As a music director, I look for ways that I can apply sermons that I hear to my ministry. Recently I heard a sermon on John 15:16. The main points were – our relationship to Christ is personal – “I have chosen you”; it is purposeful – “and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit”; and it is powerful – “and whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” As I began considering these points, I realized that the ministry of music should have the same points. Our “song” should be personal – salvation is a personal experience. It should be purposeful – it’s not entertainment, it is ministry. It should be powerful – there should be a spiritual result. Psalms 40:3 aptly exhibits these three points. Personal – he hath put a new song in my mouth; Purposeful – (1) praise unto our God, (2) many shall see it, and fear; Powerful – and shall trust in the LORD. Consider the ministry of Paul and Silas in Acts 16 as they were in jail. They prayed and sang praises unto God, and they saw some mighty results. The next verse tells the foundations of the prison were shaken from a great earthquake, and a few verses later the jailer was seeking salvation. Those were personal, purposeful, and powerful results! Does the message of your music have these three powerful points?