30 Jan Why are we called The Crown?
Why are we called the Crown?
So this is me – age 45 doing my first ever blog to celebrate the re-launch of the Crown’s Website
And for my debut, I wanted to talk about why we are called The Crown.
This year will be our 15th anniversary of meeting as a church – and back in the early days, we were desperate to find a name that suited us (“North Birmingham Church Plant” was a bit of a mouthful!) So we set out on the mission to find a name that wasn’t too ‘churchy’ but said a lot about us and describes who we are.
After a lot of prayer, discussions and crossing out, someone came up with the name “The Crown” and I loved it! One of my favourite Bible passages is Isaiah 62, and that’s where the name comes from.
David Pawson says that the Book of Isaiah is like the whole Bible in miniature; The Bible has 66 books; Isaiah has 66 chapters.
The Old Testament is made up of 39 books and the New Testament 27.
Isaiah is split into two – most commentaries come in 2 sections – Chapters 1-39 and chapters 40-66
The first 39 chapters of Isaiah deal with the Holiness of God and with His People Israel – good parts, bad parts, the nations around them and glimpses of hope:
And then, for the last 27 chapters, mirroring the 27 books of the New Testament, everything changes, and chapter 40 starts with:
A voice of one calling:
“In the desert prepare
the way for the Lord (Isa 40:3)
This foreshadows John the Baptist declaring this verse as his job description, heralding in the start of Jesus’ Ministry.
Then there are 9 chapters bringing comfort to God’s People, followed by 9 chapters about the Suffering Servant – this amazing glimpse Isaiah had of the Mission of Jesus.
And then the last 9 chapters talk about Future Glory – God’s outworking of His Mission, all nations coming to Him, and the establishing of His Perfect Reign.
As I said, we chose the name of the Crown from chapter 62, which comes in this context:
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
her salvation like a blazing torch.
The nations will see your righteousness,
and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
You will be a crown of splendour in the Lord’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
No longer will they call you Deserted,
or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah,
and your land Beulah;
for the Lord will take delight in you,
and your land will be married.
As a young man marries a maiden,
so will your sonsmarry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:1-5)
We thought that this passage covers a lot of the things that matter to us:
We’re here for God’s Glory – The point of crowns in the Bible is for them to be layed at the feet of Jesus so all glory goes to Him.
We’re here so the Nations will see God’s Glory – Birmingham has so many nationalities – we love being a multicultural church and believe that this demonstrates His Wisdom.
We’re here to bring God’s Love to a desolate place – we know Birmingham is an amazing place, but over the years Handsworth hasn’t always had the best reputation! We are here to see God change it into something treasured and delighted in. He loves to do that!
Martin White April ‘14