In art and design, old always becomes new. We look back to former styles to gain inspiration for new pieces. This is a universally accepted practice in the creative world. It is okay to look back and see what great designers did before us and borrow from their inspiration and genius.
The images shown here were a part of a History of Art and Design course. Our mandate was to create a new advertisement based on an old style – to make the old new again.
In churches, we often see the old, and we often see the new, but rarely do we see them together. Some churches are stuck in the past with a rich history of art and tradition. They shy away from newfangled things like drums and fancy lights. Other churches run from the past and right into rock bands and arenas.
But is it okay to take a little of both?
To start of 2014, my church – like many others – participated in a fast. The purpose was to seek God in a more fervent way and push into breakthrough and revival. In the pursuit of revival, one can hardly stare ahead without looking back to see what God has done in years, decades and centuries past.
We look back to see great moves of the Holy Spirit late in the 19th century in New York and the United Kingdom, early in the 20th century in Australia, Wales and Los Angeles (Azuza Street), and even more recent in the mid-1990s in Pensacola, Florida and Toronto, Ontario. What did all of these awakenings have in common? The move of the Holy Spirit. What started the first revival way back in the book of Acts? The move of the Holy Spirit.
So, when we know what the cause of revival is, do so many Christians refuse to look back at the rich heritage of those who have gone before us?
Let us begin to look back and learn from those who have truly seen God answer their prayers in amazing ways. If God is the same yesterday, today and forever, surely the next revival is bound to be found clinging to the coat tails of a great move of the Holy Spirit. The past is not something to be feared, but to be revered and respected, learned from and brought back into relevance by those bold enough to take their inspiration from it.