What do you think it takes for someone to get to heaven? Is it luck? Good deeds? Nothing at all? Or is there something more? God's WORD has the answer to this question. It's a matter of FAITH.
F stands for FORGIVENESS. We cannot have eternal life without God's forgiveness. Ephesians 1:7a says, "In Him (Christ Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."
A is for AVAILABLE. Forgiveness is available for all. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." But forgiveness is not automatic. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven," says Matthew 7:21a. You ask, Why? ..........our next letter explains.
I is for IMPOSSIBLE. It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven. God is love and God is just, but His judgment is without mercy. Romans 3:23 tells us, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 6:23a says, "For the wages of sin is death." We are sinful people. You ask, How can a sinful person enter heaven, where God allow no sin?.......Keep reading
T is for TURN. To turn means to repent. We can repent -- or turn -- from sin and self. "But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish," says Luke 13:3b. We turn to Someone. Trust Christ Only. ICorinthians 15:3b,4 of God's Word tells us "that Christ died for our sins according to scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. Romans 10:9, also, tells us "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
H is for HEAVEN. Heaven is eternal life. Here, that means life "to the full:" "I have come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10b)." In the hereafter, it means the promise of heaven: "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.(John 14:3)."
How can a person have God's forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord? By trusting in Christ and asking Him for forgiveness. Take the step of FAITH described by another meaning: Forsaking All I Trust Him.
You do this through a simple prayer reflecting your desire for Christ to change your life. You don't need fancy words--only an honest heart. You can pray something like this:
"Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and that You arose from the grave on the third day. I ask You now to forgive me of my sins and to save my soul. From this day on, I will follow You and Your Word. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for saving me. Amen."
Accepting Christ is just the beginning of a wonderful adventure with God! Get to know Him better in a number of ways:
Follow Christ's example in baptism.
Join a church where you can worship God and grow in your faith.
In your church, get involved in Sunday School and Bible study.
Begin a daily personal worship experience with God where you study the Bible and pray.
Please contact us at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church if you have questions or to share with us your decision. E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-396-7300.