You are saved when you place your faith in Christ's sacrifice on the cross for your sins.  

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
— Ephesians 2:8-9

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

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
— Romans 5:8-9

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.

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
— Romans 6:22-23

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!

And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
— Luke 5:31-32

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!

And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God
— Hebrews 10:11-12

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! 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
— Ephesians 2:8-10
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness
— Romans 4:3-5

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 confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
— Romans 10:9
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him
— Colossians 2:6

If you have put your faith in Christ or have questions about salvation, please reach out to us

 

Doctrinal preaching certainly bores the hypocrites; but it is only doctrinal preaching that will save Christ’s sheep.
— J.I. Packer