One of the things I love most about the group of churches of which I am a part is our worship music. We do use music coming from elsewhere, but God has given us some extraordinarily gifted songwriters, almost all of whom are from Church of Christ The King, Brighton, including Stuart Townend, who wrote In Christ Alone together with Keith Getty. But Stuart is far from the only great musical gift in that church.
The family band called Phatfish have been together for fifteen years, and I have interviewed one of the band members, Nathan Fellingham, here. I love all their music, some of which is designed for worship services, but all of which has the effect of making the truth of God’s Word impact me on a deeply emotional and spiritual level.
There is no doubt in my mind that when Paul said, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:14), he intended us to understand that one of the key ways we can teach and admonish one another is by singing songs to one another, songs in which the Word richly dwells. You can listen to excerpts of Phatfish songs online, and I’m sure you’ll agree that this is music full of truth. You can also watch a video here.
Christian musicians rely on our support to pay their bills, and it’s only right that we fund them in this way. It might surprise you to know that very few Christian musicians are employed by their churches, so these purchases quite literally put food on the table for members of bands like Phatfish. In this way those of us who are blessed by Christian bands can, in return, help them continue to write and produce new material.
Buying CDs also means that we too will benefit. I’m sure that this double album will be played repeatedly, and if you listen to the lyrics, you will find that God’s truth affects you. For centuries Christians have understood that good songs and hymns can educate us in God’s Word and help us understand, retain, and be changed by this wonderful gospel we all hold so dear.