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Why do we call our fellowship ‘Logos Community Church?’

Our desire is that the word Logos will find a deep seated meaning in your life and that it will become synonymous with a life changing experience.

 

 


You will notice that under our logo, there is a very short purpose statement for Logos Community Church. Our purpose is very simple, namely, ‘To Know God, and to Make Him Known.’ But somebody has done this long before us, and that someone is Jesus Christ the Son of God who was born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. In John 1:1 Jesus is called the ‘Logos’ which is translated ‘Word’. The humanity of Christ becomes abundantly clear in verse 14 where it says: "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

The Greek word ‘Logos’ carries the thought of idea, thought, reason or expression.  Words are what we use to express what we think. Now why would John use this word ‘Logos’ to speak of the Messiah? The word ‘Logos’ communicates something very powerful about the Lord Jesus. When Jesus Christ came to this earth He made God known to us in a way that we otherwise could never have known God.  Jesus was literally the audible expression of God in all He said and did; in other words, He was the continuous visible expression of the invisible God. Think about it. You cannot see God but when you see Jesus you see the visible expression of the invisible God. John 1:18 (NIV) says: "No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known." So Jesus came to this earth to explain God, to reveal God and to make God known.

We can put it in another way. The only begotten God has explained God in the person of Himself in Jesus. This is such a powerful statement. God the Son who is God has made God the Father who is God known. The eternal Son has made the eternal Father known. Jesus said that He came from God, God sent Him and this is what John is claiming.


 

 

Now, for Jesus to make God known means that Jesus knew God. Well besides being God, Jesus in His humanity came from God, because "the Word (Logos) became flesh and dwelt among us". Jesus could therefore express the mind of God, the thoughts of God the plans of God. He was literally God’s utterance on earth unveiling that secret and hidden wisdom of God. What God thinks and speaks comes into being and in Christ we know what God thinks about holiness that is why Jesus revealed holy living, we know what God thinks about sin, that is why Jesus died for sin, because all is an expression of the mind of God. Listen to Hebrews 1:1-2 (NIV)  where this is explained beautifully: " In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe."

So Jesus is the ‘Logos’, or the “Word’, He is the language of God, He is the visible expression of God, He is the one who exegetes or explains God for us.

When Jesus was on earth He reminded His disciples that as the Father had sent Him, He was now sending them. Now we know that His purpose for coming to this earth was to seek and to save the lost. Therefore we, who now through our Lord Jesus Christ know God, have a responsibility to make Him known. Therefore our purpose is: “to know God and to make Him known.” That is why Paul can say: “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:5-6, NIV)

 

So, if you know Him, why not join us in making Him known?