According to scripture God has clearly defined roles for men and women in the church. God commanded men to serve in the roles of public leadership in the church, such as Deacons, Elders, and Preachers. Elders serve as the leaders and overseers of the local church. These men are selected by the church on the basis of qualifications set down in the scriptures. Women have equally important roles in service to God as set forth in scripture.
1 Timothy 3:1-8; I Timothy 2:12; I Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 5:14; Titus 2:3-4; 2 Timothy 1:5
Based upon our understanding of N.T. scripture, God does not desire musical instruments in Worship. Whether or not God regards the use of instruments in worship as a “salvation issue” is His call and is not our decision to make (Romans 14:1-4; 9-12). However, we should be certain who we are trying to please. If we love Jesus we will keep his commandments (John 14:15), and do that to the best of our ability. Based upon the N.T. we can know that God is pleased if we sing during our worship, but we can’t know He is pleased if we play instruments. No scripture authorizes instrumental music in worship today; it cannot be found. The confidence that God is pleased if we sing during our worship is very important to us.
Matt. 26:30; Acts 16:25; Romans 15:9; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12; James 5:13