“But you will recieve power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.” -Jesus last words on planet earth as recorded in Acts 1:8
As followers of Jesus, we are on a mission. Filled by the amazing presence of the Holy Spirit, we are guided into truth, transformed by love, and given hope for our future. In Acts, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit to do the supernatural… healings, prison breaks, thousands of conversions, faceoffs with governing officials… and the worlds biggest movement was born! The ripple effects are still being felt to this day!
Our logo reflects this mission and power from God. Most people recognize that it is the three C’s – Christ, Community, and Church. But it is organized in such a way that we can see one life, filled by the Holy Spirit, has ripple effects that can multiply exponentially. One church, filled by the Holy Spirit, has ripple effects that can change a city or change the world.
The genesis of the logo comes directly from Jesus’ last words in another way as well. Jesus told his followers to be his witnesses in concentric circles – the city of Jerusalem, the regions of Judea and Samaria (the next bigger circle…a land mass about the size of New Jersey), and the final huge circle… to the ends of the earth! I am so glad that the disciples followed this model. There is a church in Omaha, NE because of 2000 years of faithfulness to this mission.
We too, are to represent Christ in a similar manner. We are to be a witness, and influence, a kingdom outpost… in our immediate environment (Omaha, or Bellevue, or Papillion, or Blair…), then in our county (The Omaha/Council bluffs metro) and again to the ends of the earth. Our logo reminds us of the concentric circles of our mission to the city, state and world!
This has been our mission, our philosophy and our dream for 89 years. I pray that every time you encounter the CCC logo, you will remember the last words of Jesus and the mission he has left you on!
***Special thanks to David Holt for this picture from his Facebook posts!