A helpful evangelism tract from our denomination: What do you understand it takes for a person to go to heaven? Some people say that it is by doing good things. Some say if the good they do out weighs the bad. Some say it is by being religious or being a member of a church. The Bible answers this question: F.A.I.T.H.
F is for FORGIVENESS: We cannot have eternal life and heaven without God’s forgiveness. “In Him (Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Eph 1:7a)
A is for AVAILABLE:
Forgiveness is available.
It is – AVAILABLE. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). It is available for all – BUT NOT AUTOMATIC. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mat 7:21a).
I is for IMPOSSIBLE: It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven. GOD IS LOVE. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” (John 3:16). But, GOD IS ALSO JUST. “For judgement is without mercy” (James 2:13a). MAN IS SINFUL. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). But how can a sinful person enter heaven, where God allows no sin? The answer is found in T.
T is for TURN: If you were driving down the road and someone asked you to turn, what would he or she be asking you to do? To change direction. The Bible uses the word repent to mean a turn or a change in direction. Turn means repent. TURN from something – sin and self. “But unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3b). TURN to Someone: trust Christ only. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried , and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3b-4).
H is for HEAVEN:
Heaven is eternal life …
HERE … “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). And HEREAFTER. “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). HOW? How can a person have God’s forgiveness, heaven, eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord?
FAITH can also mean … “Forsaking All I Trust Him.”