Providence Baptist Church
480 S. Hempstead Rd
Westerville, OH 43081
What We Believe
Our Statement of Faith
Section 1. Concerning the Holy Scriptures
We believe 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 is the supreme authority in which all matters of faith and conduct will be examined. We believe that God has graciously preserved His Word through the centuries and that any translation that accurately translates from reliable Hebrew and Greek manuscripts is useful in ministry.
2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 10:35; Heb.4:12; Josh 1:8; Neh 8:1-8; Is 40:8
Section 2. Concerning the Triune God
We believe that there is only one living and true God, existing eternally in three infinite Persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are equal in divine perfection and attributes yet execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
Deut. 6:4; Is. 45:5,21-22; John 5:44; Ex. 3:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 5:23; Acts 5:3,4; Gen 1.1
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 foreknows all that will come to pass, working all things according to His will and good pleasure, 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 who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Luke 10:21,22; Matt. 23:9; John 4:24;1 Pet. 1:15; 1 John 4:7-8; Eph. 1:11; John 3:16; Romans 1:7; John 16:23-24; 1 Pet. 1:3
God the Son
We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death which accomplished the redemption of those who believe. We believe in His bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, and His perpetual intercession for the saints.
John 1:1; 10:36; 20:28; Matt. 1:20,23-25; Is. 53:1-2; Rom. 3:24-25; 2 Cor. 5:21; Matt. 28:6; Acts 1:9-11; 1 John 2:1
God 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 regenerate, sanctify, empower and seal 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. We believe the modern day Charismatic movement is inaccurate in it’s handling of the Scriptures regarding the person and work of the Holy Spirit and the place of spiritual gifts in the life of the believer.
John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26-27; 16:9-14; Titus 3:5; Eph. 1:13; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 5:22-26; Heb 2:3-4
Section 3. Concerning the Fall of Man and Sin
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God. We believe that as a consequence all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore totally depraved and under condemnation.
Gen. 1:26-31; James 3:9; Rom. 5:12-21; 6:23; Eph. 2:1; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 3:10-18
Section 4. Concerning Salvation
We believe that salvation is wholly of God by His grace on the basis of the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, His redemptive death, and not on the basis of human merit. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and given eternal life. We believe that those who are regenerated are justified, being declared righteous by God and treated that way for all eternity. We believe that the redeemed community is kept by the power of God and their salvation is thus secure in Christ forever.
John 1:12; Rom 3:25; Heb 9:14-15,22; I Peter 1:18-19; Acts 2:38; 3:19; Rom. 5:1; John 3:3-8; Titus 3:5; Rom. 3:24,26; 8:30,33; 2 Cor. 5:21
Section 5. Concerning Cooperation & Separation
We believe that the cause of Jesus Christ is best promoted through cooperating with churches of like faith. Such cooperation exists and functions by the will of the churches and may be terminated at any time.
Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; 1 Cor 16:1; 2 Cor 8:1-5; Gal 1:1-3; Rev 1:4,11 .
The Word of God prophecies of a widespread departure from the Truth as the coming of Christ approaches and that obedient believers are to practice separation from those who deny the faith. The Word of God teaches that the church is not to fellowship with them, but rather rebuke them and withdraw from communion with them.
2 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 John 4:1; Rom. 16:17; 2 Cor. 6:17
Section 6. Concerning the Church
We believe that the church consists of all who place their faith in Jesus Christ, being united into the spiritual body through Spirit baptism. The church was formed on the day of Pentecost and will be complete when Christ returns for His Bride at the rapture. We believe that Christ, who gave himself for the church, is the supreme Head of the church. We believe that every local church is autonomous, free from any external authority and responsible for maintaining pure doctrine, church discipline, membership and government of the church. We believe that there are two Biblical offices, to be filled by males, designated in the Scriptures for each local church; Elders and Deacons.
Eph. 2:11-3:6; 1 Cor. 12:12-13; Acts 2:1-21; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 4:15; Col. 1:18; 1 Tim. 3:15; Jude 3; Rev. 2-3; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:1-5
Section 7. Concerning Ordinances
Two ordinances have been entrusted to the church: the Lord's supper and baptism. The Lord's Supper is the remembrance and proclamation of Christ's death until His return. Baptism, by immersion, is the testimony of a believer proclaiming his faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour and his resurrection to new life.
Acts 2:28-42; 1 Cor. 11:23-32; Acts 8:36-39; Rom. 6:1-11
Section 8. Concerning Satan
We believe that Satan is the unrighteous god of this world and the author of sin, is a created angel who has rebelled against God taking many angels with him into sin. We believe that Satan is the enemy of God and man, but he has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and he shall be punished eternally in the lake of fire.
2 Cor. 4:4; Is. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:12-17; Matt. 25:41; Is. 14:13,14; Rev. 12:9,10;
Rom. 16:20;Gen. 3:15; John 12:31; Rev. 20:10
Section 9. Concerning Last Things
We believe in the imminent, premillennial, pretribulational return of Christ for His Church, and that at that moment, the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seventieth week of Daniel. We believe that Christ will reestablish the Davidic kingdom upon His physical return to earth and reign for a period of one-thousand years.
Daniel 9:25-27; Matt. 24:29-31; Rev. 20:1-4, 6; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14; Luke 1:32; Rev. 19:11-20:6
Section 10. Concerning the Righteous and Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous; while those who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction is true among men both in and after death, in the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the Lake of Fire.
Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17-18; 1 John 5:19; Rom. 6:23; John 8:21