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through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:1-19; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1

Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8).

We teach that because all men were in Adam, a nature corrupted by Adam's sin has been transmitted to all men of all

ages, Jesus Christ being the only exception. All men are thus sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration

(Psalm 14:1-3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12).

SALVATION

We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed

blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

Regeneration.

We teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and

divine life are given (John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit

through the instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24), when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit,

responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation.

Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct.

Good works will be its proper evidence and fruit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 2:10) and will be experienced to the

extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to the Word of

God (Ephesians 5:17-21; Philippians 2:12b; Colossians 3:16; 2 Peter 1:4-10). This obedience causes the believer to be

increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). Such a conformity is climaxed in the

believer's glorification at Christ's coming (Romans 8:17; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:2-3).

Election.

We teach that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ

those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies (Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13;

2 Timothy 2:10; 1 Peter 1:1-2).

We teach that sovereign election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as

Savior and Lord (Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11; John 3:18-19, 36; 5:40; Romans 9:22-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Revelation

22:17). Nevertheless, since sovereign grace includes the means of receiving the gift of salvation as well as the gift itself,

sovereign election will result in what God determines. All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith and all

who come in faith the Father will receive (John 6:37-40, 44; Acts 13:48; James 4:8).

We teach that the unmerited favor that God grants to totally depraved sinners is not related to any initiative of their

own part nor to God's anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but is solely of His sovereign grace and

mercy (Ephesians 1:4-7; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:2).

We teach that election should not be looked upon as based merely on abstract sovereignty. God is truly sovereign but

He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom,

grace, and love (Romans 9:11-16). This sovereignty will always exalt the will of God in a manner totally consistent with

His character as revealed in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:25-28; 2 Timothy 1:9).

Justification.

We teach that justification before God is an act of God (Romans 8:33) by which He declares righteous

those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians

7:10; Isaiah 55:6-7) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Corinthians 4:5;

Philippians 2:11). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:20; 4:6) and involves the

placing of our sins on Christ (Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24) and the imputation of Christ's righteousness to us (1

Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21). By this means God is enabled to “be just, and the justifier of the one who has

faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26).

Sanctification.

We teach that every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is therefore declared

to be holy and is identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused