I know I can get to Heaven by doing good deeds right ?
NO !, 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."
Salvation is a gift from GOD to you. By GOD'S grace and your faith in JESUS CHRIST ( asking JESUS to forgive your sins and then believing that he has forgiven them ) you will receive salvation.
But surely righteous people like priests, clergymen, bishops, popes, and all other religious leaders will go to Heaven because they are so righteous, right ?
NO !, Romans 3:10 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one."
There is no one alive today, or that once lived that is or was righteous enough to meet GOD'S standard of being righteous.
But I am a good person, I hardly ever swear or do anything wrong. I only have little white sins that I am sure GOD will overlook. He will not hold these against me will he ?
YES !, He will hold them against you. Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of GOD is eternal life through JESUS CHRIST our LORD."
ALL sin, whether it is white, black, big, or small is still sin to GOD. This prevents us from being with GOD. Only JESUS CHRIST can wash away our sins with his blood that he shed for you and me on the cross !
Alright I am a sinner, but does GOD still love me ?
YES !, Romans 5:8 "But GOD commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us." John 3:16 "For GOD so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
YES ! GOD still loves you and me. He loves us so much that he sent his only Son to die in our place so that we may one day be with him in Heaven
So what must I do to be saved and go to heaven ?
Romans 10:9-10 "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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
All that we need to do, in order to be saved, is to confess our sins to GOD, and believe in JESUS CHRIST, and put our faith in him to save us from our sins. !!
If you want to accept JESUS CHRIST as your savior just pray this simple prayer. Dear GOD I am a sinner, I am very sorry for my sin, and I confess my sin and repent to you, Please forgive me of my sins for JESUS sake. Amen
If you prayed the above prayer, congratulations.
JESUS said in
Luke 15:10, "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of GOD over one sinner that repenteth."
Now to grow as a Christian you need to.....
Pray every day, which is just talking to GOD,
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 "Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
Reading the Bible, which is one way GOD talks to you,
Acts 17:11. "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
Obey GOD moment by moment,
John 14:21. "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him."
Witness to others about JESUS by your life and words
Matthew 4:19, "And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." John 15:8. "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples."
Trust GOD for every detail of your life
1 Peter 5:7. "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
Find and go to a Bible believing Church.
Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
You should be baptized.
Romans 6:4 "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was
raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." Matthew 28:19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"