Welcome to the virtual home of Providence Baptist Church! We hope that as you surf through these pages you will get some sense of who we are, and how you might find a place.
In the real world we are located at 294 Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island. Many people think that means we are a "Daniel Island" church. And in some ways we are. Providence was the first church on Daniel Island, moving here in 2000. Since that time we have watched a town grow up around us. But in another sense we are an area-wide congregation.
We have members who come each week from Mt. Pleasant, Hanahan, James Island, Johns Island, Summerville, North Charleston, downtown Charleston, Wando, Huger, even Moncks Corner! They come for the community! Providence is an active, friendly community of committed Christians where everyone is encouraged to seek and practice God's presence in the world. Much like a caring family, visitors frequently comment on the warmth and genuineness of our fellowship.
We are not your typical Baptist congregation! In the great historical tradition of Baptists,we trust in the priesthood of all believers and encourage the challenge and interchange of individuals seeking a deeper faith. Men and women serve equally in places of leadership,and children and youth participate in all facets of congregational life. We are affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a network of moderate Baptists which champions the autonomy of the local church and provides spiritual growth and missions resources.
Providence emphasizes spiritual development through worship, Christian education, and service to God and the community. Members exercise their gifts through teaching, nurturing, and serving others. Members also lead in worship, the foundation of our fellowship, which blends both liturgical and contemporary elements into a unified, reverent experience.
Christian education activities enhance our understanding of God, while mission projects at home and abroad with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Lowcountry Food Bank and Crisis Ministries provide opportunities for us to live out our faith in Charleston and beyond.
That tells you some about us—but the best way is to come and experience Providence for yourself! We hope you will do that Sunday!
In August 1995, a group of friends who had been worshiping together felt led to begin a new church that would provide spiritual depth, caring relationships, meaningful worship, and the freedom we cherish as Baptists. That December, we selected the name Providence, reflecting our deep common conviction that God's providence had not only made possible our beginning, but also had guided us along our journey. The name also evokes the first Baptist church established on American soil at Providence, Rhode Island. In February 1996, we officially constituted as a church, with each member signing a covenant committing ourselves to God and each other.
After months of prayerful planning and building, we completed construction of a facility on Daniel Island. Located at the corner of Seven Farms Drive and Daniel Island Drive, It was the island's first church and serves both as a place of spiritual renewal and ministry to the Charleston community and beyond.
We invite you to visit us and welcome you to join our family of faith as we journey forward together to worship and serve our Lord.
Covenant and Confession of Faith
There are two documents which are foundational for the way we seek to be church to each other: our Covenant, which reminds us of the promises we make to each other as fellow pilgrims; and our Confession of Faith, which serves as a centering document. We invite you to read them and see for yourself what makes Providence Providence.
Believing that we have been brought together by God as a community of Christians, we covenant together before God:
- To join in regular study of the Bible and the worship of our God
- To love and encourage one another, to remember one another in prayer, and to seek to enhance our fellowship.
- To serve one another in humility and grace, following Christ's example;
- To consider one another as equals before God, regardless of gender, race, or social position, and to encourage the identification and cultivation of each other's various spiritual gifts and callings.
- To respect one another's freedom as priests before God; to be accountable to one another for maintaining a Christ-like spirit and manner of behavior.
- To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation;
- To seek to resolve conflicts in a direct but loving way, following Christ's instruction.
- To contribute whole-heartedly and regularly to the ministry and expenses of the church and to involve ourselves in meeting the spiritual and physical needs of those in the world around us through the proclamation of the Gospel.
CONFESSION OF FAITH
There is one and only living and true God.
God is a spiritual and personal being, the creator, redeemer, and ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and love, and we owe God the utmost love, reverence, and obedience. God is beyond human conceptions of gender, although male and female are both reflections of God's nature. The eternal God reveals himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, yet is indivisible in nature and essence. God the Father is creator of heaven and earth. His fatherhood is expressed particularly in relationship to Jesus Christ and by extension to those who become God's children through faith in Christ. God's parental care extends to all creation. Christ is the eternal Son of God. In his incarnation as Jesus Christ he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. In an act of sacrificial love he gave his life for our redemption, suffering crucifixion, death, and burial. After three days he was raised. He ascended to the Father, with whom he reigns forever. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and complete his redemptive mission. The Holy Spirit is God's ongoing presence in the world. He inspired the writing of the Scriptures, and through illumination enables human beings to understand truth. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin and abides in believers' hearts, thereby producing the fruits of holiness and love.
The Bible was inspired by God.
It is the record of God's self-revelation to humanity and is our authoritative rule of faith and practice. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ. Every Christian has the right and responsibility to interpret and apply the Bible under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
Human beings are created in the image of God.
Because of sin, however, we are separated from fellowship with God and in need of reconciliation. Only God's grace can restore that fellowship. Because human beings are created in the image of God, each individual merits respect and consideration as a person of infinite dignity and worth. Each person is competent under God to make his or her own moral and religious decisions and is responsible to God in all matters of moral and religious duty. Every person has the right to embrace or reject God and to witness to religious beliefs with the proper regard for the rights of others.
Salvation is a gift of divine grace, accepted by the individual through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
The church is the tangible expression of Christ in the world.
The New Testament speaks of the church both as the body of Christ which includes all the redeemed of all the ages, and as a local community of believers. The church in its local sense is a fellowship of baptized believers, voluntarily joined together for worship, nurture, and missions. Baptism and the Lord's Supper, the two ordinances of the church, are symbolic of redemption, but their observance involves spiritual realities of Christian experience. The local church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. As such, it is free to determine its membership and leadership, to order its worship and work, to ordain whomever it perceives gifted for ministry, and to participate as it deems appropriate in the larger Body of Christ. The autonomy of the church and its democratic form of governance are expressions of the priesthood of every believer. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal. Church and state should be separate; neither should attempt to use the other for its own purposes. The state owes to the church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. However, the church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind or to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion.