Why the Tree?
About Our Graphic Identity
Our purpose at Wawasee Bible is to see people transformed into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
Symbolism of Our Purpose in this Identity
- The image of a tree is used in different places in scripture to represent people and to represent growth and transformation. Jeremiah 17:7-8 talks about the goal of being like a tree planted by the water whose roots go deep and provide nourishment and hope and fruit even when the droughts of life come. Paul and Jesus both talk about our lives bearing spiritual fruit like that of a tree. God’s people collectively are also referred to as a living organism in Scripture, even as an olive tree with Jewish roots and Gentiles being grafted in.
- Spiritual transformation is often one of slow, steady growth. The life cycle of a tree very much mirrors the way a Christian should grow and be transformed into maturity. What began as a small seed becomes a powerful monument of life and strength as it is nurtured and slowly matures over time.
- On the tree are ﬁve leaves, symbolizing the ﬁve traits of a fully devoted follower of Jesus: Learn Continually, Worship Passionately, Love Selflessly, Give Generously, Live Missionally. The leaves also, being of different shape and color, symbolize the value of diversity within the church.
- Jesus Christ died on a tree, and through his death and resurrection provides sustaining life for his people.
- At the base of the tree is the subtle outline of an open bible formed by its roots, symbolizing our desire to be deeply rooted in the power of the Word of God and the illumination of the Holy Spirit.