Pentecost is known for tongues, fire, and a wild scene, but Peter’s sermon is anything but out of control. He reasons from scripture, and his message lands on the people with heavy conviction. Their response, “What must we do?” is an honest cry of desperation. They needed a remedy. Peter’s response is not one of…

Before we even know to ask, God has already prepared to give us exactly what we need. The giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is exactly what we need in order to live the life and mission we are called to. Although Pentecost may be a one-time event, our need for the Spirit never…

How do you make a decision? Do you struggle to know what God wants from you? Are you paralyzed with worry that you’ll make the wrong choice? The Apostles found themselves faced with a choice just days before Pentecost, right after Jesus had left. Their actions in this historic moment in the church can help…

Jesus prepares to leave the disciples and gives them one last command- a mission. For that mission to be successful, Jesus can’t remain here in the flesh. He must move on to be with the Father. It’s that ascension that detonates the “bomb” of the gospel. It unleashes the power that God has for and…

As 2018 begins, we too begin a new series looking at the Book of Acts. As we kick this book off, we consider what drove the early church and take a look at where we (Providence) are as a church- and where we want to go. http://media.blubrry.com/provjeff/p/providencejeffcity.com/media/Its_Still_About_Jesus.mp3Subscribe: Android | RSS

As we wrap up 2017, it can be easy to look back over the year and think about how bad things got in the past year. Truth be told, we could do that every year. In a world full of sin and brokenness, there is no shortage of reasons to lament and fear. Yet God…

Fear not. 2 words with simple instructions. Yet following those instructions may take an entire lifetime. Joseph and the shepherds were given this simple command and their response was one of obedience. What is our response when we are told, “Fear not!”? http://media.blubrry.com/provjeff/p/providencejeffcity.com/media/Simple_Command_Simple_Obedience.mp3Subscribe: Android | RSS

We’ve been told that the “center of God’s will” is the safest place to be, but is that really true? What if the “center of God’s will” is really a dangerous and difficult place? What do you do then? Well, if you’re Mary, you trust God’s plan, put your focus on him, and sing a…

Fear is something we all feel, but at times it can overwhelm and overtake us. It can war against our hearts and rob us of blessings that God intends for us to enjoy. The battle of fear vs. faith isn’t a new one and the Christmas story is full of these moments. Will our fears…

The Protestant Reformation may seem like it happened a long time ago – 500 years in fact.  But it’s still happening today, anytime we stand for the truth of the gospel.  Throughout scripture and with the lessons of history, God tells us to remember.  We risk losing the greatest gift of all – the good…

The overarching theme of the Reformation, the end goal of the other solas, and the end goal of our lives: The glory of God. God’s glory is all over the pages of scripture, but too often we can misunderstand how God’s glory works. The way humans are glorified is different than the way God is glorified….

Sola Fide is one of the key pillars to what we believe; that God saves on the basis of faith alone. It is the object of that faith that saves us, not the faith itself. Cam Smith leads us well as we look at this key doctrine. http://media.blubrry.com/provjeff/p/providencejeffcity.com/media/Sola_Fide.mp3Subscribe: Android | RSS

What do you put your faith in? (More on faith next week) Is your faith in your church attendance or the amount of money you give? Do you trust in pastors and speakers who say things that make you feel better about yourself? Is your hope in traditions and expectations passed down through the years,…

Most would agree that Jesus is a pretty important person, but just how important? The conviction of the reformers was that Christ wasn’t just a big piece of our theology- he was the hub, the goal, and the essence of our faith. Is this how we approach our faith today? Is Jesus enough? Or do…

“By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8   Only grace. And thank goodness. Our reformer of the week for Sola Gratia (by Grace alone) is none other than John Calvin. Before you stop reading because the name “Calvin” is…

Amazing Grace is one of the most beloved and well-known songs in the English language. What is it that we mean when we sing about “amazing grace”? What is grace anyway? What makes it amazing? Far too often grace isn’t that amazing to us; in fact, it’s often pretty normal, expected even, as though we…

This past Sunday at Providence we talked about Sola Scriptura, the Latin phrase that means, “by scripture alone.” We learn about it first because it is the bedrock on which the Protestant Reformation stands, and has huge personal implications for our lives as we try to be disciples of Jesus. If the Bible is the…

“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so.” A song for children that would’ve been an almost unthinkable idea prior the start of the Reformation. The shaping principle of the theology of the Reformation was that the Bible was the supreme authority and no one should sit above it. And what…

500 years ago the world was turned upside down. This event, the Reformation, was one with widespread implications, but what does something that happened in 1517 have to do with 2017? More than you might think. This is the first in a 7-week series looking at the people, the theology, and the lasting impact of…

Perspective is a powerful tool. It can take all the things in our lives and help us sort through the things that mattered and the things that we only thought mattered. Solomon gives us a gift in the closing passages of Ecclesiastes. He helps us sort through the tensions and frustrations in our lives. He…