Salvation

We believe that Salvation is the means by which a Holy God draws sinful man into His presence. God made salvation possible through the death of His lovely Son. It is wholly the work of God and is accepted as a gift by faith in Christ alone.

 

Detailed Beliefs

 

We believe that man is spiritually dead (Eph 2:1), an enemy of God (Rom 5:10) and justly under His condemnation (John 3:36). Sinful man is utterly incapable of justifying himself before God (Rom 3:19). Salvation is completely the work of God (John 1:12,13), who in mercy provided salvation through the vicarious sacrifice of His Son (1 Cor 5:21; Mark 10:45; Rom 5:18). Salvation is a free and merciful gift of grace (Titus 3:5; Rom 5:8; Eph 2:8) that cannot be merited (Eph 2:9). The offer of salvation is extended to all men (John 3:16; Rev 22:17; 1 John 2:2 ) but appropriated only by the elect (Acts 13:48).

Some Terms associate with the doctrine of Salvation are:

 

Election

God choses all believers to salvation in Christ with all its attendant blessing before the foundation of the earth (Eph 1:4,5; Rom 8:33; 1 Thess 1:4; Col 3:12; 2 Thess 2:13; Acts 13:48).

Calling

The effectual call of God to salvation (John 6:44; Rom 8:30; 2 Tim 1:9; 1 Cor 1:9; Gal 5:13).

Faith

A complete whole hearted trust in the promises of God (Rom 4:21) through which man appropriates the provision of salvation (John 1:21; Eph 2:8). Fath is not intellectual accent (Jam 2:19).

Repentance

A turning to God (Acts 20:21), from sin (Heb 6:1) and self (Job 42:6) effecting the mind (Psalm 51:3), the will (Psalm 51:10) and the emotions (Psalm 51:8; 2 Cor7:10).

Justification

The sovereign judicial act by which God releases the believer from the penalty and guilt of sin and imputes the righteousness of Christ to his account (Rom 4:3; 5:1; 5:18,19; 1 Cor 1:30; 2 Cor 5:21).

Adoption

The sovereign judicial act of God (Eph 1:5) whereby the church age believer receives the status of Adult Son (Rom 8:15; Gal 4:5) with its attendant rights and privileges (Rom 8:15; Gal 4:5; Rom 8:17; Gal 4:7) through the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Gal 3:26).

Union with Christ

The legal (Rom 5:15-19) and mystical bond (Eph 5:30-32) between Christ and the church age believer which is accomplished by the baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:13; Rom 6:3,5; Gal 3:27). Through Union the believer is identified with Christ in His crucifixion (Gal 2:20), death (Rom 6:4), burial (Col 2:12), and resurrection (Eph 2:6).

Regeneration

The sovereign work of God (John 1:13) whereby the eternal (John 4:14) spiritual life of Christ (John 11:25; 14:6; 1 John 5:12) is imparted to the spiritually dead (Eph 2:1) by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5; John 3:8) through the instrument of the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23; John 15:3; 5:25).

Sanctification

The process whereby the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:13, 14; Gal 5:25) works through the Word (John 17:17) to set the believer apart to God (Eph 5:25,26) and apart from sin (Rom 6:12; John 13:10).

Eternal Security/ Perseverance

God secures and guarantees the final salvation of all believers (John 6:39; John 10:27-30; Rom 11:29; Eph 4:30; Jude 1) and consequently all believers will persevere in their sanctification (John 8:31,32; Heb 3:14; 12:14; 1 John 5:13).

Glorification

Glorification is the consummation of salvation (1 John 3:2; 1 Cor 15:51-54).