After much discussion, we came up with a logo, along with a line below it. It is embedded on the business card we created for our beloved pastor. Check it out.
What does it mean?
The overall character is Chinese for King, Lord, or Sovereign.
1. The name of our church is Sovereign Mercy Church, and we believe that the Gospel of Christ is revealed and received not by the free will of man but by the sovereign act of God, so that no one may boast. God is our sovereign, ordaining and effecting all things that come to pass.
2. Christ is the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, and one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Christ Jesus is Lord. We look forward to the day when the will of God will be done on earth, just as in heaven.
3. All who confess that Christ is Lord will be saved. We are Evangelicals, proclaimers of the Good News, that Christ is King and all who follow Him will be saved. We long to be a fulfillment of Isaiah 52:7, proclaiming to Zion with beautiful feet, "your God reigns!"
Our logo is composed of 3 parts, nicely fitting in with the name of our church.
1. Sovereign - The top bar represents God standing and ruling from on high.
2. Mercy - The connecting piece is the cross, the representative of what Christ has done on our behalf, bearing the cross that he might bring us to God. This is mercy, bringing Heaven down to earth.
3. Church - We are here on earth, the church, and we are bridged to God only by the grace of God through the mercy of Christ.
Below the logo is the line, in red, "follow me."
This is a quotation of Jesus Christ, whose words are recorded in Mark 1:17 and Matthew 4:19 addressing his first disciples.
1. Not just an invitation, but a command - This is a call of Christ to follow Him. To walk in His ways and obey His commands. It is a call to discipleship, with all its costs.
2. A lifelong journey - Following Christ is not just a decision, but a life. We abhor the idea that one can be a carnal Christian, professing Christ but not living it. We recognize that the inward transformation of God's sovereign mercy on our hearts will have an outward effect in our love for God and our neighbors.
3. A sovereign act - In God's sovereign mercy, Peter and Andrew could no more deny Christ's command than Lazarus could disobey Christ's call to come out. Once again, we are pointed back to the name of our church, Sovereign Mercy.