Music at TBC
The music we sing at Timberlake is intended to focus attention on God and raise affection for God. We accentuate congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice, complementing it with members of the body using their gifts to direct attention to God's glory and His gospel through special music selections. We strive for music that is God-centered, doctrinally-informed, reverential, heartfelt, and joyful.
Our music includes a blend of old and new in various styles, vocal & instrumental. Regardless, the presentation of music in our worship services is always about ministry, leading people to actively engage in worshipping God and encounter His greatness.
We want to ensure that Scriptural principals drive what we are singing. These principals are summarized by 3 aims that we let guide us when we sing at church:
1. It should be Congregational - It is corporate and together in nature. The leadership team's aim is "people singing together unto the Lord" not performance of music by them. This means they are "shadows," not "lights" in their leadership.
2. It should be Ministerial -The music serves the people not the other way around. The sound level, instrumental blend is not to dominate or even lead the group, it is secondary. Music is to serve the congregational singing, not overpower it.
3. It should be Theological - The theological content is didactic in its purpose and truthful in its content. Singing is an act of worship just like preaching so its content should be handled with the same integrity a sermon would. Singing is different because it involves participation from the congregation in a way a sermon does not. It has physical involvement and invites emotional expression. We do not want to reject those or divorce them from our singing; we simply want the mind to lead and instruction to "build the fire of affections."
4. It should be Representational - The music ministry team must model Bible truths. Those who play and assist in singing must represent a Christ-like testimony in the church.
Our purpose as we sing is to praise and exalt the name of Christ. As we do this, we desire to be a spiritual encouragement to those in attendance by teaching one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs according to Ephesians 5:19-21 and Colossians 3:16.