The Meaning of the Fourth Baptist Church Logo
The Fourth Baptist Church logo has great significance and meaning for our church.
The color red was chosen around the circle to signify the birth of Fourth African Baptist Church on Sunday, June 26, 1859, during the Christian season of Pentecost, which begins on the seventh Sunday after Easter Sunday. The said Easter Sunday was on Sunday, April 17, 1859, and the Pentecost Sunday was on June 5, 1859. The color for Pentecost is red.
The color gold was chosen for the lettering around the circle for FBC, Kristo, Uhuru, and 1859 to signify the brightness of the new day that was dawning for the twenty-three enslaved Africans under their new freedom in Jesus Christ.
The gold Cross further signifies that the twenty-three enslaved Africans that founded the Fourth African Baptist Church believed that, though they were enslaved, they could be free in Christ and that He would one day make them free indeed.
Kristo Uhuru is Swahili for Christ and Free. We are not sure what particular African dialect our forefathers and our foremothers spoke when they arrived at Port Comfort, Virginia; however, Swahili is used to signify that they most likely spoke in some African dialect. No matter what language they spoke, when they heard the Word in John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed,” they trusted in Jesus Christ to make them free indeed!
The white dove outlined in gold with an olive branch in its mouth again signifies Pentecost and the peace and hope that Christ brought to them when they heard His Word, which is represented by the Bible, outlined in gold, at the bottom of the cross.
The dark African hands reaching for the gold cross signifies the twenty-three enslaved Africans that founded the Fourth African Baptist Church.
What has God called Fourth Baptist Church to do?
God has called Fourth Baptist Church to preach the Good News to all generations and to transform them into committed, liberated, empowered modern-day followers of Jesus Christ. (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20)
What has God called Fourth Baptist Church to become?
God has called Fourth Baptist Church to become “A Church for all Generations”. (Proverbs 29:18)
Fourth Baptist is a church where generations of families have come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Fourth Baptist is a church that welcomes all generations (i.e. Builders (1945 and before), Boomers (1946-1964), Busters (1965-1976), Millennials (1977-1995) and Generation Z (1996-To Date).
Why has God called Fourth Baptist Church into existence?
God has called Fourth Baptist Church, under the power of the Holy Spirit, to be a Christian witness to all generations in Church Hill, the City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Hanover County, Henrico County and, the World. (Acts 1:8)
- Love (Jesus has given us a new commandment to love on another. John 13:34)
- Unity (Jesus prayed that we might be one. John 17:20-23)
- Kindness (Paul admonishes us to be kind to one another. Ephesians 4:32)
- Humility (We are encouraged to clothe ourselves with humility in regards to one another. 1 Peter 5:5)
- Prayer (Jesus said that men should always pray and not lose heart. Luke 18:1)
- Service (Jesus has told us that the greatest among us must be our servant. Mark 10:43)”
- Discipleship (Jesus has commanded us to make disciples. Matthew 28:19-20)
- Hospitality (Peter encourages us to be hospitable to one another. 1 Peter 4:9)
- Spirituality (Paul admonishes us that it better to be spiritually minded. Romans 8:6)
- Interdependence (Paul admonishes us that the members of the body of Christ are interdependent. 1 Corinthians 12:15-26)
- Stewardship (We are encouraged to be good stewards of all that the LORD has given us. Malachi 3:8, Luke 14:28)
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