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Wordwise Insight, Issue #154
June 14, 2017


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): "What is a gospel song, and how does it work?"

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Gospel Songs

What is a gospel song? Who is converted to Christ by it? What factors contribute to its impact?

ANSWER: Thank you for your excellent questions. Here are a few thoughts on the subject that I hope will be helpful to you.

1) What Is a Gospel Song?
First, as to the definition of a gospel song: the word “gospel” is used in the New Testament nearly a hundred times. Its basic meaning is good news–referring to the good news that there is eternal salvation through faith in Christ. As Paul writes: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16).

In another place, the apostle speaks of the content of the gospel message. At the heart of it, how has Christ provided that salvation? “I declare to you the gospel....that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (I Cor. 15:1-4).

So, if we are speaking of gospel songs, they will be ones that are centred on the Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for us. But the category includes more than that. These songs speak, not only of how to become a Christian, but also how to live as the Christians we become, through faith.

In the latter vein they include subjects such as prayer, the study of God’s Word, witnessing, dealing with temptation, the importance of Christian fellowship, showing the love of Christ to others, a joyful anticipation of the Lord's return, and so on.

It's helpful to distinguish between hymns and gospel songs. Though we often use the word “hymns” to cover both, there is a difference. I believe this may be a difference recognized in Colossians 3:16, where the Bible mentions not only the Old Testament psalms, but also...

To read the remainder of this article, click on Gospel Songs


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