Are you 100% sure that you are on your way to Heaven?
This is the single most important question you will ever face. It is not good enough to be 10%, 50%, or even 95% sure. How can you get to the point where you are confident that you will spend eternity with Christ?
1) REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE BROKEN GOD’S LAW.
Sin is anything that falls short of God’s standards… anything that is short of perfection. Have you ever sinned? Of course you have. Because Adam broke God’s standard in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), a nature of sin has been passed down to all mankind: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)
Can you do enough good things to get to Heaven? Let’s see what God says. Our measure of “goodness” comes in the form of the Ten Commandments. Have you ever lied? Stolen (value is irrelevant)? Used God’s name as a curse word? Lusted? Desired something that is not yours? The list goes on.
And what happens when you have broken even one of these commandments? James 2:10 tells us, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of it all.” We have a Law to keep. So according to God, even if you lived a perfect life, yet told one white lie, it would be enough to make you a law-breaker. “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
If you have ever sinned, there are not enough good things that you can do to earn a place in Heaven. You have broken God’s Law. So what is the penalty?
2) REALIZE THAT THE PUNISHMENT FOR SIN IS DEATH
The consequence for sin is to suffer in Hell for eternity: “For the consequence of sin is eternal death…”(Romans 6:23).
You may wonder why a loving God would allow this. How is this fair? As sinners, we condemn ourselves to this sentence. We consciously make choices that separate us from God. We choose to please ourselves instead of pleasing God. We break the just and perfect Law that God established as His standard. It is God’s desire that no one suffers in Hell, but that all would repent and accept Jesus as Savior (2 Peter 3:9), but we bring the punishment on ourselves.
But you are not without hope. The second part of Romans 6:23 (mentioned above) is, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” God is extending to us a FREE GIFT. It is there for you to reach out and take it! By dying on the cross, Jesus Christ gave you the opportunity to know Him as Savior and spend eternity with Him in Heaven!
So how do you get to that point? How do you accept this wonderful gift?
3) TURN FROM YOUR SINS
Realize how destructive sin really is. Turn away from it.
“Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish [in Hell].” (Luke 13:5) Not only do you need to realize that you are a sinner, but you must repent and ask forgiveness for those sins. You need to admit that you are a sinner needing God’s forgiveness, “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10) and God promises to forgive you.
4) BELIEVE THAT JESUS WAS THE PERFECT SON OF GOD, DIED ON THE CROSS FOR YOUR SINS, AND ROSE AGAIN.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
A lot happened when Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross. He Himself was perfect and sinless, but took your sins on Himself and suffered the punishment in your place. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (I Peter 2:24)
Then, to show that He has the power over death, He rose again on the third day.
He died for your sins and suffered the punishment so that you don’t have to. What a wonderful gift! Will you accept it?
5) ACCEPT GOD’S FREE GIFT OF SALVATION
Yes, salvation is of the heart. It is a decision, a belief, and a commitment. You accept it by faith.
Commit it to God. “For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Because, how can they call on him if they have not believed?” (Romans 10:13-14)
You may want to pray a simple prayer of commitment in your own words. Just go ahead and pour out your heart to the Lord, thanking Him for His work on your behalf, and your response to His free gift.
There is no “magical” prayer that gets you into Heaven. It is not the prayer that saves you, but rather, your faith.
If you have accepted God’s gift of salvation by faith, then praise the Lord! Please contact us at Swan Creek Baptist Church so that we can rejoice with you!
Salvation is a one-time decision! You don’t have to do that AND something else (communion, confession, prayers, good things) to get salvation. You don’t have to ever ask again. You can never lose your salvation.
Please contact us if you have further questions: (336) 835-3526
If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, welcome to God’s family! It is God’s will that you now live a life devoted to Him. As a Christian, you will still battle with sin. It is still part of your nature. However, you must strive toward a life that pleases God.
Study your Bible. It is His message to you (The book of John is a good starting place). Spend time with God in prayer. Get involved in a local church that preaches God’s Word and challenges you to live a godly life. Most importantly, share the good news of salvation with others.
We would love to help you in your walk with Christ. As a church, we are here for you. Please contact us and let us know how we can serve you further: (336) 835-3526