We believe the Bible teaches that God saves His people from the just judgment, righteous condemnation, and holy wrath our sins deserve and that there is no eternal hope apart from God’s mercy and grace in Jesus Christ.1 God gives eternal life to those whom He chooses, freely by His grace through faith, not on the basis of anything we do, earn, or deserve but only on the basis of what Jesus Christ has done.2 God brings His people into a life of repentance and saving faith by calling us out of the darkness of unbelief, revealing Himself to our hearts through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and causing us to be born again by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.3 All who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and surrender to Him as Lord are no longer under God’s condemnation but are forgiven and justified on the sole basis of Christ's righteousness, sacrifice, and resurrection.4 God adopts all true believers into His family; He assures us of eternal salvation; and He is able to fulfill His promises to keep us secure and bring us into His eternal glory.5 God transforms all true Christians into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ through a lifetime of exposure to God’s Word and personal experience in the Holy Spirit, as believers grow in their faith and obedience to God’s will.6
1 On salvation from God's judgment in condemnation and wrath: John 3:36; Rom. 5:9; 1 Thess. 1:10. On no hope for anyone apart from God's mercy and grace: John 3:3-8; Eph. 2:1-3 and 12.
2 John 5:24 and 17:3; Rom. 3:24 and 4:4-5; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:5.
3 John 3:3-8 and 5:24-25; Rom. 1:16 and 10:17; 1 Cor. 1:9, 18, and 30; 2 Cor. 4:6; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:23.
4 Rom. 3:24, 5:1-3, and 8:1; Eph. 1:7. Please note: In the New Testament, ‘justified’ means “declared righteous” or “counted righteous” by God as Righteous Judge; this is the opposite of being ‘condemned.’ This ‘justification’ is not something any believer earns or deserves based on what we do or who we are. Rather, believers are counted righteous – we are justified – in faith on the sole basis of what God has done in and through Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death and resurrection. Jesus Christ's righteousness is counted to those who believe.
5 John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:28-39; 1 Pet. 1:5.
6 Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 2:12-13; Col. 3:16.