By: Ptr. Sur del Rosario
A number of us here at ICS must have asked ourselves, what’s in the 40th Anniversary Logo. Everybody knows that a logo graphically represents what an entity believes in and stands for. So, what is the meaning behind the logo that we adapted for our highly significant celebration in January of 2016?
4D+ stands for Four Decades Plus. We are celebrating four decades of God’s faithfulness in and through the church. 4D+ symbolizes every single moment that makes up the history of ICS- all the challenges and transitions it experienced as it seeks to be a “caring community connecting people to Christ” throughout its 40 years of existence.
+(Plus). Considering that there had been preparations prior to the first-ever worship celebration in 1976, we are including the plus (+). The “+” also directs us to the many more years of our undertakings as a church. ICS’ story, although shaped in the last 40 years, will continue to unfold in the years to come.
4D+ also stands for “FOR THE CROSS”. Using shortcut texts, typical to how people nowadays compose text messages, the 4D+ stands for “FOR THE CROSS”. ICS story is summed up in this phrase. The Cross of Christ is the story of every believer saved from sins and reconciled to God. The Cross of Christ embraced by ICS is why it pursues its missionary call to “reach all peoples with the Gospel of Christ.” It is the primary impetus that propels us to exert every effort so that everyone can “worship God” and be nurtured with the love of God. This phrase ought to be a constant reminder for every member of ICS to give their life for Jesus and live FOR THE CROSS of Him who suffered for us.
The boat and the ICS fire-dove. The church, no matter how it prepares for the sail, cannot move forward apart from the Wind of God, the Holy Spirit. In the logo, the characters 4 and D form the sail of the boat, aptly describing the church as the sailboat. The inclusion of the fire-dove logo of ICS is a prophetic assertion that the Holy Wind of God will work on us and lead us to sail forward. In Christ our Strength, we will move forward with the Spirit of God to go and make disciples of all nations.
The waves. These waves symbolize the discipleship movements we desire to establish as we move forward. What is truly satisfying as a church is that God would empower us so we can establish multiplying discipleship movements. We are tasked to “Go and Make Disciples” and that is exactly what we will do: establish discipleship movements or caring communities in every community.
To some, this logo may just be a drawing. To us here at ICS, this logo reminds us of our need to celebrate God’s goodness evident throughout the 40 years (and more) of ICS. Also, this challenges us, in the many more years to come, to move forward in the power of the Spirit with the mission of establishing discipleship movements here in this nation and wherever He directs us. God be praised!