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Sunday, 22 April 2012 06:01

Miscellaneous Church Sign Messages

Here are some miscellaneous church sign messages :

THE HAND OF THE LORD IS MIGHTY

JOSHUA 4:24

 

 

Published in Church Resources
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 13:49

Holiday Church Sign Messages

Here are some church sign messages for holidays:

Easter/Resurrection Sunday:

IN CHRIST IS NEW LIFE
JOHN 1:4

Thanksgiving:

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD
FOR HE IS GOOD
PSALM 107:1

Christmas:

SHE WILL BEAR A SON WHO WILL
SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS
MATTHEW 1:21

 

HE WILL BE GREAT AND
HIS KINGDOM WILL HAVE NO END
LUKE 1:32-33

hE WILL BE CALLED MIGHTY GOD,
eTERNAL FATHER, pRINCE OF PEACE
ISAIAH 9:6


THERE HAS BEEN BORN A SAVIOR
WHO IS christ THE LORD
LUKE 2:11

 

New Years:

may you experience
the FULL blessing
of CHRIST IN 2012
romans 15:29

 

MAY GOD’S COUNCIL
GIVE YOU WISDOM IN 2012
PROVERBS 19:20

 

This year, seek GOD’s will
and he will guide your paths
PROVERBS 3:6

 

Nothing
is impossible with God
Luke 1:37

 

Taxes:

Render unto CAESAR
that which is CAESAR’S
matthew 22:21

 

 

 

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Published in Church Resources
Friday, 08 April 2011 17:02

Psalm Church Sign Messages

Psalm Church Sign Messages

 

DO NOT WALK IN THE

COUNSEL OF THE WICKED

PSALM 1:1

 

DO NOT STAND WITH

THOSE WHO BREAK GOD’S LAWS

PSALM 1:1

 

DO NOT SIT WITH

MOCKERS

PSALM 1:1

 

DELIGHT IN GOD’S WORD

PSALM 1:2

 

MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD

DAY AND NIGHT

PSALM 1:2

 

THE RIGHTEOUS ARE LIKE TREES

FIRMLY PLANTED BY STREAMS OF WATER

PSALM 1:3

 

THE WICKED ARE LIKE CHAFF

BLOWN AWAY BY THE WIND

PSALM 1:3

 

THE WICKED WILL NOT STAND

IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

PSALM 1:5

 

THE WICKED WILL NOT SIT

IN THE GATHERING OF THE RIGHTEOUS

PSALM 1:5

 

THE LORD’S EYES ARE UPON

THE WAY OF THE RIGHTEOUS

PSALM 1:6

 

THE WAY OF THE WICKED WILL PERISH

PSALM 1:6

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO

TAKE REFUGE IN THE LORD

PSALM 2:12

 

THE LORD IS A SHIELD

TO HIS PEOPLE

PSALM 3:3

 

SALVATION BELONGS

TO THE LORD

PSALM 3:8

 

THE LORD SETS APART

THE GODLY PERSON FOR HIMSELF

PSALM 4:3

 

THE LORD HEARS US WHEN WE CALL

PSALM 4:3

 

FEAR GOD AND DO NOT SIN

PSALM 4:4

 

TRUST IN THE LORD

PSALM 4:5

 

GOD PUTS GLADNESS IN OUR HEARTS

PSALM 4:7

 

THE LORD MAKES US

TO DWELL IN SAFETY

PSALM 4:8

 

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD

PSALM 107:1

 

The heavens declare the glory of god

psalm 19:1

Published in Church Resources
Friday, 08 April 2011 16:59

John Church Sign Messages

JOHN CHURCH SIGN MESSAGES

 

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD

AND THE WORD WAS GOD

JOHN 1:1-2

 

ALL THINGS CAME INTO BEING

THROUGH THE WORD

JOHN 1:3

 

IN CHRIST IS NEW LIFE

JOHN 1:4

 

THE WORD IS THE LIGHT OF MEN

JOHN 1:4

 

THE TRUE LIGHT

ENLIGHTENS EVERY MAN

JOHN 1:9

 

THE WORD BECAME FLESH

JOHN 1:14

 

THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM

ARE CHILDREN OF GOD

JOHN 1:12

 

THE WORD WAS

FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH

JOHN 1:14

 

JESUS IS THE LAMB WHO

DIED FOR THE SIN OF THE WORLD

JOHN 1:29

 

JESUS SAID:

FOLLOW ME

JOHN 1:43

 

JESUS KNOWS ALL PEOPLE

JOHN 2:24

 

UNLESS ONE IS BORN-AGAIN

HE WILL NOT ENTER GOD’S KINGDOM

JOHN 3:3

 

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

JOHN 3:7

 

WHOEVER TRUSTS IN JESUS

WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE

JOHN 3:15

 

GOD SENT HIS SON

SO THAT WE MIGHT BE SAVED

JOHN 3:17

 

HE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE

HAS BEEN JUDGED ALREADY

JOHN 3:18

 

MEN LOVED DARKNESS

RATHER THAN THE LIGHT

JOHN 3:19

 

EVERYONE WHO DOES EVIL

HATES GOD’S LIGHT

JOHN 3:20

 

SOME DO NOT COME TO CHRIST

FOR FEAR THEIR DEEDS MAY BE EXPOSED

JOHN 3:20

 

HE WHO COMES FROM ABOVE

IS ABOVE ALL

JOHN 3:31

 

GOD IS TRUE

JOHN 3:33

 

THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDES ON

THOSE WHO DO NOT OBEY THE SON

JOHN 3:36

 

GOD CALLS US TO WORSHIP HIM
IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH

JOHN 4:24

 

JESUS IS

EQUAL WITH GOD THE FATHER

JOHN 5:18

 

THE SON GIVES LIFE

TO WHOM HE WISHES

JOHN 5:21

 

ALL WILL HONOR THE SON
EVEN AS THEY HONOR THE FATHER

JOHN 5:23

 

HE WHO TRUSTS IN CHRIST
HAS PASSED FROM DEATH TO LIFE

JOHN 5:24

 

JESUS CAME
TO GIVE LIFE TO THE WORLD

JOHN 6:33

 

HE WHO COMES TO JESUS

WILL NOT THIRST

JOHN 6:35

 

JESUS ALONE HAS THE WORDS

OF ETERNAL LIFE

JOHN 6:68

 

GOOD JUDGMENT DOES NOT JUDGE

ONLY ON APPEARANCES

JOHN 7:24

 

GOD IS TRUE

JOHN 7:28

 

IF ANYONE THIRSTS

LET HIM COME TO ME AND DRINK

JOHN 7:37

 

LET WHOEVER IS WITHOUT SIN

CAST THE FIRST STONE

JOHN 8:7

 

GO NOW, AND LEAVE
YOUR LIFE OF SIN

JOHN 8:11

 

Jesus IS THE LIGHT
OF THE WORLD

JOHN 8:12

 

FOLLOW Jesus AND YOU

WILL NEVER WALK IN DARKNESS

JOHN 8:12

 

WHOEVER FOLLOWS JESUS

HAS THE LIGHT OF LIFE

JOHN 8:12

 

TO KNOW JESUS

IS TO KNOW THE FATHER ALSO

JOHN 8:19

 

JOHN 8:24

UNLESS YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS

YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SINS

 

JOHN 8:26

GOD IS TRUE

 

John 8:31

IF YOU ABIDE IN Jesus’ WORDS

YOU ARE HIS DISCIPLE

JOHN 8:32

KNOWING GOD’S TRUTH SHALL
MAKE YOU FREE

JOHN 8:34

EVERYONE WHO SINS

IS A SLAVE TO SIN

JOHN 8:36

IF THE LORD MAKES YOU FREE

YOU ARE FREE INDEED

Jesus SPOKE THE
TRUTH OF gOD

Jesus 8:40

JOHN 8:47

HE WHO IS OF GOD

HEARS the WORDS OF GOD

JOHN 8:51

WHOEVER KEEPS CHRIST’S WORDS

WILL NOT SEE DEATH

Jesus: i am the

light of the world

john 9:5

Jesus: I Came that

you may have life

john 10:10

Jesus: i am
the good shepherd

john 10:11

Jesus: I and

the father are one

john 10:30

Jesus: i am the
RESURRECTION and the life

john 11:25

Jesus is the

king of israel

john 12:15

if anyone serves me

he must follow me – Jesus

john 12;26

the father will honor

those who serve jesus

john 12:26

seek the approval of god

rather than of men

john 12:43

Jesus rescues

us from darkness

john 12:46

“I came to save

the world” – Jesus

john 12:47


love one another

as i have love you – Jesus

john 13:35

do not let your

hearts be troubled – Jesus

john 14:1

“i am the way and the

truth and the life” – Jesus

john 14:6

“no one comes to the

father but through me” – Jesus

john 14:6

Jesus said:

ABIDE IN ME and i in you

JOHN 15:4

JESUS SAID:

i love you, ABIDE IN MY LOVE

JOHN 15:9

“I Teach so my joy will be in your

and your joy will be full” – Jesus

john 15:11

 

THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE:

KNOWING JESUS CHRIST

JOHN 17:3

 

JESUS' WORDS BRING

FULLNESS OF JOY

JOHN 17:13

 

GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH

JOHN 17:17

 

BE IN UNITY WITH GOD

JOHN 17:23

 

 

 

Published in Church Resources
Friday, 08 April 2011 16:58

Luke Church Sign Messages

Luke Church Sign Messages

Nothing

is impossible with God

Luke 1:37

God’s mercy is towards

those who fear Him

Luke 1:50

god has visited us

and redeemed his people

luke 1:68

the lord saves us

so that we might serve him

luke 1:74

the lord guides our feet

in the way of peace

luke 1:79

there has been born a savior

who is christ the lord

luke 2:11

JESUS FORGIVES SINS

LUKE 5:24

“fOLLOW ME”

- jESUS

lUKE 5:27

“i HAVE COME TO CALL

SINNERS TO REPENTANCE” - jESUS

lUKE 5:32

BLESSED ARE THE POOR

THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD

LUKE 6:20

BLESSED ARE THE HUNGRY

FOR THEY SHALL BE FILLED

LUKE 6:21

BLESS ARE THE SORROWFUL

FOR THEY SHALL LAUGH

LUKE 6:21

WOE TO THE RICH

FOR THEY HAVE RECEIVED THEIR FULL

LUKE 6:24

WOE TO THOSE who LAUGH

FOR THEY SHALL MOURN

LUKE 6:25

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

LUKE 6:27

DO GOOD

TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU

LUKE 6:27

BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU

LUKE 6:28

PRAY FOR THOSE

WHO MISTREAT YOU

LUKE 6:28

TURN THE OTHER CHEEK

LUKE 6:29

GIVE TO EVERYONE

WHO ASKS OF YOU

LUKE 6:30

TREAT OTHERS

AS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED

LUKE 6:31

BE MERCIFUL

AS gOD IS MERCIFUL

LUKE 6:36

DO NOT JUDGE

LUKE 6:37

NOTHING IS HIDDEN

THAT WILL NOT BE REVEALED

LUKE 8:17

 

Jesus SAID, My FAMILY
hEAR GOD’S word and obey it!

LUKE 8:21

EVEN THE WIND AND WATER

OBEY JESUS

LUKE 8:25

DECLARE WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU

LUKE 8:39

JESUS SAID, DO NOT BE AFRAID

ONLY BELIEVE

LUKE 8:50

jesus calls us to deny ourselves

and carry our cross

luke 9:23

LOVE THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR

HEART, SOUL, STRENGTH, AND MIND

LUKE 10:27

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR

AS YOURSELF

LUKE 10:27

SHOW MERCY TOWARDS

YOUR NEIGHBORS

LUKE 10:37

Give Mercifully

luke 11:41

do not disregard the

justice and love of god

luke 11:42

fear the one who has

authority to cast into hell

luke 12:5

do not fear - you are

very valuable to God

luke 12:7

be on guard against

every form of greed

luke 12:15

one’s life does not

consist of one’s possessions

luke 12:15

worry CANnot ADD

A Single hour to your life

luke 12:25

seek god’s kingdom

and he will meet your needs

luke 12:31

your heart is where

your treasure is

luke 12:34

Jesus will return at an
hour we do not expect

luke 12:40

to whom much is given

much is required

luke 12:48

Jesus will come

to cast fire upon the earth

luke 12:49

UNLESS YOU REPENT

you will all perish

luke 13:5

He WHO HUMBLES HIMSELF

WILL BE EXALTED

LUKE 14:11

Whoever does not follow me

cannot be my disciple

luke 14:27

there is joy in heaven

over the sinner who repents

luke 15:10

he who is faithful in little

will be faithful in much

luke 16:10

you cannot serve

god and wealth

luke 16:13

god knows our heartS

luke 16:15

What is valuable to men

is often detestable to god

luke 16:15

heaven and earth will pass away BEFORE

one stroke of GOD’S law WILL fail

luke 16:17

if your brother sins, GO TO him

if he repents, forgive him

luke 17:3

pray at all times

and do not lose heart

luke 18:1

god, be merciful to us sinners!

luke 18:13

permit the children to come to god

and do not hinder them

luke 18:16

unless we receive christ like a child

we will not see heaven at all

luke 18:17

do not commit adultery

luke 18:20

do not murder

luke 18:20

do not steal

luke 18:20

do not bear false witness

luke 18:20

honor your father and your mother

luke 18:20

come, follow me – Jesus

luke 18:22

what is impossible with man

is possible with God

luke 18:27

all things written in the bible

about Jesus will be accomplished

Luke 18:31

THE LORD CAME

TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST

LUKE 19:10

 

LEARN THE THINGS

THAT MAKE FOR PEACE

LUKE 19:42

 

MY HOUSE SHALL

BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER

LUKE 19:46

 

RENDER TO CAESAR

THE THINGS THAT ARE CAESAR’S

LUKE 20:25

 

RENDER TO GOD

THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD’S

LUKE 20:25

 

HE IS RISEN!

LUKE 24:6

 

IT WAS NECESSARY FOR

CHRIST TO SUFFER

LUKE 24:26

 

GOD FORGIVES THOSE WHO
REPENT AND FOLLOW CHRIST

LUKE 24:47

Published in Church Resources
Friday, 08 April 2011 16:51

Hebrews Church Sign Messages

HEBREWS CHURCH SIGN MESSAGES

GOD HAS SPOKEN THROUGH
HIS SON JESUS CHRIST
HEBREWS 1:2

JESUS IS THE RADIANCE
OF GOD’S GLORY
HEBREWS 1:3

JESUS UPHOLDS ALL THINGS
BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER
HEBREWS 1:3

DRAW NEAR TO GOD
AND RECEIVE MERCY
HEBREWS 4:16

DRAW NEAR TO GOD
AND FIND GRACE
HEBREWS 4:16

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE
FOR GOD TO LIE
HEBREWS 6:18

WE CAN ALWAYS
HOPE IN AND TRUST IN GOD
HEBREWS 6:18

MERE RELIGION
DOES NOT TAKE AWAY
THE PENALTY OF SIN
HEBREWS 10:4

 

WE ARE FORGIVEN
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
HEBREWS 10:10

JESUS WAS OFFERED
AS A SACRIFICE FOR SIN
HEBREWS 10:12

THE RIGHTEOUS LIVE
BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
HEBREWS 10:38

GOD IS FAITHFUL
TO HIS PROMISES
HEBREWS 10:23

PURSUE PEACE
WITH ALL MEN
HEBREWS 12:14

LET LOVE CONTINUE
HEBREWS 13:1

MARRIAGE IS
TO BE HONORED
HEBREWS 13:4

JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME
YESTERDAY AND TODAY AND FOREVER
HEBREWS 13:8

DO NOT NEGLECT
DOING GOOD
HEBREWS 13:16

Published in Church Resources
Friday, 08 April 2011 16:08

Romans Church Sign Messages

Romans Church Sign Messages

The Gospel is salvation
for everyone who believes
Romans 1:16

The Righteous
Live by Faith
Romans 1:17

God’s eternal power
is clearly seen in nature
romans 1:20

it is wrong to worship
what is created
rather than the creator
romans 1:25

when you judge another
you condemn yourself
romans 2:1

the judgment of God
rightly falls
romans 2:2

The kindness of God
leads us to repentance
Romans 2:4

THERE IS NO PARTIALITY WITH GOD
ROMANS 2:11

GOD WILL JUDGE PEOPLE’S SECRETS
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
ROMANS 2:16

NO PERSON IS
JUSTIFIED BY WORKS
ROMANS 3:20

GOD’ RIGHTEOUSNESS
COMES BY FAITH IN JESUS
ROMANS 3:22

ALL HAVE SINNED AND
FALL SHORT OF GOD’S STANDARD
ROMANS 3:23

FAITH IS CREDITED AS RIGHTEOUSNESS
ROMANS 4:5

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY
ROMANS 5:6

WE CANNOT BOAST TO
GOD OF OUR GOODNESS
ROMANS 4:2

We have peace with god
through our lord Jesus Christ
romans 5:1

there is no condemnation
for those in Christ
Romans 8:1

love does no wrong
to a neighbor
romans 13:10

whoever resists authority
resists god
romans 13:2

be at peace with all men
romans 12:18

overcome evil with good
romans 12:18

pay taxes for rulers
are servants of god
Romans 13:6

lay aside deeds of darkness
romans 13:12

if we live
we live for the lord
romans 14:8

Christ is lord of
the dead and the living
romans 14:9

we will all stand before
the judgment seat of god
Romans 14:10

each of us must
give an account to god
romans 14:12

the kingdom of god is
righteousness, peace and joy
romans 14:17

pursue the things
which make for peace
romans 14:19

pursue the things
which build up others
romans 14:19

let all people praise him!
romans 15:11

may you experience the FULLNESS
of the blessing of Christ
romans 15:29

strive together
in your prayers to god
romans 15:30

may the god of peace
be with you
romans 15:33

be wise in good
innocent in evil
romans 16:19

glory to god forever!
romans 16:27

Published in Church Resources
Saturday, 04 September 2010 18:49

Church Sign Ideas

Current Church Sign Ideas

Holiday Sign Messages
Luke Sign Messages
John Church Sign Messages
Romans Church Sign Messages
Hebrews Church Sign Messages
Psalm Church Sign Messages


1 Corinthians Church Sign Messages (coming soon)

2 Corinthians Church Sign Messages (coming soon)

 

Some Church Sign Principles

One of the best ways that a church can interact with its community is via its church sign (aka the church marquee). Often they are movable type, often they are lighted, often they are the only way passersby know anything about the church. Often the only understanding your neighbors have of your church comes from the church sign. That is why it is extremely important to take it seriously.

Despite its importance, in my opinion it seems that churches misunderstand and misuse the power of the church sign. Often church sign messages are so trite that they are just plain annoying. Sometimes they are way too harsh. Sometimes they are clouded by "churchese" lingo that only other church-people understand. Sometimes they are just confusing.

I've been our church's "sign guy" for over seven years and we've been blessed with countless people who first "heard" about our church through the church sign. It's one of the most common reasons people first visit our church (our website is the MOST common reason people hear about us; you can read my article on Good Church Web Design here). Some of our most committed, core people decided to first visit years ago because of our church sign.

But like many other church-sign-message-creators, I know what it's like having to come up with a message each week. I've had to come up with our church's message over 350 times. I know what it's like to go through the classic bouncing around steps that sign creators struggle with--hunting across the internet, buying church sign message books, flipping through Daily Bread Devotionals. Eventually, I pitched all that stuff and began just looking through the Bible. Having been doing this so long, as being that I am a pastor and have seen the tangible fruits of this ministry, I've developed some pretty concise thoughts on what churches should be doing with their church sign. What follows is my "Philosophy of Church Sign Messages"--I sincerely hope it blesses you and strengthens you in serving our Lord as you serve your community.

Know the Purpose
The most important point to understand about the church sign is its purpose. The church sign serves as a running dialog between the church and its neighbors. Since many of these neighbors drive by the church sign every day, a good church sign develops something akin to shepherding or discipleship. Each time your neighbors drive past your church, they will instinctively read your sign and take in its message. Over time, they will build an impression of who you are and what you're about. So with this daily exhange with your neighbors, what should you communicate?

Put Up God's Word - Because it Fulfills the Great Commission
To me there is only one answer and it's obvious: God's Truth. Now I have some biblical reasons for this. First, when you read Christ's final words to the apostles, Jesus laid out the master plan of what were to be doing in Matthew 28:19-20. His familiar commands was to: "Go into all the world making disciples..." That word "making disciples" is just a single verb in Greek that means "to disciple." Therefore, Christ's final commands were to disciple the nations.

In light of this as the final mandate from our Lord, I'm often surprised at how rarely I see churches posting God's Word. What a perfect venue to teach scripture to this hungry world. And yet churches seem to love posting cute messages that don't say anything of value. Compare the value of messages like "A sharp tongue will cut your own throat" and "Forbidden Fruits Makes Message Jams" with this one from scripture: "Jesus Is The Radiance of God's Glory - Hebrews 1:3". Which one honors God more? Which conforms to Matthew 28:19-20 more? Scripture just has beautiful weight that the cute/coy messages don't have.
God's Word has enough profound and sublime truths in it that we don't need to make up our own cute/coy messages. 

So if you are planning to disciple the nations, your marquee should contain the information God wants to convey to the world. The church sign messages should primarily be the words of scripture that apply to the general public. You should be putting up portions of the Bible that teach your neighbors about God. My hope and goal for our church sign is that because of our messages, the residents in our community have a more refined, indepth knowledge of the Lord just by virtue of driving by your church daily for years.

Put Up God's Word - Because it is the Means God Uses to Regenerate Souls
So once again, I believe that nearly all messages need to be directly tied to scripture. There is another important reason for this. If you look up James 1:28 and 1 Peter 1:28, you'll see that it's the Word of God that brings about regeneration of the soul. God wants us to be about disseminating His truth. Therefore, I seek to make my signs as close to scripture as possible. That way, if the person were to really take it to heart, they'd be taking the actual words of God to heart.

Put Up God's Word - Because it Teaches People Where to Go in Scripture
When I post scripture, I also like to bring the community verse-by-verse through the books of the Bible. This doesn't mean I cover every verse, but I do work through entire books from start to finish. This is why I have those other links at the top of this article--they are lists of passages designed for church signs that sequentially work through individual books of the Bible.

I know it's a bit of a long shot, but I do believe that there will be some people who will notice that I keep tying messages to specific books of the Bible. My hope is that after several weeks/months, they will actually have an idea of what the Bible book is about. I'd be thrilled to hear that someone's interest in Romans or Hebrews or John was piqued by our signs so that they actually broke open their Bible and read for themselves.

Along these same lines, I know first hand that many unbelievers (and some believers too!) view the Bible as a really thick book and they have no idea of what it contains. They may have heard that it has some great stuff in it, but for the life of them, they have no idea where to find it. Putting up God's Word tells them that the Bible has the real answers/truth their is looking for.

Therefore, another primary goal I have is to post the gems of scripture so that people can see for themselves that God's Word is full of rich and glorious truths. I am very selective on what verses I post. There's no sense in posting difficult, inscrutable verses that only confirm people's wrong view of God's irrelevance. For instance, recently I embarked upon taking our community through the Gospel of John. It didn't take me long to realize that so many of the truths we cherish as believers just don't make sense when boiled down to a church sign. I ended up having to pass over many/most of the best passages. Which brings me to my second point: 

Don't Post Fire and Brimstone
If we are discipling the nations, let's think through the normal process of discipleship. As a pastor, when I meet with someone to disciple, I  start with where they are at and then use God's truths to bring them to the next level. The same applies to church signs. Let's not find the most inflammatory verses to post--we don't do this in normal conversation or ministry, likewise let's not do this with our church sign either.

For this reason, I strongly suggest not putting up verses like "Repent or Ye Shall Likewise Perish." Certainly that is true, and certainly its what people need to hear and understand. Yet throwing this in the face of your commuting neighbors fails the basic discipleship principle of shepherding where you lovingly lead people along towards the Lord. Even when Christ said those "Repent" words, the whole culture was ready and primed for the coming of the Messiah. John the Baptist had been laying down the foundation of repentance for years. So when Jesus said "Repent!" it was in the context of the whole culture expecting His arrival. At this point, we need to realize we're working in communities where they don't even believe God exists, let alone that they need to repent of breaking His laws. But if we spend years putting up biblical principles, over time their hearts will be plucked by the Holy Spirit telling them that yet again, they are not following principles from His Word.

So the church sign message needs to strike that balance of not being overly harsh and "gotcha" but still giving the truths the world needs to hear. This is where my "through a book of the Bible" method really comes into play. If I am working through a book of the Bible, seeking out nuggets that are spoken to all people, I will often find truths that are comforting, encouraging, etc. Occasionally, I'll find truths that are strong and weighty. If I have already established a rapport with my neighbors, these "harsh" messages will be within a book that has many other truths as well. I trust that our neighbors will say, "wow, that's a strong message" but then say, "But then again, it's from that Roman's book and their messages are often very encouraging and meaningful to me. Maybe that harsh message is something I need to consider just as much as the encouraging ones!" So a strong message has to be in the midst of a long conversation where the reader has learned to trust the church's voice. However, if all I do is post "Turn or Burn" messages, the community ends up tuning out our church as being full of cranks.

Don't Be Trite, Coy or Kooky
This brings me to another important point-- the church needs to have a coherent/cohesive message. Generally, the most common mistake I see with church signs is a lack of a coherent "voice" or message with the community. I would imagine that many of these churches have wonderfully dedicated volunteers trying to come up with something to say. They might find some cool saying, or some coy catchphrase, or some gotcha saying, or something the pastor wants--the end result is that if it sounds good it gets posted. This may bring relief to the person having to come up with a new sign message all the time, but the voice ends ups being more schizophrenic than comforting as they fold in a morass of hopeful, trite, harsh, boring, and confusing messages. 

The most egregious example would be a message that I've seen more than once: "Forbidden Fruit Creates Messy Jam." That's coy and cute, but horrendous for a church sign. What in the world does that communicate to your neighbors? I can only imagine what it tells people: For the hard rocker, it just says your too trite to be trusted. For the wayward profligate, it says that you won't accept them. And in general it just says you're strange.

The same goes for wording such as "Join us for our CH_ _ CH--what's Missing, U R" Ugh. Why would I want to go to some place that's so unstable that they require me, a complete stranger, to fill in what's missing? Aren't they complete in Christ?

I wish I could call up these churches and explain to them that the world is not looking for cute, coy messages. At our church, we often have people tell us that they first decided to come to our church because of our church sign. I believe one of the reasons is because we don't use coy little phrases.
Now, I'm sure that the average passerby doesn't think this deeply about these kinds of signs which further reinforces my point--using trite messages actually teaches people to just to ignore your church. Rather than be ignored, I want people to read our church sign every week in hopes of gaining wisdom, teaching, inspiration, etc. I want them to begin thinking of us as a place they can readily find truth about God.

So going back to my main premise, good church sign messages distill God's word into a manageable portion that universally speaks God's necessary truth to unbelievers. For instance, right now our church sign says, "Come to God to Find Grace and Mercy - Hebrews 4:6". Compare that message with a local church's sign that also currently reads "Life has no pain that heaven can't heal." Our message cites chapter and verse (they almost always do) and it's a truth that can actually change a person's life. If they heed that message, they would be coming to God for grace and mercy. Now the other church sign could be good in theory, and it's not the worst I've seen by a long shot (there is also a church that currently says "The Gospel of the Wizard of Oz" -- I have no idea what that's about). But anyway, in the former case, I'd never post it because:

1) it doesn't really make sense
2) it offers a platitude for very real problems using a phraseology that I just don't think unbelievers can understand
3) it's not directly tied to scripture
4) it seems to be saying (to me at least) that death is better than life (while that is technically true, our immediate high school communities have had about 8 suicides in the past two years, so I'm not looking to bolster that idea in our area).

Don't Scold
Going on, I think the church should NOT scold the community or making political statements. We're to be about the Gospel, and while politics is important, our mission is to be the pillar and ground of truth in the world, not the pillar and ground of political controversy. Likewise, until the Lord regenerates a person, they will likely have horrendous political views and why make that a barrier to them coming to Christ? When they surrender to Him, their views on many issues will change, so leave that the the work of the Holy Spirit and not the church sign.

Invite People to Your Events
Another common message that I have on our church sign is essentially: Join Us! I often put up things we're doing to invite people. While it would be nice if people actually came, that is not my primary purpose. The reality is that people don't usually just walk into a strange church for an event. But constantly posting the events at the church tells the community that there is life in our church and that we actually WANT them to join in this life. Likewise constantly inviting people communicates that we genuinely will welcome them when they finally decide to come. I believe we've had visitors who decided to stop in to our church directly because we invited them from the church sign. 

Change The Message Frequently
Lastly, church sign messages should change frequently, preferably weekly (which is what we do). If we are truly discipling the community, then each week is a new opportunity to impart God's word to the world. Likewise, a weekly change communicates that your church is crisp, professional, trustworthy and that you've got your act together. Churches that leave the same message up for 3,4,5,6 weeks at a shot just says "Ho, hum, no worries, I'm just looking to fill this space, pay no attention, I don't really care if you read this or not anyway, just go about your business and we'll all be fine, thank you."

Feel Free to Use Our Church Sign Messages
So all this is to say that I have posted at the top of this page many church sign messages that we have used. Keep in mind that these are my "rough draft" messages. My process is to prayerfully work through a book and jot down some ideas (which are these) and then from here I give the messages to our sign volunteers who post them every week. It would be too much time for me to recreate my monthly lists that we actually post, and with so many "Join Us" messages, it wouldn't be helpful anyway. So these are my rough ideas, though usually they go up just as they are first conceived. There are a handful of messages that I've listed here that didn't actually make it to the marquee, but I include them because perhaps they would be useful in your situation.

Thanks for reading, I'd love to hear your feed back and ideas. If you have some messages that you'd like me to post, email them to me and if they make the cut, I'll give you credit.

All for God's Glory!

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