This post is based on a message I gave at the Christian Musician Summit in 2008.
When Christian musicians get together, we tend to assume we all have our theology down and we can focus on honing our chops, discovering new gear, and improving our techniques and methodologies. Or maybe we think that theology isn't that important. Whatever the reason, I wanted to make clear that even at the Christian Musician Summit, theology matters.
Theology is literally the "study of God," particularly as he has revealed himself in Scripture. It includes not only studying the Bible, but understanding how the different parts of the Bible fit together. Christian musicians need to know theology. But before I explain why, here are four potential objections people might have.
1. People just argue about theology.
2. Theology just makes life complicated.
3. Studying theology makes people proud.
4. We'll never know it all anyway.
Here are three reasons why theology should matter to Christian musicians.
1. You're already a theologian.
2. God reveals himself primarily through words, not music.
3. Being good theologians makes us better musicians.
You can download a copy of my notes here.