Many times in life we ask the
question, “What’s next?” That simple question has many possible answers in our
lives. Yet this question has an answer that can be found in the Bible. What
happens to us while on earth is limited to our time here on the earth. However,
where we spend eternity is not limited by time. We must choose where we will
spend eternity. The second question of “What’s next?” deals with how we live
while on this earth. The answer to that is also found in the Bible.
The first question deals with how
we prepare for life after death. We know that death will come. We have all seen
cemeteries. We understand that life is short and we
really have no promise of tomorrow. Therefore it is imperative that we plan for
eternity. God made a plan for eternity. He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus
Christ, to die for us on the cross. God’s plan is to save mankind from the
penalty of sin. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift
of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Notice the word “wages.”
It means what we have earned. Because we sin (do wrong things), we have earned
death. Death is not just the ceasing of life, but it is also eternal death.
That eternal death is separation from God for all eternity in a place of eternal
punishment named hell. No one in their right mind would want to suffer that
death. God does not want you to either! John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his
Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might
be saved.” Where will you spend eternity – in heaven with God or in hell
eternally separated from God? You can choose to receive Jesus Christ as your
personal Savior, or you can reject Jesus Christ, God’s love gift. The choice is
yours. Going to heaven is easy; it is as easy as the ABC’s.
A – Admit that you are
a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory
of God.” This verse tells us that we have sinned (done wrong things) and we
cannot reach God on our own. The Bible tells us we cannot work our way to
heaven. Ephesians 2:8-9 “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.”
Grace means unmerited favor.
B – Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved.” The word “believe” means to put your trust in. It is an
act of faith. The word “confess” means to agree with God. Therefore, you must
agree with God’s Word as to what it says about Jesus Christ. God says that
Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and arose. If you agree with
God that Jesus did this and that He did it to save you, you are ready to
receive Jesus. We must receive Jesus by faith – simply believing with all your
heart! John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” Notice that you must
receive Jesus to become part of God’s family.
C – Call upon the Lord
for salvation. Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved.” Now we see how to receive Jesus. We call upon him by faith
believing that He is God’s Son; that He died on the cross, was buried, and rose
again. This is our act of faith. God promised us eternal life if we will
receive Jesus as our personal Savior. 1 John 5:11-12 “And this is the record,
that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that
hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
Notice that to have eternal life, you must have God’s Son. So, you need to call
upon the Lord to come into your heart and save you. This is an act of faith.
You totally trust God and call upon Jesus to save you and take you to heaven
when you die.
If you want to
receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, pray this prayer by faith; simply
trusting Jesus to save you. This is your act of faith. Now, will you receive
Jesus or reject him? Please receive Jesus. Pray: “Lord Jesus, I am a sinner; I
believe that you are the Son of God; that you died on the cross for my sins; and
you were buried and rose again. I, by faith, totally trusting you, call upon
you and ask you to be my personal Savior. Amen.”
If you just
prayed this prayer and really meant it, you are now saved. We want to know
about your decision. Please come to church and let us know that you received
Jesus. If you are unable to come, please call us and let us know. We want to
pray for you and rejoice with you for your new life in Jesus.
The second “What’s Next” question
deals with how we live as a Christian. If you have already received Jesus as
your Savior, you are a born again believer. Now God expects you to live for
Him. That means we obey His Word, the Bible. Our Church wants to help you learn
how to live a life that pleases God. We will teach you and guide you. The Bible
tells us that as a new believer we have been changed. Our old lifestyle needs
to be changed and we live a new life in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.” How do you learn about this new life? Come
and join us for our church service and we will help you learn how to be the
person God wants you to be.
CrossPoint Baptist Church is
truly a loving church. Our service is lively and our message is Bible-centered.
I preach the Bible as it is to men as they are. We are not about philosophy,
psychology, or man’s teachings, we present the Bible straight forward. The
Bible is our guide and authority for our faith and practice. If you want the
truth, you will enjoy CBC. Come and see!