To be a church that glorifies God by leading people to find freedom and joy in Jesus.
Living as disciples that make disciples, we seek gospel saturation through demonstrating and declaring the gospel in all of life.
Our Gospel Identity
The core of who we are, the foundation, or in other words, our DNA is rooted in the Gospel. God’s grace transforms us into people with a Gospel identity (Gal. 2:20). We see four of these identities clearly in scripture and will allow them to shape us:
We are to actively seek to learn and study God’s word. Jesus said his true disciples are those who abide in his word. We abide in his word by knowing and applying it to our lives. So, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we seek to learn God’s story, our own story, and the story of others. We learn all of these things through the outline of creation, fall, redemption, and new creation. This is achieved by consistently reading, studying, meditating on, and applying God’s word to our lives – personally and corporately. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Romans 12:2, Colossians 3:9-10)
At Providence Road we define worship as the orienting of our time, resources, and affections around that which we deem most valuable and capable of bringing us joy. Everyone worships something. As Christians we seek to worship God because we know that only through him will we find true joy, and only through him can we crush the idols in our lives. So we orient all of our life around God. We seek to worship him in both spirit and in truth, engaging both the heart and head. We do this as an end in itself – personally and corporately – to magnify the glory of God the Father through Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit. (Romans 6:17-18, Romans 15:13, 2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
Jesus said that those who live in His ways and obey His Father are truly His family. By the power of the gospel we are united to Christ, becoming God’s children, creating a new community of brothers and sisters in Christ. It is through this community that discipleship is best practiced and the power of the gospel displayed. Together, we do this as we share life, pray, care and serve for one another, and engage people with the gospel. For these reasons, the gospel leads us to cherish community, seeking to do things through organic community, rather than staff-led programs. (Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16)
Jesus came into our world so that all things would be restored to a right relationship with the creator God. In the same way, we believe we are missionaries sent into our culture to restore all things to God through Jesus Christ by demonstrating and declaring the gospel. The gospel gives every believer a new worldview and new desires, affecting the everyday rhythms of life: eating, resting, working, serving, celebrating, and recreating. It is through these everyday things of life that the believer engages and affects culture. So while the local church does not directly seek to change culture, it disciples its people to be agents out in the world who do. (2 Corinthians 5:16-21; John 17:18; John 20:21)