We believe that salvation is the free gift of God’s grace (not earned or deserved) received by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross (Eph. 2:8-9; John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Gal. 2:16). We believe that repentance is necessary for salvation (Matt. 3:5-12; 4:17; Acts 2:38; 17:30). We believe that saving faith demonstrates itself through works and is not simply talk (James 2:14-26).
We believe that because of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross sin is forgiven (Heb. 9:22; Rom. 3:25), the believer is reconciled to God (Rom. 5:1), and he receives a new life (Rom. 6, Col. 3) through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5-6; John 3).
We believe that God has graciously elected believers (John 6:37, 44, 65; Acts 13:48; Rom. 9:11, 15-16). We also believe that the legitimate offer of salvation to all man is possible because the atonement of Christ is sufficient for all mankind (Is. 53:6; 1 Tim. 2:3-6; 4:10; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Jn. 2:2). It is obvious from the Bible that not all believe, therefore we reject universalism.
Scripture presents a balance between God’s sovereignty as the Author of Salvation (Matt. 11:25-27; Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 1:4-11; 2 Thes. 2:13; 2 Tim. 2:10; 1 Pet. 1:1-2) and man’s responsibility to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Matt. 11:28-30; Ezek. 18:23, 32; 33:11; John 3:18, 19, 36; 5:40; 2 Thes. 2:10-12). It is vital to maintain balance and not reject either truth. We believe that election should not be looked upon as based merely on abstract sovereignty. God is truly sovereign but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and love (Romans 9:11-16).
We believe that a believer is judicially declared to be completely righteous (justified) the moment he trusts Christ as Savior (Rom. 3:24-28). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:20; 4:6) and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24) and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
Conversion begins the process of sanctification (practically living righteously) which continues throughout the rest of a believer’s natural life (Rom. 6, 8; 1 Thes. 5:23). We believe that there is also by the work of the Holy Spirit a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23). There will be a day in which we are completely sanctified and our bodies glorified; the moment we are like Him for we shall see Him as He is (Rom. 8:18-25; 1 John 3:2).
We believe that it is possible for one to know and be assured of His eternal life through a relationship with Jesus Christ (1 John 5:11-13). We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ forever (John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24). We recognize that not all who claim to be born again are truly saved and do not offer false assurance to someone who does not demonstrate fruits of salvation.
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