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What do you understand it takes for a person to go to Heaven? Consider how the Bible answers this question.
Becoming a Christian is a matter of FAITH.
F is for FORGIVENESS –We cannot have eternal life and Heaven without God's forgiveness. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him (Jesus Christ) 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 eternal
life." But forgiveness is not automatic. “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven," says Matthew 7:21
I is for IMPOSSIBLE
– It is impossible for God to allow sin into Heaven, because of who He
is and because of who we are. God is loving and just, but His judgment
is against sin. James 2:13 says, “Because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful." We are all sinful people. Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
T is for TURN – Turn means to repent. We can repent – or turn – from our sin and from ourselves. “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13:3 says. However, we can also turn to Someone and trust Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9 tells us how: “That
if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your
heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
H is for HEAVEN – Heaven is eternal life. That means “life to the full.” In John 10:10, we learn, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” In the hereafter, it means the promise of Heaven: “And
if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to
be with me that you also may be where I am" (John 14:3).
HOW? – 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 first step of faith described by another meaning
of FAITH:Forsaking All I Trust Him.
Jesus, I know I am a sinner and have displeased You in many ways. I
believe You died for my sins and only through faith in Your death in
resurrection can I be forgiven. I want to turn from my sin and ask You
to come into my life as my Savior and Lord. From this day on, I will
follow You by living a life that pleases You. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for
saving me. Amen.
WAIT! DON'T GO AWAY YET...
FOLLOW UP – 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.
In your church, get involved in a Bible study.
Begin a daily personal worship experience with God where you study the Bible and pray.
to be a family of believers committed to reaching people with the
life-changing reality of Jesus Christ, which is evidenced in believers
who are REAL…