Providence Church is a very unique body. In some ways, we sound like many other Reformed churches. We hold to the Westminster Standards and are committed to the historic doctrines of the Reformed faith. But in addition to this, we are also generationally-inclusive , we celebrate covenant communion and baptism, hold to a literal six day creation model, believe in the priority of raising covenant children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and are committed to true Christian Community. This is Providence Church! Here are the foundational truths we affirm:
The Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures
We believe the Bible is God’s Word, completely trustworthy and without error. It is the ultimate authority for all that we believe and practice in life.
The Bible teaches that one real and personal God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Bible teaches that man is created gloriously in the image of their creator to enjoy God and honor Him in their entirety. The human race, however, is estranged from its creator through the overwhelming power of sin. Left to ourselves, we would not fulfill the magnificent purpose for which we were created, but instead perish forever.
The Person of Jesus Christ
God the Son took on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. He lived a sinless life, obeying God’s law completely, suffered and died on the cross of Calvary, and then was physically raised on the third day. He did all this to accomplish the salvation of his people.
Salvation is received by faith in Jesus Christ alone, not by good works (though good works are evidence of a transformed life). Through His active and passive obedience, Christ has merited salvation for His people. Further, we affirm the fundamental truth that justification is by faith, which is itself, a gift from God, not of works lest any man should boast.
In obedience to the Holy Scriptures, all who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as their children are to be baptized. While this baptism identifies the baptized as disciples of Christ, it does not guarantee that the baptized are regenerate. It is however a sign and seal of God’s love, mercy, and covenantal faithfulness. Parents of baptized children are encouraged to bring up their young ones in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, teaching them God’s commandments, His testimonies, and His statutes, and by faith expecting that they will appropriate for themselves, by faith, the reality of the baptismal promises, at a time appointed by God.
All who are baptized are also encouraged to come to the Lord’s Table to remember the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ and to proclaim, through His death, His certain victory. While the elements of this holy meal do not undergo any change, physical or spiritual, we affirm that Jesus is present with us as we celebrate at His Table. All who participate in the Lord’s Supper are encouraged to remember that through Christ’s work we are brought into union with the Triune God, and also brought into fellowship, one with another. The message of the Table is one of unity, and through it we are strengthened to go into the world laboring in hope.
The people of God from all ages, saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, the head of the church, also called “the body of Christ.” Christians join together in local communities or churches to worship their Lord, to grow together in his likeness, and to enjoy serving Him together.
These and other truths are affirmed in various statements of faith from the early church, such as the Apostle’s Creed and Nicene Creed. We also stand within the rich tradition of the Reformation of the sixteenth century, which is anchored in the gospel of grace. The Westminster Confession of Faith, is a beautiful expression of the central teachings of the Bible, and has served as the doctrinal standard for Presbyterians since the seventeenth century.
A faithful church will be family supportive. This means the church will not fragment nor undermine the family. Rather it will work to turn the hearts of the fathers toward the children by training fathers to lead, and equipping families to serve, which results in the raising up of godly generations after us. Families are welcomed! We join together for the worship of God as families – children seeing their parents worship God and joining with them in that worship. We also seek to build spiritual leaders and strong families by encouraging the heads of households to pursue simple Christian practices in the home like Bible reading, prayer, scripture memory, and family worship.
The Consummation of the Age
We believe “the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). This is the promise of God for His church, and it is to this goal we serve. We do not believe this promise will be accomplished through political manipulation or Christian activism, but through the bold proclamation of the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God in Jesus Christ. God is at work in our day, in our lives, and in our church, using us in quiet and unexpected ways to bring about this grand promise. The march of the church and the triumph of the Gospel may seem to be slow, but it is indeed sure.
We believe in the historicity of the Church, that we stand on the shoulders of the prophets and apostles, missionaries and martyrs, Christian fathers and mothers throughout the centuries. As they impacted their generations, so must we. We are equipped to do this as we walk with one another in unity and truth, worshipping together as the Bible requires, edifying and teaching each other to walk in the ways of the Lord. You are invited to join us in this great mission!
For more information about our church, contact our church office at 309-387-2600!