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.


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  

Preparing for Worship – June 2, 2019

Join us this Sunday, June 2, 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!

5.) The Plan of God

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


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. 

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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.

Artist: Cassy Reeves  

4.) The Fall

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)

Artist: Vince Black  

Preparing for Worship – May 26, 2019

Join us this Sunday, May 26, 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!

Child Dedications

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:

  1. To publicly acknowledge the child is a gift from God and to ask for God’s help in raising the child.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 

We would love to celebrate and commit with you!

3.) Creation of Humanity

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

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