Recently, Cole’s dad, Rick shared a very interesting story with me. But first let me give you some background.
Rick grew up attending a charismatic church, that uses popular style musical accompaniment, soloists, choirs, etc. in worship. Rick was one of the soloists. Rick married, Gina who grew up attending a non-denominational acapella Church of Christ. Rick attended with her often, but remained loyal to the way his parents raised him. A few years ago Rick and Gina began attending with us. After a few months, Rick said he had some questions for me. We met in my study before worship on Sunday afternoon. He questions were great but that is another blog. He surprised his family and to the delight of all here, he came forward and obeyed the Gospel that evening. Rick now leads in worship in many different areas and teaches our young teens on Wednesdays.
Now back to Cole. Because Rick’s family (parents, brothers, etc) are still part of the other group Cole and his brother Brooks will occasionally visit with family and attend worship where they assemble. After one such visit, Cole told Rick and Gina, “That was a cool church. They had a band with drums, guitars, it was great!” Rick asked Cole a simple question, “What songs did they sing?” “I don’t know,” Cole replied, “but it was awesome.”
After the conversation had changed Cole interrupted, “We did sing, ‘It is Well with My Soul,’ it was good too.” Rick later discovered that the reason Cole remembered that one song was it was the only one the whole congregation sung acapella. The message came through when the instruments were silent.
Now I wonder how Eph 5, Col 3, and 1 Cor 14 would fit into this event?