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What Does “Son of Man” Mean?

What Does “Son of Man” Mean?

Why does Jesus refer to himself as the “Son of Man”? What does that mean, and what is the significance? Jesus refers to himself as the Son of Man more than anything else in the Gospels. The term appears around 80 times in the four Gospels. If Jesus used this title for...

Short Term Trip Testimonial – Nathan Hackney

Short Term Trip Testimonial – Nathan Hackney

  "If you have the capacity to set aside a day, weekend, week, or more to the Lord, DO IT!." [dsm_image_carousel gallery_ids="28041,28029,28030,28031,28032,28033,28034,28035,28036,28037,28038,28039,28040" slider_type="slideshow" slideshow_effect="fade"...

Good Friday Experience Testimonial — Fran George

Good Friday Experience Testimonial — Fran George

“My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 There are times in life when a verse of scripture speaks deeply to your soul, but you may wonder what it will look like and how it will unfold in the reality of life. Good Friday 2023 was such a...

What Makes The Gospel Of Mark Special?

What Makes The Gospel Of Mark Special?

The Gospel of Mark is one of four detailed accounts of the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Although Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels, its brevity does not diminish its significance. Scholars believe that the...

Lifeline Children’s Services

Lifeline Children’s Services

For over 40 years, Lifeline has been dedicated to mobilizing and equipping churches to bring the hope of the gospel to vulnerable families and orphans/foster children. They prioritize the child's best interests and specialize in trauma-informed training and education...

Care Groups: Re|Engage

Care Groups: Re|Engage

Care Groups: Re|EngageThere's no marriage that is beyond the hope of the Holy Spirit.Recent statistics estimate 41% of first time marriages end in divorce. That is a staggering figure. If it is true, then almost half of all first time marriages will end in broken...

Learn More about Church Revitalization

Learn More about Church Revitalization

What is Church Revitalization?Church revitalization refers to the process of renewing, reenergizing, and revitalizing a declining or struggling church congregation.  A church revitalization is often undertaken when a church is facing prolonged challenges such as...

Providence Church Planting

Providence Church Planting

Providence is currently planning on planting a church in the Wakefield area of northeast Raleigh in the Spring of 2024. Below are frequently asked questions surrounding the topic of Church Planting. The first reason is driven by biblical precedent.  When Jesus rose...

Middle East Conflict & The Gospel

Middle East Conflict & The Gospel

We are living during a time of tremendous conflict and within a culture that is feeling a famine that is “not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord” (Amos 8:11). Most people know far more about what’s happening in the world...

The Idol of Money and Materialism

The Idol of Money and Materialism

We live in a world filled with opportunities to replace God with fake gods. The Bible calls this practice idolatry and warns us to “keep” ourselves from it (1 John 5:21). Idolatry is finding what is and should be ultimately found in Jesus Christ in created things....

Culture Connection — A Family Ministry Resource

April 12, 2024 Absent Minded What it is: Data from the American Enterprise Institute found that during the 2022-2023 school year, 26% of students met the definition of “chronically absent,” meaning they missed ten percent or more of the school year.  Who it impacts:...

Sibling Conflict

Sibling Conflict

Part 2 Brothers and sisters fighting with one another can raise the stress level (not to mention the volume level) in a home. As a parent, this can be one of the most frustrating things. Rarely do they bicker or fight about anything of value. It can feel like...

Why Isolation Feels Heavy And Hard

Why Isolation Feels Heavy And Hard

It should catch our attention that less than two full chapters into the Bible, God includes a remarkable and perhaps frightening declaration, “It is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). This declaration comes in stark contrast to every other declaration...

The Responsibilities of a Parent

The Responsibilities of a Parent

Families are an amazing thing. They are joyous, chaotic, tender, boisterous, loving, safe, tight-nit, and warm, to name just a few qualities. Some families are the opposite of these expressions, but when we think on the healthy side of the coin, it is amazing to see...

Get Connected with Providence Men

Get Connected with Providence Men

Today, the term “Father” can evoke a wide range of emotional responses, from deep and abiding affection to visceral anger to complete ambivalence. We all have opinions on what a dad is and isn’t. We all have experiences, good and bad, that shape those opinions. If we...

Pressing Into The Mess

Pressing Into The Mess

Have you ever been hurt by someone in a Life Group? Or maybe you have met someone in a group that you just don’t see eye to eye with? If you have, you’re not alone. Providence Life Groups are made up of people, and people have baggage. Because we’re sinners (to sin is...

Care Groups: DivorceCare

Care Groups: DivorceCare

Care Groups: DivorceCareWhether you're navigating through a Divorce, or have been through one and are wrestling with the emotions afterward, DivorceCare is a place to find healing, support, truth, and hope. This is a 13-week, video-based support group program where...

Changing Their Minds

Changing Their Minds

Every week at Providence we are reminded of the truth of the gospel. This past Sunday we saw people enter the baptism waters to make a public profession. When being baptize, there are two main declarations being made: a testimony of what Jesus Christ did for us, and a...

RightNow Media | Providence Digital Library

RightNow Media | Providence Digital Library

We want to equip and empower every person on their spiritual journey. That's why we're now providing our entire church family with access to RightNow Media - a digital library with over 20,000 biblical resources to strengthen your faith. Whether you're an individual...

Care Groups: GriefShare

Care Groups: GriefShare

Care Groups: GriefShare Navigating grief and loss can seem overwhelming. While everyone’s response to loss is unique, people facing it will experience many of the same challenges. We offer a group that will help you or someone you know better navigate the challenges...

Divorce Care

Divorce Care

No one steps into the lifelong commitment of marriage expecting it to fail. A quick look at traditional marriage vows is proof: “I _______, take you__________, to be my lawfully wedded (wife/husband) to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse,...

REACH Resources

REACH Resources

Welcome to Providence's Reach Resource page! Our vision as a church is to see everyone at Providence intentionally extending themselves to the point of discomfort to bless others and reach them with the gospel. This page is designed to equip you with practical...

Disciple-Making Training with Dr. Sam Chan

Disciple-Making Training with Dr. Sam Chan

COMMUNITY is the most powerful factor in determining BELIEF in something."Dr. Sam Chan (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is a member of The Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics. Based in Australia, Chan's life is dedicated to coaching and teaching...

Need Holiday Help? – Check Out These Resources

The holidays can stir up complicated emotions. If you're feeling anxious, grieving a loss, or dealing with family conflicts, you're not alone. This season can magnify struggles. But help and hope are available. Anxiety and Finding Hope: 4 Comforts for Anxious...

What is a People Group?

What is a People Group?

Here at Providence we are passionate about those who have little to no access to the story of Jesus. The gap between those who know Him and those who do not is something we strive to close. What is a people group? An ethnolinguistic group with a common self-identity...

Coming King – Advent Devotional by Brian Frost

Coming King – Advent Devotional by Brian Frost

The Advent season is a unique time for Christians to prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the coming King. This 25-day devotional guide written by Pastor Brian Frost will walk you through the grand narrative of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, revealing key...

CityServe Rally – Fall 2023

CityServe Rally – Fall 2023

CityServe is our bi-annual emphasis on serving the city we live in with intentionality, vigor, and love. We love serving our community year-round, but these Saturdays are such a sweet time for us to rally together and go out into the city. Check out this highlight...

Prayer and The Mission of God

Prayer and The Mission of God

The number one cause of car accidents in the US is distractions. We eat, text, and daydream all while driving and by giving attention to these distractions, we put ourselves and others around us in danger. The reality is that distractions don’t just keep us from...

Who is Everyone Thanking?

Who is Everyone Thanking?

It is interesting to me to think about Thanksgiving in America in 2022. I hear people on TV and on the radio talking about thanksgiving, but they make no mention of God. Who is everyone thanking? Psalm 100 makes it clear that our thanks should be directed to God. 1...

Women and Work

Women and Work

We live in a world filled with opportunities to replace God with fake gods. The Bible calls this practice idolatry and warns us to “keep” ourselves from it (1 John 5:21). Idolatry is finding what is and should be ultimately found in Jesus Christ in created things....

Are You Ready For Baptism?

Are You Ready For Baptism?

What is Baptism? Baptism is the act of being fully immersed underwater by another person as an act of worship to God the Father, Son, and Spirit. Symbolically, baptism serves as a physical representation of the Gospel message (Romans 6:3-4). In the beginning, God...

Help! Does My Child Believe and Should They Be Baptized?

Help! Does My Child Believe and Should They Be Baptized?

One of the most challenging and humbling things about leading and discipling the next generation is discerning and affirming saving faith in our kids. One of the most precious and important things for a parent is praying, sharing, and leading our kids to understand...

The Idol Of Career

The Idol Of Career

We live in a world filled with opportunities to replace God with fake gods. The Bible calls this practice idolatry and warns us to “keep” ourselves from it (1 John 5:21). Idolatry is finding what is and should be ultimately found in Jesus Christ in created things....

RALEIGH DREAM CENTER STORY

RALEIGH DREAM CENTER STORY

We'd encourage you to volunteer with us, and we'd absolutley love your help.Sarah Gilley is a member here at Providence, and she serves on staff with the Raleigh Dream Center. Their mission is to bring hope and restoration to the hurting and broken in our community....

Six Roads That Lead To The Idol Of Career

Six Roads That Lead To The Idol Of Career

While our ultimate fulfillment can only be found in God, sin often tempts us to seek it in other sources. This leads to idolatry, where we turn to people, activities, or things as false providers of hope, peace, and satisfaction.  A prominent idol that many of us face...

Janet and Rodger Saul’s Story

Janet and Rodger Saul’s Story

We know He can, we just don't know His plan.Rodger and Janet Saul's life together was seemingly interrupted when Rodger was diagnosed with a tumor that was growing out of his ear. They were shocked, and they weren't sure of what the outcome would be. But, what they...

Enjoying God in Prayer

Enjoying God in Prayer

What comes to mind when you think about why we are supposed to pray? Maybe you think of our need for God’s help or our duty as followers of Christ. These are certainly good reasons to pray, but prayer is also a way to enjoy the presence of God. Tim Keller, a pastor in...

Why am I interested in a God I can’t see?

Why am I interested in a God I can’t see?

It was a silent October morning as we left our campsite to catch the sunrise. I remember sitting on a rocky ledge while the moon still lit the sky. There were a handful of peaks in front of us. (I can hear it now, some of you who call the Rockies home are laughing...

What is Prayer?

What is Prayer?

Think back to your days in grade school. Who would it be if you were given the opportunity to write a letter to one famous person? In fifth grade, I had an opportunity similar to this. Our teacher helped us develop our penmanship by letting us choose one...

Weddings at Providence

Weddings at Providence

If you are considering getting married at Providence, please feel free to look over the FAQs below. You can also submit the facility use request below and Lindsey Danforth will be in touch with you. You can contact her at [email protected] with any...

Unity In An Age Of Division

Unity In An Age Of Division

Looming Danger 2020 has been a strange year. It started with a global pandemic, and now, we are in our second week of worldwide protests over racial inequality, racism and demands for changes in policing. Both of these issues have proven to be incredibly divisive....

Our Vision for Providence Young Adults

Our Vision for Providence Young Adults

Providence Young Adults welcomes 23 - 35-year-old individuals. We're a family of Life Groups who love helping others take their spiritual next step. Whether you're fresh out of college, recently married, or busy with little children, there is a place for you in our...

Pass It On – Next Steps

Pass It On – Next Steps

2 Timothy is Paul's final words of encouragement to his son in the faith. He's passing on what he's received from the Lord to encourage Timothy in the mission. Paul was activated in his ministry for Christ. How can we activate? If we are committing to extending...

3 Myths About Leading a Group

3 Myths About Leading a Group

At Providence, we love making disciples by developing leaders. The following are three myths that we often encounter when challenging people to step up as leaders. Do any of these apply to you? Have you heard them yourself?    Myth #1: “I need to have it all...

Becoming a Life Group Leader

Life Group Leadership OverviewProvidence Life Groups exist to be warm communities, growing in the Bible, on God's mission. Our vision for groups is that they'd be a place of radical hospitality for both guests and long-time members. In addition to being a relationally...

Raleigh Rescue Mission

Do you see the homeless on our streets ? Have you ever wanted to help but not sure how to be impactful ?  Joining with one of our Ministry Partners might be the answer ! Homelessness doesn’t have a certain look. You may or may not notice the men, women and children...

Financial Resources

Financial Resources

Whether you're looking to overcome debt, navigate financial priorities, or plan for a prosperous future, we want to provide additional resources.[dsm_card title="10 Things You Should Know about Money"...

Baptism – Take Your Next Step

Baptism – Take Your Next Step

DECLARE YOUR NEW LIFE IN CHRIST. Every Christian has a testimony or story of God’s grace at work in his or her life and while many points regarding the circumstances of their salvation experience may vary, the common theme for every Christian is “Jesus Christ died for...

Local Outreach Donations

Local Outreach Donations

Our Lord sacrificed His most treasured Son to restore us to Himself. He graciously invites us to reach others by sharing our physical resources and offering comfort, love, and support. We hope that through caring for others, we might find opportunities to share...

A Biblical View of Financial Debt

A Biblical View of Financial Debt

When a church proposes the possibility of incurring debt we examine what the Bible says about borrowing money. Below are six questions and answers that will help guide your thinking about what the Bible has to say about this important topic. Question 1: What is a...

Worthy Mentorship Program

Worthy Mentorship Program

The Worthy Mentor Program is designed to connect local churches with vulnerable women.  Some of these women may be  walking through unexpected pregnancy healing from abortion struggling with other circumstances Using a holistic model of care, Worthy church partners...

Afghan Refugee Outreach

Afghan Refugee Outreach

In January of 2022, we joined a ministry partner, (RHPs) Refugee Hope Partners and several other churches in an outreach to Afghan Refugees temporarily placed in a hotel down the street from Providence.  Now, those families are dispersed into homes and communities...

Parenting Books & Devotionals

Parenting Books & Devotionals

We all need wisdom...especially when it comes to raising a family. The Providence Family Discipleship Team has put together a list of resources to partner with parents in sharing the goal of discipleship between church and home.Family Worship by Donald S. WhitneyA...

I’m Anxious…What Now?

I’m Anxious…What Now?

40 million Americans struggle with some form of chronic anxiety. Every generation is 3x more likely to struggle with anxiety than their parents. Life is anxious for us all at different degrees, and when we face the stress that whips up the waters of our hearts,...

A Kingdom Custom-Built For Kids

A Kingdom Custom-Built For Kids

One of the bittersweet experiences of being connected together occurs when love leads us to feel and carry one another’s pain. Many in our church family recently tasted this when a little boy named Graham went home to be with the Lord. I cannot fathom a deeper pain....

Dying To Racial Indifference

Dying To Racial Indifference

My Experience Growing up in California, my earliest memories of elementary school buddies include Sean Taylor. Sean was funny, smart, athletic...and African American. That just didn’t matter. Like two kids playing catch as warplanes fly overhead, neither of us was...

From the Womb to the Tomb

From the Womb to the Tomb

This January marks the 45th anniversary of the infamous Roe V. Wade decision by the Supreme Court to legalize abortion in the United States. During these 45 years, nearly 60 million little lives have been taken under the protection of this law*. As a Christian seeking...

Loving The Different

Loving The Different

This article summarizes a few truths from our sermon series, Building Blocks of the Family and lays a foundation of how we can process and think through the issues of manhood and womanhood. There was a time in our culture when biblical teaching on gender identity...

Sanctity of Human Life

Sanctity of Human Life

I am aware that some will not finish reading what I am about to write. Some will dismiss it due to length; others by the sadness or personal regret it evokes. Some who are tired of the cultural debate may set it aside as one more voice on an already crowded stage....

Refugee Hope Partners

The number of refugee families calling the Triangle home is steadily growing and our community has become an opportunity to REACH the Nations by Serving our City at our backdoor. Since 2007 RHPs has served our new neighbors with the love of Christ.  Their Mission:...

The Two “C’s” Of Pornography

The Two “C’s” Of Pornography

Pornography may be one of the most dangerous things in the world facing the modern church. While it is enjoyed in private by a shocking number of people, it is not a struggle for a disturbed few. It is a challenge for people globally, and many church-going Christians...

So Close, Yet So Far Away

One day while teaching a curious crowd, Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). I find it hard to imagine a more sobering sentence....

Mercy After Abortion

Mercy After Abortion

In January of 2019, on the 46th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, legislators in New York passed a law protecting a woman’s right to have a late-term abortion. Millions took to social media to offer their praise or protest. As I read numerous reactions, a question came to...

The Image Of God In Faces & Races

The Image Of God In Faces & Races

There are no words more important to understand the purpose of life than those that open the Bible. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds...Then...

Fighting Discouragement

Fighting Discouragement

Why do I feel so down? “Why do I feel so down?” If you have ever asked this question, you are not alone. The psalmist who wrote Psalms 42 and 43 asked this question. He asks it this way, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” Most of...

Speaking Into An Ocean Of Outrage

Speaking Into An Ocean Of Outrage

We have a dilemma. On one hand, we know it’s wrong to be silent when seeing injustice. For example, if you were to see a child dragged on the floor by her hair, crying, and bleeding, it would be wrong to be silent, even if at some point you had previously decried the...

Politics, Peace & The Christian Conscience

Politics, Peace & The Christian Conscience

The political division can feel so oppressive these days, but for those of us who know Christ, this is our moment to shine. As the country trembles over the outcome and aftermath of the election, we get to demonstrate the peace of belonging to a “kingdom that cannot...

Critical Race Theory and The Gospel

Critical Race Theory and The Gospel

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been taught in universities for years, but its impact on public policy was limited until recently. The precepts of CRT have now flowed outside the universities, affecting K-12 schools, workplaces, federal and state government, military,...

Fully Present on a Toronto Mission Trip

Fully Present on a Toronto Mission Trip

Our trip leader to Toronto told us that our trip wouldn’t have a specific project or thing we would accomplish, but we would instead be spending our time serving Trinity Life Church and its pastors and families. This made me a little nervous, because I'd never...

Jobseekers Ministry

Whether looking for employment or for a reliable employee, Providence Church Jobseekers ministry is here to help. We have established a Providence Jobseekers community utilizing WorkerSpring that will help connect jobseekers and employers.   WorkerSpring will...

Uganda Gave Me A New Perspective

Uganda Gave Me A New Perspective

Over the summer I heard God calling me to serve as an intern with Jordan Griffin for A Perfect Injustice (API). I could have spent my summer doing anything other than volunteering my time, but it was clear to me there was a reason God wanted me to get to know the...

A Three Circles Chalk Talk

A Three Circles Chalk Talk

Our team spent a week in a community just outside of Boston running a sports camp for children with a partner church. One of those children at the camp, Abraham, was a fourth grader who had almost no experience with sports, but he was a thoughtful and quiet learner....

You Don’t Look Depressed

You Don’t Look Depressed

I remember the first time I shared with a stranger about a big secret in my life. I was young, in college, and worked part-time at a bookstore. A customer approached me one day and asked if I knew of a book that could help her with depression. Much to my own surprise,...

Responding To The Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Responding To The Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced their decision to redefine marriage in all 50 states. With marriage being the most foundational building block to the home and society, I imagine the impact will be broad....

The Gospel For Marriage

The Gospel For Marriage

Marriage is a gift that God graciously gives to His people. Here we want to consider two truths about marriage and two ways we can celebrate the gift of marriage in our confused world today. Marriage is rooted in a complementarian understanding of gender. God designed...

The Gospel for Sex(ual Sin)

The Gospel for Sex(ual Sin)

How can we think about the issue of sex and how does the gospel specifically address the issue of sexual sin? Regrettably, all of us know the bitter taste of sexual failure in one way or another. Thankfully, God is a healer and restorer. In order to understand how the...

Get Connected with Providence Women

Get Connected with Providence Women

We desire to empower and resource woman to deepen their relationships with Christ through opportunities for diligent prayer and the study of the Scriptures. Together we can encourage and love each other as we reach for the goal that God has set before us. Together we...

Learn more about the Providence Library

Providence’s Library provides resources and services to advance learning about God, stimulate Christian growth, enrich worship experiences, and enable the ministry of members and leaders of our church in their obedience to the Great Commission. A wide selection of...

Aaron and Emily Peters

Aaron and Emily Peters

Boston, [email protected] Peters is the lead pastor at City on a Hill Church - Brighton in Boston, MA. He and his wife, Emily, and two daughters feel called to minister to the people of Brighton, which they now call home. Prayer Requests Pray...

Fighting Passivity

Fighting Passivity

Passivity Is A Product of the Fall Let’s be honest, Adam dropped the ball. When God created him, He gifted Adam with purpose. The fact is, both man and woman were made God’s representatives on the earth, image bearers of the Creator, with characteristics that only...

Providence Leadership Institute

Providence Leadership Institute

The Providence Leadership Institute is intended to provide Biblical leadership training and mentoring for both pastoral and lay ministry leadership.  The Institute includes 6 areas of leadership training: Ministry Residency, Ministry Internships, Advanced Christian...

Missionaries Need Rest – We Can Help

Missionaries Need Rest – We Can Help

If you are a missionary and need a place to stay when you are resting in the states, we can help Providence offers two homes for missionaries to use for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of a year at a time. People who have been sent out or are currently supported...

We love Raleigh through City Serve

We love Raleigh through City Serve

Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. As His followers, we are to extend His love and mercy to the brokenhearted, impoverished, and unbelieving people in our communities. There is great joy in taking the love, grace, and mercy that God has lavished upon us...

Simple Daily Routine – March 2023

Simple Daily Routine – March 2023

Providence Kids exists to partner with parents as the church and the home share the goal of discipleship. This is the one shared goal we have together, believing that church and home are better together. But what do we mean when we say we “partner with parents”? And...

Summer Reach Project – College

Summer Reach Project – College

Looking for a way to leverage your Summer? Want to learn more about who God is & what He’s up to all over the world? Then join us for the Summer Reach Project! Summer Reach is an 8 week internship through Providence Church where you will receive intentional...

Critical Theory and The Gospel

Critical Theory and The Gospel

In recent years, movements such as ‘critical race theory,’ ‘intersectionality,’ ‘queer theory,’ and ‘social justice’ have become very popular. These movements, which are rapidly shaping modern thought, law, education, and entertainment, draw from an older...

One Way To Heaven (Sermon Manuscript)

One Way To Heaven (Sermon Manuscript)

Romans 10:1-17 Today we conclude our series, “Did God Really Say,” looking at God’s design for human flourishing, the confusion that exists when we reject those designs, and then God’s path for restoration. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”...

Doing What Is Right For Others (Sermon Manuscript)

Doing What Is Right For Others (Sermon Manuscript)

Isaiah 58:1-14 Today we continue our series, “Did God Really Say,” looking at God’s design for human flourishing, the confusion that exists when we reject those designs in areas such as authority, sanctity of life, race, gender, sexuality, personal responsibility,...

The Sour Grapes of Injustice (Sermon Manuscript)

The Sour Grapes of Injustice (Sermon Manuscript)

Genesis 1:1; Ezekiel 18:1-32; Romans 3:23-26 Today we continue our series, “Did God Really Say,” looking at God’s design for human flourishing, the confusion that exists in areas of authority, sanctity of life, race, gender, sexuality, responsibility, justice, and...

The Marriage Bed (Sermon Manuscript)

The Marriage Bed (Sermon Manuscript)

Genesis 1:28; 2:25; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Today we continue our series, “Did God Really Say,” looking at God’s good design in all that he created, the confusion that exists in areas of authority, the sanctity of life, race, gender, sexuality, personal responsibility,...