We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Nothing a person does merits, warrants, or contributes to God's saving work in us. Salvation is solely and completely the act of God.
(Psalm 37:39, 62:7; Isaiah 43:11, 45:21; Jeremiah 3:23; Hosea 13:4; Jonah 2:9; Revelation 7:10, 19:1)
Five Essentials Comprise Reformed Theology:
1. Grace Alone
Grace is "one way love." Some picture salvation (being saved from sin, Satan, and death) as a cooperation between God and man, like a lifeguard throwing a line to a drowning swimmer and the swimmer reaching back to take the line. Salvation by grace alone means there is nothing man can do to save himself. The portrait of salvation by grace is of the lifeguard jumping in the pool, throwing his arms around a lifeless body, and pulling to safety the drowning swimmer.
(Ephesians 2:4-10; 2 Timothy 1:9-10; Titus 3:5-7)
2. Faith alone
Faith is a gift of God to the sinner that is composed of head, heart, and will, with its object Jesus Christ. Faith is trust in the accomplished work of Jesus to save sinners.
(Romans 3:21-26, 4:3-8, 22-25, 5:1-2; Galatians 2:15-16, 3:6-11, 3:24; Ephesians 2:8)
3. Jesus Christ Alone
In His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus Christ gives to sinners His perfect standing before God, takes their sins upon Himself, and vindicates all God's promises of victory over sin, Satan, and death.
(John 14:6; Romans 5:8-11, 15-17, 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:13-18; Colossians 1:13-20; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10; Titus 3:6; Hebrews 1, 2:17, 9:11-28, 10:10-14; 1 Peter 1:18-21, 2:24-25; 1 John 1:7, 2:1-2, 4:14-15, 5:1, 5-13)
4. Scripture Alone
When the Bible speaks, God speaks. The Bible is God's revealing Himself to us. As His unerring, inspired word, it alone is our highest source of authority for faith and practice.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
5. God's Glory Alone
God's glory is the display of His infinite worth and beauty in the world. Life is not ultimately about us, but about Him. Everything in this world is being orchestrated by God for the express purpose of bringing Him glory.
(Romans 11:36; Ephesians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Timothy 1:17; 2 Timothy 4:18; 1 Peter 4:11; Jude 25; Revelation 1:6, 7:12)