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Here at Providence Baptist Church in Shady Dale, We base our ministries on sound biblical beliefs. The following is a summary of those beliefs we hold so dear to our hearts.

We believe there is only one GOD. A God that has manifested Himself as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. Before there was an earth there was the Word and the Word was God and the Word is God.

Our Story

 

Providence Baptist Church was constituted on December 15, 1810.  It was organized and worked as a Primitive Baptist Church about twenty five years.  The following week in conference it was decided to build a log meeting house on lot number eleven, fifteenth district in Randolph County, which was changed to Jasper County a short time afterwards.  This area had been a part of Baldwin County until a couple of years before.  The Meeting house was to be of logs forty feet long.  Sixty feet wide and twelve feet high.  It was located close to where is now known at Leverett’s Quarter, two miles south of Machen.  The first members were Jacob Mercer and wife, Joel (?), James Brown and wife, Martha, Martin Stanley and his wife Polly, Elizabeth Green, Rebecca Walden, John Ferrell, Elkamy Denson, Joshua Newton, James Richards.  The first deacons were Martin Stanley and James Brown.  Martin Stanley was sheriff of this county at a later time.  As people moved into the community, more names were added to the roll.  These include many names who are now residents of Jasper County, Viz: Mercers, Newtons, Bosleys, Leveretts, Martins(?),  McDowells, Wilburns, Bogans, Whitfields and others.

Our Beliefs

 

Bible. We believe the Bible, consisting of 66 books, to be the inspired Word of God, without error, the revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.

God. We believe in one God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God has always been and will always be the only God. There were none before Him and shall be none after him.

The Father. We believe that the Father created all things in heaven and on earth. He created human beings out of a love for us and desires a personal relationship with each of us.

Jesus. We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Furthermore, He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven.

Holy Spirit. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict men, making them aware of their sin and the salvation available through Jesus. He regenerates, guides, instructs, and empowers the believer for godly living and service.

Man. We believe that man was created in the image of God and sinless, but fell into sin and is therefore lost and subject to judgment. There is nothing man can do to save himself from this judgment, but he can accept the death of Jesus as punishment in place of his own eternal death by acknowledging God and accepting the free gift of salvation.

Salvation. We believe that the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ provides the only way of justification and salvation for all who believe. Any who attach additional works of man as a requirement for salvation are false in that they infer Jesus’ death is insufficient in and of itself to save and that human beings somehow have the capability to save themselves.

Accepting the Sinner, Denouncing the Sin. We believe that no sin is too big for God to forgive. Therefore, as Christians we should be open and eager to share the Gospel with everyone regardless of their sin or affliction. However, making Jesus Lord of our lives means striving towards holiness and turning from our sinful ways. Therefore, while being open to all sinners, Christians ought not accept, ignore, or promote any sin as permissible.

Non-Essential Elements. We believe the above tenets make up the basis of Christian faith on which all Christians believe and agree. We have intentionally omitted any statements regarding areas of legitimate disagreement (i.e., baptism, predestination, end times) on which agreement is not essential for salvation.

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