Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God. He was both fully God and fully human, taking upon himself human nature, yet he never sinned. Through his substitutionary death on the cross he made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to his disciples as the person who was with them before his crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where he is the one Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whom the reconciliation between God and man is possible. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate his redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Gospel is a word that simply means “good news.” The gospel is the greatest news ever proclaimed to the world. It is the story of the creation of the world, the fall of humankind, and God’s redemption made possible through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). The message of the gospel can be summed up like this: Because of his love of the world, the holy, just, and gracious God of the universe looked upon hopelessly sinful people and sent his son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to bear his wrath against sin on the cross and to show his power over sin and death in the resurrection so that all who turn and trust in him will be reconciled to God forever.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person, and is offered freely to all who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by his own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, repentance, justification, sanctification and glorification.
Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart brought about by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the confession of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to him as Lord and Savior.
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of his righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.
Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within him or her. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed forever with God in Heaven.