We assert that God’s grace is manifest in all creation even though suffering, violence, and evil are everywhere present. Even our sin, with its destructive consequences for all creation, does not alter God’s intention for us—holiness and happiness of heart. Nor does it diminish our accountability for the way we live. Despite our brokenness, we remain creatures brought into being by a just and merciful God. The restoration of God’s image in our lives requires divine grace to renew our fallen nature. We acknowledge God’s prevenient grace, the divine love that surrounds all humanity and precedes any and all of our conscious impulses.
God’s grace also awakens in us an earnest longing for deliverance from sin and death and moves us toward repentance and faith. We believe God reaches out to the repentant believer in justifying grace with accepting and pardoning love. We hold that the wonder of God’s acceptance and pardon does not end God’s saving work, which continues to nurture our growth in grace. We see God’s grace and human activity working together in the relationship of faith and good works.