God wants you to know that you can have eternal life:
1 John 5:13: "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
We must first realize, though, that no person is holy in God's sight:
Romans 3:10: "As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one."
Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
We are sinful and unholy in God's sight because of the disobedience of the first man, Adam, whose sin was then passed down throught the generations:
Romans 5:12: "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the World, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."
We must realize that there is a penalty that must be paid for our sinfulness:
Romans 6:23a: "For the wages of sin is death..."
Who will be a partaker in this death:
Revelation 21:8: "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
It is God's desire, though, because of His great love for us, that no one be a partaker in this death, so God sent His Son to die on the cross in our place, so that we could have a home in Heaven with Him:
Romans 5:8: "But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 6:23b: "...But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
All gifts are free to the receiver, but the gift does not belong to the receiver until he actually takes the gift from the person who is offering it. We can take this gift of eternal life through prayer, believing what God did for us, a sinner, by dying on the cross in our place, to pay for our sins:
Romans 10:9-10: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Romans 10:13: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you have more questions about the Gospel, please feel free to contact one of our pastors or deacons, we would love to talk to you about God's plan of salvation!