Woodville Baptist Church
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Proclaiming the life-transforming Gospel of Christ.

Salvation, What Must I do?

A STEP OF FAITH
  In your personal opinion…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.
   
“In Whom (meaning Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7)
     
  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 whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
  • But not automatic:
    “Not everyone that saith unto me,  ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (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.
    “He shall have judgment without mercy” (James 2:13).
    Because of who we are: Every person is a sinner.
     “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
   
But how can a sinful person enter heaven, where God allows no sin?
     
  T is for TURN
   
Turn means repent.
   
  • Turn from something - sin and self:    
    “Except ye repent, you shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3)
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  • Turn to Someone - trust Christ only:
    “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).
  H is for HEAVEN
   
Heaven is eternal life.
   
  • Here…    
    “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
  • Hereafter…
    “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” (John 14:3)
  • How…                                                                          
    How can a person have God’s forgiveness, heaven and eternal life and Jesus as personal Saviour 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. Then tell someone about the important decision you have made. Grow in your faith and enjoy new friends in Christ by becoming part of His church and attending the Sunday School class a church has for you.
   
Pray this prayer to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am sinful and I need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died to pay the penalty for my sin. I want to turn from my sin nature and follow You instead. I invite You to come into my heart and life. In Jesus' name. Amen.