CCM music review

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 Fair Use Doctrine


criteria for choosing CCM music for WELS church service:

1. Music lyrics that reflect Lutheran doctrine with a Christ centered, gospel centered and grace centered message.

2. Music that focuses on what God and Christ did and does for us,
(not what we do for God).

3. Music that focuses on God’s love for us,
(not our love for God or our feelings and experience).

4. Music lyrics that are clear, not vague or shallow or confusing.
Music lyrics that have substance.

5. Music and style that is worshipful and reverent and fit the lyrics.

6. Music that is singable for the congregation.

“Worship Songs evaluation form” by Pastor James Waddell


Rating a CCM Song for WELS Blended Worship:

A = very good            strong lyrics
B = good
C = acceptable           weak lyrics
D = questionable
F = unacceptable because (1) False doctrine (2) very vague and shallow
                                                  (3) other reasons

good CCM song or some problems/concerns

Recommend   or   Not Recommend   for WELS Blended Worship 


from “Proclaiming the Gospel in Worship” by Johnold Strey

My church occasionally receives mailings from Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), the organization that provides copyright licenses for churches that use praise songs in worship.  The mailings usually contain advertisements inviting our church to sign up for their service.  One of the mailings I received in 2005 also listed the top 25 CCLI songs specifically used in Lutheran churches in the United States.  The most recent listing containing the top 25 CCLI songs used in all churches in the United States may be found on the CCLI internet site.

Many songs like these contain non-Lutheran theological concepts that are subtly, or not so subtly, implied in the texts. This is one of the main reasons why the members of the WELS Commission on Worship have advised against many of the songs that comprise the ―worship and praise‖ genre. Perhaps the best way to demonstrate this concern is with a few examples. The four praise songs that follow are found on both of the aforementioned CCLI lists.

Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech

Open the Eyes of my Heart by Paul Baloche

The Heart of Worship by Matt Redman

Breathe by Marie Barnett

CW hymn and CCM song reviews

Praise songs: CW hymns and CCM songs


More CCM Music Reviews:

“Across the Lands” by Keith Getty

As the Deer Pants by Martin Nystrom

Breathe by Marie Barnett

“Endless Praises” by Stephen Altrogge

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Charles Wesley

In the Garden (The Other Songbook #261)

Lord Reign in Me by Brenton Brown

Open the Eyes of my Heart by Paul Baloche

“Resurrection” by Nicky Chiswell

“Salvation Unto Us Has Come” by Paul Speratus

Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech

Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zchech (2)

The Bond of Love (The Other Songbook #260)

The Heart of Worship by Matt Redman

The Wonderful Cross by Chris Tomlin

CW hymn and CCM song cousins


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