Matthew 7:13-14
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

 



If God Were To Ask You...

"why should I let YOU into my Heaven?" what would you say? If you don't know, we have some good news for you! In fact, it is THE BEST NEWS YOU COULD EVER HEAR! How can you know for sure that YOU WILL GO TO BE WITH GOD IN HEAVEN? We want you to know what the Bible says about Eternal Life...

HEAVEN (ETERNAL LIFE) IS A FREE GIFT

The Bible says:"....the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6.23)

1. And because heaven is a gift. ...like any real gift

 

IT IS NOT EARNED OR DESERVED

2. No amount of personal effort, good works, or religious deeds can earn you a place in heaven.

The Bible says:"...for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2. 8-9)

3. Why is it no one can earn his way into heaven?

 

 

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The Bible says:
"...For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3.23)

WHAT IS SIN?

Sin is offending God, by disobeying His Law. How do we sin? In many ways including: lying, lust, cheating, deceit, anger, evil thoughts, immoral behavior, and much more. Because we have offended God...

WE CANNOT SAVE OURSELVES

The only way to earn heaven on our own is to be perfect (sinless).

The Bible says:"Be perfect,therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matt. 5. 48)

 

STILL THERE IS GOOD NEWS!

 

GOD IS MERCIFUL

Therefore He doesn't want to punish us.

The Bible says:
"...God is love" (1John 4.8) God says, in the Bible, "...I have loved you with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31.3) The Bible talks about God's wonderful love.
It also tells us....

 

GOD IS JUST

He will not leave sin unpunished. The Bible says: "...He does not leave the guilty unpunished." (Exodus 34.7b) It also says: "The soul who sins, is the one who will die." (Ezekial 18.4)

 

WE HAVE A BIG PROBLEM

God loves us and doesn't want to punish us...But, God is absolutely just and must punish your sin..

 

STILL THERE IS GOOD NEWS!

 

 

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The Bible tells us Jesus was God in the form of flesh and blood. He was God & man…completely and equally both at the same time.

The Bible says:“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus)…and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.…and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1. 1,2 & 14).

WHAT DID JESUS DO?

Jesus Christ God the Son came to earth and lived a sinless life .And while on earth He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and rose from the grave, to purchase us a place in heaven.

The Bible says:“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity (sin) of us all.” (Isaiah 53.6)

Jesus Christ, received the punishment for our sins, and now offers you Eternal life (Heaven) as a free gift. How can you receive His gift of Eternal Life?

 

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“Faith is the key that opens the door of heaven” But what is FAITH?

 

FAITH IS NOT:

1) Believing certain historical facts to be true- intellectual faith. The Bible tells us that the demons believe in God. Believing certain things is not “saving faith.”

The Bible says: “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that- and shudder.” (James 2. 19)

2) Crisis Faith- Temporal faith: Some people trust God during times of temporary needs, such as financial, family, or physical. Yet when their need is over they no longer need God. It is good to turn to God in times of need, but that alone is not “saving faith.”

 

 

FAITH IS:

TRUSTING IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE FOR ETERNAL LIFE.
It means resting upon Jesus Christ and what He has done for us for our place in heaven.

The Bible says: “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.” (JOHN 3.16)

AGAIN, The Bible says:“…FOR IT IS BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED, THROUGH FAITH- AND THIS NOT FROM YOURSELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD-NOT BY WORKS, SO THAT NO ONE CAN BOAST.” (EPHESIANS 2. 8-9)

The Bible says:“…BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS, AND YOU WILL BE SAVED…” (ACTS 16. 31)

 

THE QUESTION GOD ASKS YOU IS: WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE?

 

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UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS MATTER

Trust in Jesus and what He has done for you when He died on the cross.

Ask Jesus to be your Savior. Ask Him to give to you His gift of Eternal Life.

Invite Jesus Christ to be Lord (Master) of your life. (Give Him the driver’s seat & steering wheel of your life).

Repent. Be willing to turn away from anything not pleasing to God, and turn towards the things that honor Him. (God will help you grow in this).



If you want to receive the GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE…

JUST ASK! GO TO GOD IN PRAYER AND ASK HIM FOR THIS GIFT!

The Bible says:“FOR IT IS WITH YOUR HEART THAT YOU BELIEVE AND ARE JUSTIFIED, AND IT IS WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT YOU CONFESS AND ARE SAVED.” (ROMANS 10. 10)

Here is a suggested prayer you can use to ask God. (Note: the specific prayer doesn’t matter, the intent of your heart does).

Lord Jesus Christ, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life.
But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to purchase a place in heaven for me. Lord Jesus, come into my life; take control of my life; forgive my sins and save me. I repent of my sins and now place my trust in You for my salvation. Please give to me your free gift of eternal life. Amen.

DID YOU PRAY THIS PRAYER?

The Bible says:“I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, HE WHO BELIEVES HAS EVERLASTING LIFE.” (JESUS’ WORDS) (JOHN 6. 47)

The Bible says:“FOR MY FATHER’S WILL IS THAT EVERYONE WHO LOOKS TO THE SON AND BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE,
AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP AT THE LAST DAY.” (JESUS’ WORDS)
(JOHN 6:40)

 

IF YOU DID PRAY THIS PRAYER...

 

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If...... You sincerely prayed that prayer, trusting in Jesus for your salvation, asking Him to be Lordof your life, and repenting of your sins…

Then...... You are a child of God, now and forever!· Today is your SPIRITUAL BIRTHDAY!

 

The Bible says: “YET TO ALL WHO RECEIVED HIM, TO THOSE WHO BELIEVED IN HIS NAME, HE GAVE THE RIGHT TO BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD.” (JESUS’ WORDS) (JOHN 1. 12)

Don’t Stop Here! You need to Grow…mature…and become more like Jesus!

How To Do This...

  • Read the Bible, begin in the New Testament (John), trying to read a chapter every day.
  • Pray daily, spending time each day talking to God.
  • Worship regularly. Attend a church that honors Christ and teaches you the Bible.
  • Fellowship: Spend time with other believers so you can learn from them, and enjoy being part of a spiritual community.
  • Witness: Tell others what Jesus means to you. Don't be embarrassed, or ashamed to let others know what you believe.

If you are celebrating your spiritual birthday, we'd like to know so we can celebrate with you. Contact Pastor Mark at pastormark@fbc46975.org.

*Info adapted from "Do You Know," EE International, Ft. Lauderdale, FL