We consider the following values to be central to who we are as a church.
We consider the following values to be central to who we are as a church.
The authority of Scripture – Providence Reformed Church is deeply committed to the Bible. What the Bible teaches when rightly understood and applied is authoritative. We will, therefore, be constantly studying and referencing the Bible in all matters related to church life and practice.
Expository preaching – As a church, we are committed to making expository preaching a priority. Expository preaching is the preaching of the Bible in such a way as to expose the intended message of the word of God to the people of God in order that we might understand and obey it. Often, expository preaching will be done as a series of messages working verse-by-verse through books of the Bible in order to handle the word faithfully and in context. While we will, from time-to-time, allow for topical messages, our main style of preaching, out of conviction, will be verse-by-verse exposition.
Faithful and rich Bible study – As a church, we will also study God’s word in other settings besides the Sunday morning worship service. Such settings may include home groups, conferences, and other Bible studies.
God’s sovereignty in salvation – As a church, we are unashamedly committed to the biblical understanding of God’s sovereignty in salvation. This means that we believe and teach the doctrine of predestination (election) as often associated with reformed or Calvinistic churches. We believe that the doctrine of election best brings glory to God who is the source of our salvation from start to finish. We also believe that this doctrine gives encouragement to the Christian who can share the gospel in the confidence that the God who saves has the power and exercises the will to rescue lost sinners who could never rescue themselves. Though this doctrine is a belief of this church, we are also committed to responding graciously to others who do not share this understanding with us.
Truth and beauty in musical worship – God has commanded his church to sing his praises. We are committed, for the glory of God to musical worship that is both truthful and beautiful. We will not sing songs that are beautiful, but which are untruthful lyrically. Neither will we ignore the call to play and sing skillfully the glorious truths of God. We believe that such musical worship is best accomplished through the singing of songs both old and new.
Living lives together in fellowship – We will find ways to regularly meet together and support each other as we live our Christian lives. God has commanded us to be a part of each other’s worlds. We acknowledge that no Christian can fully obey God’s “one another” commands without being united to a local church and actively participating in biblical fellowship.
Elder-led congregationalism – We are committed to a model of church government at PRC which we believe to be biblical. God’s word clearly calls for a plurality of elders in the local church, men who will be responsible for spiritual care and leadership of the body. God’s word indicates that the elders do not rule over the congregation, but must be affirmed by the congregation. Thus, at PRC, a group of men serving as elders will work to feed and lead the church. At the same time, at PRC, the congregation will always have a voice in the government of the church. Thus, our church government is a combination of elder leadership and congregational government.
Lives of prayer – The Bible makes it plain that Christians have been given the privilege and responsibility to approach God in praise and supplication. Such prayers should be part of the private lives of individual church members as well as the corporate life of the congregation. Prayer will be a part of our worship services, our community groups, and our personal lives. God’s people must pray.
Lives of evangelism – God’s people have the great privilege and responsibility to share the good news of Jesus with the world. We will encourage one another to find and to develop opportunities for gospel witness.
Church membership – We believe that church membership is biblical and is an important part of the life of a Christian. Joining the church helps individuals to express their commitment to the church and their desire to be shepherded by the leaders of the church. Similarly, individuals formally joining the church help the elders to know for whom they are responsible and on whom they can count.
Restorative Church discipline – God commands the church to help one another to grow in our faith. At times, this requires that we work through the biblical practice of church discipline. Under no circumstances will church discipline be intended for someone’s harm. Rather, church discipline is for the glory of God and seeks to bring about the repentance of a wayward believer and his or her restoration to fellowship.
Providence Reformed church is voluntarily affiliated with the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (FIRE). As stated on the FIRE web site, “FIRE is a unifying network for independent Reformed (and Reforming) baptistic churches to experience mutual edification, fellowship, cooperation and prayerful support in ministries and missions.” To learn more about FIRE, visit www.firefellowship.org.
Affirmation of Our Faith
I. THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31, 32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32
II. THE TRINITY
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons (namely: Father, Son and Holy Spirit); that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. Genesis 1:1-2, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19, 20; Ephesians 4:5, 6
III. GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreordained all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all whom He draws to Himself through Jesus Christ. Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; John 6:44; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1, 2; 2:5, 6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6; Isaiah 46:10; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:3-5.
IV. JESUS CHRIST
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, who was with the Father and the Holy Spirit from eternity past. We believe in time, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, miracles, and teachings. We believe that He lived a sinless life through His active and passive obedience to God's law for our imputed righteousness. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and future personal visible return to earth. Genesis 1:1-2; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1;20:28; Romans 9:5; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-24; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16
V. THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to draw, regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. John 6:44; John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26, 27; John 16:7-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he (the first man Adam) sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and as a result are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. Genesis 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; John3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 19:3, 20; 20:10, 14, 15; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19-21; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1
VII. THE CHURCH
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary tasks of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world and equipping God's people for His service. Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25
VIII. CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; Striving to be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15, 23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10; Ephesians 1:4; Philippians 1:9-11; Titus 2:11-12.
IX. THE ORDINANCES
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God for the purpose of fulfilling Christ's command to be baptized and as an outward sign of an inward change. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26
X. CHURCH COOPERATION
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; I Corinthians 16:1-3; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4, 10, 11.
XI. THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the future, personal and visible bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth. We believe in the future resurrection of the self-same body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked. Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts1:11; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15
MEET OUR LEADERSHIP
God’s word clearly calls for a plurality of elders in the local church, men who will be responsible for spiritual care and leadership of the body.
Travis & Mitzi Peterson
Russ & Sally Mueller
Jason & Lynn Letkiewicz
Joe & Aricka Hansen
Harold & Mary Wright