Music Conference 2017

We see the battle lines being drawn today in many areas of the Christian life with a major one being in the issue of music. It has been a great grief to see so many churches now making dangerous changes in the direction of their choice in music and then to observe the sad decline in their faithfulness to the Word of God that inevitably ensues. It seems that very few today are sounding a warning with any kind of clarity and conviction of the end of the path that many are choosing for the church to follow. Making the issue even more confusing for many is the shift that many pastors and ministries have taken that once stood for the holiness of God and separation from the world.

Please pray with us as we seek to be used of the Lord to boldly declare His Word on this issue and exhort God's people to choose a path based upon objective truth as opposed to subjective taste, pragmatic justification and popular opinion. To this end we are planning a music conference to be held here at Southern Cross Baptist Church on Saturday, 5th August commencing at 9am and finishing at 8:30pm. The program will include teaching sessions throughout the day as well as some choir rehearsals for those who would like to join in. The choir will then be singing two items as a part of the ministry during the evening session. For those who wish to be a part of the choir ministry we would ask that you dress appropriately for upfront ministry with the men wearing button up shirts and dress pants and the ladies wearing knee length skirts/dresses with modest tops (no low necklines, sleeveless or tight fitting). The evening program will include a selection of sacred musical items and congregational singing along with the final teaching session.

We would like to extend an invitation to those who have a genuine desire to "prove what is acceptable unto the Lord" in this area of music to come and benefit from the teaching throughout the day. The material will be appropriate for teenagers through to adults and will be of benefit to both musicians and non-musicians who are seeking to know and understand the Biblical principles that the Lord would have us to use in discerning music that is in keeping with His holy character. There will also be a crèche provided for those who need to bring along younger children.

Nathan Searle will be presenting the five teaching sessions throughout the day. He has been preaching on this important issue of a Biblical philosophy of music for over 20 years now and been used of the Lord in preaching in churches around Australia and overseas. The Lord has given Nathan a great burden for music ministry and has appropriately gifted him to be able to minister effectively in this area.

We pray that the Lord will use the teaching of His Word through this conference to help us to heed the warning of our Lord Jesus Christ to "be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain" (Revelation 3:2).



Session 1 - The Foundations


Session 2 - The Great Deception



Session 3 - The Apostasy and Worldliness of CCM



Session 4 - Music that Honours the Lord




Time of Worship


Session 5 - The Charge to Take a Stand



Audio Sermons and PDF Notes forthcoming



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