. God's Simple Plan of Salvation.

Let's talk about Eternity.

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What about eternity?
Most people believe that there is life after death. Most of these people hope that their journey from earth into eternity has its final destination in heaven. But can we know for certain where we will spend eternity? What must one do to have eternal life? The average person might say:
  • Live a good life
  • Join a church and attend regularly
  • Be baptized and/or confirmed
  • Follow the teachings and example of Christ
And all of these things have merit and sound like good things to do, but they reflect the idea that eternity in Heaven must be earned. The Bible clearly states that we cannot win or earn our way into heaven.

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags... and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." -Isaiah 64:6
So, if I cant get there by being a good person or trying to follow Christs teachings, how can I go to heaven?e

The good news is we can know without a doubt that we will spend eternity in heaven. But, there is only one way to heaven - through Christ. Even though we were seperated from God by our sins and shortcomings, God sent His Son. Even though He knew many would scoff and refuse to Believe Him or Trust Him, God still sent His Son.
Because..... He really loves you.

What should I do?

Admit you are a sinner and repent of your sins
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  -Romans 3:23
We must see ourselves for what we are: sinners. Yes, its true, we have all sinned. And sin has dire consequences; For the wages of sin is death  (Romans 6:23a). Not just physical death, but what the Bible calls the second death, in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  (Rev 21:8b), an eternity in hell seperated forever from God.
How can we avoid this terrible place?
We must repent of our sins.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,  (Acts 3:19a). Repentance is not simply making a promise to do better and it is not just a conviction of sin. Repentance is a change of the mind and the heart, which results in a changed life, a newness of life. You must turn from it toward God, and seek Gods complete forgiveness as the gift that it is.
Believe in Jesus Christ
For 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
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved." (Acts 16:31)
Confess Christ as our Savior
That 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(not might or maybe) be saved."-Romans 10:9
-Now look closely at this next scripture-
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now (not one day, but now) justified by his blood, we shall (not "maybe", but shall) be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall (not "might" but shall) be saved by his life." -Romans 5:8-10
How do I get this "Reconciliation"?
Believe in the completed redemptive work of Christ on the cross. You must believe that Christ, being God, had no sin, but took your place and paid your whole sin debt with His life. He died on the cross and rose from the dead three days later showing the righteous justification that you and I can now have in Him.

If you have made a decision to accept Christ as your Savior we rejoice just as the angels in heaven do.
Now, "what's next" you may be asking? Why not call,
email or come by the church to share your decision and learn more about what God wants you to know.
My Friend: I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are your saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus,
"Ye must be born again."
In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?

First, my friend you must realize you are a sinner.
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23).

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. "For the wages [payment] of sin is death" (Romans 6:23a). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

"...it is appointed unto men once to die and after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. "...He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us... that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him? (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus had to shed His blood and die. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11).
"...without shedding of blood is no remission. [pardon] (Hebrews 9:22)

"...God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
Althought we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute.
It is true. God cannot lie.

My friend, "God ...commandeth all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' and they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved... ."
Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected.
Written by: FORD PORTER cir. 1933