Providence Church is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America .
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
All humans are created by God as either biologically male or female. Sexual relations between husband and wife are commended by God, solely to be enjoyed within the married estate. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, bisexual conduct, fornication, homosexual behavior, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.
Gen. 1:27; 2:18–24; Ex. 20:14; Lev. 18:20–23; Matt. 15:18–20; Rom. 1:26–27; 1 Cor. 6:9–10, 18; Heb. 13:4
Marriage and Family
God has ordained that the family is an institution established to accomplish His purpose in Christ, and the foundation of the family is marriage. Marriage according to the Scriptures is between one man and one woman and the blessings and obligations of marriage are permanent. They are legitimately terminated by death, adultery, or desertion by an unbelieving spouse.
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.
Matt. 19:3–6; Mark 10:2–12; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:1–17; Deut. 6:1–9; Eph. 5:22–31; Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21
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 and each soul is separated from the body in death.
Job 10:8–11; Ps. 139:13–16
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, the gift of tongues should not be exercised or promoted at any function associated with this church.
John 16:13–14; Rom. 8:9–15; Eph. 5:18–21; 1 Cor. 12:4–11; Eph. 4:7–16
Teaching and Leadership Roles
Both men and women should utilize their spiritual gifts within the parameters outlined in Holy Scripture. Accordingly, 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: 34–35; 1 Tim. 2:9–15; 3:1–12; 5:9–16; Tit. 1:6–9
We commend the Baptist Confession of Faith (1689).
A copy of that document is available by calling the church office at 440.937.5001.