June 25, 2000
Volume 10, Number 26

Can You Get To Heaven From Here?

"Excuse me, can you give me directions to heaven?"

Most, pointing upward, would answer, "It's up there."

Actually, to get to heaven one must go down (into the waters of baptism, Acts 8:38), then up (out of baptism, Rm. 6:4), and proceed forward (on the Christian racetrack, Heb. 12:1; Phil. 3:13,14). As teenagers begin life's trek, many feel that heaven is some out-of-the-way, far-away, inaccessible place. It is a vague, fuzzy, mysterious place that grandparents and preachers talk about, but is not worthy of real attention during the years of youth. However, God said, "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth..." (Ecc. 12:1; cf. 2 Tim. 4:12).

CAN YOU GET TO HEAVEN FROM HERE? YES! ...

BECAUSE OF THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

Jesus' love made our trip to heaven possible. He gave up heaven (for a time), that we might enjoy it (forever). "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich" ( 2 Cor. 8:9).

He died that we might live. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rm. 5:8). He demonstrated love that we might know the unknowable (Eph. 3:19).

He loves us and wants us to come live with Him (John 14:1-3). That is why we can go to heaven. Thus, "We love him, because he first loved us" (1 Jn. 4:19).

BY OBEYING THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.

Jesus gave a plan by which sins might be forgiven. Sin is the only thing that will keep us from heaven (Rev. 21:27), and since all sin (1 Jn. 1:9), we must all obey (Heb. 5:9).

To enter the road to heaven, one must ford the waters of baptism (Mk. 16:16). This entrance is further restricted to those mature enough to understand the Gospel (John 6:44,45), convinced enough to strongly believe in Christ (Jn. 8:24), convicted enough to forsake a sinful lifestyle (Lk. 13:3), and courageous enough to publicly confess faith in Christ (Rm. 10:9,10).

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Are you washed in the blood of the lamb? WHY NOT TODAY?

BY BEING A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST.

When Jesus comes back, He is taking only those to heaven whom He has added to His church (Acts 2:47; 1Cor. 15: 20-24). He only has one (Mt. 16:18; Eph. 4:4). Sadly, there will be many surprised people on Judgment Day who thought they were right, but were mistaken (Mt. 7:21-23). Every false church will then be uprooted and destroyed (Mt. 15:13). For this reason, it is important to become a member of the church you can read of in the Bible (cf. Rm. 16:16).

One becomes a member of the church of Christ when he is baptized (Gal. 3:26,27) and remains in it as long as he lives as Jesus commands. This includes worshipping correctly (Jn. 4:24) and regularly (Heb. 10:25), working for Christ (Jn. 9:4), having Christ's disposition (Phil. 2:5) and being molded into the image of Christ (Gal. 4:19).

Are you a member of Christ's church?

BY FORSAKING THE WORLD FOR CHRIST.

Two masters are competing for our affections--Satan and Christ. No heart is big enough for both (Mt. 6:24). Only those who forsake the world (Satan's domain) can go to heaven (1 Jn. 2:15-17). This means we must deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world (Tit. 2:12). It means we are not conformed to this world but transformed into His image (Rm. 12:2) and have crucified selfish desires (Gal. 2:20). No one can go to heaven who practices worldliness. Popular worldly sins include: drinking (Eph. 5:18), fornication (Heb. 13:4), improper dancing (Gal. 5:19-21), immodest dress (1 Tim. 2:9), drugs (Rm. 6:13) and covetousness (Col. 3:5).

Giving up worldly pleasures is such a small price to pay for heaven's joys. God gets no pleasure in saying "no"--He does so only for our good: "...no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly" (Psa. 84:11). We must love Him and trust His judgment.

Have you given up the world for Christ?

IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE WITH CHRIST.

It is not easy to walk the lane marked "life" (Mt. 7:13), but it is possible (Phil. 4:13; 2 Tim. 4:6-8). Only those who expend strenuous effort will make it beyond the pearly gates (Lk. 13:24). It is worth giving all that we have (Mt. 13:46).

Is your heart set on going to heaven?

If you died tonight, would you go there?

Are you packed and ready to leave?

YOU CAN GET TO HEAVEN FROM HERE!

Allen Webster

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Youth - News & Notes

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

Remember in Prayers:

Cathy Jenson - Francis Leavens - Mary Jane Collier - Naomi Morton

Arlene Carnahan - Leslie Johnson - Sophie Pettry

Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier

News:

 

Building Program: If you havenít already done soóbe sure to check the bulletin board in the foyer to see the preliminary drawings from the engineers and the architect.. We will be adding 85 paved parking places and also are looking at making some architectural changes to the building. These would include closing in and widening the front porch to form a new entry into the building and building a covered driveway onto the front of the building. - click here.

Sunday Adult Bible Class: "A Visual Study of the Missionary Journeys of Paul" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 15. (6:30 pm)

Sundayís Lessons:

"He Which Soweth Sparingly" (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)

"Song Service" ()


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Service Opportunities

Time of Services

Announcements:

Ted Wheeler

Sunday

Ushers:

Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services

Worship:

11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Larry Jenson

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm

Songs:

Delbert Leavens

Monday

Sermon:

Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

Will resume in the Fall

Closing Prayer:

James Bowman

Wednesday

Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Jim Dougan

Songs:

Delbert Leavens

Our Record - Last Week

Sermon:

Song Service

Closing Prayer:

Carl Rigney

Attendance:
64

Communion

Contribution:
$ 943.00
Wayne Vowell
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Carl Rigney
Jim Dougan
Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1603.36

Frank Small

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