"When art comes to terms with both the wounds of the world and the promise of resurrection and learns how to express and respond to both at once, we will be on the way to a fresh vision, a fresh mission." - NT Wright in Surprised by Hope
Two prominent themes that have been woven throughout the tapestry of creation are those of beauty and brokenness. Because of the Fall, the effects of sin surround us, and art in its various mediums helps communicate the reality that evil is real and things are not as they should be. Yet the hope we have in our Creator and Redeemer, also allows us to joyfully express the reality of hope and the goodness of God that echoes throughout even broken creation.
At Fellowship, we believe that good theology (knowledge of God) produces proper doxology (worship of God). One of the primary ways we want to see God glorified is through worship and arts. We have talented artists, singers and instrumentalists within our church body that serve to help us glorify God in this way. Our worship each week consists of joyful, triumphant anthems as well as somber, melancholy laments. We want to communicate the reality of the Gospel to the totality of the human experience.
This is directly connect to our view on the importance of cultural engagement. We don't want to simply retreat into a Christian sub-culture that produces sub-par art. We want to magnify the Gospel throughout the beauty and brokenness that encompasses all of Creation. We want to bless artists and musicians throughout our city and be a beacon for our God who is both Creator and Redeemer. This is what Gospel Renewal looks like.