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Are we going to heaven?
June 14, 2010
by Pastor Paul Friberg, Berean Baptist Church, Glencoe

I have been serving as pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Glencoe for almost eight years.

This area of Minnesota is very religious. We are truly blessed to have so many old, established churches serving our communities. These churches are well supported by very dedicated people and church staff.

There is a fascinating question that gets an interesting response from people no matter what their religious background. The question is simple: “Are you going to heaven?”

For people who attend religious services each week, the answer should be a resounding “Yes!” Surprisingly, that is not the answer I usually get.

The more common reply is “I hope so.” This does not sound all too convincing for worshipers who spend more then 1,700 Sundays in church over their lifetime.

Jesus Christ, as well as other New Testament writers, made many references to eternity.

“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” (Hebrews 13:14)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Some translations say “everlasting life.” This is life that never ends.

If we were created for eternity, wouldn’t it be prudent to be certain where we are going?

Many are planning to get away on a vacation this summer. Much planning and preparation goes into these days, even if it is just a weekend get-away.

Where will you spend your eternity when you leave this good old plant Earth?

We do not know when our time will be up. Some will live into their 70s or 80s. Few live past their 90s. Our time on this earth is so short compared to eternity.

So how do we move from an “I hope so” to an “I know so?”

Simple. The Bible says that we are all sinners. People try to mask their pain of mistakes and problems of their past with drugs or alcohol or indulging in food or other things. The problem is, the pain of the night before is still with us the next day.

We try to rectify our problem by going to church or giving money to the Lord’s work. We think that if our good works out-weigh our bad deeds, we will make it to heaven.

But, the Bible says, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” (Titus 3:5)

The only thing that matters for eternity is whether we choose Christ. The Bible says “. . . if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

You don’t have to guess about your final destination. You can nail it down for sure. You can know for certain where you will spend eternity. Choose Christ.

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12)

For more information on how you can know how to have eternal life, visit www.needhim.org or call 1-888-NEED HIM

Life is short, choose Christ.