As a musician, seminary student, and classical art enthusiast I developed a vision of a traveling artistic preaching ministry.
My understanding of God's word and my conscience is not clear about if it is "...acceptable to the Lord" Eph 5:10 to use visual art in my preaching/teaching, and if so if it is pleasing to Him to include paintings that includes Jesus.
I did an artist coaching course from a Presbyterian called Joel Pelsue, and he encouraged Christian art. If I understand it correctly, Presbyterians accept more artistic beauty in Churches than other reformed traditions. True?
I know this is an old debate, about not having any carved images. And I am aware that Jesus' human side is already portrayed too much in many churches as to be out of balance with his Godliness and Holiness. And portraits of Jesus reduces Him to that image in one way (his human visible side). But since I plan to visit Churches that have a high view of the Lord, I do not believe this last argument will apply.
To give you an idea of how it would look, please picture this: I am mixing my preaching with sections of musical performances (classical music and respectable original cross-over music). While the music is being played, and sometimes during the preaching, various beautiful classical paintings of Biblical accurate stories will be shown on the wall to empower and help keep the focus on the Word that was preached. Repetition of certain words and phrases from what was preached is also meant to be shown in between the visual art.
I am thinking no one will "worship" the paintings in this context. What do you think?