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ㆍ발행기관 : 한국기독교학회ㆍ수록지정보 : 한국기독교신학논총 / 19권 / 389 ~ 411 페이지 ㆍ저자명 : 조숙자(Sook Ja Cho)
This paper takes the position that church music is a ministry toward Christian maturity. Christian maturity may be helped or hindered, strengthened or weakened by music. If the church music frustrates the growth and encourages the immaturity of believers in their discipleship with the Lord, then it misses the theological point of its existence in church. This is the heart of Christian criticism of church music. Church musicians need to have a clear understanding of -the connection between the church, as in the expression "church music," and Christ, who is the Head of the Church. St. Paul states that the connection is so close that it can be expressed in the phrase "the body of Christ." The gift of God to the church is this union with Christ. It is therefore to be expected that in all matters of behavior the church will show the humiliation and the resurrection of Christ. The fundamental question concerning music ministry is: what is the purpose of church music? Church music is, without question, functional. But function of church music must grow out of a well-conceived, biblically based objective. The purpose of church music should be determined by the nature and mission of the church itself. The church`s mission is Christian maturation. Maturity is the degree to which we have become like our Lord. All three of the main activities of the church, evangelism, teaching, and worship, aim at maturing God`s saints. Evangelism is the beginning of Christian maturation. Teaching is a maturation help. Worship is a maturing process. Each in its own way serves to conform us increasingly to the perfect revelation of God, Jesus Christ. If the church takes seriously God`s plan for the maturation of his people, it must embrace that music which will help accomplish that goal. The adoption and adaptation of secular pop music does not fulfill church music`s overall purpose because it is incapable of doing so. Religious pop music contributes to spiritual immaturity. Its musical and textual ethos subverts one of the church`s basic tasks: helping people to grow up in Christ. Secular pop music is not a mature music. In the 19th century many branches of the evangelical church in America adopted a musical posture of embracing the pop style gospel song. Korean churches have a tradition of gospel song(gospel hymn) usage to the exclusion of the church`s normal hymnody. Criticism of the gospel song tradition is that it is dissuasive to growth and maturity; it is too undemanding, too likely, in words and music which conform so closely to a single style, to restrict a believer`s view of his faith to a very narrow compass. Korean hymnody needs maturity. If maturity is our goal, we should move to a more penetrating, developed, and informed hymnody including full gospel. The church musician called to a pastoral ministry of music has a most rewarding vocation ahead of him. Music ministry`s fundamental task is the maturing of the people of God.