Monthly Archives: June 2019

10.) The Kingdom of God

This is the tenth piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here

Read more about our doctrine here.
Listen to the sermons from the series here.

The first words Jesus declares when he kicks off his public ministry at his baptism are an announcement that the Kingdom of God has arrived. I often have made the mistake of equating the kingdom with some future coming reality that’s not here yet, but that’s not the message proclaimed by Jesus. Jesus taught his followers to that the kingdom is here now, and to pray that his kingdom would come here on earth just as it is in the heavenly realm. We get to experience a foretaste, a partial unveiling, of what he will complete at his return. So we live now in the tension; the kingdom is here, but not yet fully. So we work to see justice fall like rain and oppression cease, we persist in trust in our heavenly Father even when our minds and hearts cannot make sense of our experiences, and we love one another as he loved us for this very reason: we know that one day it will happen as we dream and hope. The king will come. And the king has come. 

The central figure in the kingdom of God is its king. Just as the crown reminded members of the United Kingdom in wartime to “keep calm and carry on,” so the symbol of the crown for me has been a great encouragement in life. Whatever may come, the king is on his throne, governing in wisdom. And he will come and make all things right again, just as he promised.

Artist: Pete Avery

Preparing for Worship – June 30, 2019

Join us this Sunday, June 30, 2019 as we continue our series studying our doctrinal statement.

We encourage you to prepare your hearts and minds for worship by reading through and meditating on the texts, singing through the songs, and praying that God would be at work as we gather.



Come prepared to worship and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

9.) The Power of the Holy Spirit

This is the ninth piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here

Read more about our doctrine here.
Listen to the sermons from the series here.

See the process of making this work below.

“And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” Genesis 1:2

“And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” Luke 1:35

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26

“God poured out the Holy Spirit abundantly on us through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Titus 3:6

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:20

This piece is called…In the Beginning…It is finished. 

The continuous white line represents the Holy Spirit hovering, coming upon and overshadowing all of humanity. The fetus represents Christ. During Christ’s life he depended upon the Holy Spirit. The Epoxy Resin represents the face of the waters the Holy Spirit hovered over during creation. The white figurines imbedded in the epoxy resin represent those who are filled with the Holy Spirit.  Aesthetically, I wanted to create a white painting with visual texture. The white line and figurines achieve this effect. The epoxy resin is used to give depth to the painting.  Instead of painting the wood grain white I wanted to use the color variations in the grain to also accentuate texture.  As we talk through this weeks doctrine you may see other things in this piece that remind you of the power of the Holy Spirit.

Artist: Major Chisholm

8.) The Justification of Sinners

This is the eighth piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here

Read more about our doctrine here.
Listen to the sermons from the series here.

In this image the lamb is cut in two to show the sacrifice which leads to justification for our sins. When I picture Christ removing our sins and making us justified and pure before God I think of the verse in Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” On top of this image we see the chaotic blackness of sin and death. The sacrificed lamb in the middle is what purifies this-resulting in the whitest of snow-and justifying us before God.


Artist: Patrick Richardson  

Preparing for Worship – June 16, 2019

Join us this Sunday, June 16, 2019 as we continue our series studying our doctrinal statement.

We encourage you to prepare your hearts and minds for worship by reading through and meditating on the texts, singing through the songs, and praying that God would be at work as we gather.



Come prepared to worship and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

7.) The Redeeming Work of Christ

This is the seventh piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here.

Read more about our doctrine here.
Listen to the sermons from the series here.

This piece is inspired our recent study of Hebrews, specifically Chapter 12 verse 24. “(You have come) to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” Soon after the fall, Abel was murdered by his brother Cain. It says in Genesis 4 that God heard Abel’s blood crying out for justice and vengeance. Cain was cursed, like Adam was cursed, like we are cursed. The blood on the bottom half of the painting is cursed and dead, representing our lineage of sin. But through that lineage, came Christ, who was conceived by the Holy Sprit and born of the Virgin Mary. The hand of Christ in the image is holding a hyssop branch with His own sprinkled blood on it. It is a symbol of the perfect Christ willingly taking on the debt for our sins as our Passover sacrifice. As the lineage of death passes through Christ, the curse is broken and God’s vengeance is satisfied. The blood is made pure and has been given new life. This only happens through Christ. The gold essence rising to the the heavens represents Christ’s ascension and His preeminence as He goes before us to sit at the right hand of the Father and to prepare a place for us.

Artist: Andrew Steger  

Preparing for Worship – June 9, 2019

Join us this Sunday, June 9, 2019 as we continue our series studying our doctrinal statement.

We encourage you to prepare your hearts and minds for worship by reading through and meditating on the texts, singing through the songs, and praying that God would be at work as we gather.



Come prepared to worship and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Role of Our Deacons

Many of us have grown up in different churches that view the role of a deacon differently. Our understanding of what a deacon is and what a deacon does can be a bit fuzzy.

My hope is to clear up some of that fuzziness with this really brief overview – at least as far as The Town Church understands the role of deacon and how our own deacons function.

For a more in-depth yet still one-page treatment concerning our biblical foundation and theological approach to the role of deacon, see The Town Church’s Diaconate Philosophy. Our approach is highly informed by the helpful little book Helping without Hurting in Church Benevolence by Corbett and Finkert.

Role of the Deacon

The deacon works to extend practical mercy and compassion as an act of service.

We see this in the prototype of the office of deacon in Acts 6:1-7. We also see it in the meaning for the word often translated as “deacon” from the Greek word diakonos, meaning “servant.”

The deacon’s work is no less than demonstrating the Gospel (in which Jesus displayed the ultimate example of practical love) in tangible ways. It’s beautiful! Operating from within a formal position within the Church, deacons model what all believers are called to do – love others by serving in practical ways.

The Focus of the Deacon

Because the role of the deacon is modeling the Gospel in extending mercy, the focus of the deacon is primarily people, not tasks.

Our deacons are not given tasks like maintaining our building or handling all the finances. Rather, our deacons are given people to love, out of which will arise specific tasks that need to be done.

A Practical Example

In order to get a grasp on what our deacons actually do, consider an example of our theological underpinnings all the way to the practical outworking. (Note: even though our deacons can serve within happy situations (such as the adoption of a child), often brokenness pushes us to needing help, as in the following example.)

Because of The Fall, our perfect relationship with God, others, ourselves and all of creation have been broken. Our broken relationship with ourselves can be experienced as depression and self-loathing, or even pride and self-absorption. These in turn create many different symptoms, such as loneliness, workaholism, self-harm, or the inability to keep a job.

In this scenario, the ultimate goal of the deacon is to see God bring healing to the broken relationship with self. We desire to see the Gospel transform this area! This often means addressing the symptoms, but never means only addressing the symptoms.

So if a person is dealing with workaholism and is willing to be helped, our deacons will complete an intake process first in order to gain a depth of understanding concerning the hardship and any root issues.

Based on the intake, concrete and time-bound plans will be made. Prayer support will be maintained. Practical strategies will be constructed.

Strategies may be one-time or on-going and may include both coaching as well as more in-depth counseling. It may include helping to put together healthy boundaries around the use of time as well as help getting connected to Christian community. It may include help finding a different job as well as one-on-one mentoring centered on the Gospel and the life that flows from it.

We ALL Need Help

ALL of us experience broken relationship to God, others, ourselves and the rest of creation. It shows up in many different ways in ALL of our lives. And, ALL of us at times need help from other people to address it.

Please don’t assume leaning on other people is reserved for only a certain type or degree of hardship.

It will take humility and courage, but please choose vulnerability within Christian community. Share your needs.

By the grace of God to you and me, our deacons are here to help.

(To connect with our deacons, email us at [email protected])

6.) The Gospel

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This is the sixth piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here.

6.) THE GOSPEL: 

We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. The gospel is utter folly to the world, yet the power of God to those who are being saved. This good news is Christological, centering on the cross and the resurrection. The gospel message is: “Christ died for our sins…[and] was raised.” The gospel is not proclaimed if Christ is not proclaimed, and the authentic Christ has not been proclaimed if his death and resurrection are not central. This good news is also biblical, theological, historic, apostolic and intensely personal. Jesus’ death and resurrection are according to the Scriptures. He died for our sins to reconcile us to God, if the events did not happen, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, and are to be pitied more than all others. The message was entrusted to and transmitted by the apostles, who were witnesses of these saving events. Where the gospel message is received, believed, and firmly held, individual persons are saved.

This piece of art, titled “Share the Road”, was inspired by a town, its people and their journey. The design originated from a video clip of bicyclists’ on Bike to Work Day in Old Town Fort Collins. A photo from the clip was then sketched and burned onto birch wood and stained. The three primary wood stain colors were taken from the Colorado State flag, and represent the blue sky, red rocks and golden sun as it rises on this cool, crisp winter morning. The title “Share the Road” comes from a sign commonly seen on the roads in Fort Collins, reminding vehicles and cyclists to share the road; however as Christians, I believe we are called to share the road that leads the way to Jesus Christ. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” So as I live, move and breathe in this community, I realize we’re all on a road going somewhere, looking for that something that will bring peace and happiness. “Share the Road” is a call to share the Gospel and tell others about the good news of Jesus Christ. We’re to let them know Jesus overcame sin and death on the cross so that we can have everlasting life with Him.  In Mark 16:15, Jesus tells the disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” So whether at home, or work, or biking to work, my prayer is that we “Share the Road” to eternal life through Christ, and let the real journey begin.

Artist: Vickie Silvas