Beliefs

At Providence, we are a Bible-believing Christian church that embraces the historic Presbyterian and Reformed tradition. We are members of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC), a denomination that began in 1936 in reaction to liberalism in the mainline church. The word "orthodox" is not to be confused with the Eastern Orthodox Church. Orthodox simply means "straight thinking."

Providence OPC is a Presbyterian church because we believe the Bible teaches that churches should be governed by a plurality of elders that are elected by the congregation and submitted to one another in the Lord, having taken vows to uphold our doctrinal standards.

Providence OPC is a Reformed church because we identify with the great Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. This was a time when many of the central truths of the Bible were recovered such as affirming that scripture alone is our ultimate authority in matters of faith and practice and justification by faith alone. For a more complete explanation of what we consider to be the Reformed faith click here.

For a more detailed account of what we believe the Bible teaches (i.e. our doctrinal standards), see The Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Providence OPC also values other Reformed standards, including the Three Forms of Unity: the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Heidelberg Catechism.

For more about our doctrinal standards and beliefs, please visit the pages in the box on the left side of this page, as well as our Resources page.