God and the Arts

On Bach’s work there often was a three word Latin phrase: Soli Deo Gloria. That’s Latin for G________________ to God alone.

God’s creation reveals infinite creative expression; I will glorify Him through creative expression.

Two goals for this evening’s message:

1.         I______________________ the creative among us to feel God’s pleasure when we create art that glorifies God!

2.         E___________________ all of us to be ready to use all art as an introduction to the gospel! 

The Bible teaches that all of our ___________________ have been given to us by God. Our responsibility is to develop them and use them for His glory.

‘Two-story house’ view of truth based on Kantian Dualism:

Values

Private,

Subjective

Relative

Postmodernism

Religion,

Morality

Freedom

Unknowable ideals

Romanticism

Protests the scientific worldview

Continental Tradition

of Art

Facts

Public

Objective

Universal

Modernism

Science,

Industry

 Nature

Knowable

facts

Enlightenment

Portrays the scientific worldview

Analytic Tradition

of Art

 

Art for the enlightenment/ analytic tradition has been to reflect science and math for the _________________________’s sake, whether it appeals to them or not!

Art for the romantic/ continental tradition has been art for art’s sake

Art has no concern whatever either with Duty or Truth.     -Edgar Allen Poe

God is the Master Artist:

C________________________ is a work of art

The world is before our eyes like a beautiful book, in which all created things, great and small, are like letters, which give us the invisible things of God to behold.                     -Netherlands Reformed Confession

The B____________________ is a work of art

S________________________ is a work of art       Ephesians 2:8-10

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Some encouragement for the artist’s among us:

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.       -Col. 3:23

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”       -Abraham Kuyper

The Bible is like a symphony with four movements: creation, curse, Christ’s redemption, and the eventual renewal of all things.               All ______________ of that are fair game for Christian artists.

Some pointers for using the arts to lead people to Jesus:

Know the art that consciously or unconsciously _______________ on the true story

Know the art that ______________ a lie, and gently show its failed worldview

Know the art that _______________ Satan’s lies by beautifully pointing to the truth 

It’s really neat to think that Christians will continue making art ____________________!