Renewal by Stephen Signa-Avilés

Stephen Signa-Avilés

Fall 2012

About the Project

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.  I Corinthians 12:4-6”

Where does Renewal come from?  What does it require?

When we think of renewal in one sense we might think of restoring a classic car or antique piece of furniture.  Perhaps the thought of restoring a home or renewing an urban environment comes to mind.  Whatever the project, renewal takes time and a lot of work.  When thinking of renewal in light of Christ I can’t help but think about the process by which we are renewed.  Vital to this process is the Holy Spirit’s work in us.  For Christians this is a passive process requiring a divine catalyst: Jesus.  As Christ followers, we have a biblical mandate to build the Kingdom.  This work requires renewal that only comes from Christ Himself.

In this piece, a shovel is a symbol both for the gifts possessed by he Church necessary for building the Kingdom and a symbol for the hard work to be done.  The red signifies the blood shed on the cross, the act by which we are renewed and made right.  If Jesus is the catalyst for renewal in us, then the building of the Kingdom of Heaven is the catalyst for renewal on Earth.

– Stephen Signa-Avilés