This is the fifth piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here.
5.) THE PLAN OF GOD:
We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation, and to this end he foreknew them and chose them, all to the praise of his glorious grace. In love God commands and implores all people to repent and believe, having set his saving love on those he has chosen and having ordained Christ to be their Redeemer.
The idea behind the piece came from Romans 8:28, specifically the words “all things work together for good…according to his purpose.” The earth is interlocked with gears which represent God working all things together according to his good and perfect will. The clock represents God’s foreknowledge and preordination and his perfect timing in all of these things. The thread stitching the earth points back to God’s hand in carefully and lovingly ordaining all things.
The backdrop is made up of words (as defined in Webster’s Dictionary) and their synonyms (as found in a few thesauruses) from or pertaining to this doctrinal statement as well as song lyrics that point back to God’s plan of salvation. The words are laid out in a seemingly random order. This is intentional and eludes to the nonlinear process of sanctification. The background also fades from black to white, as you move from bottom to top, to represent the great multitude of guilty sinners being saved by the grace of God, moving out of darkness into the light of our loving God.
This is the fourth piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here.
4.) THE FALL: We believe that Adam, who was created in the image of God, distorted that image for himself and all his offspring by giving into Satan’s temptation and sinning against the Creator God. As a result, all human beings choose sin and are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being, and are condemned to death apart from God’s own gracious intervention.
This is a 4 panel print carved into linoleum. Each panel represents a different aspect of The Fall. Moving clockwise from the top left: Adam’s hand grasping the fruit God commanded man and woman not to eat. Next to the fruit is the serpent, Satan, tempting Adam and Eve to go against God, their Creator. In our choosing sin we are separated from God – represented by the finger of God in the bottom right, demanding our removal from his presence. In the final panel the consequence of death is depicted by the human skull.
Each of the four panels is connected to one another through a section of the blood-red cross in the middle. Sacrificial blood radiates out from the center of the cross as it moves across the panels. Apart from God’s gracious intervention through the shedding of blood in the death of His Son, these four panels are the end of the story. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
Father’s Day is coming up quickly! And for us as a church, that also means participating in the beautiful practice of child dedications.
At a child dedication, Christian parents come before the church with their child for at least three reasons:
To publicly acknowledge the child is a gift from God and to ask for God’s help in raising the child.
To publicly commit themselves to the task of raising their child within a Christian home by embodying the Gospel and praying God would save their child.
To ask for help and prayers from the family of God in raising their child in a manner consistent with the Gospel.
When we trust Jesus to save us, God brings us into His own blood-purchased family. We are given new identities as sons and daughters of God solely due to His grace. God gives and we receive. We are wholly dependent on God’s saving work.
Child dedications rehearse this Gospel.
We receive God’s good gift of children and at the same time recognize our complete dependence upon Him to save them. As God has welcomed us into His family, we welcome our children into our church family.
Child dedications do NOT save any child – God alone does that if, when and how He chooses. And child dedications are not commanded in Scripture, even though throughout the Bible we do see a variety of ways families commit their children to the Lord. Rather, child dedications declare our commitment to raise the child in a church family that has been and is being made new by the grace of God.
If you follow Jesus and have children who have not been dedicated but would like to publicly acknowledge God’s gift and commit with us to raise the child in a manner embodying the Gospel by God’s grace, please let Liz know.
This is the third piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here.
3.) CREATION OF HUMANITY: We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Men and women are made equal in the image of God and enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus. Both men and women are called to signiﬁcant engagement in family, church, and civic life.
Children have an immense capacity for creativity in communication through art. The elementary aged students (5 years old through 5th grade) worked for two Sundays on family portraits. They were instructed to draw their families enjoying one another, serving or participating in the community at large, or their family in the context of church life. Their 36 separate images create one large piece of artwork conveying that we all are made IN HIS IMAGE!
Artists: The Town Kids and Melody Shaddix, Cassy Reeves, Renee Rillo
This is the second piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here.
We believe that God has inspired the words of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. These writings alone constitute the Word of God, which is utterly authoritative, without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, and sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do.
Psalm 12:6 says: “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” This scripture is the basis for my artwork. In the center of the quilt are 66 blocks representing the 66 books of the Bible. This segment of the quilt is quilted in a freeform wave pattern to illustrate that all scripture is God-breathed. The blocks are arranged in a triangular layout because we believe in a triune God. Additionally, they are various shades of gray, with a silver tulle quilted as an overlay, to convey pure silver. The surrounding background in vibrant blues, oranges and reds conjure up the idea of a refining fire. There are seven flames embroidered in the quilting to represent the seven purifications. I’ve been quilting since early 2012 and I love creating works of art with fabric.