In your personal opinion, what do you understand it takes for a person to go to Heaven when they die? We would like to share with you what the Bible says. According to Scripture, it is a matter of F.A.I.T.H.
F is for Forgiveness
We cannot have eternal life and heaven without God's forgiveness.
Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Forgiveness of sin is found in Christ alone.
Ephesians 1:7 says, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sin."
A is for Available
God's forgiveness is available for all!
John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
However, it is not automatic.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven."
I is for Impossible
It is impossible for us to get to heaven on our own.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast."
So how can a sinful person go to heaven where God allows no sin?
T is for Turn
To turn means to repent. It is a change in direction.
Luke 13:3 says, "Except you repent, you will all likewise perish."
You must turn from something-turn from sin and self.
You must turn to someone-trust Jesus Christ only.
In John 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but through Me."
Here is the greatest news of all:
Romans 10:9 says, "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."
What happens if a person is willing to repent of their sins and turn to Christ in faith?
H is for Heaven
Heaven is a place where those who have been saved will live with God forever.
In John 14:3, Jesus said, "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there you may be also."
Eternal life begins now with Jesus.
Jesus said in John 10:10, "I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly."
So, how can a person have God's forgiveness, eternal life, and heaven?
By trusting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
To have the forgiveness of God, the assurance of heaven, and Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, pray with sincerity the following prayer as you repent of your sins and trust Christ alone to save you:
"Dear God, I know that You love me. I confess my sin and need of salvation. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and arose from the grave. I turn away from my sin and place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. I want to follow You with my life.
We would love for you to contact us at:
Walker Road Baptist Church
100 Walker Rd.
Morganton, NC 28655