Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man or woman, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Here are the ABC's of salvation:


Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace where believers become a new creation in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart done by the Holy Spirit where one repents of their sin and places their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is the genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment to Him as Lord and Savior.


Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal based on His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto 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 in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.