About Providence

We are a member congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) located in Pflugerville, Texas (Austin area). We believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice, and that it is faithfully summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.

We are accountable to our denomination and our presbytery (a regional group of OPC congregations) called the Presbytery of the Southwest.

Our Values

Bible-based
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God, our final authority for faith and practice. Our sermons and teaching are from the Scriptures. Scripture guides our understanding and our actions in every area of congregational life. Our doctrines are Bible-based. Our worship is Bible-based. Our hymns are Bible-based. So is our church government/organization, our youth ministry, our children's ministry, and everything else to which Scripture speaks. This is the core principle of the Protestant Reformation: Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone).
God-centered
Our church doesn't revolve around us— not around the pastor, not around the youth, not around baby-boomers or any other group. Providence exists for God. We center our worship around the Triune God. Our worship is intended more to please Him than to please us. We try to encourage one another to live lives that are God-centered. We take seriously the statement of the Westminster Shorter Catechism that, "Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever." Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God alone).
Gospel-focused
The word gospel literally means "good news." The good news of the Christian gospel includes the whole teaching of Scriptures but centers on the objective, finished work of Jesus Christ for the redemption of sinners. We include an evangelistic concern, but we don't limit our focus to evangelism only. We understand our central task as being the teaching and application of the fullness of the heart-changing message of salvation through Jesus Christ. We focus on that rather than on changing our society or teaching how to have a happier life.
Grace-oriented
Sola Gratia means "by grace alone", and is another defining value for Providence. We recognize that we don't deserve the forgiveness of our sins or any of the blessings of Christianity. God has freely given these to us because of His grace, not because of our goodness. Because God has shown mercy to us, we recognize that God alone is judge and that we must not set ourselves up to judge other people. That frees us to freely welcome others; It also helps us remember that we are constantly dependent on God's grace.
Reformed
We are a Reformed church theologically, which is the position associated with John Calvin and the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. We understand the Reformed faith as a living faith that focuses on giving God all the glory. The whole view is unfolded in the Westminster Standards which express the doctrinal commitments of Providence. We welcome people who don't agree with our doctrinal position on every issue. Such agreement, while required of officers, is not necessary for membership.
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