Need help before I share this with a non Catholic friend. Is anything incorrect that follows?
What saves us?
Nothing we can do on our own can save us, nothing! We are saved only through our cooperation with the grace of God. All things we do are done through the grace of God. Things like repentance, Baptism, Confession, eating the flesh of Jesus, loving God and neighbor, doing good works are things we do to be in union with the Will of God. But, nonetheless are still things that depend on the grace of God and when done they are a fulfillment of an obedience of faith that St Paul teaches about in Romans.
Romans 1:5, “Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name's sake”
An “obedience of faith” fulfillment that also results in one growing in the grace of God and thus also one’s relationship with God.
2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen”
And just as one can grow in the grace of God one can also reject or waste the grace of God and that can lead to a growth away from God.
“In our work together with God, then, we beg you who have received God’s grace not to let it be wasted.”
The bottom or starting line is, based on Scripture; we are initially saved through the grace of Baptism.
Acts 22:16 Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away… Mark 16:16, Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. 1 Peter 3:21, This prefigured baptism, which saves you now…..
After Baptism one needs to continue to grow in grace by acts of faith or an obedience of faith that strives to be in union with the revealed Will of God.