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How to Get to Heaven

KEY QUESTION:

In your personal opinion, what do you understand it takes for a person to go to Heaven?

  • Be a good person?
  • Attend church?
  • Help People?
  • Believe God Exists?
  • Give Money to the Church?
  • None of the above?

The last one is correct.

The Bible says:

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
-Ephesians 2:8-9
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
--Galatians 3:26-27

F.A.I.T.H. Basics:

F is for FORGIVENESS

We cannot have eternal life and heaven without God's forgiveness. None of us have lived perfectly.

In Him (meaning Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins-
Ephesians 1:7a, NKJV

A is for AVAILABLE not AUTOMATIC

Forgiveness is available to all but not automatic.

...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, NKJV

...Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of heaven.-
Matthew 7:21a, NKJV

I is for IMPOSSIBLE to IGNORE

It is impossible for God to ignore our sin because of who He is: God is loving, but he is is also righteous and just. He judges sin.

...in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
-Romans 2:16, NKJV
...He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him"
-John 3:36, NKJV

Because of who we are: Every person is a sinner.

...For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
-Romans 3:23, NKJV
...For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
-Romans 6:23, NKJV

But how can a sinful person enter heaven when God doesn't ignore our sin?

T is for TURN

Turn means repent. Turn from Something; turn away from the world

...And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
-I John 2:17, NKJV

Turn to Someone: trust Christ only.

..."Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
-Acts 2:38, NKJV

H is for HAVE

You can Have Life instead of Judgment

Here

...I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
-John 10;10b, NKJV

Hereafter

...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, NKJV

How Exactly? What step do I take now?

Believe in Jesus and Be Baptized.

Believe in Jesus

...that 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.
-Romans 10:9, NKJV

Right Now, Answer These Questions Out Loud:

Do you believe Jesus is God's Son who died for your sins and rose again?
Do you submit to Jesus as the Savior and Lord of your life from this day forward?

If you said yes...

Be Baptized

...And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
-Acts 22:16, NKJV

Baptism represents your acceptance of Christ, the washing away of sin and the world, & beginning a new life with God through the Holy Spirit who comes into your heart. You literally have God with you if you will believe and be baptized.

We baptize on any day, but especially every Sunday, at Roby Christian Church

 

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