The Doctrine of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the shed blood of Jesus Christ; that it is received individually by the repentant sinner who places his personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that all who receive Him are regenerated instantaneously by the Holy Spirit and become children of God; thus the child of God cannot perish, but is kept by the power of God, safe and secure for all eternity; that it is neither acquired, kept or made more secure by rites, ceremonies or words.
We believe that Justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares the repentant sinner to be righteous through faith in Christ Jesus; and that the blessings include peace and forgiveness of sin.
Rom.5:19; 8:17; Acts 13:39; Isa.53:11;
We believe that regeneration is the instantaneous act of God at the time of conversion when God gives to the repentant and believing sinner a new nature and makes him a new creature in Christ Jesus; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that its genuine evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and newness of life.
2 Cor.5:17-19; Titus 3:5; Eph.2:1,5; Jn.3:3,6-8; Col.2:13; 2 Pt.1:4; 1 Jn.5:1
We believe that sanctification is an act and a process of God whereby He sets apart all believers unto holiness and then conforms them to the image of Christ; that it takes place positionally at the time of conversion; that it takes place practically during the believer’s life by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God; and that it will be perfected only when the believer sees Christ at the time of death or at the rapture.
Jn.17:17; 1 Cor.1:2,30; 6:11; Hebrews 10:10-14; 1 Thess.3:12,13; 4:1-12; 2 Pt.3:18; Eph.4:11-16; Rom.8:29; 1 Jn.3:2
We believe that glorification is the final state of the redeemed; that it involves the total abolishing of the sinful nature and the effects thereof; and when Christ comes for the church, all believers will be changed in the twinkling of an eye and will become like Christ at His appearing; that our mortal bodies will become immortal; that our corruptible bodies will become incorruptible.
1 Cor.15:51-54; 1 Jn.3:2; Jn.14:1-4; 1 Thess.4:13
Preservation – Eternal Security
We believe that all who truly by faith receive Christ as Lord and Saviour are eternally secure. Those whom God saves are kept by His power. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word. Scripture gives no assurance to those who profess salvation, yet whose lives are characterized by continual sin.
Jn.1:12; 6:3,39; 10:27-39; Rom.8:38,39; 2 Pt.1:10; 1 Cor.1:4-8; 1 Jn.3:7,10
Believer’s Two Natures
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures; that he has the old nature for the duration of his earthly life; but that provision is made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Rom.7:15-25; 6:11-24; Phil.3:7-14; 4:7-14; 2 Cor.12:7-10a