Adult Education Ministry
The foundation of the education ministry of Providence Baptist Church is the word of God. All teaching ministry should have the Bible as its primary focus. The Bible constitutes the authority for all doctrine taught within the Providence Baptist Church Statement of Faith, which provides guidance when multiple interpretations are available. While additional resources are welcome to facilitate discussion, the Bible will hold prominence in all PBC Sunday School Classes. The ultimate goal is to have members gain confidence in the word as inspired by the Holy Spirit rather than relying on the opinion of popular theologians.
Prospective Members Class- Teacher: Blair Waddell and Steve Smartt
This course provides an overview of the vision, ministry and organization of Providence Baptist Church. In it you will learn about our policies and strategies in fulfilling our mission statement as well as discovering ways you can serve. You will also have the opportunity to hear testimonies from current church members and develop new friendships. The introduction to the church last six weeks and in the final remaining weeks we will be reviewing A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent. There is no obligation to join the church.
Soteriology: The Doctrine of Salvation - Teacher: Cliff Smith,
This class will study the Ordo Salutis (Oder of Salvation), i.e., the order of the application of the work of salvation. We will study the elements of the Ordo Salutis that include effectual calling, regeneration, conversion (faith and repentance), justification, adoption, sanctification, perseverance, and glorification. We will spend extra time on the means and basis of our justification including how the Reformed view on justification differs from the Catholic and Arminian views. Plus we will look at and assess the "New Perspective on Paul" proposed by N.T. Wright, and how it is not biblical. The material for this class is Saved By Grace, by Anthony A. Hoekema.
-Old Testament 102 - Teacher: Randy Cox
This is part two of a two part class that will briefly survey every book of the Old Testament. It is not necessary to have taken part one (Old Testament 101) to participate in this study. This class will cover the Poetic and Wisdom Literature Books (Job-Song of Solomon) and the Prophetic Books (Isaiah-Malachi) found in the Old Testament. The class will provide a summary of each book's content, key theme(s), literary style, and connection to the Gospel. The primary text for the class will be the Bible and Introducing the Old Testament by Tremper Longman III.
-Church History 203 - Teacher: Mike Watson
What is the basis of the protestant denominations? What prompted the protests of the Roman Catholic teachings and the departure from these? What did this movement result in many different denomination today? We will conclude our Church History survey with a 6 week study on the Church from the 1800's to the present day. We will look at the foundation of several current denominations and also some of the heresies that are prevalent today. the Bible will be the primary text of the course, but we will also be using B.K. Kuiper's, The Church in History, to assist us. We will join with the New Members class in the second half of the quarter to review A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent.
Preschool through 6th Grade
Our children's curriculum is from Desiring God Ministries. The purpose of the curriculum is stated well: "The greatest need children have is to know and cherish the infinite value of God. We want children to become so acquainted with the Word of God that they treasure Him alone as the One who saves and satisfies the heart. The goal of the curriculum is to fuel spiritual desire in children by exalting the greatness and worth of God and His glorious work through Christ." This curriculum supports our mission to nourish God's people in the Word of God by declaring the sovereign majesty of God through proclamation, exaltation and education for the glory of God.
Junior High Students - Treasuring God's Word
What makes the Bible unique? Can I be confident that the Bible is the Word of God? What's the big story of the Bible? This study takes students on a journey of discovering the uniqueness of the Bible, why it can be trusted, and how it is one unified story of God's redemption through Christ. We will learn about genres of biblical literature, how to interpret Scripture, and students will be challenged to know God more deeply by hearing and doing His Word.
Senior High Students - Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics
If you want a faith that is truly mature, it requires a mind that is well informed; that is why it is critical that we train our students to be diligent in their study of God's Word. This semester we are equipping the students to get more out of their study of God's Word by teaching the inductive bible study method. We will be covering the three fundamental skills required for sound Bible Study; Observation, Interpretation, and Application. We will then apply these principles through a verse by verse study in the Book of Hebrews.