Ashley Heights Baptist Church
Sunday, July 14, 2024
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In your personal opinion, what do you understand it takes for a person
to get to heaven and have eternal life?
Consider how the Bible answers this question. It is a matter of FAITH.

F is for FORGIVENESS: Everyone has sinned and needs forgiveness.
"All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
God's forgiveness is in Jesus only.
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace: (Ephesians 1:7).

A is for AVAILABLE: God's forgiveness is available for all.
"God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
God's forgiveness is available 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: According to the Bible, it is impossible to get to heaven on our own.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works,
lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
So how can a sinful person have eternal life and enter heaven?

T is for TURN: If you were going down the road and someone asked you to turn, what would he or she
be asking you to do? (Change direction) Turn means repent.
Turn away from sin and self.
"Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3).
Turn to Jesus alone as your Savior and Lord.
"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
What happens if a person is willing to repent of their sins and confess Christ?

H is for HEAVEN: Heaven is a place where we will live with God forever.
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am,
there ye may be also" (John 14:3).
Eternal life begins now with Jesus.
"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10)

You can start a relationship with Jesus Christ right now by sincerely praying a prayer like this one:
"Lord Jesus, I pray to you as best I know how. I understand that I am a sinner and the penalty for sin is death and hell. I believe you are the Son of God, died on the cross for my sins, and arose from the dead on the third day. Jesus, I ask for your forgiveness and want to receive your free gift of salvation.  Please come into my heart and help me live my life for you. Thank you for saving me. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

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