What does our logo mean?
The purpose of a symbol is to point to big realities and ideas in a simple, creative way that people can identify with and relate to. Our church logo is meant to simply and creatively point to some of the biggest realities and ideas in the bible: Christ as King, the Kingdom of God, and the church as the people of God's Kingdom. The bible speaks of these big realities in ways that are meant to shape how we view the world and live our daily lives, and our hope is that our church logo will remind us of these things.
King and Kingdom
The Apostle Paul said that God has “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:13-14). By the grace of God, we are the redeemed people of Christ's kingdom, saved from sin and death into eternal life with Jesus.
“By the grace of God, we are the redeemed people of Christ's kingdom, saved from sin and death into eternal life with Jesus.”
So the kingdom of God has come in Christ (Mark 1:14-15), and we belong to it through faith in Christ, but the kingdom is not fully here yet. When Christ returns, he will bring the kingdom of God in its fullness (Rev. 12:10), and God will dwell with and reign with his people forever in the new creation (Rev. 22:4-5). Until that day, the church lives in the world as a foretaste of the kingdom of God, participating in and displaying God's kingdom to the world truly, but not fully. We give the world a taste of God's kingdom when we sacrifically love like Jesus, extend God's grace to enemies, care for the poor, and look after the widow and orphan.
Every local church operates as an embassy of heaven on earth, living faithfully as the people of God's kingdom in the midst of the world. We are God's kingdom citizens, with a hopeful political-theological message to our world: “Christ is King!” The symbol in our logo is meant to give a sense of these realities.
Crown and Community
Our symbol looks like both a crown and a community of people joined together. The crown-image symbolizes that Christ is King, and the community-image symbolizes that we are the people of God's kingdom (the church), unified in Christ. We live as the people of God's kingdom, an embassy of heaven on earth, pointing to the day when heaven and earth are one, and we reign with Christ forever. As citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20), we assemble every Sunday to worship our Lord, hear his word, and be sent back into the world as his ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:17-20). So here's the big idea: Our logo points to the reality that Christ is King (crown), and we are the people of his kingdom (community), assembling together as a local church.
“Our logo points to the reality that Christ is King (crown), and we are the people of his kingdom (community), assembling together as a local church.”
The “eschatological” (final/fulfilled/end times) assembly of God's kingdom-people is presented in a vision as a diverse multitude of worshipers from every nation and every generation, gathered around the throne of God, crying out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:9-10). These big ideas, biblical realities, and visions of heaven and new creation are the meaning our logo concept points to, and the inspiration for our church's vision statement, to be a diverse, multi-generational family of believers who live together as Christ's body for the good of our city.
As the people of God's kingdom and the body of Christ in the world, we love our neighbors, serve our city, and bring good news to all that Christ is King. This is our calling, from East Austin to the ends of the earth, until Jesus returns and brings God's kingdom to its fulfillment.