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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:









Unknowable ideals


Protests the scientific worldview

Continental Tradition

of Art












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


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 ____________________!