|In your personal opinion, what do you understand
it takes for a person to go to heaven?
Many believe we should do good things (like go to church or give to the
poor) and earn our place in heaven.
Some think that the faith of their parents will get them to heaven.
Even others believe that you must have faith in a God that offers the
FREE GIFT of salvation from hell to eternity in heaven.
One word can be used to explain how the Bible answers this question:
F is for FORGIVENESS
We cannot have eternal life and heaven without God's forgiveness.
"In Him (meaning Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins." Ephesians 1:7a
Sin can be simply defined as doing what pleases
ourselves rather than what pleases a Holy God.
A is for AVAILABLE
Forgiveness is available. It is AVAILABLE FOR ALL
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
BUT NOT AUTOMATIC
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of
heaven" Matthew 7:21a
I is for IMPOSSIBLE
It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven.
GOD IS -
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life." John 3:16
"For judgment is without mercy" James 2:13a
Because God is just, He cannot accept sinfulness
and us as sinful creatures.
*MAN IS SINFUL
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Question: How can a sinful person enter heaven, where God allows no
T is for TURN
Turn means to repent.
TURN from something - sin and self
"But unless you repent you will all likewise perish" Luke 13:3b
TURN to Someone; trust Christ alone
The Bible tells us that "Christ died for our sins according to the
Scriptures; and that He was buried, and the He rose again the
third day according to the Scriptures" I Corinthians 15:3b-4
How do you turn?
"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. Eternal life is described not only as living in
heaven later, but also enjoying abundant life and fellowship with
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it
more abundantly" John 10:10b
"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"
How can a person have God's forgiveness, heaven and eternal
life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord?
All "...God so loved the world" John 3:16
I "...Christ died for our sins..." I Cor. 15:3
Trust "...if you confess with your mouth the Lord
Him Jesus and believe in your heart that God has
raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
To have the forgiveness of God, the assurance of heaven, and Jesus as
our own personal Savior and Lord, pray sincerely the following prayer as
you repent of your sins and trust Jesus and Him only to save you.
This will be your step of FAITH
Sample Salvation Prayer:
"Dear Jesus, I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and that
You arose from the grave. I now ask You to forgive me of my sins and
to save my soul. Amen."
I AM NOT ASHAMED
"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and
sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He
comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels" Mark 8:38
"Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess
before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before
men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven" Matthew
and desire is for each Christian to grow. Ways to grow in your journey
of faith are to:
*READ THE BIBLE,
*FELLOWSHIP with other Christians
for doing these important things is His church. Here you will make
friends, enjoy fellowship, and grow in your faith. You will learn more
about how God wants you to live each day. Get involved in a local Bible
"Dear Jesus, thank You for saving my soul. I do not want to be ashamed
of You. Instead, I want to publicly stand for You before my family, my
friends, and my coworkers. I also want to stand before Your church,
with other Christians. Amen."
Jesus was not ashamed to die on the cross for you.
"Whosoever beleiveth on Him (Jesus) shall not be ashamed"
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|Our Solid Rock
He is "the Rock of our salvation" (Psalm 95:1)