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Pastor Pullam’s Walkthrough
As Christians, we believe and proclaim the cross of Calvary as the place where Jesus Chirst made the ultimate sacrifice and died for the salvation of humanity. This is why it is also central to Emmanuel’s church logo. Here we can see the cross beams depicted with arrows. The vertical beam is pointing up to symbolize our UP REACH and mission to be “In Tune With God.” The horizontal beams point out representing our OUT REACH and goal to be “In Touch With Man.” Luke 2:52, when speaking of Jesus, says that He “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” The logo and the cross serve as our reminder and motivation to be like Christ in this way.
We believe that, if one is not very mindful, it is highly possible to be “so heaven bound that we’re no earthly good.” This is why our purprose, pursuit, vision, and mission don’t stop with simply the UP REACH (our worship). We know our primary function is to “love God with all our hearts, all our minds, and all our souls and that this is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-28) However, Jesus didn’t stop there. At verse 39 He declares, “and the second is like it; Love your neighbor as yourself.” We can’t claim to love God, whom we have not seen, and not love our brother/sister we see every day. (1 John 4:20) So, we stretch out our hands toward the saint and the sinner. Toward the saint in discipleship and toward the sinner in evangelism.
The Apostle Paul declares, in 2 Timothy 4:8, “henceforth there is now laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me on that day – and not to me only, but to all those who love His appearing.” So we are motivated, yeah even excited, that “we shall wear a crown.” However, there is a requirement… Paul said, “henceforth” meaning something preceeded it. What was that? “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) Before we wear a crown, we must bear a cross. Notice, in our Logo, the cross sits in front of the crown. This is because the fact is, “no cross, no crown.” It is both a matter of our FAITH IN the work of the cross, and our DEDICATION TO the work of the cross. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 16:24, “whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
In the old hymn “Sweet Sweet Spirit,” it exclaims in the chorus “sweet Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly dove, stay right here with us, filling us with Your love…” In the Holy Scriptures we are told that, when Jesus was baptized at the inauguration of His public ministry, “He saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him, and behold a voice from heaven said, ‘this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.'” As people of the Most High God, we believe, upon our faith, we are “baptized into one spirit and given one spirit to drink.” (1 Corinthians 12:13) We also witnessed the coming of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 just as the Lord promised in Acts 1:8. The Holy Spirit is the residing presnce of Christ resting upon, and living within, to empower us as witnesses throughout the world. So, we see the dove in the logo as a representation of God’s spirit in, over and through our lives.