Holy Spirit Prints was created to pair inspirational photography with scripture, and by borrowing a term from photography, to “Light the Word.”
We follow the teaching that the Apostle Paul used when he presented the Gospel to unbelieving gentiles. Paul always lead his presentation of scripture (to gentiles) by using nature’s testimony to the sovereignty, majesty, grace, and truth of a Holy God, also as the Creator, as the starting point. Photography provides a good way to illustrate verses and bring them to life, again borrowing from the concept that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
We desire our work to be both:
- Inspirational to Christians, as they face trials and tribulations in their daily walk, and
- Helpful to unbelievers as they encounter the Gospel (perhaps for the first time).
For Christians, daily reading and spending time in the Word is critical to becoming a mature Christian. Our approach is to provide hope and light to believers with an emotional component of inspirational photography to help them remain strong in their faith and walk as a Christian.
We pray that our work can adequately convey the awesome love, mercy, grace, hope, forgiveness and joy that the living God, the Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ offers.May God bless this project, if it pleases His will; and may you find hope, encouragement, wisdom and comfort from our work.
– R. John Anderson
1. Give glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Present the good news of the Gospel to gentiles everywhere, following the example of the apostle Paul – utilizing the natural beauty of nature as the starting point to visibly demonstrate the attributes of a holy, just and loving God as Creator.
3. Help existing believers grow and remain strong in their daily walk as a Christian, especially those who may be encountering times of trial and tribulation by sharing messages of hope, strength, courage and wisdom with an umbrella of compassion.
4. Provide materials and content which are exactly and completely true to the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the Holy Bible.
5. Cover a wide range of real-world topics which are of particular interest to today’s Christian in their daily lives. Our focus is on countering the deafening noise of the fallen world that tries to drown out the voice of the Lord.
CONGRUENT WITH THE ABOVE:
A. Run our business using Christian ethics, morals, and principles, extending to both customers, employees and partners.
B. Balance the conflicting goals of making enough money to sustain (and hopefully grow) the business vs. the desire to keep product prices as low as possible to reach as many as possible. Attendant to this objective is balancing the quality of printed materials vs. their costs, as nearly everything we produce is full/four color of the highest quality. We believe that an emphasis on the side of quality is best, if the final product pricing is still viable; we try to present the Lord’s creation in the best quality possible.
The scriptural foundation for Holy Spirit Prints rests on verses defining the testimony of nature to the glory of God and on verses indicating the inerrancy, completeness, and inspired nature of the Bible, the written Word of God.
- “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” – Psalm 19:1 (ESV)
- “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20
- “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
- “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'” – Matthew 4:4
- “Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord;Teach me Your statutes.” – Psalm 119:11-12
And let us be ever mindful of this:
- “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
OUR BELIEFS (STATEMENT OF FAITH)
Bible: The Bible is the divinely, inspired word of God. The Church of God has no other creed or theology other than that which is taught in the Word of God in its entirety (2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:20–21).
Church of God: The body of Christ is composed of every blood-washed one. Salvation makes you a member of this divine institution of God that stands above the religious confusion of humanly-organized religion (Acts 2:47; 1 John 3:8–10). the roll book is kept in Heaven (Luke 10:20). Jesus Christ is the true, active head of the church on earth and in Heaven (Ephesians 1:22–23; Colossians 1:18). Christ is the foundation of the Church (1 Corinthians 3:11). The members in the body are not governed or placed by a board or committee but by God and His Son (Isaiah 9:6; 1 Corinthians 12:18,27–28).
Unity of God’s People: God has only one church (1 Corinthians 12:12–13,20) and He desires that there be unity and fellowship among His children (John 17:20–23, Galatians 3:28, Philippians 1:27). One must forsake the world and come out of Babylon (Revelation 18:2,4) to be in the unity of the Spirit and faith (Ephesians 4:4-6).
Relationship of Love: There is no greater doctrine of the Bible than that of love. Jesus confirmed that an individual is to love the Lord God with all of his heart, soul, mind, body, and strength. God created mankind for the purpose of having a relationship with him. Love is the foundation to the relationship with God that He seeks in humanity. Without a supreme love of God, all other doctrine and religious life will miss the mark. Love is the motivation and key to living acceptably to God. Love for God is manifested by obedience to God’s Word (John 14:23) and by loving others (Matthew 22:37–39, Mark 12:30–31).
Salvation from Sin: While all have sinned, Jesus Christ died on the cross that the power of sin might be broken in the hearts and lives of mankind. There is power through redemption to enable sin-free living on a daily basis. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). To live acceptably before God and to make Heaven, one must live without sin. There is a definite experience of salvation that all can have when they believe in Christ, repent of committed sin, and walk in newness of life. (Matthew 1:21; Romans 6; 1 John 3:3–10; 1 John 5:18a; John 5:14b; John 8:11b).
Infilling of the Holy Ghost: As it was on the day of Pentecost, there is a second work subsequent to justification (Acts 19:2) that every child of God must experience. The Holy Spirit wants to come into every justified individual and take up His abode. The Holy Ghost brings power to the lives of Christians to enable them to be the separate, called-out, holy people that God desires. The Holy Spirit is a sanctifier, comforter, purifier, and enabler. (Acts 2; Acts 15:8–9; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; John 14:16–20, 25-28). The witness of the Holy Spirit is the ability to live a consistent holy life (Romans 8:16; Galatians 5:22–24).
Gift of Tongues: The scriptural gift of tongues is the divine enablement to speak a foreign, human language to hearers of that native tongue (Acts 2:3–11). It is not the practice of speaking ecstatically without understanding.
Holiness: The Word of God teaches holiness in all manner of conversation—attitudes, meditations, motivations, actions, where one goes, how one dresses. Holiness must encompass the entire life — inward and outward. Without holiness, no man shall see God. This holiness does not come from man’s work but it is the work of God within man. Therefore, there is no place for ‘self-righteousness.’ Part of holiness is living humbly before God and man. (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Ephesians 4:24; Romans 6:22; Titus 2:11–12).
Modesty & Outward Adornment: A child of God must not be conformed to this world but rather be a reflection of humility, purity, and simplicity. The scripture teaches against the wearing of jewelry and worldly adornment. Children of God are to dress modestly, having their bodies covered. Holy women are to have long hair (1 Corinthians 11:14–15) and wear decent, gender appropriate clothing, i.e. dresses, skirts (1 Timothy 2:9–10, Deuteronomy 22:5).
Ordinances: Full Immersion Baptism (Matthew 28:19–20; Acts 8:36–39); The Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26–30; 1 Corinthians 11:23–27)
Kingdom of God: The Kingdom of God is not an earthly kingdom but a spiritual kingdom that has been in existence since the coming of Jesus Christ. There will be no future kingdom on this earth. Children of God are experiencing the joy, blessings, and power in this life as kings and priests in the Kingdom of God (Luke 17:20–21; Romans 14:17; John 18:36).
End Times: At an unknown time, Christ will return to this earth as a thief in the night (Acts 1:9–11, 2 Peter 3:10–12) in power and great glory with all His angels and saints (Matthew 24:30-31, Mark 13:26-27, ). All people, the living and the dead, will stand before the judgment seat of God (2 Timothy 4:1,8; John 5:28–29; 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17; 2 Corinthians 5:10). The righteous shall live in Heaven while the unrighteous shall live in Hell for eternity (Matt 25:31–46). The earth will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:7; Revelations 20:11–15).
Faith: The life and experience of a Christian should be based on faith and trust in God with regard to every aspect of living. Spiritual, financial, physical, and temporal dependency is to be on God and not man (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 5:1; John 20:31). Ministers are not salaried but rely on free-will offerings as the Lord provides (1 Peter 5:2–3; John 10:11,13).
Divine Physical Healing: Provision was made for divine physical healing when Christ shed his blood on the cross. Divine healing is not something of the past but it is still available for those who put their faith and trust in God. God still works miracles in the body as well as the soul (James 5:13–16; Isaiah 53:4–5).
Sanctity of Marriage: Marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24). A marriage union is binding for life in the eyes of God (1 Corinthians 7:10–11, 39). Whosoever divorces his wife and marries another commiteth adultery (Luke 16:18).
Sexuality and Gender: God created human beings as male and female (Genesis 1:27). A clear distinction between genders and their God given roles is to be honored. There are two Biblical options for sexual behavior: monogamous, marital relations between one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-6; Hebrews 13:4), or sexual celibacy (1 Corinthians 7:2, 7-9; 1 Corinthians 6:18).
Worship: True worshipers will worship God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23–24). Worship services of God’s people are not programmed but are led and ordered by the Spirit of the Lord. Ministers are not formally trained but are called by God to preach the gospel under the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:7; 1 Corinthians 2:1–5).
Great Commission: The burden of Christ remains with His true children to ‘go into all the world and preach the gospel.’ (Mark 16:15) The purpose of the Church is not to settle down and enjoy the wealth of this world but to be the light of the world, to spread the good news of true salvation, and to show lost souls the love of God by good works (Matthew 5:14-16).