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Martin Luther and Singing in Church

Martin Luther wrote many hymns. One of his most well-known hymns is “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

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Martin Luther believed that only God’s Word deserved more praise than beautiful music. “The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music,” Martin said.

As a boy, Martin loved music and learned to play the lute. When he was a teenager, he made money going from house to house and serenading people.

Before his time, there was no congregational singing in church. Martin changed that. He also encouraged the people to sing in their own language rather than in Latin, as was the custom. His changes were considered to be very bold actions.

What Do You Think?
What do you think? Do you like singing along with a group in church, or would you rather that a few people did all the singing?

Martin made big changes in the way music was used in church services. If you could change something about the music in your church services, what would it be?

Martin believed that music is a gift from God and a way to teach His truth. What are your three favorite Christian hymns or songs? What is at least one truth each song teaches?

What do you think is the purpose of songs that are not Christian songs? Do you think it’s beneficial for Christians to play, sing, or listen to songs that don’t teach Christian truths? Why or why not?


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