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Vermeer's 'Allegory of Faith'

We Have Overcome

April 4, 2021 • Pastor Seth Amerine

This week we celebrate Easter and conclude our series “Vermeer’s ‘Allegory of Faith’” with a look at Vermeer’s depiction of faith's foot on the world. In this simple image Vermeer is proclaiming that the Christian-the Christ follower has overcome the world. What does this mean to our lives today? And how is it true? If you like to read ahead look to John 16:33; 1 John 5:1, 4-5; Romans 8:35, 37; Psalms 23:4; Matthew 11:28-30; Philippians 4:11-13. What do all of these passages have in common? What are they all saying about overcoming the world and how to do it?

Cosmic Treason

March 21, 2021 • Pastor Seth Amerine

This week we examine three items that are on the floor in Vermeer’s painting “The Allergory of Faith”. These items are an apple with a bite taken out of it, a serpent, a stone or brick that has apparently crushed the snake. This week we are examining sin – what R.S. Sproul calls “cosmic sin”. In preparation you may consider reading the story of the fall of man in Genesis 3, as well as what scripture has to say about sin and the “Cornerstone” in Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:19-22, and Luke 20:9-18.

Jesus is the Christ

March 28, 2021 • Pastor Seth Amerine

This week we are talking about Jesus – we will be examining His nature, what exactly He did for us and how He was able to accomplish it. There are some profound, essential truths about Jesus that Vermeer is communicating to us in his work “Allegory of Faith”. Take some time to read Philippians 2:5-8 and John 1:1-3,14. What do these verses tell you about Jesus Christ?

Set Your Eyes on Things Above

March 14, 2021 • Pastor Seth Amerine

This week we begin a new series called “Vermeer’s ‘Allegory of Faith’”. We will be examining a painting that is full of Christian metaphor that has been preaching the Gospel in its own way for over 400 years. This week we will talk about the Christian discipline of setting our minds on things above found in Colossians 3:2-10. You can find the painting online in different places. Here’s one: (https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437877). Examine the text and see if you can find it exemplified in the painting. Consider a few questions: what does it mean to “set our minds on things above”? What are the “things above”? How does setting our mind on these things affect our behavior?