What hope is there for tomorrow?
What does the future hold for me?
Is there really life after death?
Is there a heaven?
And if there is a heaven what about hell?
What do I have to live for?
These are some of the questions that life has for us. Where do we find the answers that will give us hope? There is a book that can give us all the answers to these questions and many more. That book is the Bible!
We can know for sure that there is a heaven and when we die we can go there! This assurance comes through God’s Word and accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior! “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
Here are a few things that we must recognize and understand:
WE MUST RECOGNIZE OUR CONDITION.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
No one is good enough to go to Heaven on his own merit. No matter how good or moral we are, we still fall short.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…” (Titus 3:5)
WE MUST REALIZE THE PENALTY FOR OUR SIN.
“For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a)
A wage is that which we have; “Rightfully Earned.” The wage (or penalty) of our sin, is death. According to the Bible, there is a punishment for our sin. This is a complete and permanent separation from God in a place He calls Hell.
WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT CHRIST DIED IN OUR PLACE.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)Jesus
Christ’s great love for us was shown when He died on the cross of Calvary to pay our sin debt.
WE MUST, BY FAITH, TRUST JESUS CHRIST ALONE AS OUR SAVIOR.
“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Everlasting life, as eternal home in Heaven, is a gift that was purchased by the shed blood of Jesus Christ and is offered freely to anyone who will, by faith, receive Him.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
This can all be summed up in one of the most recognizable verse from the Bible. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Simply place your trust in Jesus Christ. If you would like to be saved, tell Jesus through prayer that you are trusting in and believing Him alone to save you…
“Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of my sins. By faith, I believe that Jesus paid for my sins, and now the best I know how I am trusting you and you alone to take me to Heaven when I die. Amen!”
Let us help you in your new life as a Christian! Please contact us and let us know that you have decided to follow Jesus. Either call our church office at (641) 942-7712, or email Pastor Mike directly, firstname.lastname@example.org so we can rejoice with you!
If you want to do more investigation on your own we recommend a wonderful booklet by Cary Schmidt from the Lancaster Baptist Church in Lancaster, CA. It is entitled “Done.” You may purchase the booklet from the resource ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church at strivingtogether.com.