Music in the church has become one of the most significant areas of controversy in recent decades. Many people base their selection of a church home primarily on the style of music found in the church -- sometimes more than how the Scriptures are handled during the sermon and in study groups.
Members of CBC listen to and sing from a variety of Christian music styles at home, while driving, and so on. However, when gathering for corporate worship, the music selection at CBC is based on the following:
Scriptural Integrity -- Songs are selected when the words match the truths of Scripture. Subjectivity, sentimentality, and surmising are avoided. Songs which exhort and edify the congregation because of accurate doctrine are preferred. Songs like "And Can it Be?" to "Before the Throne of God Above" -- great songs which are full of accurate theology -- have been written in almost every decade.
Musical Style -- Two grids through which a song style must pass when selected for corporate worship at CBC are "Does the music style support or overwhelm the message of the song?" and "Is the music style appropriate for the song?". In the first case, if the style of the music is too forceful, the message can become secondary, or may even be obscured. Regarding the appropriateness of style, if the style of music and the message of the music are not a good mix, then the song may be sung to another tune (in accordance with copyright law), or it may be discarded as an option. In either case, care is taken when songs are selected so that the message of the song is supported by the music style. Styles sung at CBC range from the solemn ("When I Survey the Wondrous Cross") to the energetic ("Your Praise Will Never Cease").
THE FOCUS OF MUSIC AT CBC IS CONGREGATIONAL SINGING. God wants ALL His people to praise Him in song! While, on infrequent occasions, a choir or other musicians may present music for special events, it is primarily the congregation who joins together to sing "as unto the Lord". Singing is considered an active, not passive, form of participating in the corporate worship of God. Corporate singing allows everyone to be involved in this expression of praise. At CBC, we enjoy Early Praise, where we sing for a few minutes before the beginning of the Sunday morning worship service. We also sing a variety of songs, hymns and contemporary, during the morning worship service.
Singing is only one expression of worship. Worship includes any of our devotional time or service to God. He can be worshipped when we take food to the needy. He can be worshipped when we offer a brief, silent, "Thank You" after we receive good news. He can be worshipped when we choose to obey one of His commandments, or when we ask forgiveness for a sin committed against Him.
Worship, when believers gather, should be based primarily around the Word of God. In our services, the Word is prayed, preached, read, and sung. The singing portion of the service is not the "worship time". While singing is an expression of worship, "worship" is not limited to singing. The congregational song leader is not the "worship" leader. Anyone who is offering a public prayer, reading Scripture aloud, or preaching the Word is leading in worship. Congregations do not "worship"and then sit down after "worship" is over to listen to the sermon. God holds His word in high esteem. The proclamation of His Word is the high point of the worship service.
Those within the congregation who play musical instruments are invited to participate in music accompaniment for singing, to play offertories, or prelude music for special programs.
Our congregation learns new songs continually. They are often introduced as the "song of the month" and sung each week for the month, allowing members of the congregation -- young and old-- the opportunity to really learn the words and melody so that the song can be enjoyed time and time again by everyone.
It is our desire that those coming to visit our fellowship will see that the members of CBC love to sing truth, with joy and energy, as we praise our Lord and Savior in song.