Worship: Why What We Sing Matters

What does worship have to do with following Christ?


When God wired the human brain, He did some amazing things. Studies have shown a significant connection between music and memory. Doctors are learning more every day about the ways our brain engages when we sing or listen to music.

We already know this. It’s why we teach our children the English alphabet using a melody.

Years ago, I was asked by a pastor to visit his mother in an Alzheimer’s care facility near the church where I served. I took my guitar and started singing hymns for the precious people there.

What happened next amazed me; the patients, who could not recall their own names, could sing every word of the hymns.

Does God have a higher purpose for singing in worship that really is for our own benefit? I’m convinced He does.


  • In Colossians 1:15-20, he tells us in artistic language the essence of Jesus.
  • In Philippians 2:5-16, he gives us a concise description of what Jesus did.
  • In Romans 11:33-36, Paul models, in lyrical style, the right response to the understanding of God’s character.
  • In 1 Corinthians 13, he “sings” about love in a way that sharpens our awareness of what God’s love really is.
  • In 1 Corinthians 15:50-57, he gives us a song describing the mystery of the end of life.

The lesson for us? What we sing in worship really matters.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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