Lofliedere – basisteoretiese elemente uit Efesiërs 1:3-14
De Klerk, Ben
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Songs of praise – Basis-theoretical elements from Ephesians 1:3-14 The singing of new songs of praise is frequently introduced into the worship service without evaluating the contents of the songs properly. In this article Ephesians 1:3-14 is highlighted in an effort to ascertain whether basis-theoretical elements (measures for creating and evaluating) emerge from this pericope, and if they do, what these elements are. The structure and contents of Ephesians 1:13- 14 are studied to determine what basis-theoretical elements of the song of praise can be inferred from this pericope. Subsequently it is determined in what way the relation between dogma and doxa clarifies the investigation. The praise and worship movement is evaluated and an effort is made to summarize the basis-theoretical elements implied in Ephesians 1:13-14. In creating and evaluating praise songs a well-planned structure is necessary in considering elements like the refrain and the repetition of the most important themes. The praise song should celebrate the beauty of the Triune God and his great deeds. The praise song ought to have its origin in revelation and should interact with dogmatical elements. The praise song still plays an important role in the conservation and growth of the church. The praise song ought to be born from the struggle, pain and triumph of the church and not from motives of sentimentality and rabble-rousing.
- Faculty of Theology