You are saved when you place your faith in Christ's sacrifice on the cross for your sins.
Lets unpack that a bit.
Let's start with what exactly you are being saved from. Scripture makes it clear that Christ offers us salvation from God's wrath and eternal punishment for your sins.
The problem is sin. The evil force active within us that we have all inherited, resulting in a spiritual death from our birth. Scripture is clear that we are slaves to this sin, and that while our perception is our own free will, we are actually depraved and utterly helpless to live a life that our perfect God desires and demands.
The result or consequence of our lifestyle that follows sin's influence is death. This is, because of God's justice, what we rightly deserve. And since our transgressions were of infinite offense to an eternal God, our payment must fit the crime: eternal death.
When the sinner comes to this understanding, that they are in fact the sinner the Bible talks about and Jesus is in fact the savior the Bible talks about, they will naturally begin to repent for their sins and ask God to have mercy on them, somehow. It is here where the story of Jesus' perfect sacrifice on the cross becomes priceless and their only hope of knowing and pleasing God!
Now, lets talk about faith.
It is at this point that we put our faith (or trust) in Christ's ability to live up to God's standard of obedience and holiness. Also, our faith is in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross - that it was enough to satisfy God's wrath on sin and sinners. And we know that it was!
This means that if we are convinced of our need for Jesus, as God, to bear the wrath of God on our behalf, repent and believe, we are saved!
We are saved FROM God's wrath on our sin that condemns us to hell and we are saved TO eternal life in Christ in the presence of God forever! While eternal life is described as qualitative, it also describes the quantity of life... eternal, forever, and ever, Amen! This is main idea. This is the ultimate means by which God glorifies Himself in us, our salvation and eternal glorification in His presence!
Now, our lives are lived in obedience to Christ as a slave, and even a friend, of God. He becomes master and Lord of our lives!
If you have put your faith in Christ or have questions about salvation, please reach out to us!