Contemporary Gospel Art


gos·pel [góspəl]
Old English: godspel "good news," from god "good" + spel "story, message," translation of Latin: bona adnuntiatio, itself a translation of Greek: Ευαγγέλιο (euangelion) "reward for bringing good news."
noun: 1. the teachings of Jesus and the apostles; the Christian revelation. 2. the story of Christ's life and teachings, especially as contained in the first four books of the new testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. 3. any of these four books. 4. something regarded as absolute truth, implicitly believed: to take his report for gospel. 5. a doctrine regarded as of prime importance.

To Inspire


1.To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence. 2.To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion 3a.To stimulate to action; motivate 3b.To affect or touch 4.To draw forth; elicit or arouse 5.To be the cause or source of 6.To draw in (air) by inhaling 7. Archaic - Latin, verb ‘inspirare’ 
a.To breathe upon b.To breathe life into (v.) 1.To stimulate energies, ideals, or reverence 2.To inhale.

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Our Creator deserves all praise for      all things, including

our creativity.

   Arte

Gloria

     Dei!




"...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

             — Phil 4:8 (NASB)


Gospel art expresses the "good news" of the life, teachings and divinity of Jesus Christ through His beauty, truth and goodness revealed in Biblical Scripture. Gospel art points through creature and beyond our creations to the Creator for and through whom all creation exists. Gospel art is storytelling, and the subject is Christ. A signpost, and the destination is Christ. A frame, through which we witness God's Glory in the Word, and the object is Christ. Gospel art invites us to lean away from the idols of this world and to lean toward the One true and eternal God that He might stir us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to learn of and worship Him as Lord. Gospel art brings us to our feet in praise and to our knees in prayer in response to the truth and beauty of God—the seminal and supreme archetypical artist, designer, architect, and creator of all that is—as divine inspiration and audience, for whose pleasure and praise the creativity of mankind exists. Unlike secular art, Gospel art is not about us or for us. Gospel art, simply, is art to the Glory of God.


Who is the Gospel artist?

The Gospel artist is uniquely gifted, called, and inspired by God in order to inspire others to also seek the Source of all inspiration.

 "...whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!' ... 'Their voice has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.'

             — Rom 10:13-18 (NASB)


Similar to the spoken voice, the artistic "voice"—from vocation, or calling—can be used to communicate meaning in sensory dimensions beyond aural perception by incorporating such expressive creative forms and devices as shape, color and composition, in spoken word and poetry, or in performance through music or movement. The very energetic structures through which we were designed to perceive—evident in the color spectrum (light) and musical frequencies (sound)—might be thought of as attributes of God's voice, a model for communicating by which we are able to behold, appreciate, and share an understanding of His beauty. Mankind's artistic voice, no matter how creatively excellent, merely reflects and amplifies God's excellence, calling to those blessed with senses to perceive and understand.


"O taste and see that the LORD is good."

— Psalm 34:8


Our senses were designed as a set of input/output devices with the ultimate purpose of Christ's "Great Commandment": love God and love one another as ourselves. (Matthew 22:38)


There is simply no room for idolatry in Gospel art, as the very act of creating in the image of the Creator is a humble act of devotion and worship. He is author of our experience and we are His beloved works-in-progress. The artistic voice rises from the artist's flesh but it is God Who formed the flesh and, for the Gospel artist, it is His Word that informs the content of its expression.


And so the Gospel artist creates in awe and gratitude; for to be the moon—basking in and reflecting the sun's light—is a wonderful way

to hang about the universe.


Soli Deo Gloria — To GOD be the Glory.


Susan Ruth Wiggin Mueller

Agapé Arts llc

STIR Contemporary Gospel Arts

The Institute of Gospel Arts | Stillwater



 



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WHat is THE gospel?


"Remember Jesus Christ, raised  from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel." 
             — 2 Tim 2:8 (NIV)

The gospel is a message; the message of Biblical Scripture, that  we need fear nothing in life nor death because Jesus is the Christ—Savior, Messiah— who submitted to a brutal death to pay for our sins, rose again, and is with us even now in the person of the Holy Spirit. 

"If God is for us, who can be

against us?"

               — Romans 8:31 (ESV)


The Gospel is also referred to in Scripture as a "word", a "doctrine", a "seed", the "good news" and "truth." As God uses the message of the Gospel to reconcile men to himself, it is to be taught, heard, understood, believed, confessed and defended as an outworking of faith by those who trust Him. Through an encounter with the true Gospel, the Holy Spirit is faithful to stir the hearts of mankind to worship God in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)

"Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you have received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." 
                 — 1 Cor 15:1-4 (NIV)
 

To find out more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you could start by reading the Book of John, or click here.