The church possesses two books to aid in worship: the Word of God and the hymnal. The Scriptures stand as the perfect and unwavering revelation of God throughout the ages. It is our rule, and the only infallible word on all matters of our faith and practice. The hymnal exists in submission to the authority of Scripture and assists the people of God in singing truth. Its songs are an ever-flowing stream, sung by people responding to God in worship. Choosing hymns for the local church is a sacred task. Even when the hymnal used is electronic and lacks binding …
Matt Boswell is pastor of ministries and worship at Providence Church in Frisco, Tex. He writes songs for congregational worship and is founder of the worship ministry Doxology and Theology.