Our Logo: Light and Heat

PClogo_fnlWe’d like to explain three elements in our logo that will help you get a feel for the ethos of our congregation.

The first two elements are the flame and its glow representing light and heat.  The images mean to communicate the concept of the Puritan preaching as explained by Dr. Bruce Bickel in his book, Light and Heat: The Puritan View of the Pulpit:  “The Puritan’s concern was light and heat–light from the pure Word of God to penetrate the darkness of the heart and soul of the hearer, heat from the pathos and passion of the heart and soul of the preacher to bring about conviction.”  This of course recognizes complete dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit both in the preacher of the Word and the hearers of the Word, so the pastor prays the plea John Owen instructs, “make the preaching successful”.  And he expects, in and out of season, to see the Spirit work.  This is why the Westminster Larger Catechism #155 says that “The Spirit of God maketh the reading of the Word, but especially the preaching of the word, an effectual means of enlightening, convincing, and humbling sinners; of driving them out of themselves, and drawing them unto Christ; of conforming them to his image, and subduing them to his will; of strengthening them against temptations and corruptions; of building them up in grace, and establishing their hearts in holiness and comfort through faith unto salvation.”

The third element of our logo is the personality statement at the bottom, “Saved by the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit.”  This recognizes God’s sovereign grace in saving His elect through regeneration.  It is all His work.  It also emphasizes that God saves us unto good works and a holy life.  Galatians 5:25 is primarily behind this statement: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”  Pure theology must be joined with purity of life — wisdom and truth with godliness and holiness.  The Protestant Reformation further developed by the Puritans was a Biblical movement not only seeking a pure faith, but a pure practice.  Our lifestyle must match our life’s doctrine.  The two go hand in glove all through the Scriptures: “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself …” (Psalm 4:3).  Here the Puritans left us their lives as a legacy along with their legacy of sound doctrine that we aim to emulate. Dr. Bickel also writes, “Puritanism grew out of three central concepts: the New Testament pattern of personal piety, sound doctrine, and properly ordered church life … Genuine godliness is the child of the royal marriage of truth with grace, and the godly Puritan was a child of both parents.”