SALVATION

A.  Salvation By Grace Through Faith
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, that salvation is the free gift of God (Rom. 3:24, 6:23), neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man (Titus 3:5; Rom. 1:16, 4:4-5), but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 3:16, 6:28-29; Acts 16:30-31; Eph. 2:8-9), in whom all true believers have as a present possession the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness (Rom. 3:21-31, 5:1), sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish (1 Jn. 5:13; Rom. 3:22; Gal. 3:26; Jn. 5:24; Eph. 1:3; 2 Pet. 1:3; Jn. 10:27-30).  This salvation includes the whole man, spirit and soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23-24), and apart from Christ there is no possible salvation (Jn. 14:6; Acts 4:12).

B.  Sanctification
We believe that sanctification may be viewed as positional, progressive, and complete.  Believers are positionally sanctified at the time of salvation when they receive a standing that is perfect “in Christ” (Heb. 10:10,14; 1 Cor. 6:11), that believers are progressively sanctified in their experience in daily life when they “grow in grace” and are changed from glory to glory by the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 7:1, 3:18; 2 Pet. 3:18).   We believe progressive sanctification should result in righteous living and good works, not as the procuring cause of salvation in any sense, but as an evidence and fruit (1 Jn. 3:9-11, 4:19, 5:4; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 2:14; Mt. 7:16-18; 1 Cor. 15:10); and therefore as Christians we should keep the word of our Lord (Jn. 14:23), seek the things which are above (Col. 3:1), walk as He walked (1 Jn. 2:6) and be careful to maintain good works (Titus 3:8).  Finally, we believe that Christians will be completely sanctified when they see the Lord and “shall be like Him” (1 Jn. 3:2; 1 Thess. 3:13, 5:23).

C.  Eternal Security and Assurance
We believe that everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ has eternal life (Jn. 3:16, 5:24; 1 Jn. 5:11-13), that God loves the believer to the end (Jn. 13:1), that God purposes to keep the believer (Jn. 10:28-30), that God will present the believer faultless before Himself (Jude 24), that Jesus Christ continually intercedes for the believer (Heb. 7:25; 1 Jn. 2:1), that the Holy Spirit has sealed believers until the day of redemption (Eph 4:30) and that the Bible guarantees that nothing can separate believers from Christ (Rom. 8:28-30).

We believe that the person who has trusted in Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross as the only way to heaven should enjoy the assurance of eternal life (Jn. 6:47), and that while God sometimes disciplines believers in infinite love (Heb. 12:6) when they persistently sin and fail to judge themselves (1 Cor. 11:31), He will never break the relationship established in salvation (Heb. 6:18-19).
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