Recently I read a Bible study on trumpets. In the Old Testament trumpets were used in a variety of ways, including signaling armies to attack or retreat, moving camps and gathering the people for worship, festivals and other celebrations.
A trumpet has a very clear, sharp, distinct sound. When I listen to an orchestra I can identify the trumpets in a musical piece. In church, particularly at Easter, I appreciate a trumpet fanfare. A trumpet has a versatile sound that when played well communicates a range of emotions from joy to sorrow.
During my trumpet study, I also came across this verse: “If a trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying” (1 Corinthians 14:8-9).
I thought about how much the voice of the Church is similar to the sound of a trumpet. The Church has a recognizable voice in the world. It has carried the distinct message of the Gospel through the ages. And it must continue to articulate clearly the words of Christ on earth. Her message is unique, clear and true: Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man and He lived among us, died for us and was raised to life so all who believe can receive eternal life.
The message of the Church needs to continue to sound the clear call to repentance, confession and redemption so all the world will know Jesus Christ, God’s Savior.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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