Above is a Gospel sermon I delivered at the Union Gospel Mission in Dallas on November 22, 2017.
Do you know for sure that you are going to be with God in Heaven?
If God were to ask you, “Why should I let you in to My Heaven?” what would you say? Did you know that the Bible tells how you can know for sure that you will have eternal life with God in Heaven?
HEAVEN IS A FREE GIFT
The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).
And because Heaven is a gift, like any other genuine gift . . .
IT IS NOT EARNED OR DESERVED
No amount of personal effort, good works, or religious deeds can earn a place for you in Heaven.
“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.” (Eph. 2:8-9)
Why is it that no one can earn his way to Heaven? Because . . .
MAN IS A SINNER
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)
Sin is breaking God’s law, and includes such things as lying, lust, cheating, deceit, anger, evil thoughts, immoral behavior, and more. And because of this . . .
MAN CANNOT SAVE HIMSELF
If you wanted to save yourself by good deeds, do you know how good you would have to be?
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48)
With such a high standard, no one can save himself. However, in spite of our sin . . .
GOD IS MERCIFUL
And therefore doesn’t want to punish us. This is because“God is love” (1 John 4:8) and He says, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jer. 31:3).
But the same Bible which tells us that God loves us also tells us that . . .
GOD IS JUST
And therefore must punish sin. “The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked.” (Nah. 1:3)
SO WE HAVE A PROBLEM
God loves us and doesn’t want to punish us, but He is just and must punish sin.
God solved this problem for us in the person of . . .
WHO IS HE?
The Bible tells us that He was both God and man.
“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God. And the Word (Jesus) was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” (John 1:1, 14)
WHAT DID HE DO?
He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and rose from the grave to purchase a place for us in Heaven.
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isa. 53:6)
Jesus Christ bore our sin in His body on the cross and now offers you eternal life (Heaven) as a free gift.
This gift is received by . . .
Many people mistake 2 things for saving faith:
- Saving faith is not just believing certain historical facts. The Bible says that even the devil believes that there is one God, so believing that there is one God is not saving faith.
- Saving faith is not just trusting God for a temporary crisis such as financial, family, or physical needs. Now these are good, and you should trust Christ for these, but they are not saving faith.
Saving faith is trusting in Jesus Christ for eternal life. It means resting upon Christ alone and on what He has done rather than in what you or I have done to get us into Heaven.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE THIS
FREE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE?
- Admit your need (“I am a sinner”).
- Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
- Recognize Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Believe that He died for you on the cross, rose from the grave, and purchased eternal life for you.
- Through prayer, ask Jesus Christ to come and take control of your life.
Here is a sample prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins and follow You. Help me to lead a life that is pleasing to You. I trust You as my Savior, and ask You now to take control of my life.”
YOU CAN NOW BE SURE THAT YOU WILL
SPEND ETERNITY WITH GOD IN HEAVEN!
The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” (Rom. 10:13) and “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (John 6:47).
This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ! To grow in this relationship with God, you should:
- Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better, perhaps beginning with the book of John.
- Worship and serve God with other believers in a Bible-believing, Christ-honoring local church.
- Be baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” as an outward declaration of your inward transformation (Matt. 28:19).
- Talk to God in prayer every day.
- Tell others about your decision to follow Christ.
- Demonstrate your new life in Christ by your love and concern for others.