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"So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; Ephesians 5:17-20  (NAS)

Matthew 26:30 -- "And after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." (NAS)

Mark 14:26 "And after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." (NAS)

Colossians 3:16 "Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God." (NAS)

Hebrews 13:15 "Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name." (NAS)

Romans 15:9 "...Therefore I will give praise to Thee among the Gentiles, and I will sing to Thy name."  (NAS)

1 Corinthians 14:15 "What is the outcome then? I shall pray with the spirit and I shall pray with the mind also; I shall sing with the spirit and I shall sing with the mind also." (NAS)

James 5:13 "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises." (NAS)

A Cappella Worship:

From the time that Jesus' church was established in approximately AD 30, the church's worship involved singing by each of the members unaccompanied by musical instruments.  Today, that type of singing is referred to as "a cappella" which is from the Italian phrase "in chapel style" or "as the church sings."

The church sang unaccompanied by musical instruments because of these New Testament instructions and examples. 

The Old Testament Jewish worship involved musical instruments.  When the Jewish people became Christians in the New Testament times, they left their Jewish practices of animal sacrifices, observance of religious feasts, new moons & Sabbaths, etc. (see Hebrews 7:27, Colossians 2:14-16, Galatians 5:1-2).  According to church history...they also left their practice of using musical instruments.  Even as late as AD 600 to AD 800, Jesus' church continued to worship completely without musical instruments. 

Those wishing to follow these same biblical instructions and examples continue today to worship unaccompanied by musical instruments.

For a history of "A Cappella" worship in the church...and the problems and divisions that arose when the musical instruments were introduced, click on "A Cappella Worship." Then click on Question 33 to continue...

A Cappella Worship Question 33