We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace, received only through personal repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Believers have forgiveness of sin, salvation from sin, reconciliation with God, and eternal life. Believers have assurance of their salvation as they live in faith and obedience.
Gift of Grace. Salvation involves our deliverance from the power of Satan, sin, and death through the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. Out of a hopeless condition, Jesus saved us by forgiving our sin, freeing us from punishment, giving us new birth, cleansing our hearts, and adopting us into God’s family — making us citizens of heaven. God offers salvation and blessing by grace to undeserving persons without hope of earning it. God then gives us grace to live in a way that is pleasing to him.
Lk 3:6; Ro 5:8-11, 20-21; 6:5-7; 2 Co 5:21; Eph 1:5; 2:8-9
Repentance and Faith. God welcomes all people as estranged sinners who turn from their ways and come home to God’s rule. Repentance is that decision to turn the heart, mind, and actions away from self, and to consciously die to sin. Faith is our return to the heavenly Father, trusting in the promise of grace, finding safety in divine mercy, and deciding to follow God in all of life.
2 Ch 7:14; Lk 15:11-32; Jn 1:12; Ac 2:38-39; 3:19; Ro 10:9-10; Gal 2:20; Heb 11:1
Lord and Saviour. Persons who have come to God through faith in Jesus Christ will desire to live as children of God. Since God has saved us through Jesus Christ, our complete loyalty and obedience go to him. The image of Jesus Christ is reflected in all of his faithful followers. The church is built on the confession that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Mt 6:33; Ro 10:9; 1 Co 3:11; 2 Co 3:18; 4:4-6; Eph 4:11-15; Col 3:10; 2 Pe 3:18; 1 Jn 5:3-5
Assurance of Salvation. Children of God are confident that their heavenly Father will bring them to safety in their eternal home. This trust is based on the faithful promises of God, our acceptance by Christ, and the guarantee of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The assurance of God’s forgiveness in our lives will grow as the community of faith affirms the evidences of salvation. Children of God display a love for God, submission to Christ, and qualities of life influenced by the Spirit.
Jn 10:28-29; 15:1-8; Ro 8:15-16, 38-39; Gal 5:22-23; Eph 1:13-14; 2 Ti 1:12; Heb 10:19-25; 12:5-11; 1 Pe 1:3-6; 1 Jn 5:13