We can explore the doctrines of grace using the acronym F.A.I.T.H.
Fallen Humankind. People, by nature, are dead in sin and therefore com-pletely unable to save themselves from sin and its consequences.
Adopted by God. In love, God has chosen some people to be members of his family.
Intentional Atonement. Jesus died to save his people from their sins.
Transformed by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit regenerates those who are chosen by God, giving them faith in Jesus.
Held by God. Believers are held safe in God's hands for all eternity.
(The Acronym FAITH comes from: FAITH unfolded, A FRESH LOOK AT THE REFORMED FAITH, JIM OSTERHOUSE, CRC Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2000. Available @ http://www.faithaliveresources.org/ )