How To Get To Heaven

The most important question anyone could ever ask themselves is “How to get to Heaven?” This is so important because the answer to that question will affect not only this life but it will last for all of eternity. The good news is that God has revealed the answer in the Holy Bible. Below is a simple outline of the spiritual truths God revealed in the Bible.

1. Realize that you are a sinner.

“There is no one righteous, not even one” – Romans 3:10

No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. We all fall short of God’s desire for us to be holy. The Bible says, “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). This is because we cannot become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ. Simply put, being a “good” person is not enough. We know this because Romans 3:23 makes it clear, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

2. Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it. John 3:16 tells us that “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.” God did not leave it up to us to figure out how to remove the sin that separates us from Him. Instead, He provided His son Jesus (without sin) as a replacement for our sin. We are told this in 2 Corinthians 5:21- “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

3. Repent of your sin.

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” – Acts 3:19

The word ‘repent’ means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him. You need to repent and turn to God. The first step of repentance is asking God to forgive you of your sins and cleanse you from all that separates you from Him right now. When you ask, He hears and forgives! 1 John 1:9 tells us that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

4. Receive Jesus Christ into your life.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20

God desires for you to know Him in a personal way and He makes that possible through His Son Jesus. Revelation 3:20 says – Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Today God is knocking on the door of your heart and desires for you to allow Him into your life. You can do this by a praying to Him. If you would like to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, simply pray this prayer from your heart.

“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for removing my sin and saving me. Amen.”

(All Scripture references are from the NIV 1984 edition of the Bible)

Next Steps

To put your faith in action, be sure to spend time with God by reading your Bible, praying, going to church, and telling others about Christ. This is the most important decision of your life and we want to celebrate it with you! Call us at the office (703) 771-1500 or email us.

What If I Don’t Feel Saved?

  1. Remember it isn’t your prayer that saves you; it is trusting in Jesus Christ that saves you. When you pray, you are just telling God what you have done in trusting Jesus Christ.
  2. Trust what God’s Word says. Your feelings aren’t always reliable (Jeremiah 17:9 [3]), but God’s Word is. In John 5:24 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
  3. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Scripture References

[1] God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? —Numbers 23:19

[2] …a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time. —Titus 1:2

[3] The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? —Jeremiah 17:9

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