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Eureka Baptist Church
Friday, February 23, 2024
Making Missions Real

What must a person do in order to go to heaven?
Pray? Read the Bible? Go to church? Do good deeds?
All of these? None of these?

Here is how the Bible answers this question . . .

It's a matter of  F  A  I  T  H .

F stands for FORGIVENESS. We cannot have eternal life without God's forgiveness. Ephesians 1:7a says, "In Him (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins."

A is for AVAILABLE. Forgiveness is available to 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 7:21a.
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 2:13a says, "Because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful." We are sinful people. Romans 3:23 tells us, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Have you ever lied? Stolen anything? Used God's name in vain? Then God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemer! Revelation 21:8 says, "All liars will have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone."

T is for TURN. To turn means to repent. We must wholeheartedly desire to repent, or turn, from our sin and from ourselves. "But unless you repent, you too will all perish," Luke 13:3b says. We must also turn to someone. That someone is 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." You must put Jesus first in your life.
H is for HEAVEN. Heaven is eternal life. Here that means life "to the full: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (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 back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (John 14:3)."
So how can a person have God's forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Lord and Savior? By repenting of your sins and trusting in Christ's finished work on the Cross of Calvary. Go humbly before Almighty God and tell Him of your heart's desire to turn from sinning. Admit your guilt before Him. Tell Him how much you want to follow Jesus Christ and allow Him to be the Lord of your life.

When a person repents and trusts Christ, they are spiritually born again to be able to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and to live a life that's pleasing to Him.

Following your trusting in Jesus Christ, you should continue by:
  • Immediately telling others of your wonderful decision and of Jesus Christ's love
  • Be baptized by immersion to show the world of your new spiritual birth in Jesus Christ
  • Find a good local church that teaches and preaches the the Bible
  • Read your Bible everyday and obey what it says
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