Our Purpose as a Church
Providence Presbyterian Church exists to gather and perfect God’s people in North Dallas and beyond for His glory.
We believe that God’s grace, as most clearly evidenced by the death of His Son on the cross for all who believe in Him for salvation, can transform the hearts and lives of lost men, no matter how desperate. In fact, the more desperate, the better! As Jesus said, ‘Come unto me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’
To all who are spiritually weary and seek rest; to all who mourn and long for comfort; to all who struggle and desire victory; to all who sin and need a Savior; to all who are strangers and want fellowship; to all who hunger and thirst after righteousness; and to whoever will come—this church opens wide her doors and offers her welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
PPC’s view and definition of World Missions
The purpose of world missions is to promote the worship of God in Christ through the clear, deliberate, and direct preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and making disciples among the nations.
The Bible testifies to one essential point: it is God’s desire for his people to worship him eternally. This sentiment is captured by the entire 67th Psalm, where the crescendo is reached in these verses: “Let the people praise you O God, Let all the people praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing to you for joy” (Psalm 67:3,4). Over and over in Scripture we hear the refrain, “Give glory and praise to God!” We also hear that this call to worship extends out to his people, whether they are aware of their standing yet or not, throughout the nations. It is not a command meant only for those who have grown up in the church. It is meant for the elect scattered everywhere.
It is against this Scriptural background Jesus gives the Apostles the Great Commission. He called them to make disciples of all men, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mat. 28:19). This was certainly for the purpose of their salvation but also to fulfill the words of the psalmist that the people might praise God and the nations be glad and sing to God for joy forevermore.
So for Providence Presbyterian Church, World Missions is not so much a rescue mission (though without hesitation, our message is Christ crucified for our sins and salvation by faith in Christ alone), as it is the task of calling the saints in for worship.
It is no wonder the Westminster Divines began at this point when they wrote their catechisms. The purpose of man is to glorify God. This supreme statement points all of our activity Godward. It orients our daily lives, our church activity and motivates our missions action. It is our desire that all who are called to believe will hear the Gospel (as they must, Romans 10:14) and join the chorus in the final days as we stand before our God in Heaven and worship him eternally (Rev. 5:8-13).
PPC is committed to the saints scattered among the nations. God has called us to share the good news to people everywhere, to baptize them, and to teach them to give glory and praise to God.
PPC Missions Guiding Principles
Our definitional statement drives our intentions regarding missions and provides the basis for our guiding principles.
1. The church is God’s primary context for worship and spiritual growth; therefore, church planting is our preferred means of kingdom expansion.
2. All missions efforts must lead with the preaching of the Word.
3. All missions efforts should be incarnational. Deed ministry should accompany the Gospel where possible.
4. We seek efforts to use missions to disciple our own congregation.
5. The PCA’s missions agency, Mission to the World, is the recommended framework, sender organization
6. PPC has a preference for fewer projects with a deeper investment
7. PPC will leverage PPC member involvement where there is a fit with our guiding principles
8. PPC will seek opportunities where there are newer works in progress