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Statement of Beliefs

Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the true and accurate Word of God and the authority for faith and conduct.  We ask that those who rent our facilities conduct themselves in a way that honors God and His word. We ask that you show respect to our staff and property by following the rules and regulations in our guest group contract. 

Inspiration of Scriptures

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired (God-breathed) Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings. (Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Man's Fallen Condition

We believe in Man's fallen condition. Through nature, choice, and practice, he is guilty before God and is righteously judged fit only for everlasting punishment. (Genesis 3:1-13; Matthew 25:46; Romans 3:10 & 23; Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:12-15)

Christian Experience

We believe that repentance, forgiveness, and becoming a new creature are several of the many experiences of the Christian who is kept by God's power. Being secure in Christ forever, and it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of salvation. (John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1 & 8:38-39; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:11-13)

Return of Jesus Christ

We believe in the visible, personal, and imminent return of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for His Church. (John 14:3; Acts 1:9--11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:12-15)

Provision for Healing

We believe that Christ made provision for all the effects of sin in the atonement; and that God heals in answer to believing prayer according to His sovereign discretion. Healing may not be claimed on the same unconditional basis as salvation. The final deliverance from sickness awaits the believer in glory. (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 2 Corinthians 12:7-9; Philippians 3:20-21; 1John 3:2)

Necessity of the New Birth

As Christians, we believe in the necessity of the New Birth as the work of God, the Holy Spirit, to be obtained only by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and that men are saved by grace through faith, not works.

Diety of the Lord Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ as fully God and fully man; as man, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin; as God, co-equal and co-existent with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:1 through 2:13; John 1:1-11; John 14:16; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15)

Redemption through Christ

We believe Jesus Christ offered on our behalf the only acceptable sacrifice for sin and was raised in the same body from the dead, according to the Scriptures. Christ has secured our redemption through the shedding of His blood, qualifying the saints for service here, a like resurrection, and a place in His divine presence for eternity. (Matthew 28; Luke 24:39-43; Romans 3:21-28; Romans 5:10-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 9:11-22; 1 Peter 1:18-20; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 5:10-13)

Role of the Holy Spirit

We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is a person who convicts sinners, who regenerates and baptizes them at the moment of their salvation into the body of Christ. We also believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and seals, until Christ returns, all who believe. We believe He fills and empowers for service those who are yielded to Him. (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 & 12:12-14; Galatians 5:15; Ephesians 1:13-14 & 4:30 & 5:18; Titus 3:5)

Bodily Resurrection

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and of the lost: the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost. (John 11:23-27; Romans 8:11; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:12-15)

Purpose of Spiritual Gifts

We believe that the primary purpose for spiritual gifts, as given by the Holy Spirit, is for the edifying of the Church and the propagation of the Gospel of Christ. We believe that tongues, miracles, and the raising of the dead, as evidenced in apostolic times, were to authenticate the giving of new revelation, primarily to the Jewish nation at that time. (1 Corinthians 12:28-31 & 13:8-10; Ephesians 2:20 & 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:3-4)

Ponderosa Student Ministries proudly stands as a parachurch organization, embodying a commitment to Christian values and principles. As a parachurch entity, we transcend denominational boundaries, collaborating with diverse Christian communities to actively participate in both social welfare initiatives and evangelism endeavors. While we are not tethered to the ownership or operation of a specific church, our identity remains distinctly and unapologetically Christian, guided by the tenets outlined in our comprehensive statement of faith, which can be found on this site. This declaration serves as the cornerstone of our operations, ensuring that our actions and mission align harmoniously with our deeply rooted Christian convictions.

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