We designed a logo a few years ago to express some key ideas about our church. We chose a mountain theme because of their importance to our area and lifestyle. Mountains shape the way we live and they attract people to the Flathead Valley with their beauty. By including them in our logo we are saying we are a local church committed to this place and the unique people of our community.
We also included a path leading up through the mountains. The path expresses our belief that the Christian faith is like a journey with a beginning and a final destination. The beginning of our spiritual journey, whether that’s baptism or conversion experience, is just the first step in a life of spiritual pilgrimage.
Jesus said, come follow me. We are called not simply to believe but to be disciples who live out their Christian Faith
Jesus said, come follow me. We are called not simply to believe but to be disciples who live out their Christian Faith like these verses in Philippians 2:12-15 describe, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed– not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence– continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.”
The Christian journey shapes us for our final destination, heaven, but on the way we are shaped and prepared to live with God. We are learning to live like Christ, becoming stars that shine in the universe. That doesn’t happen overnight. Spiritual formation is a hard work that simply does not happen in a hurry. It is never a quick-fix. The journey can be hard, but that’s not always a bad thing. Here’s how the Bible describes the process that happens to us. “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:10-12
Across the logo, we placed a scroll to represent the Scripture. We chose to use a scroll, instead of a book, because it reminds us of the ancient nature of the church. For thousands of years, the Old and New Testaments were recorded on individual scrolls. It wasn’t until the third or fourth century that anything resembling a Bible as we know it was put together. The scroll is a reminder of our roots in the Church of the past especially how Christians from the very beginning are dependent on the Word of God. As it says in Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Our church values the Bible and believes that it is more than a human book. The Holy Spirit moved the prophets, apostles and evangelists and inspired them to write as they did. This message contained in the pages of the Bible is where spiritual life begins.
This message contained in the pages of the Bible is where spiritual life begins.
The story of the Gospel, of what Jesus Christ has done for us is so powerful that when we understand it and grasp it’s meaning the message opens our minds and more. Our whole being becomes infused with the Holy Spirit. Something happens in us, in our spirits. Something comes alive. That life continues to grow as we grow in our understanding of the Bible and in our relationship with Jesus.
Finally, notice the font. The font looks old, almost Celtic. We chose it to remind us of the history we share with Christians of all ages. In a church like ours, we can do that authentically. We are part of a church whose history can be traced back through the centuries to the apostles themselves. But the font was chosen especially for how the capital T looks like a cross.
The Gospel requires the Cross because if there was another way to save us from our sins, … God would have found it.
The Cross is at the center of what our church is about. The Gospel requires the Cross, because if there was another way to save us from our sins, if there was another way to bring light to a dark world, if there was another way to heal relationships between God and people, if there was another way to heal relationships between, neighbors, nations, spouses, families; God would have found it. But there wasn’t a way to cleanse the sin from every human heart without inflicting God’s terrible justice except this one. Jesus Christ on the cross took the sins of the world on himself he entered the darkness and felt the Father’s wrath so that you and I could be welcomed before the throne of God. The message of Christ crucified is at the heart of what we do and what we believe. As we grow in understanding of the suffering and cost of what Jesus did for us our hard hearts melt and God grows within us a living loving heart.