Salvation

We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be born again. The new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus.  Salvation is instantaneous and not a process. In the new birth, someone who is dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature, and receives eternal life.  Salvation is the free gift of God’s grace, based entirely on the merit of Christ’s shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works.  Faith alone in Jesus Christ alone is the only condition for salvation (John 1:12; 3:3-7; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:7; 2:1 and 5, and 8-10; I Peter 1:18-19; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:1).

Regeneration – We believe that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given to men and women. It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the divine provision of salvation (John 3:3-7; 5:24; Titus 3:5).

Election—We believe that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies (Roman 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4-11; 2 Thessalonian 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10; Titus 3:4-7; I Peter 1:1-2).  Sovereign election does not contradict nor negate the responsibility of men and women to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ezekiel 18:23 and 32; 33:11; John 3:18-19 and 36; Romans 9:22-23; 10:9-13; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Revelation 32:17).

Justification – We believe that justification is the legal act of God as He declares us to be righteous through faith in Christ Jesus.  Justification includes the pardon of sin and the imputation of God’s righteousness.  It is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer (Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Acts 13:30, Romans 5:1 and 9; 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21).  Thus, the righteousness of Christ that believers enjoy is given to us, not earned by us (Titus 3:5).

Repentance – We believe that repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit.  True repentance is inseparably related to true faith (Luke 13:1-3; 15:7; Romans 2:4).

Adoption – We believe that adoption is the gracious act whereby the Father, for the sake of Christ, places new believers into the honored position of heirs.  This is in contrast with regeneration, whereby the believer receives the nature of God and becomes a child of God.  The full benefit of the position of adoption awaits the glorification of the believers at the coming of the Lord (Galatians 4:1-7; Ephesians 1:5, 13 and 14; I John 3:1-2).

Sanctification—We believe that sanctification is the unfolding work of God; first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he or she trusts the Savior; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to his or her life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return (John 17:17; I Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:25-26; I Thessalonians 4:3-4; Hebrews 3:1).

Eternal Security – We believe that all who are truly born again are kept secure by God the Father for Jesus (Philippians 1:6) and will persevere to the end in faith and obedience by the power of the Holy Spirit (John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-29; 2 Timothy 1:12; 1 John 5:11-13).