When Colossians 1:28 and 3:16 are compared, it is quite clear that (at the minimum) some of our songs sung in church should have an admonishing/teaching function, and that the role of the pastor and head musician, in Paul’s view, would likely be similar. Examine the evidence yourself, and see chapter 2 of The New Worship PowerPoints category (listed here) for more detailed argument.
We often open class this way with some scripture memorization. The students seem to like the technique and stay focused.
Is this the most important chapter in my book, The New Worship? Newer translations and recent scholarly papers are adopting the viewpoint expressed here, that Col 3:16 contains instrumental clauses. Psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit are “a means” by which the word (message) of Christ dwells richly among us. Our songs should teach & admonish, says Paul. Also be sure to consider the implications of Colossians 1:28. Many issues to consider here!