Salvation is God’s gracious work through Jesus Christ to reclaim humankind and all creation from sin and its consequences. Salvation is a gift of God’s grace received by faith. The righteousness of Christ is accredited to those who believe in him, resulting in their right standing before God.
Faith is the fruit and effect of the inner work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of human beings. Faith is (1) accepting the message of salvation as true and (2) trusting God to apply this salvation to us. Faith is “certain knowledge” and “wholehearted trust” that is created in us by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
Integral to this faith is the act of repentance: a turning away from sin and a turning to God, relying upon
Christ alone for our reconciliation. Repentance is ongoing, a part of the process of sanctification--God’s act of grace whereby we live more and more to righteousness and less and less to sin.
Our salvation and sanctification are based entirely on God’s initiative and God’s grace. It is not primarily about our choice but God’s choice, election. It is God’s gracious purpose for our life and it is for God’s glory.
Scripture: Mark 10:45; John 3:16; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:22- 26; 5:1; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9
Confessions: Second Helvetic Confession 5.107-109, 5.112-113; Heidelberg Catechism 4.021, 4.060; Westminster Confession of Faith 6.080; Brief Statement of Faith 10.4