Tioga First Baptist Church Online-
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Trusting Jesus, Building Relationships, Carrying the Message

Consider life's most important question:

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

While we may offer many answers to that question, or no answers at all, the Bible tells us exactly what it takes: F-A-I-T-H

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. It 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 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 of who He is: God is loving and just. His judgement is against sin.

For judgement is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy - James 2:13a, NKJV.

•Because of who we are: Every person is a sinner.

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

So how can a sinful person enter heaven, when God allows no sin?

T is for TURN

-Turn means repent.

•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.

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?

By trusting in Christ and asking Him for forgiveness. Take the step of faith described by another meaning of F-A-I-T-H:
   
Forsaking All I Trust Him.

Is there any reason why you would not trust Jesus today? If you would like to do just that, simply pray this prayer:

Dear Lord 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. I want you to be the Lord of my life. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, please contact us and let us know so that we may share with you how you can grow in your journey of FAITH.