Providence Church Key Issues
Providence exists for Jesus. We exist to glorify God, as a community on a mission to take the gospel to our city, while allowing it to renovate our lives.
When it comes to our beliefs, our culture, our preferences, traditions, lifestyles, politics, behavior, etc., Providence takes a “closed-hand/open-hand” approach. In the closed hand we place the non-negotiables of true Christianity: God is the creator, sin is man’s problem, Jesus is the solution, the Bible is true, and Hell is hot.
The open handed, allows room for great differences on secondary matters. We allow great freedom of conscience and conviction to guide where the Bible is silent. The open-hand fosters unity while retaining diversity. Democrats and Republicans, homeschoolers and public schoolers, rich and poor, blacks and whites, young and old, all come together in unity around the non-negotiables of scripture while following their conscience and convictions.
The following are the issues we believe are critical distinctive of the church.
What is the Bible?
The Bible is the Word of God. The Bible is God’s instruction manual for mankind, which gives answers to all of life’s questions as well as direction through all of life’s challenges. The Bible is completely true and timeless, so it is never outdated regardless of modern advances or changes in society. The Bible is to be taken literally like you might read the newspaper or a business report.
The Bible was written by approximately forty men over the span of nearly 1500 years (1400 B.C. to A. D. 90). It contains 66 books. The first 39 are called the Old Testament and the last 27 are called the New Testament. The Old Testament was written to the Jews to call them to represent God to the nations of the world. It contained rules and regulation to remind them of their position before God and their need for forgiveness. In the New Testament God turns the privilege of representing Him over to the church. The New Testament contains principles and promises that differ from the Old Testament because they are based on the finished work of Jesus on the Cross.