For those of you who know us well, you know that church is a huge part of our life. In fact, our biggest source of apprehension about moving home to Texas was wondering whether God would provide a community of believers anywhere near as great as our church in Seattle. As usual, inspite of our lack of faith, God was faithful.
The first week after we moved into our house we sought out a new church. Our old church was a founding member of a church planting network called Acts 29. I checked out their website and found Providence Church. We’ve never looked back.
One of the first thing that attracted us there was the preaching. It holds the Bible and Jesus in high regard that delivers hard truth with love. The pastor is younger than us, but wise and grounded.
The next thing that attracted us what that God is blessing it. It’s a new church, just founded in May of 2005, but it’s already running 2 services with close to 500 people. Reminds me of what Henry Blackaby says in Experiencing God, “Find where God is moving and get in on it.” God is moving here.
Finally was issues of theology. It was kind of funny, our view of God had changed substancially in Seattle and we had this idea of what “Texas churches” are like. We kept waiting for the theologically shoe to drop — the issue we would have to struggle to agree with. But it never came.
Providence is sort of an anti-Bible-Belt church. Many of the sermons are centered on setting us free from rules, and trusting in the soverign hand of God. If you want to know more, check out their website, download some sermons, or just stop by.
So we officially joined last week. We’re excited that God has provided above and beyond our expectations for a new church.