You may wonder about our church logo - a pillars-and-dome structure with three crosses. For us, this logo is full of meaning, and evokes some special feelings. Please allow us to tell you the story behind our logo, and we think you will agree.
In March 2000, an arsonist destroyed our church building. After prayer and consideration, the congregation decided to build a new, larger facility at the same location. We designed the building to fit in with the architecture of Kingstowne, a planned community that had sprung up around the church property over the last forty years. With the completion and dedication of the new building in November 2005, we unveiled our new logo, a variation of the Kingstowne pillars-and-dome emblem.
The selection of the pillars-and-dome was more than just architecture, however. It shows our connection to the Kingstowne community. We are not just in Kingstowne, we are a part of Kingstowne. We live, work, play, and grow in Kingstowne and the surrounding areas, and we see them as our "Jerusalem" - a place to make an impact and change lives. Furthermore, the pillars-and-dome evokes the majesty of the monuments and memorials of nearby Washington, DC. Even more, it evokes the majesty of our heavenly Father. Truly, we worship the King at Kingstowne.
But why the three crosses? The three-cross symbol is not only on the front of our building, it's on our pews, our pulpit - even above the baptistery. Of course, the cross is a traditional Christian symbol, but why three rather than just one? The story of the three crosses traces back almost two thousand years ago, to a lonely hill called Golgotha, or Calvary.
According to Mark 15:27 and Luke 23:32-43, Jesus was crucified along with two thieves, one on each side of Him. Two men, condemned to die for the crimes they had committed. And so it is with us:
"And is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)
Just like those two thieves, we stand condemned for our sins:
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
"Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." (Romans 5:12)
The problem of sin separates us from a sinless, holy God and a perfect place called Heaven:
"For the wages of sin [what we've earned] is death..." (Romans 6:23a)
This spiritual death results in eternal separation from God, in a literal place the Bible calls "Hell":
"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power." (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)
As it was with the two thieves that hung beside Jesus, so it is with us. Like them, we are powerless to overcome our situation, powerless to bridge the gulf that separates us from God:
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have take us away." (Isaiah 64:6)
Any good thing we do, trying to earn eternal life in Heaven, is like a filthy rag in the sight of God - it does not help. What then can a person do? Are we all doomed to spend eternity in Hell, separated from God? Yes, unless God shows mercy (unmerited favor) upon us:
"Not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. (Titus 3:5)
"For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
God is willing to show mercy to us because Jesus, His son, died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin:
"But God commendeth [demonstrated] His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
Back to the two thieves: each was faced with a choice. One mocked Jesus, spurning His love and rejecting the mercy that was offered to him. The other responded, accepting mercy and the sacrifice that was made on his behalf. "This day," Jesus told him, "you will be with me in heaven."
Each of us faces that same decision today. The Bible makes it clear:
"He that believeth on me is not condemned, but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)
Which do you choose? If you would like to receive this gift of eternal life, accepting Jesus as your Savior, then pray this prayer - meaning it from your heart to God:
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and because of sin, I am separated from You. I believe your Son, Jesus, died on the cross to pay for all my sin, and I put my trust in that. The best I know how, I ask forgiveness for my sin and choose to rely on Jesus, by faith, to take me to Heaven when I die. Thank you for this assurance of Heaven. Amen.
The Bible assures us that, once we place our trust in Jesus, our sins are forgiven and we have a place in heaven:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life." (John 5:24)
Now you need to walk in the path of the new life that He has given you. The Bible says:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
To learn more about this new life, please read about the next steps - you can find them here.
If you were saved today, please contact us and let us know. We can assist you with additional information and direct you to a Bible-believing church in your area. If you live near us, we encourage you to attend our services and unite with us in worship and service. We have a place for you!