an expository preacher because He believed every word of Scripture to be the very word of God. Therefore, when He taught the word, His custom was to read the text, explain the text, and apply the text.
by Melinda Savoy | Feb 24, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
We live in a day and age where Christian music is more widely produced and more accessible now than ever before. But is the music being played inside churches biblical? Sadly, a biblical philosophy of music has been lost in churches around the world, so it is critical to go back to the Bible to see what it teaches about music in worship.
by Melinda Savoy | Feb 27, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
The second commandment teaches that God alone has the right to prescribe how His people are to worship Him. This very much includes the music we play and sing at church. We as Christians must follow the biblical pattern of singing songs that have God-centered lyrics that bring praise and honor to Him.
by Melinda Savoy | Feb 28, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
The Bible teaches that there are three primary purposes for music in worship: personal, horizontal and vertical. Personally, in the sense that we as Christians must be actively engaged in remembering the truths of Scripture. Horizontally, as Colossians 3 and Ephesians 5 teach, we must sing biblical truths to one another. And vertically—most importantly—we must express our hearts to God.
by Melinda Savoy | Mar 1, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
Should churches sing traditional or contemporary songs? Is it ok to sing both? Sadly, music style has becoming increasingly divisive in the church, mainly because of a misunderstanding about what the Bible teaches about “styles” of music. But both the Old and New Testaments give clear teaching about styles of music and what is appropriate for the worship of God.
by Melinda Savoy | Mar 2, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
God not only commands that music and singing be part of worship, He also prescribes several resources that enrich and support music in worship. This includes various musical instruments, orchestras, choirs, vocalists, music directors, and congregational singing.
by Melinda Savoy | Mar 3, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
The New Testament teaches that true worship is that which flows out of the heart of every believer. As Christians, when we sing to the Lord on Sunday mornings, we must not only do so audibly, but also from the heart—it should be wholehearted, focused singing. And second, we must direct our music and singing to our Lord Jesus Christ—we have to intentionally direct our worship to Him.
by Melinda Savoy | Mar 6, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
The culture outside of Christianity has many ideas about truth—they teach it is relative; that there is no absolute truth; that if there was truth who could ever know it. Sadly, such ideas have crept into the Christian church. But the Bible claims to be truth, the objective standard of truth that was given directly by God Himself.
by Melinda Savoy | Mar 7, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
Jesus Christ believed in absolute truth. In fact, He affirmed the Old Testament to be the truth, His own teaching to be true, and He pre-authenticated the authors of the New Testament to write the truth. At the same time, Jesus affirmed that truth can be comprehended. In other words, Jesus believed in a standard of truth, and He was fully confident that people would be able to understand it.
by Melinda Savoy | Mar 8, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
It is absolutely critical for us as Christians to understand a biblical model for church leadership. Sadly, many leaders oversee their churches like businesses instead of the “household of God.” But the Bible presents a clear pattern of leadership that is built on a plurality of godly men.
by Melinda Savoy | Mar 9, 2023 | Recovering a Lost Legacy
The New Testament provides several compelling arguments that call churches and church leaders to install biblically qualified elders to govern their churches.