‘Heaven is a free gift and can not be earned or deserved.’
“The gift of God is eternal life” Romans 6:23
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; It is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Why can't we earn this gift?
‘Man is a sinner and can not save himself.’
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
Jesus says the passing grade for entry into Heaven is perfection.
“Be perfect, therefore, as our heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48
We can't save ourselves because of what we know about God:
‘God is merciful and He doesn’t want to punish us.'
“God is love” 1 John 4:8
‘However, God is also just and must punish our sin.’
“He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished”. Exodus 34:7
We have a problem (our sin), but God solved this problem in the person of Christ.
‘Jesus is actually God in the flesh.'
“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:1, 14
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” 1 Peter 3:18
This gift is received through faith.
‘Just believing the above facts in ones’ head is not enough.’
Jesus died on the cross, paid the penalty for our sins and purchased a place in Heaven for us.
'We must place our trust in Jesus Christ alone to receive the gift of eternal life.'
“Believe on (trust in) the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” Acts 16:31
Want to learn more about this free gift of salvation? Feel free to contact our church office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to learn how to talk to others about this "free gift"? watch the calendar for a "Share Your Faith Workshop" which we offer two times a year at TBPC. (Materials provided by 'A Ministry of Evangelism Explosion International').