Have you ever wondered what happens to us after we die? Did you know there's a place called Heaven and a place called Hell? If you had the choice, where would you rather end up? If you're like me you'd rather be in heaven... What if I told you there was a way to know for SURE where you'd go? The Bible tells us in 1 John 5:13, "These things I have written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye might KNOW that ye have eternal life." That's pretty exciting news, right? So how do we know?
Here is what the Bible says:
Romans 3:10, "There is none righteous, no, not one." God is righteousness. He is perfect. He also requires perfection.
Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." When we do things that do not measure up to His perfection, it's called sin. We all fall short of God's perfection, and therefore are all sinners in God's eyes.
Romans 6:23a, "For the wages of sin is death." This is the bad news... Our wage is what we deserve for not doing what God requires. However, there's good news!!!
Romans 6:23b, "But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." God has a gift for us! He loves us and wants us to have a chance to be with Him. So what's that gift?
Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." It's an amazing thing! God loved us so much, that He sent His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him can have eternal life! Are you getting anxious? Are you excited to find out how to recevie this gift? Are you saying to get on with it?
Romans 10:9-10 & 13, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED"!!!
Isn't that some great news? That's it! It's that simple! All you have to do is believe that you are a sinner, and that Jesus, being the Son of God, came and died for your sins. If you will call upon Him to save you from an eternity in Hell, He will.
Is that something you would be interested in doing right now? You can simply pray this prayer:
"Dear God, I know that I'm a sinner and I have done things that do not meet your standard. I do believe that you sent your Son, Jesus, to die for my sins, and I thank you for that. I would like to turn my life over to you now. Would you please come into my heart and save me?"
If you just prayed that prayer, you can now rejoice in your new life! We'd love to hear from you. Please contact our Youth Pastor Bro. Mike Gibson (aka "Gibby") and let him know of your decision. We would love to follow up with you and answer any questions you may have.