What will it take to get into heaven?

Matthew-5-17I’m never quite sure how “relevant” the question of salvation is to most people today, even those in the church. We seem to mosey along believing that everything is okay; that the eternal insurance policy is in place, up-to-date and paid for.

It’s nice to think I’m on the right side of the line, but then I hear Jesus occasionally say things like, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21). Maybe its time to open the safety deposit box and check the fine print.

But isn’t everyone going to heaven? I’ve rarely met someone who says, “I’m going to hell.” Most people, if they believe in some afterlife, believe they will end up in a better place along with everyone they want to be there. But what does it take to get into heaven?

Many people today think it’s based on being a “good” person (whatever that means). Others know it has something to with believing (whatever that means). Some say you have to be baptized or belong to the right religion or say the right prayer or make sure you’ve got all the rites checked off.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about this topic, but what does Jesus say? What will it take to get into heaven?

Come and join us this family Sunday as we together listen to God’s living Word respond to this question.

– Pastor Tim

Updates:

  • Shrove Tuesday Supper: March 4 (5 pm)
  • Ash Wednesday Service: March 5 (6:30 pm)
  • Council Retreat: March 8 (8:30 am – 2:30 pm)
  • Congregational members are invited to meet to review the new proposed constitution for our congregation on Saturday, March 8 from 1030 am to noon. Lunch to follow.
  • Daylight Savings Change: March 9