Beliefs

Providence Church is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America .

God

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled, and renewed.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus, Israel’s promised Messiah, was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church

We believe that the true Church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true Church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living

We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor, and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ’s Return

We believe in the personal, bodily, and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service, and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer

Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from salvation on and it is God’s intent for those who are born again to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is sovereign in bestowing gifts to the Church for the perfecting of the saints, not to manifestly glorify Himself or the gifts. Therefore, it is requested that the gift of tongues not be exercised or promoted at any function associated with this church.

John 16:13; Rom. 8:9;Eph. 5:18; 1 John 2:20,27;1 Cor. 11:8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11;1 Cor. 14:1-4; Eph. 4:7-12; Heb. 2:1-4

The Sanctity of Human Life

Human life is a gift from God to be cherished from the time of conception until natural death. All humans have the God-given right and responsibility to enjoy the length of life willed by their Creator. God is sovereign over the giving and taking of life. Human life begins at conception, each soul an immediate creation of God, and continues until the soul is separated from the body in death.

Gen. 1:27; Job 10:8-10; Ps. 139:13-16; Eccl. 12:7; Rom. 5:12;1 Peter 4:1-2.

Human Sexuality

All humans are created by God as either male or female. Sexual relations between husbands and wives are commended by God, solely to be enjoyed within the married estate. Premarital, extramarital, and homosexual relations are prohibited in Holy Scripture.

Gen. 1:27; 2:18-24; Ex. 20:14; Lev. 18:22;Rom. 1:26-27 1 Cor. 6:9-10, 18; Heb. 13:4).

Marriage and Family

God has ordained that the family is an agent by which He has set forth to accomplish His purpose in Christ, and the foundation of the family is marriage. The blessings and obligations of marriage are permanent. They are legitimately terminated by death, adultery, or desertion. Husbands and wives have joint responsibility for the physical and spiritual well-being of one another and their children in marriage. However, God has appointed men to exercise loving corporeal and spiritual leadership within their homes and to be the primary agents for the furtherance of the Christian faith within their own families and throughout the world.

Jer. 29:6; Mal. 2:16;Mk. 10:7-9; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:1-17;Deut. 6:1-9; Eph. 5:22-31; 6:4;Col. 3:21

Teaching and Leadership Roles

Both men and women should utilize their spiritual giftedness within the parameters outlined in Holy Scripture. However, the general oversight and teaching ministries within the local church are limited by Scripture to men who meet the Biblical requirements. Women have vital oversight and teaching ministries within the Church to women and children.

1 Cor. 14: 33-37; 1 Tim. 2:9-15; 3:1-12;5:9-16; Tit. 1:6-9; 2:3-4

The Use and Validity of Christian Counseling

As a result of living in a fallen world, the effects of sin upon men and women are often painful, complex, and debilitating. Progress in the Christian life is best promoted by loving relationships within the local church. Christian counseling, where psychological theory and practice is conformed to Biblical truth, is a legitimate means to dismantle sinful patterns of thought and behavior, and to foster maturity and usefulness in Christ.

Gen. 3:7-24; Eph. 4:1-16; Heb. 10:24-25; 1 John 1:8; Rom. 12:1-3; 15:14; Eph. 4:25; Jas. 3:13-18; 1 John 4:1-6

We commend the Baptist Confession of Faith (1689).

 A copy of that document is available by calling the church office at 440.937.5001.