We believe that salvation, or the “New Birth” experience, is a gift that can only be reached by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, and acceptance of His death on the cross as payment for our sins. We believe that salvation is granted to man as a work of God’s free grace, or unmerited favor. It cannot be earned, bought, or given as a reward for one’s service. We also believe that when one is saved, or born again, there is an inner change that is brought about in the heart. True repentance, genuine faith, and dependence upon Jesus Christ for salvation must accompany this change or regeneration. Once one’s heart has been changed by faith they are no longer the same. Christ makes them new.