OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in the Biblical truth that salvation is a free gift of grace through faith alone in Jesus' perfect and complete sacrifice for our sins. Belief in this truth is the key to salvation and the process of refinement and sanctification to become more like Christ is a constant and daily pursuit.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing;
it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me."
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
BIBLICAL TRUTHS OF GRACE THROUGH FAITH
1. Every human on his or her own is fallen, sinful and separated from God.
We must recognize the human dilemma, which is also each individual’s dilemma.
We cannot become perfect, nor can we earn eternal life through our own merit.
All of us have had an evil thought, a selfish desire, or sinned in other ways.
We cannot cover or take away any sins that we have committed. The penalty of sin is death.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
and are justified by his grace as a gift,
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
2. God loves us and wants to be in a relationship with us but cannot be in fellowship with sin.
This is why God had to provide a way out for us so that we could be in relationship with Him for eternity.
Jesus Christ became fully human, lived a perfect life, and experienced the full wrath that all mankind deserved while He was on the cross.
That sacrifice satisfied the justice required to punish all sins for all time (past, present and future). He is the only one who could and did pave the way to receive eternal life, by laying His own life down for those who were enemies with God, proving an unconditional love not of this world.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. This satisfied the dilemma of God being both all just and all loving.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
3. Salvation is then received as a free gift of grace from God through belief in his Son Jesus Christ.
Anyone who accepts this payment freely for his or her sin, on a personal level, automatically receives a right and perfect standing before God in order to enter into eternal life. This begins an eternal personal relationship with God.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
4. Once we are born again into God’s family as His children, we can never lose that salvation.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.