We have a new logo! The question is why? I guess a simple answer would be; we needed an update. As great as our previous logo was, (thanks Jeremy McBride) these things from time to time just need an update. I wouldn't say that the process was a simple one. Such things are very subjective in nature, different people like different things. Nevertheless, we thought that this one fit our brief really well. So what was our brief and what does our logo mean?
Well of course, on a very simple level, the logo is grounded in our local community- and simply depicts a flowing river inside a stone, making it a symbol that honours our home suburb, “Riverstone”.There is no more to this logo than just "tribute to Riverstone." As elders and leaders we wanted our logo to have significant theological meaning and substance- to say something of speaks of who we are? So our logo features some potent symbols that depict who we are as God’s people. So what are those symbols?
The Empty Cross:
Hardly original- but certainly significant, our logo includes an empty cross. This symbol is of course right at the heart of our Christian identity. Our hope is in a crucified and resurrected Messiah. The empty cross points to two climactic moments in redemptive history. The saving death of Christ with all of its demonstration of the love of God and his redemptive power and the glorious resurrection of Christ that so clearly reveals the victory of God and the enthronement of Jesus as Gods’ becoming king.
In both Ezekiel 47 and Revelation 22 the authors of scripture depict the presence of the Lord as a life giving river- under whose influence the people flourish and prosper and find life and vitality. It is of course our hope and desire that our church be a place in which God’s life giving presence flows like a river, to bring new life, healing and flourishing. Our logo seeks to depict this reality in picture form, to reveal something of who we are and what we hope to be by the grace of God.
It just so happens that the word “stone” in the providence of God, seems to be packed full of theological weight also. In 1 Peter 2:4-10, Jesus is depicted as the cornerstone whose life giving ministry creates “living stones,” who in turn minister. As they minister they do so out of what is derived from the cornerstone- they are renamed a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God whose role is to declare the praises of God. Now that sounds like a mandate and a mission to be the church.
Sure on one level- a logo is just a picture but it is our hope- that whenever you look at it; you might be inspired, reminded and encouraged about who we are and what we are called to be.
In his service, with gratitude from Marcus
(A minister of Riverstone Baptist Church)