It is a stylized hand print with a cross.
Note that the vertical line of the cross is a pointed nail.
The hand symbolizes our involvement with our brothers and sisters currently enduring persecution.
The cross represents their suffering, as well as that of our Lord Jesus.
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Our Doctrinal Statement
- We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, a personal faith in Jesus Christ (and regeneration by the Holy Spirit) is absolutely essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: the saved unto the resurrection of life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe that Satan is a defeated foe but is still alive and active today and is the enemy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
God's story, our motivation|
We believe Scripture to be the infallible and inspired Word of God, teaching us everything we need to know of God's creating, redeeming, and sustaining work in the world.
In the Old Testament, God the Father called a chosen people who were blessed to be a blessing. God, through Israel, began revealing his plan of salvation through giving his law, forgiving his people, and laying the groundwork for the coming Messiah.
The Messiah, or Christ, is revealed more fully in the New Testament. In Jesus Christ, we find the continuing work of God's plan for salvation through His atoning sacrifice on the cross which opened the salvation of God to all people in every corner of the world. And through the Holy Spirit, God continues to call men and women, Jew and Gentile, free and persecuted, of every race and color to Himself. And for these, Christ will return one day to establish his perfect kingdom.
Therefore, we know...
...our God is working in our world today.
He is drawing all people unto Himself. Our God is not hampered by political or religious systems or geopolitical boundaries or the sinfulness of man. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself. (John 12:32)
...the Lord has called us to tell the world about Him.
We are to spread the good news, or gospel, of Jesus Christ throughout the world. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
...we can expect persecution.
There will be resistance to this message. Jesus Himself endured it, as did the apostles and countless other believers throughout the centuries. "I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields -- and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.
...we must pray for those under persecution. As brothers and sisters worldwide, we stay unified by praying for one another. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. (Hebrews 13:3)
...God will enable us to forgive.
From the cross, Jesus asked forgiveness for those who had put Him there. Paul reminds us to do the same: Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (Romans 12:14)
...victory will happen in the context of love.
We fight a spiritual battle that is already won. As we enter this conflict in the heavenlies, we are to show love here on earth. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35)
...we can expect our God to do great things. Despite these trials, Jesus promises us power though faith in Him: I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.