“My Song in the Night” recently featured these two paragraphs from the book Doxology and Theology by Ken Boer:
“… some leaders (myself included) have believed that to be gospel-centered, every song we sing has to explicitly state the gospel, or more narrowly, substitutionary atonement. But we shouldn’t be more gospel-centered than the Bible is. The Bible includes all kinds of topics, and our services and songs should address the full range of human experience.
“If the history of the universe is a movie, Christ’s death and resurrection is the turning point of the movie. Don’t let people grow dull by only ever playing the highlight reel. Let them see the whole movie! At the same time, don’t be ashamed of going to the highlights again and again, because without them the rest of the movie doesn’t make sense.”
Have you ever thought about this?
How much of the complete gospel message do you require in all of the songs you sing in your worship service?
Is it possible you’re being a bit legalistic in your approach?
Are you showing too much of the ‘highlight reel’ all the time?