Providence Baptist Church exists to glorify God by
exalting Christ, edifying God’s people, and evangelizing the lost
in the Epping & Raymond, NH area.
Welcome to Providence Baptist Church. We are delighted to have this opportunity to introduce you to the ministry here. We would love to invite you to be a regular part of what God is doing here at PBC. To help you get to know us, this website serves as a general orientation about our church with the hope it helps you understand a little of who we are and what we are about.
PBC began in 1998 at a home in Deerfield, NH. In the fall of 1998, we moved to a location above the bowling alley in Raymond, then started meeting in the middle school and later at the high school. We are now in our church building on Route 27 in Epping. PBC exists as a fellowship that wants to glorify God. By God’s providential grace, He has led us thus far and we are excited about both the challenges and opportunities ahead. We praise God for His evident blessing in seeing people come to faith in Him as we grow together in Christian maturity. It is a blessing to serve God in the mission field of the Rockingham county area.
We love the glorious truth that salvation is found in scripture alone and comes by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone to the glory of God alone. These God-exalting truths mark our identity.
We are committed to expository preaching, evangelism of the lost, equipping the saints, and worshiping God in spirit and truth. We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, but primarily, a body of people who profess to have a common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We gather together to be equipped for the work of the ministry which is the genuine testimony of changed lives by the Word of God. And of course all this is for the glory of God! If we can minister to you in any way, it would be our privilege to serve you and the Lord in that way.
Grace and Peace to you in Christ our Savior,
Pastor Dan Odom
WHO ARE WE?
Providence is central because it is by God's providence that we're even here. He has assembled this body of believers to exalt His son, Jesus Christ — the One whose death and resurrection gives us peace with God and the hope of heaven. You'll find that His providence is the common thread that runs through every ministry and expression of worship here.
That we're Baptist is also significant. As Baptists, we believe in the authority of Scripture, the priesthood of every believer, believers' baptism, believers' church membership, believers' Lord's Supper, autonomy of the local church, and religious liberty. We also believe in cooperation, and are affiliated with the SBC, BCNE, and NHBA. For more information about our beliefs, refer to our statement of faith, the BFM2000.
Church is paramount because of its absolute uniqueness. While "Providence" and "Baptist" were our choice in defining who we are, "Church" was mandated by God — as revealed in His Word. It is His designation for the assembly of people called by His name. As such, our course has been charted by God; our destiny has been planned by God; our members have been chosen by God; our purposes have been defined by God.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three Persons - Father, Son and
Holy Spirit - co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory,
and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14).
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternally pre-existent Son became incarnate
without human father, conceived by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary. Therefore,
in the Lord Jesus Christ divine and human natures were united in one Person, both
natures being whole, perfect and distinct that He might reveal God and redeem sinful
man (John 1:1, 2, 14; Luke 1:35).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (Rom. 3:24; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 20; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1, 2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; 2 Cor. 3:6; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13, 14).
We believe that He is the divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all those saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27; Eph. 5:18).
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the holy Scripture–consisting of 66 books from Genesis to Revelation– to be the verbally inspired Word of God, written by men under God’s control, God-breathed, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts and the final authority in faith and life (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12, 13; Ps. 19:7-9).
We believe that God alone is the sovereign creator. We believe that the Triune God , created all things from nothing (Gen. 1:1; Col 1:15-17; Heb. 11:3) and that all things belong to Him and depend on Him. God created each thing according to its own kind, perfect and good, creating humankind as the crown of His creation, male and female in His own image (Gen. 1:26-27) to worship Him and rule over all that He created (Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10).
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved and, of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26, 27; Rom. 3:22, 23; 5:12; Eph. 2:13, 12).
We believe that we who are justified - God’s gracious and full acquittal of sin - are declared righteous before God from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ made for us through His shed blood upon the cross (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19). We have received this gift not for anything we have done or could do but by grace alone through faith alone in Christ (Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-10). The only way to be adopted into God’s family is through this union and communion with His Son, Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:5).
We believe God’s people are sanctified - declared holy and are in the process of becoming holy – and are growing in Christlikeness (Eph. 5:1-2; Rom. 12:12; John 14:15; Matt. 22:37-40). We are by no means perfect yet, but one day we shall be like Him because we will see Him as He is (1 John 3:2-3).
Perseverance of the Saints
We believe that all those truly saved and redeemed are kept by God’s power and thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:5). Those whom God has saved and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, grieving the Holy Spirit and bringing reproach upon themselves and the Church, they shall still be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (Eph. 4:30; 1 Tim. 5:7; Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Tit. 2:11-15).
We believe the church is the communion of God’s people drawn from every tribe, language, people, and nation (Eph. 2:11-22; Rev. 5:9-10). This invisible body, of which Christ Jesus is the Head, exists locally, and imperfectly, as the visible church (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-11). Jesus Christ has given His church two ordinances: Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts; that each believer is divinely bestowed with one or more gifts for the edification of the body of Christ (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:14; 2 Cor. 3:12; Eph. 4:7-12).
We believe that the mission of the Church is one of word and deed (1 Pet. 4:11). As salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16), we seek to save the lost (1 Cor. 9:19-23), make disciples (Matt. 28:19-20), work for righteousness and justice (Amos 5:24; Tit. 1:11-14), and care for the hurting and needy (1 John 3:16-19; James 1:27).
Consummation of All Things
We believe Jesus Christ will return to earth personally, visibly, and bodily as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Acts 1:11). At His appearing the dead shall be raised and the living and the dead will be judged (1 Cor. 15). The wicked and unbelieving will be consigned to Hell, a place of eternal conscious punishment (Rev. 20:10, 14-15). Those belonging to Jesus will have eternal life in the new heavens and new earth (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1) and live in ever-increasing joy to the glory of God (Matt. 25:21; 1 Cor. 15; Rev. 21-22).
OUR MISSION AND VISION
We exist to glorify God by exalting Christ, edifying God's people, and evangelizing the lost in the Rockingham county area
Our mission and vision as a church is the same as every Christian congregation throughout history and around the world. Because we have been forgiven of our sins we aim to glorify God through faithful obedience to his Word. The sphere of this obedience is in our life together as a church and our witness in the world around us.
In the church, we aim to live in loving gospel community. We do this by speaking God’s word to one another and serving one another. As we do this we are growing together, being trained in the sound words of the Scriptures. A big part of this is the Sunday gathering but it also happens during the week as we spend time together.
In the world around us, we aim to live faithfully with the gospel. We do this by speaking God’s word, the gospel to those who do not yet know Christ. We aim to live with evangelistic intentionally, prayerfully pursuing the opportunities that God has given us to talk to people about Jesus.