We believe that each individual is born in sin, and, therefore, is a sinner by nature, having nothing whereby he might justify himself before God the Father (Rom. 3:9-18, 5:12); that each individual must, therefore, receive for himself the death of Jesus Christ and the shedding of His blood on the cross (John 1:12; Rom. 3:21-26, 4:16-25, 5:1-2), and in repentance must ask God’s forgiveness for his sins (Matt. 3:2; Mark 1:5; Acts 2:38, 17:30, 26:20); that having received Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord by faith, entirely apart from works (Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-9), he is spiritually saved, or born again (John 1:12, 3:4-5; Rom. 10:9-10, 13); that in regeneration the Holy Spirit is sent to permanently indwell, enable, and empower the believer to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4; Eph. 2:1-10). Each believer is thereby a child of God and a member of the family of God for time and eternity (Rom. 8:1-39).