In your personal opinion, what do you understand it takes for a person to go to heaven?

God answers this question with one word - 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 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, forgiveness is 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 GOD IS -

LOVE -

"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.

JUST -

"For judgment is without mercy" - James 2:13a, NKJV.

MAN IS SINFUL -

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" - Romans 3:23, NKJV.

But how can a sinful person enter heaven, where God allows no sin?

T is for TURN.

Turn means repent (change direction).

TURN from something - sin and self

"But unless you repent you will all likewise perish" - Luke 13:3b, NKJV.

TURN to Someone; trust Christ only

"Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" - 1 Corinthians 15:3b-4, NKJV.

"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" - Romans 10:9, NKJV.

H is for HEAVEN.

Heaven is eternal life.

HERE -

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" - John 10:10b, NKJV.

HEREAFTER -

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" - John 14:3, NKJV.

HOW - How can a person have God's forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord?

ANSWER - Forsaking All I Trust Him

"...God so loved the world..." - John 3:16, NKJV
"...Christ died for our sins..." - 1 Cor. 15:3b, NKJV
"...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" - Romans 10:9, NKJV

Jesus was not ashamed to die on the cross for you -

"Whosoever believeth on him (Jesus) shall not be ashamed" - Romans 10:11, NKJV

Would you like to receive this forgiveness by trusting Christ as your personal Savior and Lord?
Pray this prayer: "Dear Jesus, I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and that You arose from the grave. I now ask You to forgive me of my sins and to save my soul. Amen."

If you just prayed this prayer, please let us know! You can call the church office or send a message to ebc@englewoodbaptist.com. God bless you!


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