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Music at West Hills

In the Bible, our LORD calls us to worship Him with all of our lives (Romans 12:1). Even though this takes place for individual Christians throughout each week, one of the key ways we worship God is to gather corporately each week to direct our attention towards God as a family and ascribe to Him the worth and glory He is due. Music is one of our primary corporate expressions to express our love for God and consider His truths (Colossians 3:16).



The message of the Gospel is clear. Is there enough Gospel-truth in the lyrics for people to be saved? We sing about the Gospel every time we gather because without the Gospel, we are separated from God.


Lyrics point to who God is and what He’s done. We ask ourselves when evaluating songs, “If these lyrics are sung, will they help people understand a little more about God’s nature, glory, and works – even if no sermon is taught?” We seek to represent the whole of Biblical doctrine with the body of songs which we choose.


We are not committed to any one style of music. Whether it is a 200 year old hymn or a song written today, we tend to sing in styles that will help us emotionally connect with the truth. Our emotion is always informed by truth.


We strive to arrange our worship music in a way that helps us focus on God and the lyrics, instead of the music or the musicians. We strive to do this without sacrificing the creative artistry God intends for His gift of music. Our goal is to create an experience of music-worship in which God is clearly the focus, those singing are encouraged, and the music is tasteful and not distracting. We like to think of worship as a corporate prayer in musical form (Psalm 42:8), rather than a concert.


We value songs which express both the Bible’s most intricate doctrines, as well as God’s most simple and understandable truths. A person with special needs, a child, someone from another Christian denomination or subculture, or a person who speaks English as a second language should be able to leave the worship service encouraged by at least one song at their level of understanding.