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In 2015 I decided I wouldn't make any more art. Almost immediately I was asked to do a sermon through art at church. These are my notes.
Good Bad Ugly 31/5/15 St. Margaret's Anglican Church Nerang
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God ... All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
[While this was being read I painted an upside down heart so that it looked like a light and the sun.]
The word of God is more than just written or spoken words. John said "In the beginning was the Word." He said Jesus was the Word made flesh. We may not understand this fully but as we go on in our Christian walk our understanding will grow. We can know however that when the Word of God goes forth amazing things happen. In the beginning God spoke and our world began and continues to be.
God got up close and personal when he made us.
Then God breathed into Adam and he came alive.
Yet God has always loved us so much.
When Jesus ascended did he grumble to His Father about the terrible people on earth? Did He complain that even His best friends betrayed him? Was he angry? Did He take revenge on those who hurt him and denied him? No. He did another amazing thing. he poured out His very life so all who receive him could become members of His royal household. So great is His love he made it possible for everyone who believes in Him to share everything that is His. His whole inheritance, even His own life and empowerment. He made it possible for humans not only to please God but to be joint heirs of His Kingdom. He did this by pouring out His spirit - creating new creatures
We are not God - yellow, and not who we were - red
This is good news
Now we are not only royalty but we can live as members of Gods royal family because this new life comes with spirituals -pneumatikos, charisma - translated "gifts," which may not be the best way of thinking about them. When we think of gifts we tend to think of natural abilities, but when God poured out His Spirit He gave supernatural empowerments.
God gives us empowerments as well as empowered people in the church.
There are all kinds of spirituals - empowerments. Ephesians 4:7
They are also Signs that point to the truth that Jesus is who He said He is. He is the son of God and He is who John said He is The Word made flesh.
God has good plans for our lives that include letting the world see that Jesus is alive.
As joint heirs, God uses our feet to bruise the head of Satan and destroy the impact of his ugly works.
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head--Christ.
To grow we need to listen out for and obey the word of God.
We need to be addicted to computer games, right? No.Wine and drugs??? No - filled with the Spirit and passionate about our leader and Lord. Ephesians 5:19
The bad news - The old man/person in us doesn't always like change
[I folded the art so it looked like a house and hid the spiritual empowerments.]
The other bad news is we have a spiritual enemy who wants to steal what belongs to God.
The pilgrim highway is in our heart. Jesus is the road and prayer puts us right there with Him.
2Sam. 7:23 What one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem to himself for a people, and to make him a name, and to do great things for you, and awesome things for your land, before your people, whom you redeem to you out of Egypt, from the nations and their gods?
Can you hear the the heart of God in this verse?