Our Beliefs

The mission of Ponderosa Bible Church is five-fold, and is outlined in the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) and in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19,20). The mission of this church is to:

1. Love God with all our hearts,
2. Bring people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, 3. Incorporate them into the membership of the church,
4. Teach them to live in obedience to God’s Word, and
5. Equip them to use their spiritual gifts in service to others.

We will endeavor to fulfill our mission by implementing the following biblical priorities:

  1. WORSHIP - honoring and glorifying Christ in our lives through godly living as individuals and through regular worship and study of God’s Word together as a church family. (Psalm. 95:6-7; Matthew 22:37-38; John 4:24; Acts 2:46-47; Ephesians 5:19-20; Hebrews 10:25)

  2. OUTREACH - sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in our community and throughout the world, with a heart of compassion to meet their needs. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2:47; Second Peter 3:9)

  3. RELATIONSHIPS - fellowshipping, encouraging, supporting, praying, caring for, and in other ways, edifying one another in personal family life and in the family of God. (Matthew 22:39; John 13:34-35; Acts 2:42,46; Romans 15:5-7; Hebrews 10:24-25; First John 1:7)

  4. GROWTH - developing in maturity, love, discipline and integrity as individual believers, through a lifestyle of Bible study, prayer, giving and spiritual accountability, that leads to greater outreach, richer worship, deeper relationships, increased service and discipling of others. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:11-13; Second Timothy 2:2; Second Peter 3:18).

  5. SERVICE - ministering unselfishly to others both in the church family and outside of it, through discovering and using the gifts and abilities God has given us to meet their spiritual, physical and emotional needs. (Matthew 25:34-40; Galatians 5:13; I Thessalonians 5:11; First Peter 4:10- 11) 

  6. SALVATION - We believe that man, because of his sin and lost condition, needs a Savior and cannot get to heaven on his own. Therefore, the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly of grace, and is made possible only by the substitutionary, atoning death of God's son, Jesus Christ, who having fulfilled all the right- eousness of the Law died in the sinner's place (Romans 3:21-26; First Peter 1:18-19; 2:22-24). Only his shed blood and resurrection can provide the ground for our justification before God. This salvation is wholly apart from any works or good deeds performed by man, and is received through genuine repen- tance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God (Romans 6:23) with both repentance and faith being gifts of God extended to the sinner in grace (Acts 5:31; Ephesians 2:8,9). Those who trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross are born again into the family of God by the regenerating pow- er of the Holy Spirit, and become the recipients of a new divine nature. They are declared righteous be- fore God on the basis of the imputation of Christ's righteousness to them (Second Corinthians 5:21; Ro- mans 5:17,19; Philippians 3:9; Romans 3:24-26; 4:22-25; First Corinthians 1:30). Because his salvation is dependent upon God and his promises, the believer's salvation is secure, he himself being sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. He can never be separated from God (Philippians 1:6; Ephesians 4:30; John 10:27-28; First John 2:19; Jude 24-25). 

 
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