What We Believe (5 of 6):
This continues a doctrinal series about what we believe as it pertains to certain key Biblical issues.
We believe that salvation is by the grace of God, which is neither merited nor secured, in part or in whole, by any virtue or work of man (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 11:6). The sole ground of salvation is the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 3:24-25; Hebrews 9:26; 10:10-14). We believe in justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and for the glory of God alone. Justification is the judicial act of God, whereby He declares righteous those who have placed their faith in Christ alone. It is a final act, so that the believer is forever and completely justified from the moment of saving faith (Romans 5:1, 9). Therefore, the believer awaits no final last day declarative justification. Justification is not based upon the believer’s own righteousness, not even the imputation of faith itself as the believer’s righteousness, but on a righteousness alien to him; the forensically imputed righteousness of Christ alone (Romans 4:3-6, 9-11;
2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9). In salvation the believer is called, regenerated, forgiven all sin, adopted, made eternally secure, and endowed with every spiritual blessing. Salvation is of the Lord (Romans 8:30; I Peter 1:3; Colossians 2:13; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 1:3-7; Romans 8:15).