Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kind of a church is Providence Church?
We are a church in concert with the Southern Baptist Convention at the national level and the Southern Baptists of Texas at the state level, partnering for the sake of missions and other efforts to reach out to the world in the name of Christ. We strive to be a diverse church, desiring members from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, but united by our common interest in glorifying the God who has done so much for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Theologically we embrace the principles of the Protestant Reformation. Thus, our beliefs could be considered Reformed and we are part of FIRE, The Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals.
Q: What Bible version do you use?
There are strengths and weaknesses for each English translation and it’s not uncommon to find many different translations in the congregation, which can prove very helpful at times. However, for teaching, preaching, and our Bible marathons, we use the English Standard Version (ESV).
Q: How is Providence Church governed?
Providence Church is led by a group of elders, but ultimate authority resides with the congregation under Christ. As such the congregation elects elders and empowers them with the governing of the church in its normal functions. But the elders are accountable to the congregation with regard to (re)election, approving a budget, approving new members, and other such “big” issues.
Q: What does it mean that Providence Church is committed to racial harmony and ethnic diversity?
Though church segregation along racial/ethnic lines has embarrassingly been the norm in this country since its inception, we value a church that reflects the demographics of our community and think that churches should be leading the way with regard to desegregation of churches. Because all are created in God’s image and God’s desire is for a community of the redeemed from every tribe, tongue, and nation, we long to see diversity in our church and prayerfully work to that end. More can be found in the “Vision for Racial Harmony and Integration” our congregation adopted.
Q: What is the main worship service like?
We have what might be called a blended service where the group singing is concerned. We use a hymnal that contains an assortment of the great hymns of the faith as well as some newer songs. A mini-orchestra aids us as we sing to and about our triune god. We will at times have responsive readings and on occasion we will recite the Apostles’ Creed together. Prior to their departure to Children’s Church, the kids are with us during the greater part of the singing, leaving before the sermon after a Children’s Message. The first and third Sundays of the month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together, inviting non-members as well.
Q: What do people wear at Providence Church?
There is no particular dress code, though you would find that Sunday mornings tend to be more formal than Sunday nights. On Sunday mornings you’d find folks in attire ranging from jeans to suits or nice dresses, while Sunday nights you’re more likely to find people wearing shorts, particularly as we brave the summer heat.
Q: How does membership work at Providence Church?
While we invite all to come and want to help them grow in their relationship with God, we limit certain roles to members. Membership here is not just having a name on a list. Being a member indicates a willingness to partner with us in our mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Membership is a commitment to Providence Church and our commitment to the individual members. Before making such a commitment, it’s important that we are right for each other. After attending a new members class, those who have experienced a believer’s baptism by immersion and submitted a signed church covenant are put forward by the elders for a congregational vote at one of our quarterly members meetings.
Q: Will people accept me as I am?
That’s a question we all wonder about, isn’t it? We try to have the same approach that God does. It’s been said that God loves us just as we are, but loves us too much to leave us that way. Part of love is not merely acceptance but help to become the men and women God would have us to be. If you see yourself as a sinner, that’s good, because that’s who we are. We’re sinners saved by grace trying to grow in that grace. We invite you to join us in that journey. We will try to make you feel welcome, but will not put you on the spot by having you stand or anything like that.
Example of our Bulletin with our order of Service
Q: What do you believe about the Bible?
Although a fuller examination of what we believe can be found in our Statement of Faith, the following portion sums it up. “The Scriptures were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience. The Bible’s 39 Old Testament books and the 27 New Testament books are regarded as inerrant and infallible in their respective Hebrew and Greek original manuscripts.” In addition, we embrace the notion of sola Scriptura, “Scripture Alone,” as our ultimate authority.
Q: What does the church logo mean?
While a fuller explanation is available, it essentially speaks to the things we hold dear: the five “solas” of the Reformation, the cross, an understanding of God’s providence, etc.
Q: What is the difference between elders and deacons? How does that relate to the pastor?
Simply put, the elders are more in charge of the spiritual needs of the church. This would entail the direction of the church, guarding doctrine through ensuring biblical teaching, and general oversight. The deacons are more in charge of taking care of the physical needs of the church. For example, they look after the building, run our fellowship meals, and oversee our benevolence ministry. The pastor is an elder and may be considered a “primary” elder in the sense that he is particularly tasked with the spiritual care of the congregation as his primary vocation. As such, he is the regular preacher on Sunday mornings, though he is still one among equals.
Q: When do you meet?
Q: What is the preaching like at Providence Church?
Our style of preaching is known as expository preaching, whereby we start with the Bible to first understand its meaning and then apply that meaning in today’s context as we see how the Bible is relevant for us. Typically, Sunday morning sermons systematically go through a book of the Bible. Samples can be found on the Sermons page.
Q: What things do you have for kids?
We’re committed to kids and their spiritual development, particularly as we understand their impact on the future for Christ. On Sunday mornings we have a range of Sunday school classes ranging from 1s and 2s through 6th grade. We use a God-centered curriculum from Desiring God Ministries. For children ages 3-2nd grade there is the option of Children’s Church, with activities based on the morning’s sermon topic. After a children’s message, the children leave during the sermon and return after the sermon, though some parents choose to keep their children with them. In the evenings, the kids are involved in various activities. Our youth (7th-12th) have their own Sunday school class as well as various outside activities, but are with the adults for our evening service. We have nursery care at all of our Sunday services for those too young to take advantage of our other activities.
Q: What is the official eschatological view of Providence Church?
The official eschatological view of Providence Church is that we do not have an official view. Consequently, adherents of various, legitimate views are welcome in our membership. We encourage all to hold their eschatological view with a meaure of humility and to not elevate it to the level of being an essential for fellowship. However, we dogmatically affirm that the Lord Jesus will return in bodily form to judge humanity and we are to be ready.
Q: What if I have other questions?
You’re welcome to email us or give us a call at (972) 926-3433. Of course, we invite you to come investigate for yourself. We’d love to get to meet you and answer any questions you might have in person.