What We Teach

 

Providence is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of America (P.C.A.). We are a congregation in the "Reformed" tradition, practicing many of the traditional, historical beliefs that Christianity has held throughout the ages.

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are our primary authority. The text of the Bible is foundational for all of our teaching at Providence. There are, however, creeds and confessions that summarize what we believe, teach, and confess.

In our worship we routinely confess the Nicene Creed, an ancient statement of Christian unity and orthodoxy. As Presbyterians, we adhere to the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.

What We Believe

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the Holy, inerrant and infallible Word of God. We hold that the Bible is living and active, breathed out by God for all mankind, across all time.

God

We believe in one living, sovereign, and true God, who is infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, who are coequal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections.

The Son

We believe that God's son, Jesus Christ, is true God and true man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that God's Holy Spirit dwells within Christians, giving them the daily strength and wisdom they need to walk according to His will and to grow in holiness.

Humanity

We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. We believe that all people are sinners and apart from the Grace of God, are unable to save themselves or even cooperate with God in efforts to earn their salvation.

The Sacrificial Lamb

We believe that God, loving us despite our sin, graciously provided a plan of salvation: that Jesus Christ, who was guiltless and without sin, sacrificed Himself on the cross as a propitiation for our sins, and was raised from the dead on the third day. Furthermore, He ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of God, He now sits as our High Priest and Advocate.

By Grace, Through Faith

We believe that we are saved by the free Grace of God, through faith in Christ alone, through the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that God is calling each one of us into a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus.

A Sign of the Covenant

We believe that the rite of Baptism is a sign and seal of God's Covenant with us, His Bride - and should be administered to children of believers in their infancy, as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.

Christ's Return

We believe that Jesus Christ shall return again, visibly and bodily, to judge all mankind and to receive His people unto Himself. We believe that those who are truly redeemed are kept by God's power, and are thus secure in Christ forever.