Statement of Faith
The Doctrinal Statement of Ponderosa Basin Chapel
God: God is eternal, Creator of all, and is three persons in one essence (the Trinity). The Trinity is made up of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The names of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit possess equal authority (Matthew 28:19, John 1:1-2, 14, 14:15 -17).
God the Son: Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God, took on a human body and lived here on earth to reveal God to man (John 1:1, 14, Col. 2:9). Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:30-35). Jesus was also fully man. He was able to take our punishment for the sins we have committed. The incarnation made the substitutionary death of Christ possible (Hebrews 10:4, Isaiah 53:12). We believe Jesus lived a perfect sinless life. He was crucified, shed His blood, died to pay the penalty for our sins and was raised bodily from the dead on the third day (I Cor. 15:3-4). In this act we see God’s love for us (Romans 5:8). Forty days later He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He is the head of the Church and intercedes for believers. Jesus will come again personally, bodily and visibly to this earth (Revelation 20:4, I Thess. 4:16-17).God the Holy Spirit: The present ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14), to convict men of sin (John 16:8-11), to regenerate the believing sinner (John 3:3-6, Titus 3:5), to indwell the believer (Acts 2:38), to guide (Romans 8:4, 14), to instruct (1 Corinthians 2:1-16), and to empower the believer for godly living and service (John 14:12-17, Acts 1:8).
Man: We affirm the Bible’s testimony about man: he was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), he was created by God and therefore owes gratitude and worship to his creator (Romans 1:20-21), he rebelled and sinned against God (Genesis 3:6, Romans 3:23), his sin has separated all men from God (Isaiah 59:1, 2), and his spiritual life is restored through regeneration by the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-8).
Salvation: We hold that heaven is real and hell is real. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead- the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord and the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. We believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). We believe in the free gift of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. Salvation is not obtained by good works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Bible: We believe in the inspiration of the Holy Bible, which is God’s Word. Both the Old Testament and New Testament are inspired words of God without error in the original writings. We believe the Bible’s revelation is complete, useful, and the final authority for our Christian faith and life. God’s Word is completely pure (Psalm 12:6) and inspired by the Holy Spirit and is beneficial for faithful living (2 Timothy 3:16 -17). The Christian Life: We believe that a Christian is called to walk in holiness with the goal of becoming conformed to the image of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17 ), walking in the Spirit, we learn to grow in faith, obedience to Scripture, prayer, fellowship with other believers, and a life of service (Galatians 5:16 -26, Hebrews 11:6, John 17:17 , Ephesians 6:18). We believe that the Christian will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to have his life evaluated according to his deeds (2 Corinthians 5:10 ).
The Church: We believe that the Church is composed of all who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ. Together they are the body of Christ of which He is Lord and the Head. The Church is commissioned for the God-given tasks of worshiping, fellowshipping, teaching, evangelizing, and exercising spiritual gifts (Acts 2:42-47, Romans 12:5-8). We believe in the establishment of the local church (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32).
Ordinances: We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age (Matthew 28:19, 26:26-29). They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation. Baptism is the identification of the believer with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:1-7). The Lord’s Supper is a reminder given by Jesus to both look back at His atonement for sins on the cross and look ahead to the promise of His Second Coming (I Cor. 11:26).