"...teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:16
Iola Baptist Temple has been blessed with some real musical talent that unfortunately is lacking in many churches today (particularly in smaller towns like ours). Those among us who are able to skillfully sing and play instruments are encouraged to use their talents for the Lord. Music is such a powerful thing, and in the early New Testament church men and women were instructed to "teach" and "admonish" one another through their singing. I.B.T strives to do just that with an emphasis of our music being on the "message in song."
We feel that most modernized, contemporary music has done very little to strengthen the believers. Therefore, we have found it beneficial to preserve some of the "old-style" hymns and gospel songs. New songs of the faith that are fitting for what we are trying to promote are surely welcome, but so many great songs have been written for hundreds of years; we believe they can still be used to be a blessing in Christ's church today.