We believe the Bible
to be the written revelation of God, complete and sufficient in all respects. We believe the Scriptures to be "God-breathed"
and therefore fully authoritative in and of themselves; they rely for their authority upon no church, council, or creed, but
are authoritative simply because they are the Word of God. The Scriptures, as they embody the very speaking of God, partake
of His authority, His power.
We believe in one true and eternal God, unchanging, unchangeable. We believe
God is the Creator of all that exists in heaven and in earth. The God who is described in the Bible is unique; He is unlike
anyone or anything else in all the universe. God has all power, all knowledge, all wisdom, and is due all glory, honor and
praise. All that comes to pass does so at the decree of God. All things will, in the end, result in the glory of God.
We believe the Bible teaches that there is but one being of God, yet there
are three Persons who share this one being of God: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Each Person is fully and completely
God, each is described in Scripture as possessing the attributes of God. The Father, Son, and Spirit have eternally existed
in the relationship described by the term "Trinity."
We believe that man was created in the image of God. Man rebelled against
His Creator, and fell into sin. As a result, man became spiritually dead, totally unwilling and indeed incapable of seeking
after God. God, from eternity past, having foreordained all things, joined a certain people to Christ Jesus, so that He might
redeem them from their sin and in so doing bring glory to Himself. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died in the place of this
elect people, providing full and complete forgiveness of sins by His death upon the cross of Calvary. No other work can provide for
forgiveness of sins, and no addition can be made to the completed and finished work of Christ.
We believe that God, in His sovereign grace and mercy, regenerates sinful
men by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by any action of their own, bringing them to new life. God grants to them the gifts
of faith and repentance, which they then exercise by believing in Christ and turning from their sins in love for God. As a
result of this faith, based upon the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, God justifies or makes righteous the one who believes.
God's gift of faith, and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the elect, results in good works. These good
works flow from true, saving faith; they are a necessary result of faith, but are not to be considered necessary to the gaining
of justification, which is by God's grace through faith alone, so that no man can boast.
We believe Jesus Christ established His Church, which is made up of all the
elect of God. His Church, as an obedient bride, listens to His Word as found in the Bible. All who believe in Christ are placed
in His body, the Church. The local expressions of the Church are very important, and each believer should be actively involved
in such a fellowship.
We believe that
Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. This promise is found throughout the inspired Scriptures. Till His
return, believers are to live lives that bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. The Church is to be busy doing the work
of evangelism and discipleship, proclaiming the pure, uncompromised Gospel of Christ by teaching the Word of God.
are not given because we believe these things to be the teaching of the whole counsel of the Word of God, not merely represented
by a few isolated verses. The Biblical foundation for the abovementioned summary statement of faith will be proved, expanded
and detailed from a multitude of passages during the course of your studies at Providence.
We further uphold the historic London Baptists confessions of 1644, 1646 and 1689.
Jason A Deutsch Founder & Director