October reminds us that we are in the ‘home stretch’ of 2015. Fall is here, and Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner. Here at First Baptist, we begin a series of small meetings in the spirit of having meaningful dialog within the congregation. It is our hope that after these meetings we will move forward in great ways as a church.
Even as we prepare for these conversations, we revisit what was posted here some time ago, as well as last year. We view it again as a friendly and necessary reminder. At that time we visited the concept of our church logo. The basic definition of a logo is a design that symbolizes an organization. With this in mind, this logo will symbolize for years to come what First Baptist Church, Lauderdale is all about.
This logo is anchored in the Church Motto created during the pastorate of Dr. H. Clark Nabrit, “Witnessing for God in the Crossroads of the Mid-South”. It encapsulates the church’s DNA. A crossroads is where two or more roads converge. Most cities were formed at the junction of a major crossroad or geographical location; Memphis is no different. Our church is located in the crossroads of our region, implying that we have a major role to play in its midst.
What is our role? Our motto reminds us that we ‘witness for God.’ The church itself is based on the witness of Peter and the response of Jesus in Matthew 16:16-18: Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Add this to the instructions of Jesus to teach and be witnesses in Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 1:8, and our assignment is clear—we are to be witnesses. The crossroads, Memphis skyline, and the Cross represent that our church since 1865 is a representative witness of Jesus Christ in the Bluff City.
We will see this logo often. It will be a visual shorthand of where we’ve been, and where we’re going. It is also a reminder of the continual goodness of God. Finally, it is a prompt to us to live up to the thrust of our motto—“Witnessing for God in the Crossroads of the Mid-South”.
Peace and Love,
Noel G. L. Hutchinson, Jr., Pastor