Salvation through the grace of God

Scriptural revelation and our personal experience confirm the powerlessness of human nature to achieve moral reformation. Our only hope is in the grace of God which issues from God's will to overcome the separation caused by sin (Jeremiah 29:12-13; Jeremiah 31:31-33; 1 Thessalonians 5:9).

Because the divine image has been marred through sin, because humanity now lives under the compulsion of sin, and because sin has caused separation fro God, unaided human nature has been rendered powerless to achieve righteousness on its own. A saving relationship with God is not earned by good works. But what we cannot do by ourselves God has done for us as a work of divine grace (Mark 10:45; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Ephesians 2:1-10).

"At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6).

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).

Humanity is not only disfigured by sin but is also ready for hope. The gospel story is infused with hope. It moves from the despair of sin to the triumph of grace. In mission, we are called to invite people to experience hope, receive grace and rejoice in a renewed relationship with God.

We were created in the image of God to live in harmony with God and creation, a state which was broken by disobedience and sin, and, as a result, we live under the compulsion of sin, separated from God and unable to save ourselves.