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Our Beliefs

At Providence Baptist Church of San Francisco, our foundation rests on a set of core beliefs that guide our faith and practice. We firmly believe in the existence of God, the presence of Jesus Christ as our Savior, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the authority of the Bible as God's Word. We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all human beings, and we embrace the transformative power of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Additionally, we hold the belief in the eternal security of believers and the promise of eternity, both in the presence of God and in the hope of everlasting life. These beliefs form the bedrock of our community as we seek to grow in faith, love, and service to God and one another.

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About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

 

Genesis 1:1,17, 26 ; 3:22
Psalms 90:2
St. Matthew 28:13
2 Corinthians 13:14
1 St. Peter 1:2

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.

 

Isaiah 9:6
St. Matthew 1:22, 23
St. John 1:1-5; 14:10-30
Acts 1:9-11
Romans 1:3, 4
1 Corinthians 15:3, 4
1 Timothy 6:14, 15
Titus 2:13
Hebrews 4:14, 15

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

 

St. John 14:16, 17; 16:7-13
Acts 1:8
1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16
2 Corinthians 3:17
Galatians 5:25
Ephesians 1:13

About the Bible

The Bible is God's Word to us.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

 

Psalms 12:6; 119:105, 160
Proverbs 30:5
2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16
2 St. Peter 1:20, 21

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27
Psalms 8:3-6
Isaiah 53:6; 59:1, 2
Romans 3:23

About Salvation

Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

St. John 1:12; 14:6
Romans 5:1; 6:23
Galatians 3:26
Ephesians 2:8-10
Titus 3:5

About Eternal Security

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us the security.

St. John 10:29
2 Timothy 1:12
Hebrews7:25; 10:10, 14
St.Peter 1:3-5

About Eternal 

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

St. John 3:16; 14:17
Romans 6:23; 8:17, 18
1 Corinthians 2:7-9
Revelation 20:15

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