PROVIDENCE'S CORE VALUES

 

Down
(Gospel)

The gospel is the lifesource of the church and our weapon for renewal. Gospel means "good news," and the gospel of Jesus is the good news that God has reached down to us. Jesus has done for us what we never could do ourselves. This is the power of God to save sinners, transform neighborhoods, and reach nations (Romans 1:16). It is of first importance in all we will do as a church (1 Corinthians 15:1–4). We never move past the gospel, but grow deeper in the gospel.

Up
(Worship)

Worship is our right response to the greatness of God. As humans we are wired to worship, and as Christians we are rewired to worship rightly. Our hearts are constantly worshiping things of this world. The gospel transforms a sinner's heart from the love of the world to a love of God. This transformation and growth in holiness is our right response to the gospel and it transforms every area of our life.

In
(Community)

Biblical community is our new family in which we are called to self-sacrificially share life and love one another. Community is not an option, passive, or self-seeking for Christians. Community is the context for gospel transformation and mission. We will not settle for being a weekly service for people to attend, but will continually drive people to share their lives with others as “a people for [God’s] own possession” (1 Peter 2:9).

Out
(Mission)

The mission of the church is to bring renewal and redemption to the city, our neighbors, and the nations. The church is God’s missionary agency to fulfill the great commission of making disciples of all nations. Therefore, we believe it is the church’s responsibility to make disciples, send leaders, and plant churches as the primary way we engage our mission. We must not focus just on the seats we fill, but the disciples we send. God does not call a few to mission, but the church to mission.