We believe salvation from sin is a free gift of God and can never be received by any good works we may try to do to obtain it. God’s provision of salvation results not only in being saved from sin but also from the result of sin which is eternal, conscious punishment and separation from God in the Lake of Fire, often referred to as Hell.
This salvation, from sin and its punishment, is from God and His grace. He chooses us, calls us, regenerates us by His Holy Spirit and gives us eternal life with Him in Heaven.
This work was completed when God the Father sent His only Son Jesus to earth as a man to die in our place. He was God, therefore He had no sin nature and lived a sinless life. He died willingly as the payment for our sins, and the blood of Jesus washes us from our sin when we trust in Him by faith. After His death by crucifixion, Jesus rose bodily from the dead and ascended to sit at the right hand of God the Father where He intercedes for us. Men and women are presented with very clear responsibilities with regard to this salvation. We are told to repent, believe, and place our faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus. This results in what the Bible calls regeneration or the new birth. (John 3 is a wonderful explanation of this new birth.) This is a one time event in the life of individuals who believe in Christ as their Saviour. We are also responsible to grow spiritually through personal study of the Bible, and the fellowship and teaching provided by the church.
Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9-13, Acts 17:30, 1 John 5:13