Celebrate ISAIAH!

After spending over a year walking with the ancient prophet Isaiah, how should we respond? Do we tuck the book back on the shelf only to dust it off to recite a few select passages during the Christmas and Easter seasons? Or is there some way that we can share with others the glories of God that we have discovered?

Revelation and response.
This is always the pattern for worship. God engages us with a revelation of who He is, what He has done, and His plans for the future, and we respond in worship. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that the purpose of God for us as believers is to declare His excellencies, His glory!

Art and creativity. Isn't the creation of art just a frivolous activity, a squandering of valuable time and resources? The Bible indicates otherwise. Consider these thoughts:

  1. God is Creator, and He made us in His image. Was it a waste for God to create seemingly infinite varieties of colors and smells and tastes and textures? Certainly not! It was His creative way of demonstrating His glory. And because He made us in His image, author J.R.R. Tolkien calls us "sub-creators." This is why writing, painting, photography, music, poetry, and other artistic expressions can be viewed as vital components of our worship response to God that declare His excellencies.
  2. When God wants to establish a meeting place with His people, He engages the artists. We meet Bezalel in Exodus 31. He is a skilled craftsman, an artist, who God calls into service for creating specific aspects of the Tabernacle. These were not merely functional items, but artistic expressions that were designed to draw people to God and into worship. Today, God desires to use us, the temple of His Holy Spirit, to display His glory to those around us and to invite them to become fellow worshipers of God.
  3. We are God's workmanship. Ephesians 2:10 tells us we are God's "poiema," His artful masterpiece which He created for good works. Our response of worship to God's revelation of Himself should reflect the beauty that He has created in us. He has given each of us gifts and abilities that can and must be employed to declare His excellencies.

We have a call to respond. How can we declare the glories of God that we have uncovered in our study of Isaiah? We can create! Here are just a few ideas:

  • Create a book cover that reflects the themes and characters of Isaiah.
  • Draw a logo that represents the book of Isaiah
  • Illustrate your favorite verse from Isaiah.
  • Write a poem that reflects what you have learned from Isaiah.

We invite you to submit your artistic creation at the Isaiah display in the main lobby or to the church office during the week. We will display these worship responses throughout the summer on the second floor of our building. This Worship and Creative Arts Fair will be an opportunity to express worship to our glorious God and to point others to His excellencies.
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