#STORY2012 :: Kyle Idleman – Creativity as an Idol

 

Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the 5th largest church in America, where he speaks to over 20,000 each weekend. He is the author and presenter of the award-winning video curriculum series “H2O: A Journey of Faith” as well as “The Easter Experience” and the “Not a Fan” book and DVD teaching series. Kyle is often invited as a guest speaker for regional and national conventions across the country and regularly speaks for some of Americas most influential churches. He and his wife, DesiRae, have four young children.

Creativity as an Idol

  • When you’re speaking to a certain crowd, you want to meet them where they’re at.
  • I love this conference because I believe this conference is helping the church speak the language of their time.
  • If we’re going to reach this culture, that means we need to speak the language of this culture.
  • If you force creativity, then sometimes it comes off as cheesy.
  • I want us to talk about why we do what we do.
  • Why are you here? Why do you care about the arts?
  • The first thing we know about God is that he created.
  • That’s who he is.
  • We are made in his image, so we are to create. There is a divine mandate for us to be creative.
  • It’s not a theological stretch to say that we have a divine mandate towards creativity.
  • But is that why you do what you do?
  • If we’re not careful then the arts and creativity can replace the creator.
  • It could begin to dictate how we view ourselves. It could begin to be how we find our value.
  • It could begin to replace God in our lives.
  • Idolatry is the the theme of Scripture. It is the #1 problem.
  • This is a really big deal to God.
  • What idols really? They are created images. They are things that people bow down to, and worship.
  • Can it replace God itself though?
  • While God is saying to Moses, don’t make anything as an image to worship, the people are down doing that very thing.
  • They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull.
  • There have been times where I have traded the glory of God for something that we created.
  • Who or what has your passion?
  • Where do you find your hope, your passion, your inspiration?
  • There are many people who have been gifted by God in a certain way. But those gifts that God has given you were never meant to replace God as the giver.
  • If it’s not coming from who God made me to be then it just dries up.
  • What can happen in our churches is that we start to mistake the glory of God for this grand moment that we have created.
  • We start to mistake the glory of God for the compelling drama, compelling testimony. They are all good and beautiful if they are pointing to the glory of God.
  • Is my art the means or the end? The end is the glory of God. The question is, does what I’m creating point to God?
  • The creativity isn’t an end, but a means to an end. The glory of God.
  • Does the text win?
  • If I’ve got this great idea, and a Bible passage, but they’re not meshing, who wins? The text has to win.
  • Our creativity cannot be the source, but has to be what is inspired by God’s love and redemption.
  • Do I have an audience of one? Or an audience of many?
  • If I only feel as good as my last piece of work or art, then something is wrong.
  • What we’ve convinced ourselves of productivity is equal to our connectivity to God.
  • It’s actually the opposite. Connectivity leads to productivity.
  • Our job is to stay connected to the vine.
  • Don’t put your hope in creation. Put your hope in the creator.
  • Some people are going to love what you do, and some people are going to hate it, but it doesn’t matter. We have an audience of one.
  • It is all only for an audience of one.
  • Is it what I do, or is it who I am? 
  • Many of us would describe ourselves with words like creative or artist. There’s nothing wrong with that, but have we turned to what we do as our identity, rather finding our significance in the Lord?
  • Have you been chasing after the creation rather the creator.
  • We cannot expect God to bless his primary competition.
  • Make sure that in this area, it is all pointing to him.
  • I’m trying to pray this more often, “All for you, my audience of one. Please help me. I’m dependent on you God. Any gift that I have was given by you.” 

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