EARN ETERNAL LIFE
You didn’t really think you could earn eternal life by clicking a button on a website did you? As foolish as that may seem, many people today are convinced that if they just live a certain way or do something good, God will be pleased and will send them to heaven when they die. “I try to live a good life,” they say and “I’m not near as bad as other people I know.” The Bible tells us a lot about eternal life. “Eternal life” (also called “Salvation”) means living forever in the presence of God. The Bible also tells us that what we do has no bearing on whether or not we receive eternal life. First of all, the Bible says that God is not impressed by the good things we do:
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (Isaiah 64:6)
…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)
FAITH IS REQUIRED
We cannot please God by what we do. No matter how hard we try to be good or do good, we will always fall short of pleasing God unless we have faith. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) For the wages of sin is death… (Romans 6:23)
FAITH IS A GIFT
What is “Faith”? Faith is a gift that God gives by which we believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins. By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear the Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
For more information or to find out more about God’s love for you see the website pages on “What we Believe” or contact Pastor Ramey. Please join us in worship and fellowship on Sundays or during the week as the members and friends of Resurrection Lutheran Church continue to grow and learn more about our loving God.