The reason the church is here is to show the reality of eternal life in and through it's caring people and to communicate to people how they might have life abundantly and eternally. But, I feel that we, as the church throughout history, have done an incredibly poor job of conveying that basic message. The result is that there are millions of people in the world today who go to church regularly - good people - but they do not have eternal life.
I must confess, and this may be true of you also, that I had lived a good many years as a member of a Church but somehow I had never come to the place of knowing for sure that I could have eternal life.
MAY I ASK YOU A QUESTION???
QUESTION: Have you come to the place in your spiritual life where you know for certain that if you were to die today you would go to Heaven, or, is that something you're still working on?
The Bible tells us that, "These things have I written...that ye may know that ye have eternal life" (I John 5:13).
MAY I SHARE with you how I came to know for certain I have eternal life, and how you can know it too?
BEFORE I DO, may I ask you a second question?
QUESTION: Suppose you were to die today and stand before God and He were to say to you, "Why should I let you into My Heaven?' What would you say?
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" (Romans 6:23).
HEAVEN IS NOT EARNED OR DESERVED. The Bible says, "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" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
This can be seen more clearly when we see what the Bible says about man.