What do you understand it takes for a person to go to heaven?
Consider how the Bible answers this question:
It is a matter of FAITH*
f is for FORGIVENESS
We cannot have eternal life and heaven without God’s forgiveness.
a is for AVAILABLE
Forgiveness is available. It is:
Available for all – (John 3:16)
But not automatic – (Matthew 7:21)
i is for IMPOSSIBLE
It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven.
– Because of who He is: God is loving and just. His judgment is against sin. (James 2:13)
– Because of who we are: Every person is a sinner. (Romans 3:23 )
But how can a sinful person enter heaven when God allows no sin?
t is for TURN
Turn means repent.
Turn from something – sin and self. (Luke 13:3 )
Turn to Someone; trust in Christ alone. (Romans 10:9 )
h is for HEAVEN
Heaven is eternal life.
Here – (John 10:10 )
Hereafter – (John 14:3 )
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 step of faith described by another meaning of FAITH:
Forsaking All I Trust Him
To be saved, and forgiven of your sins, you must BELIEVE upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Believe in His death, burial and resurrection.
(Acts 16:30 – 31)
Perhaps you’d feel comfortable praying a sinner’s prayer as did the publican in Luke 18:13… “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.”
This is a sample prayer to ask for forgiveness and to give your life to Jesus Christ.
” Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and have displeased You in many ways. I believe You died for my sin and only through faith in Your death and 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. “
If you just invited Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior or if you have further questions, would you please tell us about it? We would love to hear from you and pray for you!
Please call Pastor Mark or Pastor Jarrod at 775-972-0887.
*Note: The above was adapted from "FAITH Evangelism" by LifeWay Press, 2007.