For those of us in the United States the thought of a Kingdom is strange. We experience democracy, we fear dictatorship, socialism, etc. but are not so familiar with the idea of a Kingdom ruled by a King.
A perfect King owns everything and rules over his kingdom in such a way that his people are protected and provided for. Life on this earth will always have problems and bad things are guaranteed to happen because people are inherently evil and we live in a fallen world. Heaven is the place where God will right every wrong, where Jesus is the King who rules over His Kingdom perfectly.
The goal of the "Jesus Culture" project was to illustrate the concept of bringing the culture of Heaven to Earth, accepting the differing opinions and practices of others (as long as they don't contradict the commands of God), and focusing on relationship more than religious traditions. We achieved this through stage design and artwork that was urban underground inspired. The location of this sermon series was a Christian church in a small city surrounded by rural area. By incorporating an extremely different culture, such as graffiti and street art, we drove home the idea of different cultures embracing. The concept that Jesus came to Earth to provide a way into His Kingdom, teach us the culture of Heaven and instill that culture in our hearts as we live on this planet. May we do His will on earth as it is done in heaven.
We modeled the idea after Jesus' prayer:
"Our Father who art in heaven
hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven"
A team of professional street artists from L.A. were hired to paint our props and create a custom pulpit. Logo design was inspired by OBEY. The following are some progress shots of the project and final artwork.