Why

The Ridge

The Ridge Bible Church

The Ridge Bible Church logo

It is always interesting to consider what an organization’s name and logo are based on. The following are just a few of the ideas that are represented by, and in, our name, “The Ridge Bible Church”, the mountain ridge logo with its three distinct peaks, and its crimson red coloration against a white background.

The short version is that “The Ridge” is intended to be a conversation starter. The fact that you clicked on this page is proof that it works! When you get to name a church, or, in our case, rename it, you have an opportunity to communicate things about your organization, whether that be its theology, its values, or what it aspires to. In the case of our name and logo combination, there are a number of ideas at play, but essentially, the mountain ridge is a metaphor for the Christian life.

Based on the idea that the Holy Spirit indwells a follower of Christ, and is our guide in life, the illustration (originally called the “High Ridge of Discipline”) uses a narrow mountain ridge as a metaphor for the journey of following Christ. This journey is dangerous if we misstep, lest we fall off the ridge to either side.

On one side of the ridge is the valley of legalism, in which we are tempted to trust in our own righteousness through performance under the law, rather than wholly trusting in the imputed righteousness of Christ alone. Trusting in our own works is deadly, as the Apostle Paul very effectively argued in his letter to the Ephesians.

On the other side is the valley of laxity, or licentiousness. This is the side we will fall into if we buy into the lie that since we have intellectually assented to Jesus as our savior, we then are covered by grace – no matter what we then do. Paul also argued passionately against this error, going so far as to say in his letter to the Galatians, “God will not be mocked”. That warning should send a chill down the spine of anyone who thinks they can live however they choose while claiming to be a follower of Christ.

Jesus taught in the Gospel of John that if we truly abide in him, we will bear much fruit (i.e. the fruit of the Spirit, such as love, joy, peace, patience, etc.), which are the characteristics, or traveling skills, if you will, for remaining on the narrow path towards Christlikeness. So, in the end, the high mountain ridge is a metaphor for the Christian life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The ridgeline image has three distinct peaks, yet they are all a part of the same mountain; just like the Trinity, they are the same age, the same substance, and they stand in unity, yet there are clear distinctions between them.

Finally, the bottom line of the logo, and for us culturally, is that “we are a Bible church”. This means we rely on the Word of God as our final authority in all our endeavors.

There’s much more to the story, so if you would like to learn more about our church, please contact us here.