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FIRST-PERSON: Scripture as a visual focus at church
Diana Davis
Posted on Apr 3, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS (BP) -- It's the first thing you see as you drive into the church parking lot. It's a focal point as you enter the lobby. You may discover it near the water fountain, the clock, the exit, the foyer, the mirror in the restroom. What a concept: placing God's Word in plain sight!

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."

The Bible challenges us, in Deuteronomy 6:6ff, to "Tie them [his commandments] as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." Will you intentionally add Scripture to the décor of your church?

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 ( ) and in your email (
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