Here are some simple ways to intentionally use Scripture to enhance your church's décor:
-- Beautiful framed Scripture art can adorn hallways and other common areas. You'll find many at your Christian bookstore.
-- Add an appropriate Scripture on a metal nameplate for each sculpture or piece of art in the church. For example, use the words of Psalm 113:3 for a sunset landscape.
-- If you have spectacular Scripture banners in storage, consider hanging one high on a large foyer wall.
-- Matted acrylic frames can be hung low in a children's area for interchanging kids' original Scripture art.
-- Youth could paint an artsy rendition of their theme Scripture on a focal wall of their classroom.
-- Purchase or make vinyl or stenciled lettering of a Scripture. Large or small, these can make an enormous impact.
Carefully select an appropriate Scripture verse for each venue. For example, a framed Scripture could hang over one church's water fountain, reading, "Whoever drinks of the water I give him will never thirst. ... (John 4:14)." Another church stenciled "Go and make disciples ... (Matthew 28:19)" above the main exit doors.
Our small church purchased a vinyl-cutting machine, and I'm in awe of its uses -- professional quality car window stickers, entry door lettering, banners. But it also can create beautiful vinyl wall Scripture, similar to those you can order online. Now, a lovely metal wall sculpture of a tree is flanked by vinyl lettering from Psalm 92:12, "The righteous will flourish like a tree planted in the house of the Lord."
Try it! You never know who might be reading.
Diana Davis is author of "Fresh Ideas" and "Deacon Wives" (B&H Publishing). She is an author, columnist and wife of North American Mission Board's vice president for the south region, Steve Davis. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress ) and in your email ( baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).
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