East Ridge Baptist Church

"Fellowship of Love"

5400 Hwy 397
Lake Charles, LA 70607

Phone: 337-477-7117

Do You Know Christ?

GOD'S LOVE

Does God love you? Or is God just watching you and waiting for you to break one of His commandments so He can whack you? 
The answer is a definite...God loves you.

In the Bible, John 3:16, it says, "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." God does love you. He loves everyone in the world. Everyone will die and then will either enjoy everlasting life with God in heaven or they will "perish" and spend forever seperated from God in hell. In order for anyone to have everlasting life, God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins, so we won't have to. God will count Jesus' death as payment in full if we will repent and receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.

In Romans 5:8 it says, "But God, commendeth (proved and revealed) His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Can you imagine watching your only son being beaten, scourged, mocked, cursed, spit on and nailed to a cross? That is how much God loves you. 

You have a choice. You can receive God's love and live in it by receiving His Son as your savior or you can refuse it. But there is a warning. Refuse God's love and Son here in this life and you will be seperated from them forever. 

Do you believe what the Bible says about Jesus dying in your place? Do you believe that He rose from the grave, is alive and able to save you right now? If you believe these things, then call out to Jesus and ask Him to save you. Ask Him to come into your heart as your personal Savior and into your life as your Lord. When you do, you will experience God's ultimate love. He does love you. 

HOW MANY WAYS ARE THERE
TO GET TO HEAVEN?

Does it really matter what you believe, as long as you are sincere? Does it really matter, as long as you try to live a good life? Does it really matter, as long as you go to church somewhere? Does it really matter if you are a Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Hindu, etc., as long as you are religious?


It has often been said, "We are all trying to get to the same place, just taking different ways". Is one way as good as another? Don't all religions ultimately lead to heaven? How important is Jesus Christ?


All of these questions are answered by one verse in the Bible.
John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me."


By reading the verses preceeding this verse, we can see that Jesus was talking about the "way" to heaven. He did not say he was one of the ways, nor one of the truths or part of the truth nor one of the sources of life. He made it plain that no one can come to God, His Father, unless they come through Jesus and with Jesus. 


Think about this: If Jesus did not tell the truth, he is not God because the Bible says "It is impossible for God to lie". Also, if Jesus lied about this, He would be a liar and a sinner and  could not be our savior. Jesus told the truth.
Do you plan on going to heaven? How do you expect to get there? 


THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY.  JESUS.

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