Thursday, June 25, 2009

are you creative?

I am reading this article after coming across this cool looking logo that caught my attention.  In the following paragraphs are questions, concerns and heart about what it is to create art within the church. Not just the paintings on the wall, but the relevant and culture that we seek.  Read on from the article:

"My theology leads me to believe that when God inspired the idea of the Church, He hoped we would live out our created design to produce new mediums of art that would awaken the soul of the world to understand life and how it is supposed to dance with faith. I believe God wants us to take art seriously and understand that every time the Church creates something, it reflects on Him personally."

Why create are?  Why seek to change the culture?  Why be relevant?  Here are some thoughts from that article:

> at the core lies a beautiful heart to reach people who are currently unreached outside of the Church

> lovingly living God-inspired ideas

> following Jesus is a commitment of sacrifice that is not built on being comfortable

Some awesome thoughts.  Each takes me to ask some questions and to see that what we are about.  To be relevant is more than just talking about what everyone else is talking about or being cool.  In fact many church leaders have crawled into a pit by trying to be cool just to be cool.

What we have to do is make sure we are seeking to use the gifts God has given us to impact the most people we can for Him.  How has God gifted you?  How are you using those gifts.

2 Corinthians 4:15 (nlt) --- All of this is for your benefit. And as God's grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

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