Welcome to Providence Presbyterian Church
in Gum Spring, Virginia!
We are a small, historic, country church serving a big, living, world-loving God.
Our mission is to share God’s abundant love in the counties of Goochland and Louisa
(and beyond!) … and we have been doing it since 1747!
Whether you are looking for a church home or just plan to visit,
we invite you to come and see what God is doing in our midst.
Have you ever wondered what Paul was talking about when he wrote “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1)? Huh? Freedom from what? Freedom for what?
Well, you have come to the right place! Pastor Karen Witt’s June 26 sermon answers the question! Give it a listen … you will be glad you did.
VBS at Providence was a great week at the SurfShack for the children who were with us and their families. We cannot express our gratitude enough for the leaders, volunteers and helpers who made VBS possible. Thank you!
One of the apostle Paul’s great explanations of salvation by faith, and not works, is set out in the June 12 Lectionary passage found at Galatians 2:15-21:
“We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed [i.e., the wall between Jewish and Gentile believers] then I really would be a lawbreaker. For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
Pastor Karen Witt’s June 12 sermon on this passage (and so much more …!) is here. Listen and come to a deeper appreciation for our Lord who loves and saves us.
Reminder that Vacation Bible School at Providence begins on June 13. It is not too late to sign up your child … or to pitch in and help, or just spread the word about VBS. Contact Marti Wunsh (804-837-0450) to sign up, volunteer or ask questions. We hope to see you this coming week as we “Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love” together!
On June 5, Pastor Karen Witt continued our series on Paul’s letter to the Galatians with a sermon addressing the purpose of Paul’s radical conversion and his message of God’s love and saving grace for all. Galatians 1:11-24.
June 13 – 17 – Vacation Bible School – Mark your calendars now to attend this exciting week of fun and Christian fellowship at the Surf Shack, where kids will Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love! For more information, to sign-up to help, or to register your child to attend, please contact Marti Wunsh at (804) 837–0450.
Providence is beginning a time of close study of the apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Galatia was a Roman province located in what now is central Turkey. Paul had introduced Christ to the citizens of Galatia by sharing the gospel that Jesus himself had given to Paul. Jewish Christians later told the Galatians that more than Paul’s gospel was needed. They subtracted nothing from Paul’s message but added to it requirements of the Jewish faith, including circumcision. Paul wrote his letter to counter this error. The scripture passage from Galatians on May 29, verses 1-12 of chapter 1, introduces his conflict with the Jewish Christians and the Galatians themselves, who had “astonished” Paul by “so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ” and “turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all.” 1:6-7.
Pastor Karen Witt’s May 29 sermon addressed this conflict and explained why Paul was so unhappy with the Galatians. Because Christ himself had charged Paul, he had authority from God to share the gospel. And Paul’s gospel centered on God’s grace, which is undeserved and comes to us at God’s initiative, by His call, and not because of anything we have done or can do to deserve it. Paul boldly asserted that additions to that gospel were perversions that deserved God’s curse!
Karen’s sermon is a lovely meditation on the authority of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray that it inspires you to join in our study – and appreciation – of Galatians.