Eternal Salvation is by Faith Alone

Eternal Salvation is by God's grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for the Promise of everlasting life.

We believe that salvation from eternal condemnation and torment is through faith alone (Romans 4:5) in Jesus Christ alone (John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:31), apart from any works we do (Ephesians 2:8-9); simply believing in Him for everlasting life (1 Timothy 1:16).  


This means that no outward works or demonstration of obedience, commitment, repentance, or surrender are required to obtain eternal salvation.  This includes the sacraments of water baptism and communion.  While we are instructed to observe and obey these sacraments, they have no bearing on our eternal destiny whatsoever (Acts 10, 1 Corinthians 1:17, Acts 2:38, John 1:12-13, 3:16, 11:25-27, 20:31).


 

The meaning of “faith”.  Faith, translated from pistis in the original Greek, is synonymous with “belief” or “trust”, and in the context of salvation, means “reliance” on Christ for eternal salvation and also carries the additional meaning of assurance.  Faith is simply trusting God in what He says.  Saving faith is trusting God in what He says about the Gospel (John 3:16).


The meaning of “believe”.  “Believe”, translated from pisteuo in the original Greek, is simply being objectively convinced and firmly persuaded of something to be true.  This does not carry any implicit meaning which indicates any effort, commitment to obey, choice, or action on the part of the believer.  


For both “faith” and “believe”, there are no biblical uses or emphasis of any adverbs or adjectives attached to these words in the context of saving faith or saving belief (eg, “genuinely” belief, “real” faith, etc…).


 

Our services and ministry are grounded in the truth that God offers everlasting life as a free gift to all who believe in Jesus Christ for that everlasting life (John 3:16) which can never be lost (John 5:24).  


Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus fully atoned for all of our sins past, present, and future, which then makes every human savable. However one is not saved until one believes in Him for everlasting life.  


Our belief in Him thus consists of belief in the irrevocable Gift He offers [everlasting life] and the Giver [Jesus the Christ] (John 4:10, John 11:25-27).