North Naples Baptist Church
Thursday, December 05, 2013
I'd like to share with you how the Bible answers this question, if it is all right. There is a word that can be used to answer this question: FAITH.
F is for FORGIVENESS
We cannot have eternal life and heaven without God's forgiveness.
In Him [meaning Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins - Ephesians 1:7a, NKJV.
A is for AVAILABLE
Forgiveness is available. It is -
Available for All. 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.
But Not Automatic. Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of heaven - Matthew 7:21a, NKJV.
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 judgement is against sin. For judgement is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy - James 2:13a, 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.
But how can a sinful person enter heaven, when God allows no sin?
T is for TURN
H is for HEAVEN
How? 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.
Prayer: 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.
After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, tell a Christian friend about the important decision you have made. Follow Christ in believer's baptism and church membership. Grow in faith and enjoy new friends in Christ by becoming a part of His church and attending the Sunday School class a church has just for you. You'll find others who will love and support you.
If you prayed to receive Christ just now,tell a Christian friend about your decision today! We would like to know, too. Please call us at 239-597-2201. We would love to talk to you about your decision and give you some information that will help you as you live your new life with the hope of Heaven.